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Republic of Thieves

Painting for the cover of the Subterranean edition of Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, latest in...

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The Weeping Tower

One of the interior illustrations for Scott Lynch's Republic of Thieves, published by Subterranean...

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Surf Santa

Our Christmas card for 2011. Poor old Santa; he's been through the wars in recent years. Perhaps I'll try and think of something nice for him for next year. Then again; maybe not.

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Night of the Swarm

Artwork for the fourth and final volume in Robert V.S. Redick's series The Chathrand Voyage, published by Gollancz. The author kindly says that this is his favouite cover in the series.   

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Republic of Thieves - Alchemy

One of the interior illustrations for Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, published by Subterranean...

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Republic of Thieves - Demi Silk

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Republic of Thieves - The Resolve

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Jewels in the Dust

Cover for a series of stories by Peter Crowther published by Subterranean. This is based on a story which is very personal to the author and he was quite specific about what he wanted on the cover.   

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Forbidden Worlds

This is a "re-imagined" cover based on an old comic book. It's part of a series being published by PS Publishing.   

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Viriconium

Cover for The Czech edition of M.John Harrison's Viriconium, which contains all the stories in this series. It's published by Lazer books   

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Journeys

Cover for a collection of stories by Ian R. Mcleod, published by Subterranean press.   

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Stonewielder Volume 1

Cover for volume one of the third novel in the Malazan Empire series by Ian Cameron Esslemont published by PS Publishing    

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Stonewielder Volume2

Cover for volume two of the third novel in the Malazan Empire series by Ian Cameron Esslemont, published by PS Publishing.   

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A Princess of the Linear Jungle

Cover painting for the sequel to A Year in the Linear City by Paul Di Fillipo, published by PS Publishing.

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The River of Shadows

Cover painting for the third book in the Chathrand Voyage series by Robert V.S. Redick, published by Gollancz.   :

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The Kraken

Cover for the Czech edition of Kraken by China Mieville published by Lazer Books

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Perdido Street Station; Cover

Cover artwork for the Subterranean edition of Perdido Street station by China Mieville.I always wanted to have another go at a cover for this book   

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Perdido Street Station; Slake Moth

Interior gatefold artwork for the Subterranean edition of Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.When I illustrated Perdido Street before I avoided doing the Slake Moth as I wasn't sure I could get the right hallucinatory quality. As I had a double spread to play with I decided to have a go this time.   

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Ink

Cover for the Czech edition of Ink by Hal Duncan, published by Laser Books, the follow up to his remarkable Vellum   

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The Opera Ghost

Commissioned by Gollancz for the Terry Pratchett Discworld Collectors' Edition Calendar 2010.This image is from Maskerade and if you think it bears some similarity to the Lon Chaney Phantom of the Opera that's because it's one of my favourite movies.

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The City and The City

Cover for the Czech edition of China Mieville's The City and The City, published by Laser books.Just a fantastic book.   

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House of Storms

Commissioned by Laser Books for the Czech edition of the novel by Ian.R.MacLeod.This is a sequel to the excellent The Light Ages and if anything is even better.   

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Metatropolis

Cover for an anthology published by Subterranean Press.You guessed it; a series of stories loosely based in a city. Some excellent stories too and very varied. You can probably tell that I based the image on a couple of great pictures of New York that I've had around the place for ages.

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Vault of Deeds

Cover for the novella by James Barclay, published by PS Publishing.   

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The Modern World

Cover for the Czech edition of the novel by Steph Swainston, published by Laser.This is the third in Steph's series and the book is as epic as the first two. It wasn't until I'd read almost to the end that I found an idea to hang the image on. An unusual thing for me when a story is so rich.   

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The Rats and the Ruling Sea

Cover for the second in the Chathrand series by Robert VS Redick, published in the UK by Gollancz.As this is the second in the series I already had a good idea what the huge ship should look like. However, I'm not a nautical expert and was just trying to follow the author's description. I've got no idea if such an enormous vessel could exist in reality. Good job it's a fantasy then. It was very enjoyable to paint and I think it has a kind of freshness to it.   

