Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Heraclix & Pomp - The Cover!

A thing of beauty! This is the cover of Heraclix & Pomp. Behind the cover live Heraclix, a flesh golem, and Pomp, a fairy, thrust together by their involuntary proximity to an evil sorcerer. I've spent a good deal of my last few years inhabiting their world(s) and following their adventure through 18th-Century Eastern Europe and Hell and back again. I am extremely excited to share their story this September! I would love it if you shared the cover and news with anyone who might be interested. Feel free to repost, retweet, or reblog wherever you'd like. The more the merrier!

Here is the formal announcement, as sent out by Resurrection House publishing/Underland Press:

HERACLIX & POMP, by Forrest Aguirre, is a delightful alternate history set in Eastern Europe. The twist is that the main characters are non-human: a golem and a fairy. Forrest, who is no stranger to the New, Old, and Still Considering a Maturation Date Weird, delivers a fantastic fable that dives deep into the existential crisis of being a unreal creature in our real world. 

Heraclix was dead and Pomp was immortal. That was before Heraclix’s reanimation (along with the sewn-together pieces and parts of many other dead people) and Pomp’s near murder at the hands of an evil necromancer. As they travel from Vienna to Prague to Istanbul and back again (with a side-trip to Hell), they struggle to understand who and what they are: Heraclix seeks to know the life he had before his death and rebirth, and Pomp wrestles with the language and meaning of mortality. As they journey across a land rife with revolution and unrest, they discover the evil necromancer they thought dead might not be so dead after all. In fact, he might be making a pact to ensure his own immortality . . .


  1. Oh, snap! It's gorgeous.

  2. I know, right?! Props to the designer, Claudia Noble and to Mark Teppo for working with her to come to this happy conclusion. I'm chuffed!

  3. The cover provides a refreshing, refined facade for its weird premise. Awesome.

    1. And that is EXACTLY what Mark Teppo and I had discussed when first talking about cover art! We were hoping that people would see the elegant cover, open the book and scream out "What the . . .?!" followed closely by "Hmm . . ."

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I'm very happy with this. Should "debut" at WFC.