Above: Inside pages from the book Fear, Illustrated. Illustrations by Julie M. Elman ©2016. Book design by John Barnett / 4 Eyes Design.

Four years of fear illustrations are now coming together in the book, Fear, Illustrated: Transforming What Scares Us (Parallax Press). I started this project because I was fascinated with the idea of fear — big and so-called "small." (Fear is fear — I don't judge.) I had no idea back then that the topic of fear itself would become so ... topical.