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Return of the Crimson Guard, part two

Cover for the second volume of Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian Cameron Esslemont, published by PS publishing.   

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A Mere Scutcheon

Cover for the second of PS publishing's PS Showcase mini collections called Conscientious Inconsistencies by Nancy Jane Moore.This story was a kind of fantasy version of The Three Musketeers which explains the rather French looking chateau. I like the loose handling of the building and the general atmosphere but perhaps I could have made it more obvious that it's supposed to be pouring with rain.   

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Vellum

Commissioned by Laser Books for the Czech edition of the novel by Hal Duncan.   

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Rincewind and Eric Behold the City of Tezumen

Commissioned by Gollancz for the Terry Pratchett Discworld Calendar 2009. This idea was taken from the book Eric.

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Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key

Cover for the pirate novel by Kage Baker, published by Subterranean Press.    

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The Return of the Crimson Guard, part one

Cover for the first part of a two-volume set of Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian Cameron Esslemont, published by PS Publishing.   

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Summer of Snakes

Commissioned by Gollancz for their Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collectors' Edition Calendar 2008. Terry Pratchett himself suggested the theme for this painting.

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The Moon Pirates

Originally commissioned by Gollancz for the cover of Robert V.S. Redick's book The Red Wolf Consipiracy. Although this painting is a great piece in its own right, I felt that it didn't really portray what the publishers were trying to get across for the Redick novel so I sent a sketch of my own idea. They preferred my approach so I repainted it - see elsewhere in this gallery.

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The Red Wolf Conspiracy: The Chathrand Voyage

Cover artwork for the first book in a fantasy trilogy by Robert V.S. Redick, published in the UK by Gollancz. The publishers were pretty clear about what they wanted for this cover but I couldn't get it to work satisfactorily. When I sent them the finished image I also sent a sketch of the way I thought it should have been done. To my surprise they decided that my idea was an improvement and asked me to repaint the cover along those lines. The first image is also on the website under the title 'The Moon Pirates'.    

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Red Seas Under Red Skies: The House of Azura Gallardine

One of four interior artworks for the Subterranean Press edition of Scott Lynch's Red Seas Under Red Skies.    

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Red Seas Under Red Skies: The Red Messenger Before the Wind

One of four interior artworks for the Subterranean Press edition of Scott Lynch's Red Seas Under Red Skies.    

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Red Seas Under Red Skies: The Sinspire

One of four interior artworks for the Subterranean Press edition of Scott Lynch's Red Seas Under Red Skies.    

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Red Seas Under Red Skies: The Golden Steps

One of four interior artworks for the Subterranean Press edition of Scott Lynch's Red Seas Under Red Skies.    

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Red Seas Under Red Skies

Cover for the Subterranean Press edition of Scott Lynch's Red Seas Under Red Skies. The Gentleman Bastards take to the sea for this episode in Scott Lynch's excellent series. It's another rollicking adventure with all the inventiveness and humour of the first book. Highly recommended.    

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Trial of Flowers

Cover for the dark urban fantasy novel by Jay Lake, published by Laser Books.   

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The Fade

Cover for a Chris Wooding novel, published by Gollancz in the UK.

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Un Lun Dun

Cover for the young adult fantasy novel by China Miéville, published by Laser Books. All China's books are extremely atmospheric, but this one seemed particularly so to me, perhaps because I am old enough to remember the great London fogs which are an integral part of the story.   

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The Lies of Locke Lamora: Plague Ship

One of four interior artworks for the Subterranean Press edition of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora: Father Chains

One of four interior artworks for the Subterranean Press edition of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora: Bug

One of four interior artworks for the Subterranean Press edition of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora: The Grey King

One of four interior artworks for the Subterranean Press edition of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora (cover)

Cover for the novel by Scott Lynch, published by Subterranean Press. I'll have to own up that I didn't know of this book until I was asked to illustrate it. What a discovery; just about the best fantasy book I've read in ages and ages. Not only does it have the richly detailed and convincing setting that we've all come to expect, but it has entertaining and engaging characters and above all manages to be funny as well. Oh, nearly forgot, and it's a great story. Gentleman Bastards rule.

