A Statement about Generative AI

Please read this important update

An Important Announcement: May 1, 2024

On April 27, 2024, I was approached by an independent artist with whom I had no prior relationship. This artist told me that all of the artwork I had commissioned in relation to The Nightmare Machine was created with the use of generative AI. Given that I had made written agreements with the artist who did that work, and that those agreements explicitly prohibit the use of generative AI, I took this allegation very seriously.

Over the following three days, I consulted a total of six independent artists, none of whom I had met before then. All six agreed unanimously that all of the artwork in question was created with generative AI. In addition to six professional artists, I also consulted four hobbyists, each of whom had spent hundreds or thousands of hours experimenting with generative AI to create images. There, too, the consensus was unanimous: All of my Nightmare Machine artwork was undoubtedly created with generative AI.

Before I go any further, let me reiterate my position on AI artwork. It has never been my position that no one should use generative AI to create images. I do not accept AI-generated images for use in my professional work, and I think that, in most cases, other artists do themselves more harm than good if they choose to use AI in lieu of developing their own skills the “old-fashioned way,” but I have never attempted to dictate to anyone else that they should not or must not use AI.

The core issue here is not the use of AI. The core issue is dishonesty. If others want to create or consume AI-generated content, that is absolutely their prerogative, but no one may intentionally misrepresent or conceal the use of AI.

I am now in a difficult position, financially speaking. I have invested a considerable amount of money to print books and create other materials that feature artwork that was sold to me under false pretenses. I have also signed contracts with partners and distributors affirming that the artwork I submit to them was not created with AI; I must now contact all of those people, notify them of this problem, and work with them toward finding a solution that will likely need to be individually tailored to each case.

I will commission new (non-AI) artwork and redo the covers for all of my books as time and money allow, but I can’t do any of that quickly or cheaply. I initially ordered a print run of 1,000 copies of The Nightmare Machine, and as of this writing, I still have 850 copies on hand. In order to fund a large run of new artwork, I must first sell more of my existing stock. I have no publisher, no agent, and no marketing team to help me with this; I’m a one-man shop and I do (almost) everything myself. I ask for your patience as I navigate a long and difficult solution to this problem.

Thank you for your support and your understanding. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

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