Cover Reveal : WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING

I’m beyond excited to not only share the brilliant cover art for my upcoming novel with Sinister Grin, but also show you the progression of the art and how it came to be in artist Zach McCain’s own words! WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING is a chilling tale of isolation and deep, dark family secrets set on a withering Pennsylvania farm. Here’s the official Sinister Grin press release and a rare behind the scenes peek into how book covers are born.


Last month, Sinister Grin Press was very excited to announce our publishing deal with the best selling and fan favorite author Hunter Shea. This is the first time Sinister will publish work by Shea, and as well, we are honored to publish his first limited edition! In January 2017, we’ll start the year off in horrific style by making WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING available in a hardcover Limited Collector’s Edition. We’ll be offering the paperback and e-book versions a few months later.

Today we are anxious to reveal the cover for WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING by Hunter Shea, with art and design by the amazing Zach McCain!

Here are some of Zach’s thoughts on his artistic progression and thoughts when making the cover…..

The direction I got for this cover was very simple and straightforward:  A run down farmhouse with a yard overgrown with weeds and the shadow of a person stretching out towards the house.  At first I didn’t think there was much I could with this and it reminded me of many covers I had seen from small press horror publishers years ago.

I started drawing the house straight on and large on the page.  Something about this started to look boring to me and I found myself struggling to continue.

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At this point I decided to start completely over.  This time I would draw the house from an angle and looking slightly up at it.  And I decided to make it much smaller.

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I felt much better about it after making the changes and quickly finished the pencil drawing portion of the cover.

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I was still concerned about it looking like so many other similar covers that I had seen of a spooky house so I decided to give it a harder edge.  More “Texas Chainsaw” and less “Haunted Hill.”

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The final step was adding the text.  It ended up being way better than I had originally expected it would.  I’ve found that if you aren’t “feeling it” then it is better to scrap it and start completely over than to continue with something that you aren’t confident with.

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Thanks, Zach!

At Sinister Grin Press, we love how it turned out. Watch for more news to come on ordering the limited edition from our website. And as always, we welcome your visit to our site and your patronage. We hope to make 2017 our best year yet and continue to produce quality “horror that’ll carve a smile on your face.”

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. His novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre , Sinister Entity, Hell Hole, The Waiting and Island of the Forbidden are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. Hell Hole was named Horror Novel Reviews #1 horror novel of 2014. His first thriller novel, The Montauk Monster, was released June, 2014 as a Pinnacle paperback, and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer. His follow up Pinnacle novel, Tortures of the Damned, a post apocalyptic thriller, will be out July, 2015. That will be followed up by his latest cryptid tale, The Dover Demon, in the fall through Samhain. His horror short story collection, Asylum Scrawls, is available as an e-book, straightjacket not included. Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. A copy of his book, The Montauk Monster, is currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME. He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years. Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

6 responses to “Cover Reveal : WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING”

  1. Joanna says :

    That’s an awesome cover! Can’t wait for the release.

  2. grolfe says :

    Reblogged this on Glenn Rolfe Scribbles Madness and commented:
    New HUNTER SHEA coming your way from SINISTER GRIN PRESS

  3. Patricia Haithcock says :

    Dude killer pic of red house

  4. Patricia Haithcock says :

    Dude killer pic of red house.i no its gonna be good all ur books r ny folks r crazy u better than them on best sellers list they have i told em to ur number1 fan ann

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