Adam over at The Weirdside reminded me about Guy Adams's The World House a few weeks back and now Angry Robot has released the cover. What I like so much about the direction of covers at Angry Robot is that they try so many different approaches with each project. No cookie cutter designs are being thrown out there and they are willing to try some things a bit on the edge. The World House looks to be the start to a series as well. Below is part of the description pulled from Guy's blog where an even longer one is located. The first line was all it took to pique my interest.
There is a box. Inside that box is a door. Beyond that door is a house.
It is a house of many rooms, a veritable labyrinth of dark walnut and Axminster weighed down with the dust of years too numerous to count.
The house is not of our reality or time. People get in but they do not get out.
The house is a world. In some rooms forests grow while others suffer from seasonal downpours or encroaching ice floes.
It's filled with dangers: a lethal library where the books slice unwary readers, a kitchen where intruders are the finest meat and a cellar where something moves, at night when the lamps in the walls grow dim.
The box that leads to this house has been cherished for centuries. Stories of the passageway it contains written of everywhere from the yellow pages of lost Apocrypha to the columns of the National Enquirer.
People have dedicated their lives to finding it. Tracing the box from palm to palm as it switches owners; from museum display cases to padlocked drawers; hermetically sealed wall-safes to the skeletal grip of the dead as they lie in their tombs. The box doesn't care much for the conventional passage of time, it can be found pretty much anywhere in the history of our planet if you only know where to look.
But so few do.
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