As I was browsing catalogs for upcoming SFF releases in 2011, I came across this little surprise on Headline's (the publisher) website. Yes, it's the UK cover art for Dan Wells' I Don't Want to Kill You, third and final volume in his creepy, comic and all-around awesome John Cleaver books. I previously blogged about the US cover art for this book (in this post) to be released by TOR Books in April, and so I'd assumed, wrongly as it turns out, that the book would be published at a similar time in the UK - the publication date that most matters to me as it is the UK editions I read. Well, that's not true at all, I Don't Want to Kill You UK edition will be published with the attractive artwork on the right on the 6th of January 2011. Hell yeah!
First, to understand my happiness at finding out that this book is published in little over a month, you have to understand my deep-seated love for Dan Wells' two other books, I Am Not a Serial Killer and Mr. Monster (reviews here and here) and by extension, my love of Mr. Wells himself (whom I interviewed here). His books are simply amazing. Needless to say, this book means quite a bit to me and I'm thrilled I'll be able to get it so early.
But I digress a bit too much. This is a covert art post so shall we talk about cover art? Despite their somewhat more childish and less polished look, I've always held the UK covers for Wells' books as equals to those of the US editions. This cover though, might just be my favorite of all yet. Or this just might be my excitement at discovering it talking. The artwork is in keeping with the previous installments of the series in the UK but it also pays and eerie respect to the US editions' very white-centric covers, and comes out as a mix of both US-UK art. Hence why I like it so much.
Anyways, those interested will find the blurb for the book bellow.
Sixteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver has always known he’s different, but not because he only has one friend (and doesn’t much like him) and not because he regularly helps out in his mother’s mortuary. He’s different because he recognizes the classic signs of an incipient serial killer in his own personality, and he’s created a rigid set of rules to follow to keep his darker nature, the one he calls Mr Monster in check.
But John discovers it’s the personality traits he so fears that put him in the best position to save the people of his town from a series of horrific and disturbing killers...
Note: Click on the thumbnail of the image to see it in its full glory...