Images for Tales from the Annexe

Pictures for Several Thousand Words, Part 2

Pictures for Several Thousand Words, Part 1, with images for stories from the Herbert West Series, may be found here.

The first two speculative fiction stories in Tales from the Annexe predate my acquaintance with Canva, so I did not have images for them when I began putting this post together. I decided to do something about that, and I am pleased with the results.

Image #2 for Welcome to the Witch House story
As if moving into a dump of a haunted house isn’t bad enough, Frank Elwood discovers conceited math student Walter Gilman is already living there, for his own peculiar reasons.
Image for The Deliverer of Delusions story
Miranda Castaigne gives up her romantic life with artistic ex-pats in Paris to discover the truth about her eccentric brother’s death in a New York City lunatic asylum.
Friends Will and Doof investigate a mysterious ice cream truck that cruises their town at night.
Image for The Colour of Magic story
Things get weird when the tenant in Marc’s basement suite insists on painting her bedroom with a very special paint.
Image for A Howling in the Woods story
When Doug’s son Todd keeps playing a recording he’d made in the woods, of a strange howling sound, Doug orders him out of the truck–and into those woods.
Image for The Glamour story
Fifteen-year-old Ann, convinced she was switched at birth with the daughter of a wealthy family, sneaks into their home on the evening of a party.
Image for The Blue Rose story
Deon the Fabricator’s obsession with creating a blue rose leads him to make a perilous journey to the Blasted Lands. His childhood friend, Luna of the City Guard, undertakes a search for him and learns hard truths about love and duty.

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    1. They’re stories, 3-7K words, part of a collection that’s 75K in all. Those images are just extras. I made some of them while I was writing the stories. Any story published as a separate work needs its own cover, but I don’t think it’s worth publishing anything shorter than 10K words, unless it’s intended to be a giveaway in exchange for email addresses. (Never tried doing that myself; I don’t produce a newsletter and don’t like advertising so have no need to collect people’s email addresses. But some say it’s The Thing to Do if you want to be a successful indie author.)

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    1. The face and hand behind a curtain and the ornate frame are from Pixabay. I downloaded those images to my computer and uploaded them to Canva. (It’s great that Canva allows users to upload images from elsewhere.) I put them together and added the girl. She’s a Canva element; I paid $1.39 Cdn to use that image. The background, text fonts, and the beetle are all free Canva elements.

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      1. Wow…! I have looked at Pixabay and even bought an image or two from there, but mostly use It’s affiliated with a commercial site so I’ve bought some from there too. But none like yours. 😦
        The reason I’m drooling is that I originally wanted that concept for Miira but couldn’t make it happen.
        The cover is great. All of them are. Seriously impressed. 😀

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        1. That’s the great thing about Pixabay–all their images are “Free for commercial use
          No attribution required.” I’ve spent hours scrolling through after doing searches like “fantasy” or “creepy” or “smoke.” Some words have better results than others. I recommend it as a source of elements for designing or just visual inspiration.

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            1. I’ve wondered how the keywords are assigned to images in Pixabay. Sometimes the search results include things that appear to have nothing to do with the search term. And it’s not helpful to get too fancy; searching on obscure words like “eldritch,” for example, yields zero results. But it’s worth trying different words. The only thing it costs is your time (unfortunately).

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              1. I don’t know about Pixabay, but on freeimages, the people who post the pics add the tags. When you do a keyword search it shows you all the permutations as well. Maybe Pixabay does the same but without displaying all the possibilities. That said, I’ve never thought to try abstract words on either. But I will from now. lol

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