Welcome to Bob Freeman’s occultdetective.com

Posted in Alba Gu Brath, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on April 18, 2016 by Occult Detective

bobav2Bob Freeman is an author, artist, and paranormal adventurer whose previous novels include Shadows Over Somerset, Keepers of the Dead, and Descendant.

A lifelong student of mythology, folklore, magic, and religion, Freeman has written numerous short stories, articles, and reviews for various online and print publications and is a respected lecturer on the occult and paranormal phenomena.

He lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.

In addition to occultdetective.com, Mr. Freeman can be found online on twitter and facebook.


Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Writing in Theory & Practice on May 25, 2016 by Occult Detective




The Spirit of Radio

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on May 24, 2016 by Occult Detective

“The sounds I am listening to every night at first appear to be human voices conversing back and forth in a language I cannot understand. I find it difficult to imagine that I am actually hearing real voices from people not of this planet. There must be a more simple explanation that has so far eluded me.” – Nikola Tesla 1918

I don’t reckon I need another project, but building a Tesla “Spirit Radio” is on my radar.

So what’s the deal with this simple crystal radio?

A lot of folks are building these things and putting them to work. I’m curious to have a go myself… I have some of my own ideas. Obviously, these are a poor man’s “spirit box” which I think is kind of bunk, but there is a way to capture ambient electronic voice phenomena without all the hokum.

This is a good place to start, but I want to hook it up to a guitar amp and see what shakes.

Old and Blessed

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on May 23, 2016 by Occult Detective

A solid weekend. I managed to get quite a bit of writing accomplished and squeezed in a mammoth load of yard work. My wife was keen on having our salix caprea trimmed, so we climbed inside it, cutting out the dead, and my the thing popped after.

In addition to First Born, I’ve been noodling on a collaboration I’m keen on tackling with my son, as well as a few other projects I want to get off the ground.

I’ve really been mired the last few years and it feels really good to get the creative juices flowing again. I feel that old hunger returning (not that it ever really left).


Life’s never been a problem for me, but work sure gets in the way of writing, especially when you’re working seven days a week, which I’ve done solid since August of 2011.

But I think I’m finally at a place where the writing can become a more prominent feature in my life again… and that pleases me to no end.

I am also pleased to have accepted a place in the Converse Historical Society. I’ve established a web presence for them and we’re working toward collecting memorabilia and historical relics to display in a museum in the near future (I hope).

Tomorrow, my son graduates sixth grade.

I feel both old and blessed.

Caelum Scalptorium

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on May 21, 2016 by Occult Detective

Worlds are colliding.

I’m working on both Cairnwood and Liber Monstrorum today, aligning all that came before with all that lies ahead.

It had all been scribbled in pencil, but now the stone is washed and the chisels are out.

Nearly twenty years in the making… this is the beginning of the end.

sm cairnwood map


Posted in Liber et Auda on May 17, 2016 by Occult Detective

Today I should be helping my best friend celebrate his fiftieth birthday. Instead, I mourn his passing and hold close his memory.

Robert Brent Smith was born May 17, 1966 and left this world for the next January 27, 2015.

Not a day has passed that he has not been on my mind…


This morning, as I walked outside preparing to drive into work, I was struck by a distant memory. Maybe it was the heavy dew and that cool, country air that sparked it, or the rabbit that sat under the catalpa watching me with a wary eye, but the memory came just the same.

Brent and I were camped out at the Mississinewa, in the old primitives. Our campsite was the one closest to the old circle of stone, on uneven ground, but we favored it because a forest trail cut from that site to the shelter house then down to that hallowed place.

We’d spent the night before watching a meteor shower on mushrooms and come that morning, the memory that struck me before work, we were cooking eggs and bacon over a campfire.

There was a rabbit there too, sniffing wet grass and hopping along the edge of our campsite. Brent knelt down and tried to coax it over, offering it some food, but the rabbit wasn’t having it and bounded off into the forest.

Brent commented that he wished he was a rabbit. I said I’d rather be a wolf, a rabbit’s life was short and rarely ends well. Brent just smiled and said, “yeah, but while you lived it would be so peaceful and everything you ever wanted would be at the end of your nose.”

Happy Birthday, Brent… I love you, old friend.


The world is grey, the mountains old,
The forge’s fire is ashen cold;
No harp is wrung, no hammer falls,
The darkness dwells in Durin’s halls;
The shadow lies upon his tomb
In Moria, in Khazad-dûm.
But still the sunken stars appear
In dark and windless Mirrormere;
There lies his crown in water deep,
Till Durin wakes again from sleep.
                                                           —JRR Tolkien, “Durin”


Crisis Management

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on May 16, 2016 by Occult Detective

I have to tip my hat to Stephen Zimmer and Seventh Star Press. I’ve been working with them for a couple of years now and it never ceases to amaze me how quick Stephen is to respond when difficulties arise.

cairnwood series

Shadows Over Somerset was published without a hitch, but Keepers of the Dead was fraught with difficulties. None of them on Seventh Star’s end, mind you.

I ran into some issues with my  first editor. He had done a wonderful job on Shadows, but with Keepers he kept missing deadlines, so Stephen stepped in and made a switch.

I can’t praise Scott Sandridge enough. His edits on Keepers were terrific and I greatly appreciated working with him and look forward to our continued partnership.

Unfortunately, there was a mix-up on my end with the Keepers of the Dead manuscript, not once, but twice when delivered to Scott and Seventh Star. Not either of their faults. All mine. I made assumptions and, because we had been so far off schedule, I was less diligent than I should have been.

Both snafus were discovered by my good friend Greg Mitchell (months apart, I should add) and for that I am truly grateful.

Both errors were quickly addressed by Stephen.

And now, it appears the stars are aligned and a crisis has been averted.

One of the two errors, the most recent one, had disastrous ramifications for the books currently in the pipeline. Had Greg not found that error today and contacted me, I would have been completely gutted…

I guess it just goes to show, when writing of dark forces, it’s nice to know there are forces of light there to have your back.

Walking Under Ladders

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on May 13, 2016 by Occult Detective

Ah, Friday the 13th, how I love you so. It’s my second favorite holiday… a day full of black cats, inverted horseshoes, and ladders just begging to be walked under.

firstbornI am still plugging slowly away at First Born, my next release from Seventh Star Press. What I thought was going to be a week of edits and tweaks has turned into three weeks of laborious editing and rewrites…

Writers write? Yes, indeed, but they also sweat over words already writ and I’m doing my fair share over this collection of occult detective tales.

A prequel of sorts to Descendant, a Wolfe & Crowe Investigation novel, First Born will be many people’s introduction to Landon Connors and the precarious arcane worlds he navigates so I really need it to sing. Yes, it may be in a foreign, diabolic tongue, but the melody has to float on ether and get your devil tail a’tappin’.

A couple of much needed D&D sessions will interrupt progress this weekend, but there’s no rush. Not really. We’re months away from All Hallow’s Eve. More than enough time for the spell to be properly cast…


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