Book cover illustration by artist Duncan Long

Here’s my illustration for David Kempf’s new novel (with lettering by Kib Prestridge).

Creating this picture took me down a different route than I commonly use in creating my artwork. This picture is a “composite” of two faces, a computer circuit board, and the air grill on a computer. The various elements were layered, and then nudged, color adjusted, and reworked until everything fit together.

Sort of.

In a terrifying way that seems to go beyond the “uncanny valley” and into the “valley of the shadow of death” perhaps.

The result is an unsettling attention getter that should serve Kempf’s new book well.


Duncan Long is a book cover illustrator. You can see more of his artwork here: Duncan Long’s Gallery of Book Cover Artwork.