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Alex Deftblade

Cover for a book by Lee Weatherly, published by Scholastic.

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The Haunting of Alaizebel Cray - Spot Illustration

Cover for a novel by Chris Wooding, published by Scholastic. Also used on Brazilian, Danish, Portuguese and Slovenian editions of this book. It was also used on a Czech cover.                  

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The Haunting of Alaizebel Cray

Cover for a novel by Chris Wooding, published by Scholastic. Also used on Brazilian, Danish, Portuguese and Slovenian editions of this book. Used on a Czech cover too.                  

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Footprints in the Snow

This was the original piece of artwork painted for Tamara Siler Jones' novel Ghosts in the Snow. However, the publisher decided they needed a different feel. I think this original piece has considerable atmosphere though.

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Julian - A Christmas Story

Cover for a novella by Robert Charles Wilson, published by PS Publishing. This story is set in a post-oil future where life has returned to conditions rather like the Old West and is dominated by religious orthodoxy.

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Valley of the Soul

Cover for the third book in the series by Tamara Siler Jones, and the best, about her psychic criminal investigator. Published by Spectra (Bantam).

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Past Magic

Cover for a collection of stories by Ian R. LacLeod published by PS Publishing. The book cover doesn't have the monster on the left hand side which is nothing to do with the story. I added it later as I felt that there was a rather large, empty area there. I was surprised at how much it changed the picture, giving it an improved sense of depth.

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No Present Like Time

Cover for the Czech edition of the book by Steph Swainston, published by Laser. I was really pleased with the way this turned out. I'm always banging on about simple images working best, but this proves it.

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The Eagle

Cover for the concluding volume of The Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte. Published by Tor (Forge).

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Etched City

Cover for the Czech edition of the novel by K.J. Bishop, published by Laser.

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Refugees

A personal piece. I painted this when I was experimenting with becoming Edward Miller which accounts for the loose technique. I think it has a nice cinematic feel.

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Grendel

A companion piece to 'Beowulf', originally commissioned for a proposed children’s book cover.

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Some Burial Place

Inside illustration for the Songs of Leaving collection of short stories by Peter Crowther, from Subterranean Press. I found this a tricky job because Pete Crowther’s description manages to be both atmospheric and epic. I tried to capture the feeling of the story rather than follow the details too closely.

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Songs of Leaving

The cover for a collection of Peter Crowther stories, published by Subterranean Press.

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Cities

Bookcover for a collection of novellas edited by Peter Crowther with stories by China Mieville, Geoff Ryman, Paul di Fillipo and Michael Moorcock. Published by Gollancz. I felt it was important not to do a standard SF cityscape for this painting and so my 'gothic gene' came to the fore again.Also used on a Czech bookcover and a magazine cover.          

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Old House Under the Snow

Cover for the second edition of Postscripts magazine published by PS Publishing. It illustrates a story by Rhys Hughes.

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Castillion

Personal piece. Used on a German book cover.

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Avalon Heights

A personal piece. Used on the promotional material for a Fantasy Art Masters exhibition at Blackburn Art Gallery. I don't know where this image came from. I suppose it harks back to Fairy Tales and the great Victorian illustrators. I daresay a Giant lives here. Also used on Dutch paperback and hardback covers         

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The Lance Thrower

Cover for the eighth book in the Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte, published by Tor.

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The Singing Sword

Bookcover for Vol. 2 of the Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte, published by Tor Books.

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The Skystone

Bookcover for Vol. 1 of the Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte, published by Tor Books.

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The Sorcerer

Bookcover for Vol. 6 of the Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte, published by Tor Books.

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Romanitas

Commission by Orion for the first book in the Romanitas series by Sophia McDougall, but not used. The basis of this story is that the Roman Empire never ended so the publishers wanted a view of London with a Roman look and without any of the famous London landmarks. It's probably not visible here but there is a row of crosses along the river bank where criminals are still crucified.

