I posted my review (find it here) of Dan Wells' phenomenal Mr. Monster back in March just after its release in the UK. Unfortunately for US readers the first of the John Cleaver books was only released a short while back, so obviously its sequel has not yet been published. However, a couple of days back, Mr. Wells posted on his blog (see post here) this preview of the US cover for the book that is to be published by Tor next September.

As far as minimalist covers go, this one is certainly among the top ones I've seen. Not only is it just plain cool, but it also perfectly expresses the feel of the book. It takes something that looks relatively ordinary and adds this little bit of danger and creepiness that is a pretty a damn close representation of what the John Cleaver books are like. I love that the knife is upright, with the blade up, instead of plainly flat as well as the drop of blog running out of the corner of the slash across the title. The chilliness of the white background adds to the bizarreness of the cover in the way that white always seems so eerie in a context such as this. It it is also matching with the Tor cover for the first book in the John Cleaver series, I Am Not a Serial Killer.

For those that would like it, the blurb for Mr. Monster:

John Wayne Cleaver has always known he has a dark side but he’s fought hard to oppress it and live a normal life – separating John from Mr Monster to survive. But after confronting and destroying the vicious killer that was terrorizing his town, his inner monster is getting stronger and harder to contain.

And now more bodies are being discovered...

With the police failing to catch Clayton County’s second serial killer John is going to have to use his secret knowledge of the first demon-killer to trap the second...but will he be able to avoid suspicion falling on him, and, in the face of extreme horrors, will he be able to restrain Mr Monster?
Mr. Monster is already available for pre-order on Amazon.com, and is, as I mentioned, already available in the UK. Look out for the third and final entry in the John Cleaver books sometime next year...

Note: Click on the image to see it in it's full disturbing glory...