Here it is!

Piper shipped their fall catalog yesterday, featuring a great spread on what is sure to be their best selling book of the year. I’m pleased to introduce my German cover:wells_serienkiller


20 Responses to “Here it is!”

  1. Steve D says:

    what’d i say? awesome.

  2. Chaos2651 says:

    Steve is absolutely right, that cover is amazing!

  3. Laura says:

    That is way better than the uk cover

  4. Bryce says:

    Very nice! I was just talking this book up to local librarians today.

  5. pacatak says:

    sweet cover. Sends the chills through the spine.

  6. Arlene says:

    Hate to be the only dissenter, but I like the U.K. cover better. It’s not as gory, thus a little more appealing to my tastes. Plus, I think the U.K. cover is cool because it has the claw mark alluding to the demon that we all love/hate.

  7. Arlene says:

    Argh! I don’t know! I still like the German cover, though! I’m split.

  8. Steve D says:

    i dont really like YA-ish covers, and thats the impression i get from the UK cover. The german cover gives a more adult horror vibe, which is a good thing in my opinion.

  9. Sean says:

    Whoa, awesome! I hope that’s the US cover.

  10. Sean says:

    *going to be*, that is.

  11. admin says:

    I think Steve hit it on the head, Arlene: the UK cover is very YA, and I don’t think the German cover would have worked as well for the market they were trying to reach. I like the German cover better, but I’m the kind of person (adult horror fan) that it’s designed to appeal to.

    As for the US cover, we still don’t know if they’re going to go YA or not, so the cover could still go in any number of directions. I imagine that it will follow the same basic template as the first two, though: the title in spooky letters, with some basic shapes and textures taking the place of a traditional image.

    the nice thing about the UK cover is that it lends itself really well to a series. I can see some very cool stuff with books 2 and 3 following that same basic premise.

  12. Arlene says:

    Speaking of books 2 and 3….I WANT THEM!

  13. hwm says:

    I like it. Not only the cover, but the story too. Now I know what my little brother is going to get for Christmas. That way I’ll have both editions 😉
    I’m not sure about the “thriller” thingie though. It will lead to some interesting shelving, especially if the bookstores are as incompetent as my local one.

  14. Callisto says:

    Ooh, it looks so good! Creepy and chilling and AWESOME. I vote blood and gore for the US cover.

  15. Raethe says:

    I’m kinda torn too. There’s something about the blood-and-gore cover that makes me automatically go *yawn* (I know, how sick is that?) I don’t think that the German cover went overboard by any means, but *shrug*

    Anyway, it definitely IS more adult than the UK cover, and I LOVE the cooler colours. They’re both pretty nice as far as I’m concerned…

  16. Debbie says:

    I like how prominent your name is on the German cover: DAN WELLS! Idiots and people with poor eyesight could completely miss your name on the UK cover, but not so with the German copy. In fact, idiots and people with poor eyesight might think the book is titled “Dan Wells”.

    And on that note, musicians always release self-titled albums, so I think you could release a self-titled book. “Dan Wells, by Dan Wells”. Think on that :)

  17. Titus says:

    That’s not the book I read?
    That’s not the book I read!
    That’s not the book I read.
    Punctuation; it works, on britches.

  18. Arlene says:

    Now that I’ve seen it in person, I think I like it better then the U.K. version. It has more texture and weight, but that might be because they used one tree per book.

  19. Bjarke says:

    I like the fact that the title in german “Ich bin kein serien killer” closely resembles the line: “Ich bin ein serien killer/I AM a Serial Killer”
    I don’t know if it is intentional, I just love the wordplay.
    It is a nice blog you have here, I am looking forward to delving deeper into it – found it through Writing Excuses.

    God Skrivelyst

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