New cover for Elves and Goblins novelette. Whatcha think?

For the new Elves and Goblins novelette, I’ve been working on some covers, and I was wondering what you guys and girls thought.

Current
Elves and Goblins cover

Previous
Elves and Goblins cover

Thanks for any feedback!

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About Rex Jameson
Rex Jameson is the author of two novels Lucifer’s Odyssey and The Goblin Rebellion and half a dozen short stories. An avid history buff and an unabashed nerd with an appetite for science fiction and fantasy, he loves to create complex speculative fiction with layered characters. He earned a PhD in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University and researches distributed artificial intelligence in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Rex and his wife Jenny live in Pittsburgh where they enjoy hosting family and friends.

8 Responses to New cover for Elves and Goblins novelette. Whatcha think?

  1. haparker321 says:

    I don’t think it fits with the two other covers you have, Rex.

  2. Rex Jameson says:

    Hi Henry! This one is the second in the Perspectives series, which started with Angels and Demons. Are you comparing this one to the two novels or to Angels and Demons? You can see the covers together on the Short Fictions page at the top or click here:
    https://rex-jameson.com/short-fictions/

    I wanted to separate the typography and feel of the two series so they have distinct branding and feel. I appreciate your opinion on this. Let me know if you still feel the same after checking the Angels and Demons cover. Thanks!

  3. haparker321 says:

    I thought they were part of the Lucifer’s Odyssey series.

    Parker

  4. Rex Jameson says:

    No, they’re separate and take place in a totally different universe and setting. In Angels and Demons, the afterlife is dictated by how you die, and Archangel Michael is having to deal with the effects of our tendency to kill each other (and of course, Lucifer is exploiting it). Elves and Goblins takes place in a world where the elves are being oppressed into poverty by goblins.

    Neither of the Perspectives stories takes place in the Primal Patterns series worlds. I have an author’s note in the front that hopefully clears this up.

  5. My exact thoughts were: Meh.

    I’m thinking water fountain, 1800s garden parties and Greek sculptures. Definitely not spec fiction.

    I liked the theme you had going with the other cover. Something related to that would work better. I think that is mainly because the statue is really white and takes centre stage. What probably needs to happen is to take it off centre, crack it and grey it (like the previous cover) and I’d go with some layering in of something that you can shadow/blend to the page.
    E.g. http://images.indiaplaza.in/books/9780/7528/9780752882666.jpg

  6. Rex Jameson says:

    Hey Tyson!

    Which “previous” cover are you talking about? Lucifer’s Odyssey? It’s a different series. I don’t want people clicking on this and thinking that it’s in the Primal Patterns Series. That’s just a preventable one-star waiting to happen!

    This is the follow up to Angels and Demons: Perspectives of a Violent Afterlife. The statue is front and center with this cover, and that’s sort of why I chose to try this route, to keep consistency in the Perspectives series.

    This novelette is also NOT sci-fi/fantasy type spec fic. This book is more in contemporary fantasy and urban fantasy.

    I’ll see what I can do with making the Angels and Demons cover crackle and then making this one crackle? My first shot at this didn’t look that great, but I’ll keep at it. Thanks for the feedback!

    • Yes I was referring to the A&D cover, the previous statue had a darkness to it and looked older. It allowed more of the cover to shine rather than the statue to be the only thing that catches the eye.

      Fantasy still doesn’t scream at me from it. There was some trick you can do that makes inanimates look alive. That would work well here. I think I saw that guide on how to do it on this blog: http://10steps.sg/

  7. Rex Jameson says:

    I’ll check out the blog in a bit. I’ve updated the first post. I extracted the statue and added a color overlay, blur and crackle to the background. I also added a radial gradiant and slight crackle to the statue. Let me know what you think!

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