Sam Shearon, also known as ‘Mister Sam Shearon’, is a dark artist born in Liverpool, England. Specializing in horror and science-fiction, Sam’s work often includes elements inspired by vintage tales of monsters and madmen, dark futures, post-apocalyptic genres, and classic literature.
Sam has illustrated album artwork and merchandise designs for rock bands such as Rob Zombie, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Ministry, Rammstein, Jason Charles Miller, Powerman 5000, Biohazard, DOYLE, American Head Charge, Fear Factory, HIM, ORGY, Godhead, A Pale Horse Named Death, King Creature and Kill Devil Hill.
Other clients include Coffin Case, ESP Guitars, Dean Guitars, Schecter Guitar Research, Cort Guitars and Pro Tone Pedals.
His artwork can be found in Fortean Times and Paranormal Magazine as well as many IDW Publishing releases, including cover illustrations for the Angel series, 30 Days of Night, The X-Files, KISS, Mars Attacks, Judge Dredd, and the fully illustrated H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Sam Shearon has also created illustrations for cover art for Clive Barker’s Hellraiser comic book series. He has also both illustrated, story-boarded and directed animated motion books for Clive Barker’s Books of Blood series.
He has appeared for signings at various conventions across the United States over the years, including San Diego Comic-Con of which he has signed books and drawn live for eleven years in a row as of 2019.
In regards to the mysteries of the unexplained, including cryptozoology, the paranormal and the supernatural, Sam has created the artwork and logo designs for the unexplained podcast ‘Into The Fray’ hosted by Shannon LeGro. He has also illustrated ten film posters and covers for the documentary company Small Town Monsters. Sam has also illustrated ten book covers for author David Weatherly, most notably the ‘Wood Knocks’ series of books, (the Journals of Sasquatch Research) of which Sam has also written a chapter for, in volume four.
Other clients include Ken Gerhard, David Hatcher Children, Whitley Strieber and Loren Coleman.
Sam’s artwork can also be found on the book covers of various authors under ‘Vesuvian Books’, with clients including Dan Elish, Marie D. Jones, Thommy Hutson, Mary Ting, Liana Gardner, Alexandrea Weis, Lucas Astor, Julieanne Lynch and Jonas Saul.
Sam studied at the University of Leeds in the College of Art & Design, West Yorkshire, England and received a BA with honours in Visual Communication. Shortly after, he became a qualified Art teacher gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Huddersfield University.
His solo exhibition titled “A Walk on the Darkside,” featured forty-five pieces of his original artwork including 6-foot-tall statues, biomechanical monsters, and giant canvases depicting images of horror and the macabre. The exhibition drew attention from national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph as well as BBC Radio One. The show attracted protests and boycotts over some of the darker-themed content, but was extended a further six weeks due to popular demand.
Sam has since exhibited in various galleries both in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Sam is known for his work in the field of cryptozoology, compiling artist impressions from eyewitness accounts. He has created many book and DVD cover artworks for releases that cover the subjects of Cryptozoology, Ufology, Ghosts, the Supernatural, the Paranormal and all manner of the Unexplained.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.