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LITERARY FICTION

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY PRESS

A collection of short stories surrounding queer men of various ages trying to temper their expectations of the world with their lived experience.

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Because the titular story in this short story collection revolves around the Garden of Eden, paintings of the Bible story were a hefty source of inspiration and material. The chosen painting is by Charles Joseph Natoire, done in 1740. The collection focuses on many different queer men, so it was requested to leave the body more anonymous while keeping the Eden motif clear. I was excited to have an obvious reason to mess around with the type interacting with edges, both of the image and the cover itself. 

For this title I have designed the cover, full jacket, full interior, a postcard, and web banners. I have also included two covers that were not chosen. 

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For this interior I wasn't able to play with bleed and putting story titles up against the literal edge of the page as it is on the cover. Instead, to show the idea of edges I created extra breaks in the titles to create more edges within them.

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