The Deathless series has done far better than I ever could have dreamed, to the tune of 10,000 books in the first seven months. That still makes me go =O
There are a lot of reasons I feel the books are selling well, but I suspect the biggest is the covers. I get compliments on them daily, and that’s not surprising. The artwork is phenomenal, and the typography is top notch.
Today I’d like to introduce you to the man who created, and continues to create, that phenomenal art. His name is Nikolai Ostertag, and he hails from Germany. He is also a god-damned GOD. Above is the very first piece of artwork I requested, the hauntingly foreboding cover to No Such Thing As Werewolves.
To the left you’ll find the next piece, the cover of The First Ark. It brings to life my favorite character, Isis- also known as The Mother. Nikolai captured her perfectly, and this image also displays the Primary Access Key. That’s huge, because until the moment I saw this piece both Isis and the key were simply artifacts that lived in my imagination. Now everyone can enjoy them.
Last month I released No Mere Zombie, the second book in the Deathless Saga. Once again Nikolai outdid himself, this time creating a piece that holds a very special significance. The zombified guy on the cover? He’s also my real life best friend, and thanks to Nikolai he’s been captured perfectly. That won me a 20 year bet, by the way.
The timing of this post isn’t accidental. Many of you know that I’m hard at work on Deathless Book 3- Vampires Don’t Sparkle. Nikolai just sent me the first draft of the cover art the other day, and I can confidently say it is his finest work (not that I am totally biased or anything). I can’t wait to get the final draft, and the second I do you’ll see it posted here.
In the meantime do me a favor and spend a few minutes checking out Nikolai’s Deviant Art page. The man is just amazing, and the artwork he’s done for me is only a small fraction of his portfolio,
If you’re a writer consider commissioning some work. His rates are reasonable, and the finished products speak for themselves.