How do you sever yourself from expectations of friends, family,
or polite society and really press the limits of your dark side?
They think there must be something terribly wrong with you.
That you're wired differently than other people.
That there's a darkness in you.
Well, they're right. As storytellers it is our job to explore that darkness, to drag it kicking and screaming into the light, where it can be examined and dissected. Horror is nasty business. But it's also a reality. Some people can stomach it. Some can't.
Those of us that string words together to spin spine-tingling yarns filled with beasties or esoteric forces or the ever popular cosmic dread do so not because we're unafraid of staring into the abyss, but because we're undaunted by it looking back at us.
We welcome it.
Through that darkness we explore the human condition. We look within and without ourselves and we evolve.
If you find yourself worrying over what Aunt Cathy might think, or what Granny might say, then you're in the wrong line of work.
You cannot be shackled by what others might say or think about your work.
These are your words. Own them. Believe in them. Have something to say and say it with passion... with bloody fervor.
There's a reason you write the stories you do, an itch that must be scratched. Well scratch that itch and damn anyone who thinks you shouldn't or thinks there's something wrong with you for doing so.
How do you sever yourself? The better question is, how do you not?
— Bob Freeman
About the Author
A lifelong student of witchcraft, magic, and religion, Bob’s studies are reflected in his art, both as an author and illustrator.
Bob lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.
He can be found online at occultdetective.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
About the Book
Published June 25th 2014 by Seventh Star Press, LLC
Michael Somers is brought to Cairnwood, an isolated manor in rural Indiana, to sit at the deathbed of a grandfather he never knew existed. He soon finds himself drawn into a strange and esoteric world filled with werewolves, vampires, witches… and a family curse that dates back to fourteenth century Scotland.
In the sleepy little town of Somerset, an ancient evil awakens, hungering for blood and vengeance… and if Michael is to survive he must face his inner demons and embrace his family’s dark past.
Shadows Over Somerset is the first Cairnwood Manor Novel.