I'm looking for something simple that will make for an effective thumbnail when people browse books on Amazon, but also something that's interesting and eye catching as the cover of a physical book too.
The book is a modern day horror/suspense novel, but it's also a throwback to the slasher movies that were popular in the early 1980s--think Friday the 13th, The Burning, Sleepaway Camp, etc.
Movie posters from that era, like the ones I've attached, might serve as a jumping off point for inspiration. It would be nice to capture SOME of that spirit (however minimally), but I also don't need the cover to be a 100% knockoff of the 1980s retro stuff.
I'm very open to a modern interpretation, with only some elements of those classic posters. I've also attached a few modern book covers I like. Nothing I want to copy exactly, but I'd like to somehow merge the old "loud" styles with the newer "subtle" styles. That's why I defer to the experts.
Also, the killer in the novel wears a welder's mask and a black jumpsuit. He uses a variety of machetes and axes and knives, if some of that could potentially be incorporated into the cover.
I also attached the full cover of one of my previous books. Please keep my name in the same font if possible (I don't care about the title). I will provide the book logo and back cover copy, but the back cover layout should be similar to that.