Love the cover of the US edition of World’s End by John Picacio? Put your hand in your pocket…
John is launching a Kickstarter campaign to produce a 2013 calendar featuring some of his breathtaking art – including this cover. It’s going to be a truly lovely work, and there will be signed prints and other incentives for those who fancy stumping up a little bit of cash. The target is $12,000 and you can be a part of it here:
Yes, I *know* the world is coming to an end in December. But just in case we all somehow make it through to New Year, you will surely need a 2013 calendar…with a page dedicated to World’s End…
Artwork by John Picacio, for the final book in the nine-volume sequence. Should be in stores in May.
Here’s the cover art for the Pyr edition of The Burning Man, Book 2 of Kingdom of the Serpent, out shortly. Art by John Picacio.
It’s got a Hieronymous Bosch feel, I think.
Art genius John Picacio has made his Pyr cover to World’s End available as free download wallpaper, including a version for iPhone.
You can get it here.
Is this going to stop all you lot asking for free Picacio artwork? Probably not. Sigh.
Here’s the new cover to the US edition of The Devil in Green (Book One of The Dark Age) coming from Pyr in May:
The art, as with the previous and interlinked Age of Misrule titles, is by the great John Picacio.
Careful viewers will note the thematic links with John’s cover for World’s End, which echoes the themes in the two stories.
Humanity has emerged, blinking, from the Age of Misrule into a world substantially changed: cities lie devasted, communications are limited, anarchy rages across the land. Society has been thrown into a new Dark Age where superstition holds sway. The Tuatha De Danaan roam the land once more, their terrible powers dwarfing anything mortals have to offer. And in their wake come all the creatures of myth and legend, no longer confined to the shadows. Fighting to find their place in this new world, the last remnants of the Christian Church call for a group of heroes: a new Knights Templar to guard the priesthood as they set out on their quest for souls. But as everything begin to fall apart, the Knights begin to realise their only hope is to call on the pagan gods of Celtic myth for help.
US readers can order the book here.
As the UK edition is currently out of print, I don’t have any problem with British readers filling a gap in their collection with this one. You can buy an imported edition in the UK here.
Age of Misrule launches in France in November with the first volume, World’s End (although my Gallic cousins are calling it Age of Chaos – fair translation, I think), under the Orbit France imprint. And to prove that the French, as always, have excellent taste, they have opted to use John Picacio’s covers from the Pyr editions.
Oh, yes, and as you can see from the cover, World’s End is now The Endless Night.
Every week I get a bundle of emails asking how to get hold of the out of print The Dark Age titles. From May 2010, I get some respite when Pyr publishes new editions, with a new essay from me about how these three books tie into the “trilogy of trilogies”.
There are three new covers from artist John Picacio too, who did the US Age of Misrule covers. The ones on Amazon are roughs. I’ll post the final ones here when they’re available.
And if you would like to pre-order…:
The Devil in Green
The Queen of Sinister
The Hounds of Avalon
Here’s the final version of the cover to the Pyr US edition of Always Forever, Age of Misrule Book Three. Another fantastic piece of work by the artist John Picacio. Warning: don’t look directly into Balor’s eye…
There’s a detailed account of the process of creating all three covers for the US editions of Age of Misrule over on Tor.com, with contributions from John, editor Lou Anders, and a few of my own ruminations on how the original idea came to be.
And just so you can see how much thought has gone into the design of these editions, here are the spines for all three books:
Book collectors in the US are racing to snap up Pyr’s first edition of World’s End, Book One of the Age of Misrule, I’m told. A printer’s error resulted in the Pyr logo being left off the spine. It will be corrected for the forthcoming second edition, making those first Pyr-less copies unique and – apparently – collectable.
Cover artist John Picacio has written about it here and here.
If you do want a first edition, you’ll need to hurry. Only a few remain in the warehouse – and that’s a whole month before the official publication date. You can get it here.