You know the feeling of finding a really awesome cover on a fantasy novel – or an incredibly mad-looking one? Especially if you’ve been reading fantasy for a while, or have ever wandered into the shelves of a secondhand book store or library where the ‘70s speculative fiction novels dwell . . . I’m sure you’ve seen more than your share.
You know when you find one of those covers, either insane or fascinating or both, and you read the book, and somehow nothing on the cover even remotely happens in the book? (Or when you look at a book and just know . . . there’s no way that scene is in the novel itself.)
Rebekah and I were having a conversation about such books as we sorted through them at a secondhand book sale a few years ago, and hit upon the idea of this challenge. Take one such cover, study the art, and write a short story that shows or fits that scene.
The other Ferrets were equally tickled by the idea, and we decided to take it to our blog! On our last Ferrets on the Town excursion we visited Boarding House Books in Claremore (which is really a lovely place) and while we shopped, we also looked around for some wonderfully crazy book covers and snapped photos.
Over the next few weeks, we Ferrets will be writing short stories inspired by this, our chosen (by popular, internal Ferret vote) cover!
Flashfiction pieces will be no more than 2k words.
Probably they will remain in the fantasy genre, but if one of my fellow Ferrets can make that into another genre, more power to her for it!
I’ll be honest with you, I have no idea what I’m going to do with this cover as inspiration myself, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what the others do with it! We hope you enjoy the results.