Louis L’Amour describes what he believes to be the most important characteristic of the old west pioneer.
COVER STORY: Kilkenny
From Beau L’Amour “Here is a set of sketches on their way to becoming a cover. Gregg Manchess and I were messing around with the form of the figure … we didn’t have a cover yet. I selected “C” because I thought he could do something cool with the muzzle flash. To make it more dramatic Gergg moved closer and lower. He also realized that the coat might swirl in a different direction. And the flash WAS cool.”
It may not surprise you that Louis truly enjoyed the camera… both sides! He was not shy about having his picture taken, and he loved capturing the beauty around him, on film. Here, Louis was surveying the land for a great shot in New Mexico circa 1950.
As most L’Amour fans know already… #powerinwords
Ever wonder how Louis came up with The Sacketts series, or what he wanted to accomplish with the stories? Listen to Louis discuss this himself!
For Beau L’Amour, creating a cover is never about “showing a scene” from the story. Capturing the essence of the whole novel or what makes it different from the others is much more important.
Here’s one that has it ALL! Gregg Manchess doing classic N.C. Wyeth-like pirates, great diagonals, non “western” so it jumps out of a pack of westerns at you and makes you have to look and see what the story might be about.
With luck a distinctive cover can show a fan if he or she already has the book, it can help educate a reader about aspects of the story that are not obvious and it can help capture a new reader who wouldn’t have picked up a book with a more typical cover.
Strange Pursuit was the first Louis L’Amour Audio Book recorded by Bantam Audio Publishing (now Random House Audio Publishing). Before, there had only been books for the blind produced by the Library of Congress.
Strange Pursuit was Dramatized, meaning it had a cast of five and was produced in a style adapted from the Classic Radio Dramas from the early 20th Century. The story featured the character of Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie … who would go on to appear in 18 other Dramatized Audios.
To an 8 year old we know everything
To an 18 year old we know nothing
Around the age of 28 they know what we know
and what Louis so eloquently states … “The little I have learned only shows me how very much there is to learn.”