Well, I’m lucky enough to share and have these illustrations based on The Greenland Diaries: Days 141 – 200 by the amazing artist Alex Ostman. We’ve worked together for a few years now, and I couldn’t be happier about these images he created.
I met Alex when an illustration course at North Hennepin Community College studied my book The Greenland Diaries: Days 1 – 100. Students were assigned to use any medium to create their personal visualizations of my monsters from the series. It was a ton of fun.
Besides being the center of attention (a phenomenon any writer enjoys to a point) for an entire class, I was able to see how all these students imagined my favorite abomination the Unnamed. It was all over the place. Students who seemed outspoken and into horror made very basic interpretations, while others who were quieter and reserved made the most disturbing stuff imaginable. It could have easily been a psychological experiment for the FBI. It was through this process that I met Alex and we’ve been working together ever since. His abstract paintings matched the style of my writing perfectly.
I thought I would quickly explain the three images without giving away any spoilers:
The Forest King: In the Greenland Diaries: Days 141 – 200, there is a pivotal scene where the main character finally confronts a very different type of Unnamed in a nearby forest.
Beware the Water: Just like any good breed of monster out there, the Unnamed vary by physical environment. In the Greenland Diaries: Days 141 – 200 the watery Unnamed become a central character. She is hard to get a good look at. She has a mushroom capable of consuming anything attached to her back.
Three Girls: One Reanimated you get introduced to in The Greenland Diaries: Days 101 – 140 and in the new book is a version of three little girls sewn to a pile of body parts that scuttle across the apocalyptic landscape like a centipede. My illustrator said this is one of the most disturbing images he’s ever created.
So, there are the new illustrations. I will have them on sale at Crypticon Minneapolis in November. You can also purchase them anytime through my store. I actually have a 2 for $20 deal available right now for illustrations. Please check them out. Thank you everyone for the continued support.
To learn more about Alex and the possibility to commissioning him for work please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward your request on. Thank you.