Stephen King's Under the Doom Cover Used Photographs and 3-D Rendering

Did you know, the jacket concept for Under the Dome originated as an ambitious idea from the mind of Stephen King? The artwork is a combination of photographs, illustration and 3-D rendering. This is a departure from the direction of King's most recent illustrated covers.

In order to achieve the arresting image for this jacket, Scribner art director Rex Bonomelli had to seek out artists who could do a convincing job of creating a realistic portrayal of the town of Chester's Mill, the setting of the novel. Bonomelli found the perfect team of digital artists, based in South America and New York, whose cutting edge work had previously been devoted to advertisement campaigns. This was their first book jacket and an exciting venture for them. "They are used to working with the demands of corporate clients," says Bonomelli. "We gave them freedom and are thrilled with what they came up with."

The CGI (computer generated imagery) enhanced image looks more like something made for the big screen than for the page and is sure to make a lasting impact on King fans.

In "Under the Dome", Mr. King does what good authors should always do: He gives us a good bit of what we expect from a favorite author, but then throws in some surprises, too. Here we get the former in the way of that old King stand-by: a huge disaster coming out of nowhere that, as well as scaring us (and doing that quite well), is really there to reveal the true natures of the various characters in play. On the latter front, I was pleasantly surprised at the skillful, artful way that poetic description, especially of various characters' dark memories and the feelings going along with them, is weaved into the more immediate, concrete story of the dome and the deadly situation it presents.

When you download or buy Under the Doom kindle ebook you can find more specifically, the increasing frustration of the dome, soon seen by many of the town's residents as a cruel cosmic joke inflicted by an uncaring, anonymous outside force (God? Aliens? Government scientists?), eventually dredges up several characters' own memories of cruelty, either cruelty they experienced at the hands of others, or, more sadly, cruelty they themselves inflicted. In fact, these dark memories, often presented in a dreamlike and nightmarish manner, might be the key to the characters' very undreamlike, increasingly dangerous current situation.

The riot at the local grocery store could happen with the right amount of frustration and anger anywhere in the world. It is far too easy to blame the townspeople as some events are set in motion by Big Jim. However, some of the violence is human nature when you strip away everything else and the real meanness comes out. Some of the best written sections are of the resulting chaos of trapped people desperate to survive. Beginning novelists should read this work carefully as a textbook example of how to craft realistic and gripping survival horror.

The story unfolds over the course of four days under the dome with King examining the conflict between good and evil and looking at how ordinary people react to extraordinary circumstances. In that, "Under the Dome" is vintage King. But King takes the dome concept a bit further, looking at the environmental impact the dome has on the Mill and its surrounding area. In some ways, it's almost along the lines of apocalyptic thriller along the lines of "The Stand" though there are probably King fans who would argue that "The Stand" is better.  If you're a Stephen King fan, this is a must read.