Cover Reveal for Hunter of the Dead by Stephen Kozeniewski

Hunter of the Dead by Stephen Kozeniewski is coming in paperback and e-book from Sinister Grin Press on August 15! But now, you can view its gorgeous cover and pre-order!




The cover, done by professional artist Zach McCain, has an interesting story to its creation process and we thought readers would enjoy seeing how it’s all done! Thanks to Zach for showing us how he created Hunter of the Dead. Then, stay tuned for information on the book and author and how to pre-order!

Creating Hunter of the Dead cover…..from Zach McCain!

When it comes to cover art I have various ways of getting the job done depending on what the publisher or author wants and what the cover idea is.  Digital photo manipulation, oil paintings, colored pencil on acrylic, and pencil drawings colored in Photoshop are all techniques I use.  In the case of Hunter of the Dead I went the pencil drawing/Photoshop route.


Here’s how it was done:


Step 1


After the sketch is approved I start out by doing a pencil drawing on a comic book art board.




Step 2


When the pencil drawing is completed I scan it in sections and put it back together in Photoshop.




Step 3


Next I begin a slow and tedious process of tracing around every element with the lasso tool in Photoshop and filling it with a color.   Everything is separated on it’s own layer.  This step takes the most time out of the entire process.




Step 4


As soon as I have everything traced and separated I begin coloring each part of the illustration one by one.




Step 5


Once every part of the image is filled in with color I will then go in and add details.  In this case I added highlights on the armor and horse using the lasso tool and blood using the paintbrush tool.  I will add textures if needed and adjust brightness and contrast as well as the overall color.  This final step is the second longest in the entire process.




Step 6


Once everything looks good I will add the text.




And that’s how I did Hunter of the Dead.

Hunter of the Dead, Synopsis:

Someone has begun targeting vampires.

Vampire leaders of the thirteen Houses attribute the string of recent losses to over-zealous vampire hunters. Only Cicatrice, the most ancient and powerful vampire in the world, suspects that the semi-legendary Hunter of the Dead may be the real culprit.

Carter Price, a vampire hunter who despises the way his profession is becoming centralized and corporatized, begins to suspect the Hunter of the Dead is back, too – and no longer distinguishing between vampires and mortals. Against his better judgment, Price agrees to work with Cicatrice.

The uneasy allies attempt to uncover the truth about the Hunter, while a vampire civil war brews in the background. But perhaps most difficult of all, they must contend with their new apprentices, who seem to be falling in love with each other against every rule of man and monster…


Stephen Kozeniewski, Biography

Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced “causin’ ooze key”) lives in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds more impressive than saying his bachelor’s degree is in German.

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Pre-order Hunter of the Dead for Kindle now!

Paperback will be available on August 15 as well as the e-book.

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