A sculptural figure climbing out of the gutter leaving behind a bloody corpse. Texture, lighting, sight lines in noir-like cityscapes are some of Owen Freeman’s most effective visual tools. We are featuring this book review illustration about Jo Nesbo’s updated take on Macbeth, part of Hogarth Shakespeare’s series in which bestselling novelists turn Shakespeare’s work into contemporary fiction.

But one illustration isn’t enough! Owen loves bringing out the best in a dark story. As evidence, we submit the following examples.