‘The Lonely Hour’ Full Cover
One of the happiest experiences in my publishing life has been watching the Bryant & May covers mature and remain remarkably consistent. This is now my favourite cover of them all. If we could just repaint No.2, ‘The Water Room’ and get rid of the Simpsons I’d be even happier.
Semiotically, the covers send out a complex message redolent of old railway carriage paintings, London arcana, 1930s Golden Age covers and, wherever possible, a hint of something more recent. It’s a look that subtly changes for the paperback versions, where a modernised sans-serif typeface is used to create a cleaner look. We’re moving toward a puzzle-picture look, I notice – there are at least three elements from the book tucked away in the image and I would love to create a cover which hides the identity of the killer in visual puzzles.
The best example of a movie whodunnit hiding its clues in plain sight remains ‘The Last of Sheila’, which uses visual and verbal mnemonics to share its secrets with astute viewers. A Bryant & May puzzle book…now that would be something!
(I’m currently in Poland, and was planning a longer article on my trip today, but I need to take time to write it. Hopefully I’ll get it done tomorrow.)