In Cold Blood - Book Cover

This was my entry for the 2017 Penguin Random House book cover competition, the book being Truman Capote’s famous real crime novel ‘In Cold Blood’. A true crime that reads like a work of fiction from the brutal shotgun murders to the execution of the killers. The book is summarised on the inside flap as:

“In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and children. Truman Capote’s comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible, yet entirely and frighteningly human.”

I chose to represent the story through photographed objects as that is all that is left once a crime is committed for the authorities to sort through and the shotgun and guitar seemed so perfectly in opposite of each other to represent the characters. One has the ability to create and the other to destroy. This reflects the innocent and quite likeable nature of the killers once removed from the murders and as they appear to regular people throughout the book and then when paired with the killings, the realisation that these are cold blooded murderers.

  • For Penguin Random House
  • Type Book cover design

Front cover and spine

Back cover

Full spread