Book Cover Art


Omand Original is very proud to have provided another book cover for Kneel Downe's VirulentBlurb books. Here's the thought process behind it...


The name’s Lobo... Kurt Lobo...

Detective Lobo to you and sometimes it feels like I'm the only damn thing in the city holding back true chaos.

The City?

Hell... the City's all we have left...
A cesspit of crime and loss...
Animal splices and tech I can't even pronounce most days.


49 years ago the mad bastards in the Pyramid broke and burnt our sky...
49 years of EverNight and falling dust...
49 years of wackos and nutjobs...
49 years of blood and sin...

Superheroes and messed up zeros...
And you wonder why I drink so damn much?

The name’s Lobo...

Welcome to Hell.



Detective Kurt Lobo, his private eye brother Lyca and, especially, his police partner Officer Geldof are my personal favourite characters in the Virulent Blurb universe so I was overjoyed when the opportunity came up to do the cover for a short chapbook featuring stories from all of them.  The writing itself is wonderful, with a real pulp fiction detective noir "voice" but I didn't want to go down the stereotypical "guns and girls" covers so loved by the noir novels of the 40's and 50's as I felt that, to miss out the cyber/scifi background, would do the universe a disservice. So, instead, I went with an almost Bladerunner feel, using colours that reminded me of neon signs reflecting in puddles and giving the distinctive pawprint an almost plastic/metallic effect (click on the picture above for a closer look.)

And my art is not just on the front cover, the back of the book has Lobo's detective shield, in an updated version from the one I drew for the first case files book trailer on YouTube.

And there's a portrait of Geldof inside the book too in my signature, almost block print, black and white book illustration style.


Note - when you read the book, the stories contain strong language and violence. Much like Lobo himself then.

Image - shared courtesy of VirulentBlurb


Pack Mentality is available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon