Dirge Magazine is ecstatic to present the cover of J.L. Gribble’s Steel Victory her debut novel, published by Dog Star Books.

Steel Victory is arriving in June 2015, but pre-orders are now available!

Steel Victory

The cover, by UK designer Brad Sharp, is one more in a long litany of amazing covers created for Dog Star Books, the sci-fi imprint of bizarro publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press.

Tending toward dark surrealism and vector art, Brad says of his own work, “My artwork is nothing more than glorified doodling. I like the logical inconsistencies of surrealism and find inspiration from many places such as music or the science fiction genre.”

Raw Dog Screaming Press editor-in-chief Jennifer Barnes might disagree (about his being a glorified doodler, that is):

“As a publisher, working with Brad is great. He’s one of the few that often reads the books while he’s doing the design. I imagine most people think the artists read the books but usually that’s not the case. He’s very conscientious about making sure to be true to the author’s vision, down to the smallest specifics and he’ll often make final adjustments just to be sure. As a graphic designer, working with Brad is amazing.”

About Steel Victory:

One hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries-long mercenary career. She settled in Limani, the independent city-state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent.

Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability.

Today, Victory is a city councilwoman, balancing the human and supernatural populations within Limani. Her daughter Toria is a warrior-mage, balancing life as an apprentice mercenary with college chemistry courses.

Tomorrow, the Roman Empire invades.


Originally a thesis novel from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program, Steel Victory is an alternate-history urban fantasy. The independent city-state of Limani is beset from within by human separatists and from without by the territory-hungry Roman Empire. The city’s lone vampire and her adopted warrior-mage daughter must join forces with the other supernatural creatures of Limani to defend their city, their culture, and their very lives.

About Brad Sharp:

Bradley Sharp was born in 1977 in Oxfordshire, UK. From a young age he filled many sketch books, so it only made sense to study Graphic Communication at Nene University, where he received a BA Honors degree in 1997.

But the real world called Sharp away from academics, so he traveled around the globe a couple of times, working as a graphic designer. Now he makes a living by designing magazine spreads, but freelances with vector illustrations, allowing him to create something far-removed from what he does in his nine-to-five job.

J.L. Gribble: Twitter / Facebook

Bradley Sharp: Website

Raw Dog Screaming Press: Website / Twitter / Facebook

For more artwork by Brad Sharp, check out his website, or enjoy the gallery of Dog Star Books cover images below.