've always had an interest in photography, and over the past few years, my work in desktop publishing and Web design has allowed me to digitally alter my photos to create Web site banners for the sites of Delirium Books, Twilight Tales, Dark Arts Books, author Brian Keene and poet Kathy Kubik, as well as for my own site. See the Web section at the bottom of this page. I've also created desktop wallpaper backgrounds for computers. See the lefthand column to download some.
I've had the most fun designing book covers for a variety of presses. Thumbnails of the front covers, with larger size versions showing the front and back covers, are collected below:
hile my Web designs are no longer "live" on these sites, you can see the banners I created for them, and a graphic depiction of how the pages looked when they were working site designs below. The most recent site design I've worked on was for Brian Keene's 2005 site, which relaunched in 2008 retaining only the banner from the original look:
Brian Keene's publisher, Shane Ryan Staley at Delirium Books, wanted to give Brian a Christmas present for 2005...so he asked me to design a new look for the Keene site. I used, abused and warped and melded the art from two of Brian's Delirium titles -- Earthworm Gods and City of the Dead to create the new look. Keene's site held this design from December 2005 until early 2010.
This collage includes images from a house in the New Orleans French Quarter, a church in San Francisco and Resurrection Cemetery, near Chicago (where there are longstanding tales of the ghost of "Resurrection Mary"). It became the top anchor for the Delirium Books Web site at www.deliriumbooks.com, which I also did the 2003-05 design for. The site has been redesigned a couple of times since...
This collage includes images from Bourbon Street in the New Orleans French Quarter and San Francisco which were used in the cover of my short story collection Vigilantes of Love, as well as tombstone from the "haunted" Bachelor's Grove cemetery on the south side of Chicago and a clip from the cover of my first book, Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions. It was the banner graphic for this site in 2003-2004.
The image above is collaged from the trees in my backyard, as well as my wife's eyes. It's a portion of the image that became the Spooks! anthology book cover. The treatment above became the top anchor for the Twilight Tales Web site for a couple years at www.twilighttales.com, which I also did the design for.
The image above was simply a photo taken from my hotel room while I was on vacation in Honolulu in 2003. It became the top anchor of poet Kathy Kubik's site for several years (it's gone now) at www.kathykubik.com when I was constructing a simple design for her site that could give a feeling of vastness and the eternal.