Behold the Cover for Ruthanna Emrys’ Lovecraftian Novel Winter Tide

The cover for Ruthanna Emrys’ debut novel, Winter Tide—available April 2017 from—is here! Following up the hit story “The Litany of Earth,” Winter Tide follows Aphra Marsh to Miskatonic University, where she traces a Russian spy who might have stolen dangerous magical secrets.

The beautiful, intriguing cover was illustrated by John Jude Palencar, master illustrator and personal favorite of Ruthanna Emrys. Check out the full image below!

Here’s what Ruthanna had to say on the cover:

“I love the cover, and was particularly delighted to have Palencar as the artist. I went around for days telling my family, “I’ve got the same guy who did Parable of the Sower!” In addition to Butler, of course, he’s also worked on King and Tolkien and Lovecraft himself—but Parable was the first book I ever borrowed from the woman who is now my wife. That image of Lauren Olamina, serene against a burning world, has stayed with me. Someday I aspire to write in conversation with Butler; for now her work stands as a humbling goalpost. I like to think that Aphra Marsh would get along with Butler’s secular prophet, or at least get into interesting religious debates about the relative merits of Cthulhu versus the God of Change.”

The full cover, with art by John Jude Palencar and design by Jamie Stafford Hill:


Book One of the Innsmouth Legacy, Winter Tide publishes April 2017 from From the catalog copy:

After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

The government that stole Aphra’s life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.

Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.


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