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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 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+.”

There have also been several lovely customer reviews on the book’s 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.

Fictions: Infectious

October 26, 2020

The fourth story of Future Care Capital’s Fictions project, Infectious, by Liz Williams, is now live and can be read for free here.

The Girl Who Builds Monsters Update

October 12, 2020

The trade edition of The Girl Who Builds Monsters is now out and available!  You can buy it direct from Cemetery Dance or through  Amazon in your country.

The signed limited edtion with the bonus material section won’t be out till next year now, due to some delays with the production but I will keep you updated and post any news of a release date when I have it.

The Big Score

October 8, 2020



Here’s the cover for the latest K. J. Parker novella, The Big Score, to be published by Subterranean Press in March 2021.

Fictions: Life’s Lottery

September 22, 2020

Life’s Lottery by Keith Brooke, the third story of Future Care Capital’s Fictions project, is now up and available to read for free here.

New Horror, Noir and Dark Suspense Magazine NOW SCREAM

September 14, 2020

One of the projects I’m currently working on is some cover art for a new quarterly horror, noir and dark suspense magazine that will be launching on December 10th.  Amongst the contents of issue 1 will be a lead story by Ramsey Campbell, a feature written by Simon Clark on The Shining for a section called ‘You Must Read This Book’ and an interview with Joe R. Lansdale.

I’m very excited to be doing the cover for this first issue.  As a sneak peak, you can see my rough sketch for the cover concept below.    Keep checking back for the reveal of the finished cover and more details about the magazine.

The Dark Issue 64

September 3, 2020

The cover of the current issue (#64, Sep 2020) of The Dark magazine features my artwork once again.  You may recognise it as one of the pieces I did for Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep.

This issue features new stories by Wennimareba Klobah Collins (Call Them Children) and Tobi Ogundiran (The Goatkeeper’s Harvest) and two reprints from Priya Sharma (Feral) and Kristi DeMeester (The Quiet Forms of Belonging)

Fictions Second Story Now Live

August 24, 2020

The second story of Future Care Capital’s Fictions project has now been posted.

The story, All I Asked For, by Anne Charnock can be read here.

Shining in the Dark Hits Japan!

August 17, 2020


Shining in the Dark, the horror anthology edited by Hans-Åke Lilja (the man behind Lilja’s Library), continues to spread around the world!  Next up, Fusosha Publishing will be releasing the Japanese edition on September 2nd!

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