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Start Your Engines

Preliminary cover on the new novel. Out next spring. Design by Mary Schuck. Very happy – best cover I’ve had to date.

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22 Responses to Start Your Engines

  1. Hennessey says:

    This is goddamn awesome. Thanks for posting, Joe.

  2. Carrie's Younger Brother says:

    Love it!!!

  3. Tinker says:


    Just outta curiosity: will the 5 issue comic book series be sourced from the 120-page novella you cut from the book?

  4. Joe Hill says:

    The first issue is adapted directly from material that was excised from the novel. All the rest is new stuff, covering ideas that tie into the book, but are independent from it.

  5. Tinker says:

    Awesome. Can’t wait.

    Oh, and this cover alone is one example of why the physical book won’t die. Why settle for it on a screen, when I can hold the actual art. I mean, had HORNS been released only on eBook, we would’ve been cheated out of the textured grooves left by Mary Schuck’s pitchfork.

  6. Manuel says:

    What does it mena? “Nosferatu”?
    English is not my native language but I’m good at it, but do not know how to pronounce the “a”.

    Anyways, congratulations!

  7. BK says:


    As far as I know, the term ‘Nosferatu’ was popularised in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and is basically a term synonymous with (and meaning) ‘vampire’, though I’m not 100 per cent sure of its true origin. And (apologies to Joe if I’ve gotten this wrong) as far as pronunciation, say the ‘a’ the same way you’d say the ‘a’ in ‘car’ (ie: NOS-FAIR-AH-TOO).

    No doubt someone else can give you a better explanation, but I hope that helps!

  8. Carrie's Younger Brother says:


    I have 3 words for you: album cover art. Once the CD and then the MP3 came along, album cover art died a slow death. Such a shame. Book cover art will eventually follow one day. So sad.

  9. Joe Hill says:


    Nah – I lot of people seem to think records and books are analogous, but I don’t think they are. Not quite. Some people will continue to value beautifully made books – especially if they’re illustrated, or if there’s something interesting about the design.

  10. authorwarren says:

    The cover looks awesome. Any chance of publishing an excerpt soon?

  11. Bob says:

    Is it finished? I mean, the final draft?

  12. Mike Pasiuk says:

    GREAT cover-can’t wait for it to come out….

  13. Betsy Boo says:


  14. Carrie's Younger Brother says:


    You bring up an interesting point and I agree with you in part, but I do believe that in time we will see more book covers that translate well to smaller, digital formats though. That means less intricate artwork and bigger, bolder graphics. Kinda like your new book cover. :)

    By the way, check out the new special edition format of Patti Smith’s new CD, Banga, for a beautiful melding of both music and the printed word bound together.

  15. MAIDER says:

    I have more desire that arrive Spain

  16. Ryan Vallee says:

    F—–g Awesome!!!!!

  17. ThomasDerry says:

    Wasn’t til I looked at the cover that I realized: Nosferatu. Slow train chugging by here.

  18. John says:

    Pretty cool Joe. I wonder how many people in the book store are going to catch that title right off the bat.

  19. That is a beautiful cover! So very cool concept and design. And all of the sudden I wonder how in hell someone hasn’t thought of that before. So awesome you did. Don’t change a thing about it!

  20. Patrick says:

    Love the new title and cover artwork, Joe. It strikes me as an an evil version of Ian Fleming’s “GEN 11″ plate on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

  21. Betsy Boo says:

    I had forgotten that Patrick! I remember when I first read that book thinking how clever that was!

    As is this cover, Joe. You have guaranteed that folks will give your cover a second look, if only to figure it out. I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but if we’re honest we all do it. Did you come up with the idea of using a license plate?

  22. tracy says:

    joe hill = pure genius.

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