San Cicaro Book Series


When working with creative people, it’s inevitable that you’re going to be bouncing ideas around all the time. Most are just for fun and usually forgotten. San Cicaro started the same way, a little idea some years ago that we left in the trunk because of our busy schedules.

Then, somehow, it resurfaced. San Cicaro refused to be denied, and we felt compelled to unveil some of the city’s darkest and strangest tales with Welcome to San Cicaro. Building the marketing campaign was a great time, and we were happy with the overall experience. For us, the job was done.

What we didn’t know then was San Cicaro wasn’t finished with us. To be frank, we didn’t expect it to draw this much interest, but it did—and we had to step up our game.

Welcome to San Cicaro

It all began with Welcome to San Cicaro, an anthology of urban fantasy by Thunderbird Studios. I designed the book cover, the website and I also did a great deal of image editing for their Instagram campaign. The editors had some bold ideas and their marketing was built around making the fictional city of San Cicaro feel like a real place.

On the golden coast of California lies San Cicaro, a mecca for the misbegotten, a beacon for the strange. Rumors of the bizarre and the miraculous abound, magic baked into the very streets by the scorching sun. There’s wonder and horror aplenty to be found by visitors fearless enough to brave a journey.

This anthology comprises nine tales, which delve deep into this magical city. From the horrifying to the hilarious, from the city parks to the neighborhoods, sirens and suckling monsters, enchanted ice cream, rebellious fairgrounds and bodysnatching ghouls, there is sure to be something to catch your eye. Or even your soul.

Welcome to San Cicaro.

San Cicaro needed to have its own identity…

The trend among self-published authors is to produce photobashed covers; a composite of various images into one. When done right they can look great, as it did for Welcome to San Cicaro‘s original cover. Plus they can certainly be cost-effective if you are using stock images. But put those covers next to each other and they often blend into an endless and indistinguishably horizon of collages. Anyone would be hard-pressed to maintain their brand’s consistency.

So, after some soul-searching, we found inspiration in the travelling posters of old, in the art deco landscapes depicting fabulous destinations mainly travelled by railway. The bold colours and stylish shapes would contrast nicely with the dark tales of San Cicaro. Hidden in plain sight, the bizarre and the miraculous are to be found by visitors fearless enough to brave the journey. A bit of fun amidst the horror.

Embark on a journey to San Cicaro

Walk the streets, take in the sights, let your time in the city carry you far from your troubles. There is wonder and mystery to be found in plain view and hidden in the dark corners, just waiting to be unearthed. But be careful how closely you look, for what you find may change you forever.

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Get your own guide to San Cicaro!

You can’t go wrong visiting San Cicaro, but it never hurts to hear a few recommendations. Be sure to check out our guide to the city and see the best we have to offer. Ë̶̢̪̫͓̪̖̖̖́S̵̱̹̟̞̃̔̽͂̍̀͗̕͝ͅͅC̷̡̛͓̈͆̉̃͐̀͐̆A̪̣̤̾̔̕P̵̼̤̗̎͌̈́͒͑̀̅͆͆̑E̲̦͖̖̭̳̙̓̈́̿͐̋̉̀ B̨̗͕̻͒͂̊͝Ẽ̸̼̔͗́̾̋̔̓̚͝F̸̡̰͓̟͍͖̜͎̻̃̋̊̊͑O͈̦͊͋R̦̲͕̾̅̈́Ĕ̷̥̂̂͂̎͊͌͊̉̕͠ Book your trip today!

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Where can I find more information?

If you’d like to know more about these publications, please visit San Cicaro.