Joey Hi-Fi’s book covers for Dream London & Blackbirds
Joey Hi-Fi wins British Fantasy Award for Best Artist
Cape Town creatives had a good night at the British Fantasy Awards on Sunday. Joey Hi-Fi (aka Dale Halvorsen) was named Best Artist; Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls won Best Horror Novel; and SL Grey (aka Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg) were part of the Solaris collection End of the Road, which won Best Anthology.
Joey Hi-Fi’s book cover for Apocalypse Now Now & The Shining Girls
Joey Hi-Fi is racking up the awards at the moment:
• his Zoo City cover for Lauren won the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Artwork in 2011 and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France) for Best Cover Design in 2012
• his cover for Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds won The Qwillery Award for Debut Author Best Cover and The Ranting Dragon Award for Best Cover in 2012
• his cover for Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London won the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Artwork in 2013 – his second in three years
• his cover for Charlie Human’s Apocalypse Now Now was shortlisted for the Kitschie’s Inky Tentacle Award.
Joey Hi-Fi’s book cover for Zoo City
As Lauren told City Press, “When he showed me the Zoo City design, I knew that if I had seen that in a bookstore I would have grabbed it and taken it straight to the tills without bothering to read the back. I honestly think the cover had a lot to do with Zoo City winning the Arthur C Clarke Award because the packaging immediately conveyed to the judges that this was something dark and strange and compelling. He’s done the covers of all my books since I started.”
When I finally finish my novel, he’s designing its cover too (although if he’s not available, Ree Treweek is next in line).