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Somedays, well, somedays this cover design lark takes a little time to untangle. Take this novel as a case in point. How, how, how, we had to ask, does one create a cover for a novel about a battlefield looter who accidentally kills the king dead, gets killed dead himself, becomes mistaken for the king of the dead by the hordes of the dead, and then sent on his semi-dead way to find the real king, or be actually properly dead?

Answer, loads and loads and loads of dead things. Obviously.

So thank you, Nick Castle off of Castle Design, for taking my concept and going way beyond where I hoped it would end up. And thanks, of course, to the mighty Lee Battersby, whose wonderfully dark and devilishly funny fantasy novel The Corpse-Rat King will appear from Angry Robot in early September this year.


  1. It struck a sensitive chord in me : zombies in a fantasy world. Hope it’s not that lengthy.

  2. Wow! Really looking forward to this one!

  3. Another fantastic cover. And from what I hear, Lee, — *eyes Browne — the insides definitely measure up.

  4. Oh, I am so chuffed and humbled to be the recipient of art so lovely. My thanks to my Robot Overlords and their fleshminion Nick Castle.

    Gawds, I hope the insides measure up…

  5. wonderful cover for a wonderful book (yes, I’ve read it! – did the beta read) – Angry Robot are producing the best covers in the business; some will be referred to in years to come as exemplars.

  6. Awesome… Just Awesome… Can’t wait to read it!

  7. Wonderful cover!! Congrats!

  8. Sounds like fun! (Cool cover too).

  9. Sounds really good. Looks good as well 🙂

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