Lynne Hansen is a horror artist who specializes in book covers. She loves creating art that tells a story and that helps connect publishers, authors and readers. Her art has appeared on the cover of the legendary Weird Tales Magazine, and her clients include Cemetery Dance Publications, Thunderstorm Books and Raw Dog Screaming Press. She has illustrated works by New York Times bestselling authors including Jonathan Maberry, George Romero, and Christopher Golden. Her art has been commissioned and collected throughout the United States and overseas. For more information, visit LynneHansenArt.com.
Lynne Hansen’s art tells the stories of things that never happened. She brings a stylized real-world sensibility to the darkest humanity has to offer, while somehow managing to make the most twisted nightmares beautiful.
Most of her art is inspired by the novels of some of today’s best horror writers, starting out its life as commissions for book covers. Twisted villains, suffering heroines, creepy landscapes, and confounding monsters abound.
Early twentieth-century surrealists like MC Escher and Salvador Dali have inspired her to seek the symbolic in the stories she brings to life. The work of iconic horror book cover artists like Alan Clark and Jill Bauman have encouraged her to explore character and tell a vivid story in a single image that may be seen both as small as a thumbnail and as large as a living room wall.
Hansen considers herself a multimedia artist, blending techniques such as digital collage, graphite, ink, and digital oils to create her paintings. She loves to juxtapose the warm, rich color palettes and textures of the old masters with concepts that are often cold and distancing. She seeks the emotion in the story she’s trying to tell and infuses that throughout her work, in hopes that people languish in her art, and the stories that inspired it.
WHY LYNNE LOVES CREATING BOOK COVERS
Good book covers sell books. Lynne believes it's her mission to help connect awesome books with enthusiastic readers.
UPCOMING EVENTS & SHOWS
INTERVIEWS & OTHER MEDIA
"Weird Tales: About The Cover Artist: Lynne Hansen" - (Weird Tales Magazine Website, November 2020)
"A History of Iliad's Halloween Shirts" (Iliad Bookshop, October 22, 2020)
"31 Days of Horror: Day 18 "Why I Love Horror" by Lynne Hansen [Cover Artist]" (RA for All: Horror, the online home of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror, published by the American Library Association, October 18, 2020)
"Book Launch for Scott Edelman's New Collection Things That Never Happened" (YouTube, September 22, 2020)
"The Outer Dark Symposium 2020: The Art of the Weird Panel" - (The Outer Dark Symposium 2020, August 15, 2020)
"The Panel Room Episode 11: From Pitch to Publication" - (ConTinual on YouTube, August 13, 2020)
"Escape From The Multiverse w/Jeff Strand & Lynne Hansen" (YouTube, May 24, 2020)
"The Future of Women in Horror: Part III" (Morbidly Beautiful, February 25, 2019)
"Women in Horror Month Special: Lynne Hansen" (Don's World of Horror and Exploitation, February 21, 2020)
"Women in Horror Month #6: Lynne Hansen" (Manuscripts Burn, February 14, 2020)
"Lynne Hansen: Horror Book Cover Artist WIHM 2020" (Superficial Gallery, February 10, 2020)
"StokerCon 2019 Report" (Locus Magazine, June 6, 2019)
"Cover Artists We'll Be Watching in 2019" (Sci-Fi and Scary, January 8, 2019)
"So You Married a Horror Writer: The Horror Show With Brian Keene Episode 192" (YouTube, November 1, 2018)
"Life in a Haunted House: The Story Behind The Cover(s)" (Cemetery Dance, May 15, 2017)