This month we salute Dazzling Danielle Drake, the artist and writer who created six of the covers for the Excalibur Books alternative history series, “The Futurist Manifesto”!
The Arizona-born Danielle is currently based in Tumwater, Washington. “I’m a romance author at heart,” she says, “but when I come up for air, I enjoy creating eye-catching covers across multiple genres.”
“Futurist Manifesto # 7: City of Reflections” has the Gothic grandeur of Venice as its setting, and Danielle captured this perfectly, as well as the Lovecraftian themes and concepts within the plot.
The setting of “Futurist Manifesto # 10: Into The Valley” was a Lancaster bomber on its last mission over the skies of Europe during World War II. For this cover, Danielle took a clean stylized image of airplanes and clouds, the iconic RAF roundel, and an elegant Art Deco font for the title. The final element was the “Seal of Eligos, the Fifteenth Great Duke of the Goetia”, which I sent to Danielle to incorporate into the design, as this signified the occult elements in the story.
The cover for “Futurist Manifesto # 11: Firewater” was a homage to the classic Penguin cover for “Christ Stopped At Eboli” by Carlo Levi. While keeping the same desert atmosphere and color scheme, Danielle’s creation highlights the story’s vigilante protagonist Brandon Stone (AKA The Pendulum), while the demonic Skinwalker lurks in the background.
As you can see, one of the visual inspirations for Excalibur Books is the Modernist design and color scheme of classic Penguin Books. Danielle proved totally up to the challenge of adapting her style for the project, and we think she’s done an excellent job.
You can see some of her other covers for other clients here, which she’s us given permission to show!