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Eidolon

Personal piece. One of a number of pieces on paper, rather than canvas, just to see what would happen. I like the feel of this piece.

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Castle Reach

Personal piece. Also used as a Dutch cover for a Robert Newcomb book and for the German edition of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.    

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No Traveller Returns

Cover for a book by Paul Park, published by PS Publishing.

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Under the Penitence

Cover for a book by Mary Gentle published by PS Publishing. It takes place in the Visigothic Carthage of Ash: A Secret History, but stands alone and can be read without reference to the novel. Mary Gentle's story is very involving and atmospheric but I found it difficult to imagine what ancient Carthage would have looked like and surprisingly hard to find any information. In the end I tried to give it a kind of North African feel and crossed my fingers. The Penitence of the title is the name given to the huge cloud that permanently shrouds the city.

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Turns and Chances

Cover for a novella by Juliet E. McKenna, published by PS Publishing.

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The Light Ages

Book cover for a novel by Ian R. MacLeod and published by Earthlight / Simon & Schuster. Also used on the Czech edition.    

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The Devil Delivered

Cover for a novella by Steven Erikson, published by PS Publishing.

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Light Stealer

Cover for a PS Publishing novella by James Barclay. PS also brought out a black and white version of this    

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Dragon Kings Play Songs of Love

Cover for the third issue of Postscripts magazine published by PS Publishing. This illustrates a story by Chaz Brenchley. Some time before I painted this I had a talk with Chaz about his travels in Korea and I must admit this is based as much on that chat as it is on the story.

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Pyramids

Commissioned by Gollancz for the Terry Pratchett Discworld 2005 calendar.

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The Year of Our War

Cover for a first novel by Steph Swainston published by Gollancz. Also used on the Czech edition.    

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A Year in the Linear City

Bookcover for a novella by Paul Di Filippo and published by PS Publishing. Also used on a Czech anthology, edited by Martin Sust and published by Laser Books. I thought this was a stunning story. Anyone who thinks fantasy is about pixies and elves should read this.    

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Night of Knives

Cover for the novel by Ian Cameron Esslemont, set in the world of Steve Erikson's Malazan Books of the Fallen, published by PS Publishing. Also used on a German cover.       

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The Scar

Bookcover for a novel by China Miéville, published by Macmillan. The follow-up novel to Perdido Street Station and set in the same world. The same image was used on the covers of the Dutch, Czech and Spanish editions. What can I say? Another major book.            

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Perdido Street Station - The Ribs

One of six artworks commissioned by Night Shade Books for their edition of Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. Subterranean subsequently took over the publication of this book which includes, not only the six original paintings, but a new gatefold interior illustration and a new cover.Some authors can be a bit precious about having their work illustrated, but China was extremely cool about the whole thing and happy to see different interpretations of his ideas.   

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Perdido Street Station

Bookcover for a novel by China Miéville, published by Macmillan. Also used on the Dutch edition and the Czech and German editions. It was also used as a frontispiece for the illustrated Subterranean edition of this book. What can I say? A major book.          ;   

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Perdido Street Station - Rooftop Vigil

One of six artworks commissioned by Night Shade Books for their edition of Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. Subterranean subsequently took over the publication of this book which includes, not only the six original paintings, but a new gatefold interior illustration and a new cover.   

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Perdido Street Station - The Avatar

One of six artworks commissioned by Night Shade Books for their edition of Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. Subterranean subsequently took over the publication of this book which includes, not only the six original paintings, but a new gatefold interior illustration and a new cover.   

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Perdido Street Station - Interview With the Weaver

One of six artworks commissioned by Night Shade Books for their edition of Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. Subterranean subsequently took over the publication of this book which includes, not only the six original paintings, but a new gatefold interior illustration and a new cover.   China had very specific ideas about how the Weaver should look, but he was cool enough to let me go my own way.

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Perdido Street Station - Yagharek

One of six artworks commissioned by Night Shade Books for their edition of Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. Subterranean subsequently took over the publication of this book which includes, not only the six original paintings, but a new gatefold interior illustration and a new cover.   

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