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UPDATE: STANDARD EDITIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER TILL JUNE 30TH
DELUXE NUMBERED EDITION IS SOLD OUT
Monday, March 1st! And, as promised, you can now pre-order your hardcover editions of Hailey Piper’s QUEEN OF TEETH. Info on how to pre-order is located at the bottom of this article. But first, let’s take a look at that cover art!
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Now, while we’ve posted in-progress pics, this is the first time we are showing off the full wrap for the hardcover’s dust jacket:
Cover art for this release was executed by Nicholas Day, with Don Noble handling layouts. Inspired by the romantic elements of Piper’s tale of body horror, we decided to lean into an Art Nouveau style for the hardcover edition, utilizing color schemes and key art paying pretty clear homage to what we thought were some iconic images from the narrative.
And, for the curious reader, here is the book’s synopsis, followed by the book’s atmosphere-setting prologue:
Within forty-eight hours, Yaya Betancourt will go from discovering teeth between her thighs to being hunted by one of the most powerful corporations in America.
She assumes the vagina dentata is a side effect of a rare genetic condition caused by AlphaBeta Pharmaceutical, decades ago, when she and several thousand others were still in the womb.
But, when ABP corporate goons upend her life, she realizes her secondary teeth might be evidence of a new experiment for which she’s the most advanced test tube . . . a situation worsened when Yaya’s condition sprouts horns, tentacles, and a mind of its own.
On the run and transforming, Yaya may be either ABP’s greatest success, or the deadliest failure science has ever created.
She should never have come.
White debris breathes through cracks in crumbling walls, and black smoke climbs toward the moon. The high school lies a broken eggshell, and beyond its lot, she finds the reason she has been called here. A new creation cries forlorn in the night, baptized in the blood of teachers, peers, and family. Once a teenage student weighed by purse and books and expectations, now turned a pale dragon, countless limbs thrashing as boneless ropes, eager to burn the world. There is monstrous beauty in the blood-spotted skin, and beneath, an intense desire to live. A desire unfulfilled.
She should never have come because, deep down, she can never leave, even when the dragon lets her. Guilt will follow her beyond these soot-coated ruins, through fires and chemicals and once-human screams. Wherever she goes, this night will haunt her for the rest of her life.
As far as sneak peeks go, we think that ought to satisfy most readers, and much of QUEEN OF TEETH’s delights are better to be discovered on one’s own, as the narrative finds itself shape-shifting right along with its protagonist.
In addition to showing off the cover and some of the manuscript, we thought we would share some progress pics taken during the book’s production, and just about everything starts with thumbnail sketches:
And once a design was settled on, it was time to work out the color scheme:
Then, once we were comfortable with the look, it was time to begin working on the actual piece:
Once the central image was finished, surrounding details were added:
After the core illustration was completed, we decided to opt for hand drawn title fonts for the cover…
Art for the back cover came next:
Once finished, all those elements were scanned or photographed and sent to Don Noble, who assembled them into the full wrap pictured at the start of this article.
Aside from the cover work, this hardcover edition includes 3 exclusive interior illustrations (one of which will serve as the deluxe edition’s art print/signature sheet), and you can see the originals here:
All in all, artwork for the hardcover edition represents about a month’s worth of quality time at the drafting table. Hailey Piper set a high bar with her manuscript! And we couldn’t be happier with how this project turned out, and we hope readers and collectors will be just as happy.
This 198-page hardcover is 6×9 and sports a dust jacket with gloss finish. Cover art and interior art are exclusive to this particular release. There are TWO versions: a regular hardcover release; a deluxe limited hardcover release.
The regular edition is a timed-release and will only be available from March 1st through June 30th.
The regular edition retails for $55 (including shipping within the United States). International orders can be purchased, but first class international service is an additional $30.
The deluxe edition is a VERY limited release. There will ONLY be 15 numbered copies produced, and these will include a custom slipcase, signature sheet/art print, “READ HORROR” sticker and card, and a Rooster Republic bookmark. AGAIN, THERE WILL ONLY BE 15 DELUXE EDITIONS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. These deluxe editions are first come, first serve. If previous releases are any indication, then this edition will sell out really fast, and we will be sure to update this post to indicate that the deluxe is no longer available.
The deluxe edition retails for $75 (including shipping within the United States). International orders can be purchased, but first class international service is an additional $30.
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QUEEN OF TEETH numbered editions are on order. Once we receive shipment, we will begin creating the custom slipcases. These books will ship once all 15 have been assembled, so these could go out as early as May/June.
Regular hardcovers are expected to ship in July.
Standard trade paperback (via Amazon) is expected late-October/early November.
As always, thanks for reading and thanks for your continued support, all of which makes projects like these possible.