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There are possibly more titles I could put here, but it's already beginning to look like the Paper Tiger back catalogue so this will have to do. If you have any queries, feel free to EMAIL. I'm still in touch with most of the artists and can easily reach the others if you wish to contact them. Check with Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Paper Tiger if you want to order available titles. Prints, posters etc. for most Paper Tiger artists are for sale on the Artists UK website.

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IN THE GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS
1991
Artist: Josh Kirby


Garden of Unearthly Delights cover

Josh Kirby is best known for his Discworld covers but he is anonymously responsible for countless other classic SF covers. Next to Bruce Pennington he is probably the most reluctant interviewee I've had and was almost visibly pained by being kept away from his easel. Despite that, he was also charming, endlessly patient and obliging.

ULTRATERRANEUM
1991
Artist: Bruce Pennington


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Ultraterraneum cover

I first noticed Bruce's work in the early 70s on the haunting cover of Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. For a while his work popped up everywhere, notably on the cult Dune novels. Then in 1976 came Eschatus, his inspired interpretation of Nostrodamus' prophecies. Wonderfully doomy. So I leaped at the chance to interview him. The problem was that he didn't really want any text at all in this book. The compromise was to bunch it at the front of each chapter so it didn't interfere with the pictures.

CIRUELO
1990
Artist: Ciruelo Cabral


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Ciruelo cover

This was interesting because Ciruelo had only been learning English for three months and my Spanish was much poorer. But with the aid of his lovely wife Daniela we got along famously and the book took no longer than usual.

The cover shows how compromise can often be creative. Ciruelo wanted it pure white with just the lettering. The designer wanted some bold picture. The compromise was to inset several small ones and it worked beautifully.

LAST SHIP HOME
1989
Artist: Rodney Matthews


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Last Ship Home cover

Rodney's second book which contains a beautiful series of illustrations to classic children's stories like Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit and the Narnia series. I believe it has just been reissued and would highly recommend that you get it while you can.

Medusa
1987
Artist: Chris Achilleos

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This was a book about Chris Achilleos' art techniques which gave us the chance to go into more depth with particular pictures than usually possible in collections of an artist's work. Such technique books were too popular at the time for it just to be aspiring fantasy artists who were collecting them, but this was the only one I had a hand in. The book was republished in 2002, click on the cover for details.

HEROIC DREAMS
1987
Various Artists
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Heroic Dreams was a lovely assignment in which I was given free range of the Young Artist agency's (now Arena, I believe, on account of them not being so young any more) picture files and asked to come up with a loose theme to link them together. The book actually sold very well but years later I learned that many artists were not too happy about the deal because they only received a pittance for their contributions. Mind you, so did I, so there's no problem between us.

SIRENS
1986
Artist: Chris Achilleos

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This was the first book Paper Tiger actually commissioned me for. Although I hoped it would lead to others, I'd no idea really how involved with PT I would later become. It started auspiciously, though. After working out roughly where he lived, I circled London on the nascent M25 and cut down through Epping Forest into the outskirts until I felt thoroughly lost, then I stopped to check the A to Z. Only to find that I happened to have stopped at the end of his road.

The book sold at least half a million copies, even by Paper Tiger's own accounts

IN SEARCH OF FOREVER
1985
Artist: Rodney Matthews

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In Search of Forever cover

And here is the very first Paper Tiger title in which I had a hand. The cover shows a scene from an unpublished story Rodney and I were working on then.

While I tapped away at a typewriter, he was painting Heavy Metal Hero, a vast fantasy steam locomotive that is still one of my favourite paintings.

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