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John Coulthart
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 06:01 pm:   

I thought this thread should continue afresh as the other page is stuffed with graphics already. Herewith the "proper" book cover, as opposed to the hurried version for the preview copies. May it infect your dreams.

John

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Night Shade Books
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 06:31 pm:   

Well, shit. I'm speechless.

Jason
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Luís Rodrigues
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 07:16 pm:   

Wow! Looks brilliant, and I love the photographs in the corner.

Best,
Luís
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John Coulthart
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 07:45 pm:   

Thank you, people. The "creepy girl" is courtesy of Mark Roberts, so thank you Mark as well.

John
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Jay Lake
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 10:06 pm:   

That really is something else.

Jay
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Mark Roberts
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 07:53 am:   

Cheers, John!

First person to identify the origin of the 'creepy girl' wins a prize...
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Neil Williamson
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 08:04 am:   

Mark - it's not Hairy Mary again is it?
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jeff ford
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 08:05 am:   

John: It's beautiful, but I particularly love the scalpel.

Mark: I've seen that girl before. Is it a young Madame Blavatsky? I have a feeling she is a psychic or something like that.

Best,


Jeff
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Liz Williams
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 08:13 am:   

This is so cool that I am about to burst into flames. Just great stuff.

She does indeed look very like a young Mme Blavatsky, prior to her more toadlike incarnation.
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Neil Williamson
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 08:42 am:   

Jeff - YES! That's it. At least, I think so... I've seen that photo before somewhere too. It definitely looks like an image from some Fortean-esque book.
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Neil Williamson
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 08:43 am:   

Williams - bath filled with ice. NOW!
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John Coulthart
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 10:23 am:   

Thanks everybody. The scalpel is real, not a scanned photo, same with the pocket magnifier and the turn of the century postcards. It would have been nice to have some other old medical instruments but time has been pressing. An aunt of mine was a nurse circa 1920-1930 and she left behind a box of weird (to a child's eye) medical equipment. Also a nurse's handbook containing the worst photos of smallpox victims I've ever seen. My sister and I used to dare each other to look and them. Read into that what you will, psychoanalysts.
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Mark
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 11:56 am:   

Neil: not Hairy Mary. LOL. Almost forgotten about her.

Jeff: not a young Madame Blavatsky. But a damn fine suggestion, sir.

She is obscure...but findable. I will offer the initials CK as a clue.
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peterw
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 03:26 pm:   

Superb artwork! I'd love to have that as a poster (perhaps you can include one with my limited edition :-)

Christine Keeler?
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Stepan Chapman
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 09:18 am:   

It's perfect, John. It couldn't be more perfect.
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John Coulthart
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 10:21 am:   

Hi Stepan and many thanks. I think this happens to be one of my very best covers. Somethimes you get something where all the elements seem to coalesce in just the right way. This is one of those.
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Eric Schaller
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 01:26 pm:   

I'm really loving these image-laden updates. The artwork is absolutely beautiful with so much attention to detail that I keep going back to the earlier postings.

I think that posters and calendars should be given serious consideration, particularly because you indicated that some of the artwork would not be published in color.
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John Coulthart
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 03:13 pm:   

Thanks Eric. I don't mind someone doing posters but I've done two calendars and creating the layout is horribly tedious. And it has to be checked endlessly because people rely on them for dates. I know you can do a generic job but the ones I did I wanted the date pages to fit with the style of the artwork. (shudder)

We might get some of the colour disease guides from previous eras on the flaps if there's room.
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Mark Powlson
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 12:30 pm:   

Strictly speaking chaps (and ladies), this is a blade from a scalpel. A lancet blade has two sharp edges. I prefer leeches myself. The girl looks like a young Christine Keeler to me.
Mark

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