There are to new pieces of cover art that have been making the rounds online of late. The first of these you can see on the right, is the US (publication in Spring 2011) cover art for Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief (my review here). This arresting artwork is by Kekai Kotaki, who's work has also recently appeared on the cover of the forthcoming, The Unremembered by Peter Orullian. I appreciated the cover that Gollancz had released for the UK edition of Rajaniemi's book, but I think this one is even better though it doesn't quite highlight the intelligence of the book like the other did. There is a lot more action depicted here and emphasis on the characters (though some might think that is bad) which for me makes this a much more grabbing cover.

The second cover I've got for you is that for the next horror novel from writer Adam Nevill. I very much enjoyed Nevill's Apartment 16 (review here) and this cover for The Ritual is getting me very excited. The art is great; sufficiently scary and gloomy for a horror novel while remaining attractive to potential readers. This cover was released by Tor UK in their newsletter along with the blurb (below) for The Ritual and an excerpt.

When four old university friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But Luke – still single and living a precarious existence – cannot identify with his companions any more. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn’t possibly get any worse.

But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls; bones are scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. Death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees . . .

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