The folks at SFSignal have another brilliant Mind Meld discussion up. This one asks, "What do you feel is the primary purpose of a book cover: To accurately reflect the story or to visually 'sell' the book? How do you balance these two ideas when creating a cover?" Answers come from such noted artists as Bob Eggleton, Bruce Jensen, Irene Gallo, John Picacio, Boris Vallejo, Dave Seeley, Todd Lockwood, Dan Dos Santos and Glen Orbik. All the responses well worth reading, though I'm struck by this line from Picacio: "The most invigorating stuff rises to the challenge and still explores that fertile place where the signs of the times and the signals of the story converge."
And on the subject of cover art, here's the full jacket to the forthcoming Stalking the Vampire: A Fable of Tonight. Artwork by Dan Dos Santos, design by our own Nicole Sommer-Lecht.
What do you think?