I chose to do Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness because I distinctly remembered the prevailing gloom. Most covers default to an image of men on a ship or an old photograph of a steamer crew with "natives."
I wanted to pull more from the imagery Conrad uses, as he frequently references clouds and, of course, darkness. The cover is intended to evoke the literal trail of smoke a steamer would generate, as well as a yellow sky before a bad storm, and, more generally, the presiding theme of light versus dark.
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