If you read his previous post, you'll find that the blogger, a martial arts teacher and bowie knife aficionado, almost didn't want to read my book because of the lurid cover art and title. That's a concern to me. It's a serious, well-researched book and I think anyone who reads it will recognize the seriousness of my efforts in putting it together. Perhaps I should have called it The Bowie Knife: History of an American Weapon, or something like that. I think the publisher was worried that once you call something "history" you turn off a large segment of your potential buyers.
As for the cover art, well, what can I say? Put me in front of a sheet of paper with a pen and my hand and I'm a wild man.
Illustration of one of bowie-knife fighter Sam Brown's notorious murders, from the book.