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Spotlight: Scions of the Storm by Alan Scott

‘Scions of the Storm’ is the second instalment in the ‘Storm Series’ trilogy, and covers the next sixteen years of this epic tale. It concludes the tale of Nathanial and his daughter, details the rise of the ‘Midnight Man’ and for the first time reveals hints about the two deadly, but hidden, forces that are using the Twin Kingdoms as a pawn in their eons old game of domination.

As ‘Scions of the Storm’ draws to an end, it prepares the reader for the final episode of this dark bittersweet trilogy and sets the ground work for the final story ‘A Dark and Hungry Storm.’

For more information and updates search Facebook for ‘EchoesOfAStorm’ or visit www.alankscott.com.

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Sandman Slim Nursery Rhymes

Send your child to bed the right way!

As you lay your head to Sleep (Metallica, Enter the Sandman inspired)

When I lay my head to sleep,

I pray to Samuel, my soul to keep.

Beast below the things that bite,

No more day, no more light.

Beneath my bed, eternal night, Dream of hands griping tight,

What’s that noise behind door,

Speak his name dead forever more.

Sandman Sandman, I see you there,

Sandman Sandman, have a care,

Sandman Sandman, my life you take,

Sandman Sandman, I must awake.

One , Two, Sandman is Coming for you! (Freddy Krueger inspired)

1, 2, The Sandman is coming for you,

3, 4, lock your door,

5, 6, grab your crucifix; rocket launder; tactical nuclear warhead; WHATEVER,

7, 8, better stay up late,

9, 10, never sleep again

Sleep baby Sleep (Inspired by an old nursery rhyme)

Sleep, baby, sleep, Sandman guards your dreams tonight;

His Kiss blessed arm holds the door, Gun and knife and a lot more.

Rest your head on dreams shore;

The Sandman is going to count to four.

Sleep, baby, sleep.

2014 Book Illustration Competition winner announced

A Masters student at Camberwell College of Arts has won the 2014 Book Illustration Competition. Sean McSorley’s illustrations for Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad’s intensely visual masterpiece set in 19th-century Congo, beat hundreds of entrants from more than 30 countries. McSorley’s winning illustrations form part of a prestigious Folio Society commission, worth £5,000, to complete nine illustrations and a binding design for a new edition of Heart of Darkness, which is published by The Folio Society in October.

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© Sean McSorley, 2014

The annual Book Illustration Competition is open to student and professional illustrators, aged 18 and over, who have not been published by The Folio Society. The winner receives a highly sought-after Folio Society commission and five runners-up each receive £500 cash. Each year, three prizes of the six are awarded to student entries.

After intense deliberation, the winner was selected from a shortlist of six by a judging panel comprising artist, critic, curator and committee chairman for the Royal Academy Tom Phillips, independent curator and broadcaster and House of Illustration Trustee Kathleen Soriano, last year’s competition winner Finn Dean and Flora Craig from House of Illustration, together with The Folio Society’s Production Director, Editorial Director and Art Director.

“The aim of The Book Illustration Competition is to encourage and celebrate new illustration talent, and the consistently high standard of entries proves that there is a wealth of such talent out there – it was a pleasure to take part in the judging,” commented Kathleen Soriano, independent curator and broadcaster, House of Illustration Trustee.

“It was a real privilege to have been chosen to work on Heart of Darkness, and a real challenge too, since it was my first book illustration commission and I was juggling it around my MA work. I learnt a great deal throughout the process and I hope I’ve done some justice to Conrad’s complex and fascinating text,” added Sean McSorley, winner of the 2014 Book Illustration Competition.

The 2015 Book Illustration Competition will open for entries at 10am on Thursday 25 September.

Spotlight: Brand (The Book of the Fallen #1) by NC Thomas

Brand by NC Thomas book cover*** WARNING Explicit language and adult themes ***

A year ago Jenni was brutally tortured by the same creature that murdered her family. She fled to the bustling city of London in the hopes of disappearing amongst the masses of the capital. Her plan is simple: save enough money so she can escape further from the cursed British Isles which hold nothing but memories of the nightmare that still haunts her dreams every night.

One night whilst working in a club as a dancer, she meets Dylan who offers her an opportunity to advance her plan exceedingly – one week of her company for £25,000. However, events unfold that suggest their meeting is not just chance but connected to Jenni’s past and future.

N. C. Thomas can be found online at Goodreads and Facebook.

Special Feature: The Art of Greg Spalenka

The Art of Greg Spalenka cover imageGreg Spalenka graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design and has now been producing artwork for over 30 years. His selection of clients comprises of film studios including Warner Bros and New Line, magazines including Time and Rolling Stone, newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and numerous book publishers. Greg also gives lectures and seminars at art colleges across America.

