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The final book cover. Shawn and Ryan did a great job capturing the mood and mystery of the story.

The final book cover. Shawn and Ryan visually nailed the mood of the story.

At first, I considered focusing on the actual cellar doors for the cover art. But, as beautiful as Shawn's artwork is, I felt it gave the cover too much of a fantasy genre feel.

At first, I considered focusing on the actual cellar doors for the cover art. But, as beautiful as Shawn's artwork is, I felt it gave the cover too much of a fantasy novel feel.

Besides writing the story, the mechanics of developing the bookcover was the most enjoyable process of the novel for me. I was priviledged to work with multiple artists, each adding his own vision and interpretation to my somewhat cluttered and disjointed ideas.

Besides writing the story, the mechanics of developing the bookcover was the most enjoyable process of the novel for me. I was priviledged to work with multiple artists, each adding his own vision and interpretation to my somewhat cluttered and disjointed ideas.

As the cover evolved, visual elements of the story began to take shape. The torn cross against the wooden door, and the footsteps leading to the shack positively reeked of mystery.

As the cover evolved, visual elements of the story began to take shape. The torn cross against the wooden door, and the footsteps leading to the shack positively reeked of mystery.

I considered dribbling blood around the footprints in the snow, but decided against it. I never intended to tell a horror story. But rather, a spiritual thriller with a little mystery thrown in for fun.

I considered dribbling blood around the footprints in the snow, but decided against it. I never intended to tell a horror story. But rather, a spiritual thriller with a little horror thrown in for fun.

Ryan came up this idea to 'dress up' the chapter headers. The bloodied version would be eye-catching with ebooks, where colors could be introduced.

Ryan came up this idea to 'dress up' the chapter headers. The bloodied version would be eye-catching with ebooks, where colors could be introduced.

Early version of the 'torn cross' idea. I wanted to convey a sense of symbolism not only in the tale, but in the art as well. The torn cross is the visual story of Satan's attempt to destroy Christ on the cross. More than anything, Cellar Doors is a story of spiritual warfare and redemption.

Early version of the 'torn cross' idea. I wanted to convey a sense of symbolism not only in the tale, but in the art as well. The torn cross is the visual story of Satan's attempt to destroy Christ on the cross. More than anything, Cellar Doors is a story of spiritual warfare and redemption.

This pic was used on both the Lance LaCoax facebook page and cellardoorsbook.com

This pic was used on both the Lance LaCoax facebook page and cellardoorsbook.com


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