Having secured some great pictures with John Michaelson, we were faced with the challenge of trying to capture the theme and content of his book in just one image.
We trawled through some of John's own images on the London Vampire Flikr account and suggested those below to him below:
This image had the right darkness and colours but had nothing distinguishable about London. John said it was taken between the Strand and Covent Garden, but didn't say much more other than that there is no longer any scaffolding there.
This image is taken from Highgate Cemetery, but John was keen to stress that he was not trying to create a spin-off of the Highgate Vampire phenomenon. We both agreed that it was a great image.
This image is a bit of a mystery. The angles and light create interesting tones and it's quite creepy and significant in some way. We're not sure where it was taken, but the problem was that if we cropped it to a book cover it would look too bright and lose the impact we wanted it to have.
John used this image on his Facebook and we thought it was quite morbid and perhaps significant. The problem, however, was that we would have to significantly edit and manipulate to add the right level of gloom to match the novel.