Now or Never Publishing kept me in suspense for many weeks in anticipation of seeing the cover for my forthcoming novel Hands of the Tyrants, which will be released in the Fall of 2012. The final design is posted below. I think the contrast between the bright font and the dark background / illustration reflects the tone of Hands of the Tyrants. Even during initial drafts of this novel I wanted to capture a light-hearted, satirical tone while entertaining philosophical speculations on art and the relationship between artists and the state. I love the illustration that made it’s way into the final design. It’s a surreal collection of strange characters that is bordering on the abstract. Any comments on this design are welcome…from praise to damnation!