The possible new cover of "Cleansing Eden" just switched to being the actual cover. I like the new one, especially since I picked out the cover image. A graphic designer handled the rest.
It's not that the other version was bad. Shadow Line Press did a good job coming up with something that represented the struggle of the main character. He's got a drug problem and it's not getting better. The stakes are life and death, as the hand on the ground shows.
But what I wanted to communicate was a journey. Here's a young man surrounded by darkness. He sees how to come into the light - a better life - but he's stuck in this narrow hallway of drugs and violence. Getting to the light requires traveling an intimidating path, and he can't see his way clearly through all this darkness. It's scary, but there are only two choices: back into the dark or forward into the light. Either could take his life.
That's what I feel this new cover communicates.
Or it represents a football player walking out of a tunnel and onto the field. At least one person mentioned that. If that means "Cleansing Eden" comes with an athletic supporter in the deluxe edition, I guess I'm OK with that.
Anyway, check out the new cover. Does it represent a journey? A football player? A man-shaped plant in the hallway of a hospital? Let me know in the comments.