Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Book Cover for a Short Story?

Reversed image cover...almost...

Kumo no Ito (蜘蛛の糸) by Akutagawa Ryunosuke.

One day, Buddha looked down into Hell.
In Hell, Buddha saw a man called Kandata.
Kandata had been a thief in his life on earth but he had done one good thing.
He had stopped himself from stepping on a spider.
Buddha let down a spider's thread into Hell.
Kandata climbed up the spider's thread but then saw many people following him.
"Go back!" he called. "This spider's thread is mine!"
At that moment, the spider's thread snapped and Kandata fell back into Hell.
Kandata failed even when he had a second chance. 
He must have had pretty bad karma.

Kumo no Ito is a short story so the pages inside the cover must be very few.
Or it's a graphic title page in a short story collection.
Actually, this was an entry in a book cover design competition.

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