“There has always been a yearning inside me to create art that has meaning. I desire to reflect this time and place in which I live, yet also to manifest that other landscape inside my mind and deeper still, inside my soul.”
Greg Spalenka

He is perhaps best known for his work on Neil Gaiman’s The Absolute Sandman and The Absolute Death, and his artwork has also adorned numerous books including Jennifer Johnston’s The Illusionist. Spalenka’s work has also been influential in the process of creating films such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, The Golden Compass and The Ant Bully.

The Art of Greg Spalenka (Titan Books, 26th September, £24.99) is a comprehensive collection celebrating his diverse career, ranging from commercial to fine artwork.

With instructional elements designed to inspire the reader, this book is perfect for art students interested in pursuing a career in both fine and commercial art, as well as art admirers everywhere.

Below is an image gallery of some of Greg Spalenka’s finest – and best known – work.

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THE ART OF GREG SPALENKA
ISBN: 9781781168844
26th September 2014
Hardback
£24.99

Spotlight: Hell On Earth by David Bowen

Hell On Earth book cover imageWhen staunch trade unionist Reg Hallsworth gets relocated to Hell few can imagine the trouble it will cause. Certainly not Death Third Class number 221 of the Human Transition Department, who hides him there to cover up his own clerical error.

Certainly not Norris who knows nothing of the afterlife, so much so that he doesn’t even know Jenny, the girl he’s currently dating, is an Angel. His Guardian Angel if you really want to put a label on that sort of thing.

And certainly not Jenny who is far too busy trying to help Norris get over his epiphany, his life changing liberation… his nervous breakdown.

But with Hell on strike and sinners queuing up to get in they soon will. With a disaster of biblical proportions just around the corner it is up to these unlikely heroes to save the day and find a suitable location to build a new Hell… on Earth.

If you had to build a new Hell somewhere on Earth where would you put it?

David Bowen was born, of that he is pretty much sure, although it was so long ago he can’t remember any of the specific details. He lives in Cardiff, Wales and describes himself as terminally single. He fervently denies ever being there and has no previous convictions. Hell on Earth is his debut novel.

Spotlight: Echoes of a Storm by Alan Scott

Echoes of a Storm book cover image‘Echoes of a Storm’ is the first book in the ‘Storm Series’, and sets the scene and tone for this powerful bittersweet trilogy.

This dark, gritty, adult fantasy novel explores many themes such as, relationships, loss, power, prejudice and ultimately, the true ‘monster’ that lurks inside of us.

As you delve deeper into the book, you will come across heroes, villain, werewolves and witches, but not quite in the way you have met them before.

The cliff hanger at the end of ‘Echoes of a Storm’ sets up perfectly the start of ‘Scions of the Storm’ which continues this powerful trilogy.

Alan Scott was born and raised on the West Coast of Scotland, and returns regularly to top up his accent. He joined the RAF in 1989 and travelled the world, where he met the wicked and the witless, as well as the kind and thoughtful. He left in 2001.

Having been a lifelong avid reader of dark fantasy and good (really bad) pulp fiction, he finally decided to conquer his dyslexia and try writing his own, using his treasured homeland and love of music for inspiration.

With the help of a proofreader in Texas, USA, and an illustrator from Berlin, Germany, he has created ‘The Storm Series’, which currently consists of a trilogy of novels and two books of short stories. He is fan-friendly and welcomes all comments and reviews of his work. Search Facebook for Echoesofastorm for his homepage, or visit his website www.alankscott.com.

Alan’s greatest writing achievement so far is to have one of stories "Deadly Tap of a Cane" chosen by WorldReader for use by them. This charitable organisation (http://www.worldreader.org) aims to help spread ebooks and literacy in developing countries. The way they work is that they take tablets and kindles and they load them up with ebooks and learning materials, and then they send them to schools in developing countries. They’re a really great organisation and are backed by all the big publishing houses.

He still cannot help but smile when he sees that his work has been downloaded in as faraway places as Japan and Brazil. Alan is currently working on another book of short stories for the Storm Series.

Spotlight: The Sword of Feimhin by Frank P Ryan

Book three in The Three Powers Quartet

The Tyrant now threatens Earth as well as Tír…

In a violently dystopic London, where Mark and Nantosueta are searching for Padraig and the Sword of Feimhin, Penny Postlethwaite, a gifted but emotionally troubled teenager, is mapping two Londons, the tormented ‘City Above’ and an eerie and frightening ‘City Below’.

On Tír, an army of a hundred thousand Shee has invaded the Wastelands, intent on attacking Ghork Mega, the Tyrant’s capital city, but obstacles of malevolent cunning obstruct their path at every turn.

