Over the years many of Shaun's books have been published with different cover illustrations. I have been in contact with most of the artists responsible for the artwork and they have allowed me to display them in their original form along with any details the artist gave me.
Most of the cover-illustrations featured on Shaun Hutson's best-selling books were painted by Mark Taylor. Mark has very kindly allowed us to display the covers on the site, and also some of the original sketches that he did for the covers.
"...I was first commissioned to do a Hutson cover when they were being published by W.H. Allen. The cover design had recently been re-worked by Mike Brett, the art director at W.H. Allen, and 'Assassins' had already been commissioned. This was the first of the covers with the black background and gold type, and the only one that I didn't paint. There were previous versions done by other people before this re-design, but I don't know who did those. The artist who painted 'Assassins' couldn't do any more so I got the job as I'd previously done covers for Mike Brett. I think I did 3 or 4 and then Macdonalds Publishing bought the rights to the Hutson titles. The art director there, Peter Cotton, liked the covers that I'd done and asked me to re-cover all of the Hutson titles that hadn't been done yet. I was lucky enough to get the new covers to do as well, as the new manuscripts became available. Macdonalds Publishing was bought up by Little Brown/Time Warner with Peter Cotton still acting as art director, so I've managed to carry on doing the Hutson covers...
"...Basically I was given the book to read and from that would work out a few rough sketches of what I thought would work as a cover. The art director and the marketing dept. at the publishers decide which one they like best, and then I sit down and paint it..."
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"I only met Shaun Hutson once, and briefly, on a W.H. Allen book evening which I was invited to. I still have the cover artwork for 'Slugs' which I remember doing very well. The art director at the time was Michael Brett and I remember taking the artwork to him in their London office. He was happy with it, but thought that more gore was needed. So, he gave me a tube of red gouache, sat me down in the corner and made me add more blood until he was happy!"
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"I was given only ONE evening to come up with and produce the image for Erebus, back in the days of when Mike Brett was the Art Director of Star Books. Awful, both the image and my painting. Bluey sky with a screaming bloodied girl's face, head in hands...
"I was at Star one particular day when Mike mentioned that Shaun had just been at the publishers. He suggested I ran out into the lobby to say hello to Shaun, so I did - not exactly knowing what I would have said to Shaun had I spoken to him...
"Still, I chased after Shaun like some starstruck fan, only to see him him climbing into a cab, but I still shouted after him, 'Mr Hutson, Mr Hutson', then felt such a prat as the cab pulled away. I saw Shaun looking out of the window as if thinking 'Who the f*** was that?'"
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