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The cover painting for Hard Magic

The Grimnoir Chronicles: Hard Magic by Alan Pollack

I just got the cover painting for Hard Magic. Alan Pollack is the same fellow that did the covers for both Monster Hunter novels. He’s an extremely talented artist.  http://www.alanpollack.com/ He was going for a very ’30s big pulp vibe, and I believe that it came out great. I’m feeling so much better about this one now that I know the cover on Amazon was a rough draft stub that shouldn’t have ever gone out.  This one feels kind of retro-swanky-cool.  I’m really excited.

Strangely, all three of my novels feature covers of an attractive/dangerous women and a man with a gun… I don’t really know what that says about me as an author. Oh, hell, who am I kidding?  🙂

Here is the Hard Magic final cover art
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David J. West
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6 years 4 months ago

I like it. Pulp rules.

SuperNaut
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SuperNaut
6 years 4 months ago

Thompson! Drum! And, uh, a ball of rubber-bands?

SuperNaut
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SuperNaut
6 years 4 months ago

p.s. I dig it!

Heartless Libertarian
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6 years 4 months ago

I seem to remember the original cover for MHI not including any humans at all…oh, and my wife saw those going for around $200 on eBay.

BrianC
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BrianC
6 years 4 months ago

Hey, I have of those! I was lucky enough to run across the discussion on THR and recognize the writing as the genius it is. I’m too much of a book hoarder to ever sell it. I may send it to Larry and beg for it to be signed.

As for the cover, very nice. I feel better now. The other almost gave me pause on pre-ordering it. Almost.

Ryan
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Ryan
6 years 4 months ago

Much better!

DanH
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DanH
6 years 4 months ago

That looks MUCH better than the first “placeholder” illustration.

Can’t wait to read it!

The Ogre
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6 years 4 months ago

Love it. Seriously, that’s a cool cover.
Now, the Tommy… it has a side charging handle like a 1943 Tommy… and a Top Charger like a 1927 Tommy? Interesting.

wekm
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6 years 4 months ago

I believe what you are seeing on top is actually supposed to be the front sight.
May not have been painted by a gun nut.

Other than that, HOW FRIGGIN COOL is that cover!

BUFF_dragon
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BUFF_dragon
6 years 4 months ago

yea, and the Rules Violation of “FINGER ON THE TRIGGER” hints at a non-gunny designer….

other than that (which just sticks out to me and urks the hell out of me) its a great lookin cover.

Andrew Rothman
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6 years 4 months ago

So this character is not much of a stickler for safety rules huh? 🙂

bhinch
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bhinch
6 years 4 months ago

That’s cause your a BAEN writer. Check the rest of BAEN’s covers you’ll see the curvy babe/big gun motif is well known there.

Like all BAEN writers you’ll need to get used to the Barflies call,
“WRITE FASTER LARRY”

GrantS
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GrantS
6 years 4 months ago

“Strangely, all three of my novels feature covers of an attractive/dangerous women and a man with a gun… I don’t really know what that says about me as an author. Oh, hell, who am I kidding?”

It means you actually recognize your readers and cater to the market 😀

Cameron Sullivan
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6 years 4 months ago

Now THAT looks downright cool. Sharp, polished, and communicates that there’s more to this than just a 30s gangster novel.

Looks great, Larry. Can’t wait for the book.

wekm
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6 years 4 months ago

And from the look on her face, I think I would rather face down the guy with the Thompson…

The Sick SuperHuman
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The Sick SuperHuman
6 years 4 months ago

Words cannot describe how awesome that looks.

Panticles
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Panticles
6 years 4 months ago

Looks good, can’t wait for the book to hit the stores!

MadRocketScientist
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MadRocketScientist
6 years 4 months ago

Looks Good!

TJ
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6 years 4 months ago

I think it means you are writing what you know about.

Ben Godby
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6 years 4 months ago

That cover art is amazing. That is the kind of cover art that makes me buy a book.

-bn

Brad R. Torgersen
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6 years 4 months ago

Larry, this is BADASS!

Bugei
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Bugei
6 years 4 months ago

I like it, except that it looks like she’s holding a small pile of radioactive dog poop.

Heath J
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Heath J
6 years 4 months ago

While awesome, ( and I do think he captured what you were going for theme wise), Shouldn’t that be a Lewis Gun?

Robb
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Robb
6 years 4 months ago

Trigger finger discipline… where is it!?

Beaumont
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6 years 3 months ago

I like it — and this time, the artist actually made an attempt at depicting a (somewhat) realistic firearm. Why do so many talented artists paint guns like a third-grader does? (Pet peeve of mine.)

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