Meanwhile, in Dromenon, while exploring the labyrinthine roots of the Tree of Life in her attempts to save the Momu, Kate finds herself in the Land of the Dead. Her only recourse appears to lie with the serpent-dragon Nidhoggr, whose very soul is chaos…

Day by day and hour by hour the looming threat grows…

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Frank P Ryan is a distinguished and international bestselling author. He was born in Ireland but grew up, from his teens, in England.  He is currently writing an epic fantasy series, The Three Powers, which began with The Snowmelt River and continues with The Tower of Bones.  This  is already a top ten epic fantasy bestseller on amazon.co.uk.  He is also the author of a Book of the Year for the New York Times.

His other fiction includes the thriller trilogy Goodbye Baby Blue, Sweet Summer and Tiger Tiger, his contemporary novels, Taking Care of Harry and Between Clouds and the Sea and a science fiction apocalyptic thriller, The Doomsday Genie.

In addition to writing, Frank has directed his own commercial art gallery and has retained strong links with the artistic community.

Reviews of the first two books in The Three Powers Quartet can be read here:

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Shortlist for the fourth annual Book Illustration Competition announced

The Book Illustration CompetitionSix illustrators have beaten hundreds of entrants from over 30 countries to be shortlisted for the fourth annual Book Illustration Competition, a collaboration between House of Illustration and The Folio Society.

The Book Illustration Competition invited entrants, who must not already be published by The Folio Society, to submit three illustrations and a binding design for Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece about a life-changing journey, Heart of Darkness. The winner will receive a highly sought-after commission, worth £5,000, to complete a total of nine illustrations and a binding design for the book, which will be published by The Folio Society in September 2014. Five runners up will each receive £500 cash. Three prizes of the six are awarded to student entries.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 24 September at House of Illustration in King’s Cross.

After extensive debate the shortlist was selected by a judging panel comprising artist, critic, curator and committee chairman for the Royal Academy Tom Phillips, former Royal Academy of Arts Director of Exhibitions and House of Illustration trustee Kathleen Soriano, last year’s competition winner Finn Dean and Flora Craig from House of Illustration, together with Folio’s Production Director, Editorial Director and Art Director.

“I applaud the thought, skill and time that everyone put into their illustrations for the competition and hope to work with many of the entrants in the future! We were all particularly impressed by the intelligent responses to the text by the shortlist. Each has a unique style but is equally strong in technique and ingenuity,” said Folio Society Art Director Sheri Gee.

"A wonderfully varied collection of entries that were often surprising in their boldness and desire to depict the themes of the story and did a great job in capturing the atmosphere of the book," added last year’s Book Illustration Competition winner Finn Dean.

The Shortlist

Reto Crameri graduated in visual communication from Geneva University of Art and Design. In 2012 he was awarded with a grant for book illustration by the City of Geneva. He has also performed live drawing and worked on playful visual settings for exhibitions.

Max Häring studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste München in Munich, Germany, and has worked as an independent artist since 1983. He works in mixed media in pen, ink and acrylics then digitally adds shading.

Sean McSorley is a freelance illustrator, originally from Cumbria but now based in London. He graduated with a degree in English Literature at Queen Mary University of London in 2006, and in 2014 he completed an MA in Visual Arts: Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. His clients have included Sony Television, Paramount and Universal Pictures. Sean’s work combines traditional ink drawing and printmaking with digital techniques, his subject matter often reflecting his interest in early- and mid-twentieth-century cinema and literature.

Kit Russell is a 23-year-old Scottish designer living in London. Having graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art & Design in 2013 with a First Class honours degree in Illustration, he has spent the last year offering freelance design services as well as interning at some of the top design agencies in London. Kit was runner up in last year’s Book Illustration Competition and also won ‘Best of Year’ in the D&AD student awards 2013.

Magdalena Szymaniec is a Polish illustrator currently residing in Richmond, VA. She will graduate Ringling College of Art and Design, majoring in Illustration, in 2014. Her digital work is inspired by traditional media including watercolour painting and printmaking. She aims to create decorative and intellectually stimulating illustrations. Symbolism and literature are her main inspirations for narrative work. She likes cats and David Bowie.

Bethany White is a 22-year-old artist and illustrator from Manchester. Her work aims to lift the veil on the esoteric and arcane, delving into the vast subjects of occult philosophy and the pantheons of ancient mythology. This is explored through the combination of highly controlled dot work, ungoverned chance textures, and a range of different print mediums. Since graduating from Manchester School of Art, Bethany has participated in group exhibitions across the United Kingdom and produced work for occult musicians. Her latest artwork will be released via the Italian record label ‘I Voidhangar Records’ towards the end of 2014.

Congratulations to all those short-listed and here are there fantastic illustrations. Which one would you award as winner? My personal favourite is bottom right.

Shortlisted illustrations 1-3

Shortlisted illustrations 4-6