Monday, February 23, 2015

My first book cover as a photographer!

Stark House Press, that terrific publisher of crime classics and crime originals, has a new mass-market crime line called Black Gat Books. The imprint's first three offerings include work by suck authors and photographers as Harry Whittington, Leigh Brackett, Charlie Stella, and me.

Yep, I shot the cover for Black Gat's edition of Stella's novel Eddie's World, and I could not be more chuffed. Stella is one of my favorite crime writers, a hell of a guy, a loyal family man and sports fan, and a passionate, entertaining social commentator whose only flaw is that he wouldn't know a good bagel if it bit him on his Buffalo Bills-loving rear end. Here's what I wrote about Stella in the Philadelphia Inquirer:
"Much of a crime novel's texture comes from the bits between the main action, and no one writes those bits better than New Jersey's Charlie Stella. If you like Elmore Leonard, you'll love this guy and his funny, unsparing yet sympathetic looks at mid-, high-, and low-level mobsters, hangers-on, and cops."
Judge the book by its cover, or the cover by its book. In this case, it really is all good.

© Peter Rozovsky 2015

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25 Comments:

Blogger RTD said...

Bravo! I would stop and have another look in the bookstore. Well done!

February 23, 2015  
Blogger Krauss said...

Great news all the way around! Thanks for the exciting announcement!

February 23, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, RTD, but I'm not sure the books will be in stores before spring. I hsven't even seen a copy yet. That shot was from the author's announcement of the book.

February 23, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thank you, Krauss.

February 23, 2015  
Blogger seana graham said...

That's so cool, Peter! It looks great. I haven't read Stella yet, but this will boost him for me.

February 23, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I was naturally thrilled when the publisher told me he was considering my work for a cover. I was even happier some time later when I found out who the author was. I have read all Stella's books, and Dana King and John McFetridge are fans, too, so you know you can't go wrong.

February 23, 2015  
Blogger seana graham said...

I don't listen to anyone's bushwa about bagels.

February 23, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Charlie, like many people who have never tasted Montreal bagels, thinks New York bagels are something special.

February 23, 2015  
Blogger seana graham said...

The Online Etymology has it related to turbid rather than travel. Troubled waters, I guess.

February 23, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Better than being subjected to a torture instrument that has three stakes, the root of travail, any day.

February 23, 2015  
Blogger seana graham said...

Oops. Too many windows open, I guess.

February 24, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

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February 24, 2015  
Blogger Dana King said...

Congratulations. They chose a good photo to capture the essence of the book. Having seen your work, they had plenty of good examples to choose from.

I've read EDDIE'S WORLD (all of Charlie's stuff, actually) and it's a good one. (As is all of Charlie's stuff.) Let's hope Stark House gets his entire oeuvre back into print, and you do the covers for all.

February 24, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Dana. I've read all of Charlie's stuff, too, and I think everyone ought to do the same.

February 24, 2015  
Blogger Paul Davis said...

Philip,

Congrats on the photo cover.

Is that a South Philly street?

Paul

February 24, 2015  
Blogger Paul Davis said...

Peter,

Sorry, I addressed you as Philip in the last message.

I must of been thinking of Philip Marlowe...

Paul

February 24, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Paul: Thanks.Yep, that's in South Philly, all right. And I am flattered to be thought of as Philip Marlowe.

February 24, 2015  
Blogger Loren Eaton said...

Congrats, Peter!

February 25, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Many thanks!

February 25, 2015  
Blogger Paul D. Brazill said...

Congratulations! Classy stuff.

February 26, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Paul. Charlie Stella is very much worth reading, too. I mentioned above that I looked his work even before this cover gig.

February 26, 2015  
Blogger Photographe à Dublin said...

Breaking dormancy here to discover that you are now a famous, published photographer.

Very well done, Peter.

March 02, 2015  
Blogger John McFetridge said...

Great cover for a great book. Another reason soring can't get here soon enough.

March 02, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, John. It's nice to have my first cover shot be for an author whose work I enjoy so much, even though he knows diddly about bagels.

March 02, 2015  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Maria, not famous yet, and not published, really. We crime-novel-cover phtographers must stick together. Perhaps we can toast one another in Dublin.

March 02, 2015  

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