Cover Art – Maria Viirros

A watercolour backwash of gently stained light purples and greys. A snake with a long, curved body occupies the majority of the frame. The snake’s head is slightly left of centre, and the creature’s neck twists down and around, with the tail curving around and up, towards the upper right corner of the image. The snake is hissing, revealing sharp fangs and a long, forked tongue. Its body is covered in reddish brown scales with a soft white underbelly, but the skin is cracked and peeling in several places, revealing white vertebrae and soft yellow flesh. Bony spikes poke through the snake’s skin at several points throughout its body. Dark blue patterns emanate from the snake’s head, giving the illusion of a frilled neck.

Cover art by Maria Viirros for The Suburban Review PUNCTURE.

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