My publisher just sent me 4 mock-ups of covers for my forthcoming novel, "Bleeder." I had no say at all about the covers of my previous books and I find it refreshing to be with a small house and an editor who is truly interested in my input. I wouldn't mind hearing from some of you about the 4 proposals displayed at my site, http://www.johndesjarlais.com

Here's the premise: a stigmatic priest bleeds to death on Good Friday in front of horrified parishioners. A miracle? Or bloody murder?

OK, that explains the cleric and other symbols there. And how about the typestyle? I'd be interested in your reactions to that, too.

Thanks-

John

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Comment by Jaden Terrell on February 3, 2009 at 8:48am
I liked the one on the top right. (I posted this elsewhere.) It's so sharp--dramatic without being overdone.
Comment by K.R. Lewis on February 2, 2009 at 5:30am
The cover on the top, right. Definitely.
Comment by John Desjarlais on February 2, 2009 at 1:08am
Yes, I think the Roman collar will be evident with the real model. As for the gloves, it's just a recognizable sign of a stigmatist. The publisher - accustomed to re-issuing classics - would have a hard time with a 'pulp' style cover, I think.
Comment by I. J. Parker on February 1, 2009 at 9:55pm
Why fingerless gloves when you want to catch him as he's bleeding to death? Gore sells.
Comment by I. J. Parker on February 1, 2009 at 9:54pm
I think whichever one you pick, it needs a priest's collar. Should do well otherwise.
Comment by Jack Getze on February 1, 2009 at 2:10pm
I liked the top right cover. Two of the others looked like "Bleeper."
Comment by John Desjarlais on February 1, 2009 at 1:33pm
Thanks, Dawn. Perhaps I should have said that these mock-ups use stock photos; when the real model is photographed, he'll wear fingerless gloves (like the famous stigmatist Padre Pio).
Comment by Dawn M. Kravagna on February 1, 2009 at 12:12pm
Hi. I liked the last cover the best. Black-and-white was a little spookier in contrast to the red. And the drop made it look like the priest was weeping. I wonder, though, why they chose not to show the stigmata. The cover on the top on the left seemed the weakest composition to me. Good luck. Dawn

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