Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cover design for Darkness Descends on Princeton

A few months ago I had the distinct pleasure of designing the book cover for Darkness Descends on Princeton, a 1930's murder mystery by Jeff Jacobs. I finally received a print copy and it looks even better than I could have imagined.

The layout was inspired by 1960s mass market paperbacks with small titles on the front and one stark image to represent the story. Being a native Princetonian, I decided to incorporate the iconic Nassau Hall building and Princeton Tigers stripes and colors for a bold cover, and I had some fun with the dot over the building which could simultaneously serve as a bullet or the moon.

My ties to the book aside, it's a really fine work of literature that I highly recommend. The concept is brilliant, placing all of the familiar faces from 1930's classic movies (Peter Lorre, Edna May Oliver, Charles Coburn, etc.) smack dab into a murder mystery set in 1939 Princeton. There's Nazi intrigue, witty dialogue,  clever repartee, and it's exceptionally well written. I personally hope that it turns into a series so I can continue to follow the adventures of the hero & heroine... and maybe design more book covers too

It's available on Amazon as a paperback and kindle download here.