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Cover to cover: Chris Tompkins on designing Mark Anthony Jarman’s Knife Party at the Hotel Europa

2. Another idea was for the cover to have a film-noir or pulp feel to it. One of the stories in the book (“Knife Party”) involves a character bleeding to death in the hallway of an apartment building, which felt appropriate for a noir-inflected cover. I found this really interesting photo of a man face down half in a hallway and half in an elevator. This was the first use of a bloodstain in the shape of Italy, which became dominant in the rest of my concepts.