2013 Inky Tentacle

The Inky Tentacle is named in honour of The Kraken itself and is awarded to the year's finest cover art, as selected by a panel of visual arts experts. The 2012 judges are Gary Northfield, Lauren O'Farrell and Ed Warren.

The winning artist or designer receives a £500 prize, a hand-crafted Tentacle trophy and an appropriately inky bottle of The Kraken's finest dark rum.

2013 marks the third year of the Inky Tentacle. The previous winners are Dave Shelton's A Boy and a Bear in a Boat (2012) and Peter Mendelsund's cover for The Last Werewolf (2011).

Winner

The Age Atomic

The Age Atomic
Adam Christopher / Art by Will Staehle
Angry Robot Books

The Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze and the populace are demanding a return to Prohibition and rationing as energy supplies dwindle.

Meanwhile, in 1954 New York, the political dynamic has changed and Nimrod finds his department subsumed by a new group, Atoms For Peace, led by the mysterious Evelyn McHale. (About the Artist | Purchase)


Finalists

Dreams and Shadows

Dreams and Shadows
C. Robert Cargill / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
Gollancz

This brilliantly crafted narrative - part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Torro, part William Burroughs - follows Ewan and Colby from their star-crossed adolescences to their haunted adulthoods.

Cargill's tour-de-force takes us inside the Limestone Kingdom, a parallel universe where whisky-swilling genies and foul-mouthed wizards argue over the state of the metaphysical realm. (About the Artist | Purchase)


Homeland Pirate Cinema

Homeland & Pirate Cinema
Cory Doctorow / Cover Design by Amazing15
Titan Books

Homeland - it is two years after the events of Little Brother and Marcus has new problems to deal with: California's economy has collapsed, taking his parents' jobs and his university tuition with it.

Pirate Cinema - Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household's access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal. (About the Artists | Purchase)


Stray

Stray
Monica Hesse / Art by Gianmarco Magnani, Design by Jet Purdie
Hot Key Books

Lona Sixteen Always is not herself - quite literally. She lives her life virtually through the experiences of Julian, a boy who was chosen as a role model for the Pathers of Quadrant 1 - troubled children... But one day Lona finds she can think for herself.

And on top of that, the face of a familiar boy appears on her screen - Fenn, who she thought had moved on to a different stage of the Path last year. But he didn't. Fenn and other rebels like him have strayed from the Path, and now Lona must stray too. (About the Artist | Purchase)


Apocalypse Now Now

Apocalypse Now Now
Charlie Human / Art by Joey Hi-Fi
Century

Plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town's supernatural underworld, Baxter Zevcenko, 16-year-old crime kingpin, and Jackson "Jackie" Ronin, supernatural bounty hunter, team up to save Baxter's girlfriend, Esme.

On a journey that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they must face every conceivable nightmare to get her back, including the odd brush with the Apocalypse. (About the Artist | Purchase)


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