The cover will be a landscape based on my version of Hell, a desolate gray wasteland. The landscape should be bleak and expansive. The front cover will include a sign that says "Welcome to Hell" and a skullflower, which is a laughing skull on a dark blue stem. The horizon should divide the cover roughly in half. Text above the horizon will darker, text below will be lighter.
Besides those concepts, I'm mostly interested in conveying the right mood. The tone should be sort of ominous yet humorous, if that makes sense. I attached the first chapter to help show what I'm going for. If it helps, I should point out that I love the old-school Goosebumps covers. In the end, quality and creativity are more important than conformity. After all, potential readers will judge my book by this cover.
I'm excited about this project, and I really look forward to getting some awesome designs!
-Steven x Davis
-Desolate landscape with light gray sky and dark gray ground. Text above the horizon will be darker, text below the horizon will be lighter. The left of the horizon will be a more ominous red.
-Decaying sign that reads "Welcome to Hell".
-Skullflower - A dark blue stem with dark blue leaves, topped with a laughing skull. It should be shaped sort of like a dandelion that's gone to seed.
Extra Concepts from the Book:
-Visitor's Pass - A braided copper bracelet with a heart-shaped silver charm, possibly hanging from the sign.
-An endless line of telephone poles.
-Spurts of flame shooting out of the ground.
-A woman's severed right hand, lying on the ground.
Plot Description (top of the back cover):
Doug DeWitt is going to Hell. Actually, he's just visiting, because he needs to ask for a favor from his former nemesis, Al Bloom. Unfortunately, Doug has no idea how to find him, and the demons and damned souls aren't helping at all.
Doug's only ally is Mallory Gordon, a trigger-happy mercenary with a murky past and questionable motivation. While Mallory and Doug search for Al, they face obnoxious torture, including endless traffic jams, spontaneous fistfights, perpetual nightmares, and a crooked game of Go Fish.
As they delve deeper into Hell, Doug recounts the story of how he and Al established a revolutionary charity, only for Al to abandon him and eventually commit suicide. If Doug can't figure out what went wrong on Earth, he'll never be able to obtain Al's help. Even worse, there's a distinct possibility he might become trapped in Hell forever.
About the Author (bottom of the back cover):
Steven x Davis is a speculative fiction writer, former mathematician, and part-time misanthrope. Steven lives in Lawrence, Kansas and leaves his apartment only when strictly necessary. He publishes a bitter blog at http://www.stevenxdavis.com. Favor is his first novel.