Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Resurrectionist

by Jack O'Connell

Art Director: Anne Winslow // Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Your only child is lost between this world and the next, and more than anything you want him back. A controversial doctor and a mysterious stranger claim they have the answer. Who do you trust? Are you willing to risk everything? Are you prepared to enter Limbo?

Part classic noir thriller, part mind-bending fantasy, The Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears. It is the story of Sweeney, a druggist by trade, and his son, Danny, the victim of an accident that has left him in a persistent coma. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the forbidding, fortresslike Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have “resurrected” other patients who were lost in the void. What Sweeney comes to realize, however, is that the real cure for his son’s condition may lie in Limbo, a fantasy comic book world into which his son had been drawn at the time of his accident. Plunged into the intrigue that envelops the clinic, Sweeney’s search for answers leads to sinister back alleys, brutal dead ends, and terrifying corners of darkness and mystery.

With The Resurrectionist, Jack O’Connell has crafted a breakout thriller that’s mesmerizing, suspenseful, and all-out heart-pounding.

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ian said...

Don't know what it's about, but I love the image (where did you get that?!) and the typography. Blowin' in the wind in a 50's sort of way...
I sense the southern, bible overtones...

There was movie a while back that dealt with the flooding of a plain where a bunch of weird country folk folks lived. This reminds me of that movie. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

CT said...

Wow, Henry. One of my favorite covers of the year so far. Beautiful. Is the type hand-lettered?

Tal said...

Wow. This is stunning.

Jason Gabbert said...

I'm not going to lie, this cover is great. I love the image, the type, and how they work together. This cover looks like a photograph, but also like an illustration. I'm drooling all over my keyboard.

Sergio said...

Absolutely gorgeous. The full mech manages to be both epic and intensely personal in scale—simultaneously. And it's all achieved with just a few, straightforward elements. This kicks ass, Henry.

Anonymous said...


You're a genius! Chick and rest of the Godfaden Freaks join me in thanking you for this stunning cover. Hot damn. We owe you!

Jack O'Connell

H3NR7 said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words.

Hey Jack!
Thanks for the compliments. I had a great time working on your crazy ass book. It was such a compelling read. Full of so many vivid images and characters. Lots O'Fun. This design is one of my all time favorite simple design. Epic mood.