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Berserk

January 26, 2021

Last year I was excited to start working with German publisher Buchheim Verlag.  Below is some of the artwork from the first project I did for them.

The book is Berserk by Tim Lebbon and is part of their Cemetery Dance Germany series, in which they publish German language limited editions of Cemetery Dance titles.

For this project I created full colour wraparound cover art and various b&w images for the interior, including signature sheet and endpaper art and 6 full page illustations and 2 spot illustrations.

Berserk is out now and limited to 999 copies.

I’ve been collaborating with Buchheim Verlag on a number of other projects so keep an eye out here for more artwork from other books I’ve illustrated for them.

Endpaper art

Signature sheet

Fictions: When I Visit the Palace

January 19, 2021

Another story from Future Care Capital’s Fictions project is now up and available to read for free. When I Visit the Palace is by Liz Williams.

The Guardians

January 8, 2021

Let’s kick off the new year with a new cover reveal! This is a project I worked on towards the end of last year, and marks the first time I’ve collaborated with author Kevin L. Williams. The Guardians Vol. 1: Baltimore, 1862 will be the first in an ongoing series of gothic horror novels written in the epistolary style.

The book will be officially launched tomorrow and is available in kindle format from Amazon. You can learn more about the book and Kevin in the press release below:

Kevin L. Williams is a novelist from San Antonio, Texas who grew up on a steady diet of horror movies and tv shows, comic books, and graphic novels. His current novel, a Gothic Horror, The Guardians, Vol. 1: Baltimore, 1862 officially launches this Saturday, Jan 9, 2021!!

Vampires in 1862 Baltimore!

The Guardians, Vol. 1: Baltimore, 1862 is a Gothic Horror story, told in the epistolary style, about a physician, brothel owner, and free Negro lawyer who band together to fight an ancient vampire colony threatening their war-torn city of Baltimore, Maryland.

This book is the perfect marriage of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

“The World itself is a character in “The Guardians, Vol. 1: Baltimore, 1862″…The Universe here is immense and all in compassing.” 

“Wonderful read!!! I could visualize the characters, every scene. The author pulls you in on every page. Have not been that engaged in a book for a long time! Couldn’t put it down. I have read other books by this author and he never disappoints!!!”

Please visit his website to find out about new releases: https://www.klwilliamsauthor.com/

Happy Holidays to All!

December 22, 2020

For this year’s season’s greetings eCard I couldn’t resist doing something based on the characters I designed for The Girl Who Builds Monsters!

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and here’s hoping that 2021 will be a better year for all of us!

Fictions: Genomancer

December 15, 2020

The sixth instalment in Future Care Capital’s Fictions series is now live and available to read for free. Genomancer is written by Stephen Palmer.

Wicked Run Press Giveaway

December 11, 2020
To celebrate the launch of The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, the new book by Mark Matthews, Wicked Run Press are doing a giveaway.  Anybody who purchases the book, in any format, before 1 Feb 2021 and emails the proof of purchase to WickedRunPress@gmail.com by 10 Feb 2021, with ‘giveaway’ in the subject line, will be eligible to win one of the three following books.

• A hardcover limited edition of Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror published by Thunderstorm books.

The Girl Who Builds Monsters, the children’s book published by Cemetery Dance that I illustrated and was written by Brian James Freeman.

• A hardcover copy of Nightmare Factories: The Asylum in the American Imagination, written by Professor of History, Troy Rondinone, Ph.D.

The winners will be drawn on 14 Feb 2021.

For an additional entry or if you want to enter without making a purchase you can retweet the pinned tweet on Mark Matthew’s twitter page and email a screenshot of it to WickedRunPress@gmail.com

People living outside the US are also eligible to enter this giveaway as long as they agree to pay for the shipping via paypal if they win one of the prizes.  A quote for the shipping will be provided and after the quote, if you decide to decline, another winner will be drawn.

The Hobgoblin of Little Minds will be out on January 28 2021.

Fictions: Vigorish

December 1, 2020

Vigorish by Keith Brooke, the next story in Future Care Capital’s Fictions project, is now up and available to read for free on the FCC website.

Below is the artwork in full for stories 4 to 6.

The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

November 18, 2020

Here’s my cover design for the new book from Mark Matthews.  The novel, which takes place in an abandoned psychiatric hospital, rewrites the werewolf mythos whilst tackling issues of mental illness.

The Hobgoblin of Little Minds will be published in paperback and ebook editions by Wicked Run Press on 18 February 2021, but has just gone up for preorder now.

 

Reviews for The Girl Who Builds Monsters

November 6, 2020

Cemetery Dance have posted a couple of great reviews for The Girl Who Builds Monsters from Mountain Times and MonsterLibrarian.com. Here are excerpts from the reviews:

“There is so much to love in this new children’s book from Brian James Freeman and Vincent Chong. The illustrations are simple and understated, yet explode on the page. The story is equally simple and understated, yet contains a deep moral about inclusion and acceptance. Put the two together, and the result is a book destined to be named a classic… what a gorgeous hardcover it is — and one sure to retain the durability that will be needed through voluminous readings.”
Mountain Times

“For me, one of the things that makes this an absolutely outstanding book and a choice I would recommend for anyone working with elementary aged children is that it is one of the few picture books out there that depict disability in a positive and respectful way. Too often picture books about disabled people are educational texts describing a child’s disability for abled peers, and in the few fictional picture books, disabled people are rarely depicted as multifaceted individuals with positive characteristics. In fiction in general, disabled people are usually presented stereotypically, as either someone to feel sorry for (like Beth in Little Women), someone inspirational (think Auggie from Wonder), someone with ‘magical’ abilities (Charles Xavier of the X-Men), or a villain. In horror in particular, villainy is frequently signified by disfigurement or masking (some of the classics in horror fiction include the Phantom of the Opera, the Invisible Man, and Dorian Gray). Brian James Freeman has done a great job at subverting the trope of disability and disfigurement as villainous and monstrous, and celebrating imperfection, and it’s really exciting to see this. Highly recommended for grades K+.”
MonsterLibrarian.com

There have also been several lovely customer reviews on the book’s Amazon.co.uk product page.

I’m so happy that people are enjoying the book and really appreciate all the great feedback!

Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2020

Happy Halloween from Emma and all her pals from The Girl Who Builds Monsters!

The Girl Who Builds Monsters trade edition is available now, direct from Cemetery Dance or through Amazon.

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