My first month doing a weekly short fiction roundup at io9 is over and I’m really glad to be back in the groove of reading consistently. As I read more and more I’m newly struck by how many magazines are commissioning original art for stories and how wonderful that art is on the whole. I thought it would be nice to call out the pieces I liked best at the end of each month.
Here are my favorite story arts for July:
Richie Pope’s illustration for “Sleepwalking Now And Then” by Richard Bowes.
Pope does a lot of work for Tor.com and has many other great pieces on display at his website.
Clarkesworld’s July cover art comes from Depot/Station by Albert Urmanov
Urmanov is a German artist who does a lot of amazing SFF illustration. See his other works at Art Station.
Rebecca Huston’s “Grooming” for “Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale” by C. S. E. Cooney
I couldn’t find a gallery of Huston’s art but did find out she inks tattoos for a living. Can you see getting a picture like that over your whole back?
Wesley Allsbrook’s illustration for “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon A Star” by Kathleen Ann Goonan
Another frequent Tor.com artist, Allsbrook has a really striking style that gives me the feeling that all the people and objects in his works are threads held together by a very tenuous connection to each other and will fly apart at any second. Check out his gallery.