Dark Arts and Shadows over Somerset
Virtual Tour Author: Bob Freeman Featured Book: Shadows Over Somerset
I'm delighted to welcome author Bob Freeman to my blog today, and I'm eager to read his new novel, Shadows Over Somerset. Just look at that wolf on the cover! How can I resist? And if that's not dark, intriguing, and haunting enough for you, read on to find out more about Bob Freeman's Dark Arts.
The Dark Arts by Bob Freeman
Even though we've been warned against it since childhood, we do judge a book by its cover. First impressions are everything, and face it, a book's first impression has little to do with the writer thereof. That's why it is paramount that the publisher, author, and cover artist are on the same page.
As someone who has been known to wear the artist hat himself, I understand this very well.
Cover illustrations are a kind of magic, designed to ensorcell the prospective reader and put them under the spell of the book at hand.
It's something I take very seriously.
I fully intended to handle the art chores on the Cairnwood Manor series myself, but I found that I was under the proverbial gun, with pressing deadlines that were soul suckingly devourous of both my time and energy... and the last thing I wanted was to short change my first born.
So I turned to Stephen Zimmer, Grand Magus of the Seventh Star, and fell on my sword. He, in turn, introduced me to a wonderfully gifted young artist named Enggar Adirasa.
I sent Enggar cover art my brother and I had put together a decade before, using photoshop, and suggested he use that as his template. Soon after, the finished art appeared in my inbox and I was blown away. It had more than met my expectations.
Enggar had taken my idea and breathed life into it. The muted pastels and delicate line work spoke to the dark romantic atmosphere of the novel.
It was pure unadulterated magic on a digital canvas, the very embodiment of the dark arts, if you will.
I was even more thrilled by the two interior illustrations. For each, I sent a chunk of the scene from the novel itself and then wrote a full description of the characters to be represented covering their clothing, hair-styles, and the like, as well as the locations they were in. I even sent a few phootgraphs along to ensure Enggar was as home with these creations as I was.
As you can see, he didn't disappoint.
I consider myself extremely lucky. I already believed in the words. Now, with Enggar's art added to the mix, the spell was complete.
About Bob Freeman: 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
About Shadows over Somerset: 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. It can be found online at
Amazon Links for Shadows Over Somerset:
Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Somerset-Cairnwood-Manor-ebook/dp/B00L9UYHKE
Print Version: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Somerset-Bob-Freeman/dp/1941706118
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