Public Expectations and Private Dark Sides by Bob Freeman

How do you sever yourself from expectations of friends, family,
or polite society and really press the limits of your dark side?

Carl Jung said, "Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people."

I'm sure that most of us who write occult and horror fiction have experienced those looks of derision and disgust from relatives or friends; faced those inevitable questions as to how you could possibly write about such horrible things.

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 want to be a successful writer, and I'm not talking about money here, I mean success in the sense of personal fulfillment and creative rectitude? You have to bleed on the page. You have to embrace the light and the darkness. And you have to write from a place of freedom.

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

Bob Freeman doesn’t just write and draw occult detectives, he’s also a card carrying paranormal adventurer who founded Nightstalkers of Indiana in 1983.

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, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


About the Book

Shadows Over Somerset by Bob Freeman
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.


  1. True - the author has to be the one to believe in the words first and make them his own. Because if we're not writing true to us then no one else is going to enjoy it either.


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