In most of my briefs for University Press covers, available reference material is included – usually in the form of illustrations from the manuscript. They are almost always in black and white. The challenge is always to find an interesting way of incorporating them, using layout and colour. For this cover the illustration below was supplied as possible cover material.
The title of this novel refers to the famous ice storm that hit Quebec in January, 1998. In this remote part of Quebec where I live we were without power for 21 days in the dead of winter. This novel is a “huis clos” (no exit) where members of the same family are trapped in their Outremont home.
I tried out different items and coated them in ice by periodically spraying water on them in my freezer - see bottom image. We settled on the toy car in the end.
This is another avenue I explored where the icicles are like knifes pointing at each other to illustrate the tension within the family.