Seeking front cover design for my debut novel DEAD SIZE.
The book is a darkly comedic fantasy/thriller about a troubled young man who finds himself a pawn in a (perhaps imaginary) war between a clan of tiny people and a secret race of giants.
As the novel is a hybrid of genres, and definitely quirky, I am looking for an eye-catching design that is both fun and surreal, but not too busy (I particularly like the style of Polish poster art for such films as ALIEN, CHINATOWN or THE SHINING; see attached images).
Since the little people (think Lilliputian-size) play a large role in the narrative, they should be portrayed on the cover (possibly around the border), though I picture them more as semi-distorted shapes/silhouettes, some carrying primitive weapons (spears, blowguns, bows and arrows, etc.).
The lead character in the story, a normal-sized human, may or may not be imagining the little people. I'd like to see a representation of his head (or part of) prominently on the cover, perhaps an "x-ray" view showing how off-kilter his mind is (e.g., a brain of clogged gears). Aside from these broad-stroked ideas, you're free to let your imagination run wild with the design. (Just remember the cover has to look good as a thumbnail on Amazon.com and other sites.)
(I attached sample images for the little people and the head; these are ONLY for reference-- you don't have to use them.)
Also to be included on the cover are the title (DEAD SIZE) and my name (SAWNEY HATTON). I think I would prefer them centered on the cover, each word having its own line (with the title a different color than the author). But I am not set in stone on this, so if you have an alternate vision, go for it! Just make sure the title and author stand out.