Tor.com is pleased to reveal the Yuko Shimizu cover for Monstrous Affection, an anthology of beastly tales edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant! Fifteen top voices in speculative fiction explore the intersection of fear and love in a haunting, at times hilarious, darkly imaginative volume, available this September from Candlewick Press.
Shimizu also created the artwork for Link and Grant’s previous anthology, Steampunk!, also with Candlewick Press. For Monstrous Affection, Shimizu tells us:
“They wanted something that tie them together without making it obvious. Anthology covers can be tough to come up with ideas at the starting point, because it has to represent multiple stories by different writers. There was a lot of back and forth with the art director, Nathan Pyritz. At the end we decided to focus on the relationship between human and monsters. Clients usually don’t necessarily call me for monster illustrations, so I had a lot of fun designing it.”
Ultimately she created a cover that is both pretty and unsettling, a shadowy monster with teeth that seem ominously concrete and floral patterns that are alluring and red with warning.
Find out more about the anthology below, including the full table of contents.