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The Dunwich Horror / The Beetle / The Haunted Dolls’ House / The Spook House / The House on the Borderland / The Lair of the White Worm / Lois the Witch / The Virgin of the Seven Daggers / The Masque of the Red Death / The Haunted Hotel

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / Book Design / Book Front Covers / 2009

We were asked to design a series of ten 'A' format paperbacks. Each cover features an illustration created using the cyanotype process. As well as being contemporary to some of the titles, this early photographic technique produced the ethereal texture and indistinct lines ideal for these ghostly tales, complemented by the choice of uncoated stock. The process, along with the use of bold graphic elements and a two-tone palette, references Romek Marber's iconic photogram-based 60s crime fiction covers. Simple, understated type and a striking blue/yellow palette defy genre convention without sacrificing the visual impact appropriate to a horror series.

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