Mark A. Carter
 

COVER ART: Bouguereau, danse, and symbol in HEPHZIBAH OF HEAVEN

World famous Canadian Science Fiction novelist Mark A. Carter gives his two cents worth about the artwork chosen for the covers of his books:

Hephzibah of Heaven

Trade Paperback

The front cover of the Mythpunk Science Fiction novel Hephzibah of Heaven is a reversed, squashed, and stretched reproduction of La Danse by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. The original painting is oil on canvas and measures 387 x 180 centimeters. It is currently on display at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. La Danse was painted in 1856.

Bouguereau's painting of deities dancing atop a cloud against a tilting azure sky was chosen for the front cover because, within it, I saw a carefree and young Hephzibah celebrating her deific existence with her fellow Seraphim before the War of Heaven befalls them all. Dancing as a symbol for life, love, and order, in association with the Lord of Dance, is seen briefly in Hephzibah of Heaven - a novel of hope in a graceless age but more extensively in the prequel.

The navy blue fabric that the dancers toss is the ominous symbol of the chaos, misfortune, and pain that is to come; whereas, the carefree nature of the dance set against the airy blue and white backdrop of clouds and sky are symbols of the hope suggested in the subtitle.

Hephzibah of Heaven is available in US Trade paperback with Matte Finish black and white interior on #60 cream paper, at 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches and 474 pages / 1.5 lbs. for $19.99 USD.

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Thea of the Seraphim

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The front cover of the Mythpunk Science Fiction novel Thea of the Seraphim is a depiction of the Archangel Michael by Guido Reni. It was painted in 1636. The original painting is oil on canvas, 293 x 202 cm., and is displayed at the Capuchin Church of Santa Maria della Concezione in Rome. A mosaic of the same painting decorates St. Michael's Altar within St. Peter's Basilica.

Reni's Michael was chosen for the cover because it is the very essence of Thea. She is not merely a creature of beauty, but of terrible, seraphic, androgynous beauty, the physical manifestation of a fiery, deific and volatile temperament.

Although Thea does not trample Lucifer in the novel, as Michael does in Reni's artistic work, this painting does indeed embody the spirit of the War of Hell that rages between Thea's Army of the Righteous and Lucifer's Army of Darkness.

Thea of the Seraphim is available in US trade Paperback with Matte Finish black and white interior on #60 cream paper, at 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches and 214 pages / 0.75 lbs. for $12.99 USD.

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Thea of the Seraphim

Hardback with Dust Cover

The new front cover for the hardcover edition of the Mythpunk Science Fiction novel Thea of the Seraphim is a reversed and stretched depiction of a fresco painted by Wilhelm Kotarbinski circa 1900 at St. Vladimir Cathedral, Kiev. It is an example of Art Nouveau. The fresco is called Seraphim. You can tell it is a Seraph because it has six wings.

This painting was chosen because the childlike face before a nimbus reminds me of the wide-eyed innocence of this highest class of Angels closest to God before the War of Heaven occurs; whereas, as seen in Thea of the Seraphim, these mystical creatures of fire and light also have a dark side and possess awesome and terrifying deific power.

Thea of the Seraphim is now available in professional US trade hardback with gloss dust jacket, black and white interior on #60 cream paper, blue linen with gold spine, and 178 pages for $39.95 USD.

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Tellusian Seed

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The front cover of the Mythpunk Science Fiction novel Tellusian Seed is an abstract depiction of the galactic diaspora that occurs at the end of Hephzibah of Heaven and at the outset of the sequel. The red strands represent the heated trajectories of the many Utera that departed Tellus Mater on that special spring day on their journey to vastly different worlds among the stars of the Milky Way, set against the cold blackness of space, to spread the teachings of the Mother of Creation through the Book of Gabriel. The image is licensed through 123rf.com.

Tellusian Seed is available in US trade Paperback with Matte Finish black and white interior on #60 cream paper, at 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches and 214 pages / 0.71 lbs. for $13.98 USD.

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Tellusian Seed

Hardback with Dust Cover

The new front cover of the Mythpunk Science Fiction novel Tellusian Seed is an abstract depiction of one of the three alien planets visited by the Tellusians in the novel. The image is licensed through istockphoto.com.

Tellusian Seed is now available in professional US trade hardback with gloss dust jacket, black and white interior on #60 cream paper, blue linen with gold spine, and 192 pages for $37.95 USD.

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from the imagination of Mark A. Carter - novelist

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