The book is titled "How the West Was Zombed: Book One of the Zombie Western Series"
It's a throwback to all those old 1950s, 1960s Westerns that the Baby Boomers loved so much. It's part comedy, though part serious, there are funny parts as well as downright scary parts. Also a little mystery and intrigue.
The quick rundown is U.S. Marshall Rainier Slade is the lawman in Highwater, Missouri in 1880. He's a stoic, a handsome man with long brown hair and a cowboy hat ( described as wearing a black hat and black shirt in the book). Honestly, in the book I describe him as a parody of Clint Eastwood's tough guy cowboy character in a Fistful of Dollars and all those westerns he made, though obviously don't make him look like Eastwood as I don't need Eastwood suing.
I'm just saying that's the character, rugged handsome tough guy, would just as soon shoot you as look at you. Always chomping on a cigar.
Oh, and he fights zombies. An evil corporation(the Legion Corporation) that runs the old western shipping train line is run by a board of directors who are all vampires. Their ringleader is Henry Blythe, a vampire who is handsome in a pretty Jonny Deppish way (don't make him look like Depp I don't need Depp suing me either).
Long story short, Blythe conspires to infect the West with zombies, zombies he plans to cart off to Washington DC to use to invade and take over America.
It's up to Slade to figure out the plot and ultimately, to stop the train before it crosses the Mississippi River (in the book this is done with a fantastic explosion in which a bridge across the river is blown up with dynamite, sending the train itself to crash into the river).
Along the way, Slade is joined by sidekicks like his deputy, Gunther, an old gray haired man with a glass eye and a cowboy hat with a feather in it who wears a black vest. Gunther is Slade's voice of reason, urging him to look out for himself rather than risking his life.
Joe Freeman is a freed slave (also, in secret, a werewolf) who is also a cowboy who helps Slade for awhile.
Miles Freeman, Joe's young 15 year old son also helps Slade.
Also, there is a love triangle between Slade and Miss Bonnie, the fiery redheaded owner of the local brothel/bar who is always wearing skimpy can can girl attire...and the Widow Fahrquar, a skinny school marmish woman (yet pretty) who always wears a long black dress and bonnet - super religious type.
Oh and Doc Farraday, a scandalous pervert - red velvet suit and derby hat with guns that he flicks out and they pop out from the wrist parts of his suit. Has a goatee van dyke beard that comes down to a V point (the hair is black). Walks with a cane that is for show. Too smart for his own good. Big ego. Uses big words.
OK...IDEAS FOR THE COVER:
In the final scene of the book, there's a part where Slade rides a werewolf (Miles) as if the werewolf is a horse and chases after a train full of zombies. Perhaps you could feature this, were Slade rides a werewolf like a horse, perhaps he chases after the train and shoots a pistol at a zombie.
Or if that's too much, maybe he's riding the werewolf but he is surrounded by zombies and shooting at them.
Is the werewolf too much? How about Slade just shooting his pistols at the zombies?
In general, Slade vs zombies....somethign to show this is an old west tale about zombies.
The book ends with the Old West being filled with zombies, so many that a big wall is built along the Mississippi River to keep the zombies from marching East. Future books will take place in the zombie filled Old West wasteland.
The lettering should have an Old West feel to it. Maybe look at some old west movie or book titles to see what the old west fonts look like.
These are spitball ideas. I've given you all the info i can think of.
I'll need something that works on Amazon. Also, in the future this may not be book one of the series but for now it will be. At some point i may ask you to change one to another number but for now it is one.
Need more inspiration? I'm up for any idea if it looks cool. Read the book on Wattpad:
Or on my blog:
For some reason, I see the image of Slade, his angry yet handsome face, his teeth gritting as he blasts zombies with his twin six shooters. Let's see what you come up with.
NOTE: The werewolves in this book are the kind that look like wolf men. They can stand on two legs but then they can also run on four legs. Thats how Slade rides one like a horse. However throughout the book, they go from four legs to two legs. Sometimes they stand on two legs and fight. Sometimes they go on four legs and run.