Author, Editor, Publisher

Full Dark, No Stars Meets Its Swedish Cousin

Our good friend Lilja of Lilja’s Library sent us a copy of the Swedish hardcover of Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, which features the cover artwork Tomislav Tikulin originally painted for our Limited Edition of the book.  (And yes, the “I shall call him… Mini-Me” joke has already been made.)

11 Comments

  1. Mike Limon

    Hey Brian! Great book cover! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. Shannon

    Dumb question, how is this legal? “Your” artwork, your fonts/layout/design. Thanks!

    • Brian James Freeman

      Not a dumb question at all! We didn’t license the rights to the artwork outside the US, so the Swedish publisher was able to use it, too. They probably should have made the design a little more unique, but that sort of copying happens all of the time. Thanks for asking!

  3. Club Stephen King

    So did the french publisher too :
    http://club-stephenking.fr/1347-bibliographie-nuit-noire-etoiles-mortes?lng=fr&pg=1347
    http://club-stephenking.fr/img/NEWS/janvier/2012/nuit-noire-etoiles-mortes__couverture.jpg

    Those that means that you are not aware of all the publishers that are using your artwork on their book?

    • Brian James Freeman

      I hadn’t seen the French edition, but I don’t compulsively follow the foreign editions, either. I knew about the Swedish edition because Lilja asked when he first saw the cover posted on a website.

      • Brian James Freeman

        What I find interesting is the green tint the French publisher added to the front cover! Did they use the back cover artwork as well?

  4. Club Stephen King

    Ok. So CD didn’t get fees for using the cover, but surely the cover artist did, no?

    • Brian James Freeman

      Correct! The artist owns all of the rights to his artwork that we didn’t license for our edition, and he can sell or license that artwork for any other books or merchandise that won’t infringe on the rights he sold us. So he couldn’t sell the artwork to another US publisher for a Limited Edition, for example, but he can sell to a publisher in France.

  5. Club Stephen King

    Brian James Freeman :
    What I find interesting is the green tint the French publisher added to the front cover! Did they use the back cover artwork as well?

    They didnt.

    They originally wanted to use this back picture, http://club-stephenking.fr/img/NEWS/janvier/2012/nuit-noire-etoiles-mortes__fullcover.jpg

    but in the end, this is the final backcover :
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/411/fdnsfrenchbackcover.jpg/

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