My horror story, Incubus, comes out August 16. It's a tragic love story about a young couple, a murder, and a door to hell being opened by despair. You can read a little bit more about what this short e-book is about below, but I'm blogging today because of the cover process.
Just yesterday, I got the cover for the story from the very talented designer at Amber Allure (the GLBT division of Amber Quill Press), Trace Edward Zaber. I was pretty thrilled with it, although I thought the font used could have been tweaked a little. Below are the two versions, the original and the final.
Which one do you prefer? I'm just curious to see if you agree with me. Leave your comment below and I'll let you know the answer on Thursday, July 2. As an added bonus, I will draw one winner from all the comments who will receive a free copy of the e-book when it releases in August.
A stranger with a knife ripped the love of your life away?
That love came back to you?
That love looked the same, but you knew it couldn’t really be him?
Incubus is the haunting—and haunted—tale of Oliver and Ryan, a young couple who have traveled to Montreal from Chicago to get married. It’s late and they’re on their way home from their honeymoon…and their trip on Chicago’s el trains and subways is fraught with strange characters, one a biker-jacket clad man who urges them to “Get close to Lucifer!” But the oddest stranger they encounter is a man in a zippered leather mask who waits for them in an underground parking garage with a knife. Only one of the couple will emerge from this encounter alive.
Oliver’s depression overwhelms him, having seen his hope for a new life with his new husband squashed in an instant. He feels so alone. Or is he? When Ryan begins to appear to him again in the dark, and to make love to him, Oliver is happy…and in denial. He ignores this new Ryan’s cold touch, his strange eyes, and the odd burns Ryan’s touch leaves on his skin.
Has Oliver’s despair and desire for his lost love opened a door to something dark and terrifying? Is the Ryan who returns to him really the Ryan he loves…or a demonic imposter? And when love is brutally ripped away, will Oliver decide it doesn’t matter?
With Incubus, Rick R. Reed merges his talent for horror with a tragic love story and the result is…chilling.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
INCUBUS Has a New--and Newer--Cover
Real Men. True Love. Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” You can find him at www.rickrreed.com or www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix.