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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?  :)

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26 Comments on "The cover painting for Hard Magic"


Guest
4 years 11 months ago

I like it. Pulp rules.

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SuperNaut
4 years 11 months ago

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

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SuperNaut
4 years 11 months ago

p.s. I dig it!

Guest
4 years 11 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.

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BrianC
4 years 11 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.

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Ryan
4 years 11 months ago

Much better!

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DanH
4 years 11 months ago

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

Can’t wait to read it!

Guest
4 years 11 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.

Guest
4 years 11 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!

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BUFF_dragon
4 years 11 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.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

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

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bhinch
4 years 11 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”

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GrantS
4 years 11 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 :D

Guest
4 years 11 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.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

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

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The Sick SuperHuman
4 years 11 months ago

Words cannot describe how awesome that looks.

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Panticles
4 years 11 months ago

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

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MadRocketScientist
4 years 11 months ago

Looks Good!

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

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

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

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

-bn

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Larry, this is BADASS!

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Bugei
4 years 11 months ago

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

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Heath J
4 years 11 months ago

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

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Robb
4 years 11 months ago

Trigger finger discipline… where is it!?

Guest
4 years 11 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.)