I really struggled with coming up with an appropriate cover design for The Final Study of Cooper M. Reid. I had several ideas, all of which I discussed with writing/editor/design/teaching/probably-everything-else guru Aaron Polson of Strange Publications. In the end, the above is what ended up being chosen. While I am well aware that it is not an exciting cover, it does quite a bit for the feel and flow of the story. Not only that, but I love minimalist art so I am quite happy with this.
Of course, there is the worry that a cover such as this won’t really entice folks to go buy a copy right away. But since Cooper’s tale is pretty unique, I thought it deserved a cover that sort of worked as part of the story.
Details on a release date are forthcoming. For those of you that have already pre-ordered your copies, you are awesome and I thank you.
Also, here’s what Robert Swartwood, the brains behind Norton’s Hint Fiction Anthology, had to say about The Final Study of Cooper M. Reid:
“With The Final Study of Cooper M. Reid, Barry Napier deftly interweaves a series of memos, journal notes,interview transcripts, and articles into an eerie and unsettling tale of paranormal activity that any nostalgic X-FILES fan is sure to love.”
– Robert Swartwood, author of Through the Guts of a Beggar and The Silver Ring