“Well, the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. What do you think, Greg?”
“I think it’s lovely, John. The clean, refreshing mint leaves set off the sweetness of the perfectly cooked goat quite beautifully, and the whole thing is held together by that wonderful, sticky sauce…..”
Trying to be optimistic here, on the goat’s behalf. The goat’s head isn’t actually ON the plate. I think he is standing behind it, having popped his little head up from below the table. He is looking curiously at the toad.
Really, if you’re a publisher known for your genre titles, and you’re trying to break into the mainstream with a thriller in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, then take the cover away from your in-house art department, and turn it over to a design agency with experience in bestsellers. Really.
Poor ole devil. Millenniums spent corrupting mankind, spreading misery, hate, and unspeakable horrors; as well as striving with single minded purpose towards aperfect state of all consuming evil. All of that, and he only gets a day.
Poor ole devil.
(cue dramatic music in a minor key)
“My God! The devil IS in the details! Professor Toad killed Colonel Goat in the kitchen with the candlstick! No, no that can’t be…God, I am so constipated I can’t think straight. I hope the devil isn’t in the lavatory as well. Talk about an unholy stench!”
@Rachel J—yes, that’s the perfect choice. Here are some places you needn’t bother looking, Bibliomance, in your search for a sic-fi/fantasy cover virgin: Second Kingdom, Honor’s Paradox, Ciphers, Exile—And Glory. Especially not Ciphers!