The Fantastic Tale of John Freeman thus far – November 9, 2020
First and foremost, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I would like to take the time to answer the simple question: Who is John Freeman? It is a long story and to get that answer, we must travel back in time to the year 2010.
My Origin Story
I was part of a household of five(one brother and one sister) growing up. We were a military family, therefore we moved from county to county growing up. For roughly 6 years we lived in various counties in Maryland and Virginia, before settling down in Fredericksburg, VA, until I was about 17 years old. Backtracking to 2011, I was 16 years old and what an interesting year it was. The King’s Speech won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Call me Maybe was one of the most popular songs, and many more things occurred. More importantly, I started to pick up on writing.. One year later, it all changed, as I became influenced by two things, superheroes and horror television/movies. I began to watch AMC television’s The Walking Dead, they were right at the midseason of Season 3. The Walking Dead that was my first real introduction to horror as a teenager and it was spectacular. My first exposure to it was the finale of the episode titled Nebraska and that ending was shocking to me. I fell in love with the show and read the first 100 issues of the comic with haste. Around the time of me seeing The Walking Dead, Marvel’s The Avengers was released and that was an unforgettable experience on the big screen, it was truly magical. I was deeply invested afterwards and read my first superhero comic, which was the excellent story arc titled Iron Man: Extremis.
Throughout my teen years, I watched channels such as IFC, my love for horror grew. What makes horror so great to me is just the scares and feelings of tension. That feeling of being on edge and sucked in to that world. During my teen years, I also saw the films of Guillermo Del Toro, my favorite director and he made my favorite film of all time – Pan’s Labyrinth. I’ll blog about my favorites in depth, sometime in the future.
After high school, I joined the Air Force(they eventually switched my branch to U.S Space Force). I was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado and there I was further introduced to the comic culture. This time it was Denver Comic Con 2015 and I was so inspired by what I saw. The costumes, panels, and just the atmosphere, so I talked to my buddy and we made a webcomic called Graves. It started with a paragraph and he told me that it was the best of a few ideas that I had, and eventually that comic actually got off the ground. It was momentous for me, but it wound up failing in 2016. It taught me so much and I kept writing for a few years after, mainly shorter things. I actually stopped writing for roughly a year between 2018-2019 and came back to writing rejuvenated. At this point now, I’ve been producing and writing constantly. I have two teams to tackle projects, with my editor remaining the same.
Goals, Goals, Goals
There will be monthly posts from me every 1-2 months. Those posts may be mailbags, first looks, discussions/vlogs of my works, more about myself, etc. I certainly have many projects mapped out. I want to release something new every 1-3 years, just because of big budgets that are attached to my works. You will certainly see influences from film leak over to my comics, as well as my creativity. I do play with different subgenres in my writing and I love writing in different locations, embracing the culture. Most importantly, I want to have a profound impact on the horror genre. My Approach is definitely one to push limits and bounds, not being someone that is afraid to do something new.
A Fantastic Future Ahead
Plenty of Horror and Thrillers!!! My immediate future includes my first work; A one shot zombie thriller called CROW CREEK. I am currently working on a few projects, but another one shot and a graphic novel are on my horizon, more on that after CROW CREEK releases(release date: TBD).
Also, this website should get a collaborator section and various updates/improvements. It is a long road for me, but I am thrilled to get my work out there and hopefully you all enjoy it. You can follow me at the links below:
Feel free to read my about page here. My next blog post will be available next month. Thanks for reading!!