Showing posts from May, 2024

Cover Illustration & Design – Waypoint Seven

  Final Cover – Stephen Embleton 2024 It was a pleasure to create the cover for Sauúti colleague Xan van Rooyen's aetherpunk novella "Waypoint Seven" being published by the newly established Mirari Press in South Africa. It gave me the opportunity to explore my digital illustrating to the extreme by incorporating my design and drawing skills – and it would not be the same if I didn't have an understanding of how physical illustrations (brushwork, pencils, paints and textures) really look. It was daunting to start – particularly wanting to deliver Xan something that did their story justice – no pressure. But with Mirari Press' Marius du Plessis having a love and understanding of design, he gave me so much free reign to play. And with each of the phases below, he encouraged and gave feedback (mostly Wow! and keep going). This is very rare with clients. And it was with this collaboration that the illustration and design blossomed over ten days. GET YOUR COPY OF &quo

"Undulation" Makes the 2024 HWA Bram Stoker Award Reading List

  I'm really pleased to have my 2023 novella, Undulation – from the first Sauúti anthology, Mothersound – included in the HWA Bram Stoker Award Reading List along with 5 others! 6 Sauúti stories, featured in the Mothersound Anthology were included in the 2024 HWA Bram Stoker Award Reading List. Short Fiction: Lost In The Echoes – Xan van Rooyen The Grove’s Lament – Tobias S. Buckell The Way Of Baa’gh – Cheryl S. Ntumy Undulation – Stephen Embleton Xhova – Adelehin Ijasan Long Fiction: A City, A Desert & All Their Dirges – Somto Ihezue & Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki Read the full HWA Bram Stoker Award Reading List here.