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.

The Asatru Folk Assembly have a problem

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

On Sunday, Matt Flavel, Alsherjargothi of  Asatru Folk Assembly, posted the following:

Today we are bombarded with confusion and messages contrary to the values of our ancestors and our folk. The AFA would like to make it clear that we believe gender is not a social construct, it is a beautiful gift from the holy powers and from our ancestors. The AFA celebrates our feminine ladies, our masculine gentlemen and, above all, our beautiful white children. The children of the folk are our shining future and the legacy of all those men and women of our people back to the beginning. Hail the AFA families, now and always!

In response to this statement, many voices in the Heathen and Pagan communities spoke out, including Diana Paxson who wrote:

Some seasons bring people together, in others, whatever influences are active in the world seemed determined to drive them apart. This year has been one of increasingly passionate, even virulent, polarization. This might explain why the new leader of the Asatru Folk Assembly has abandoned obfuscation and proclaimed their identity as an ethnically European, cis-gendered organization.

Paxson then added:

My kindred, Hrafnar, has been meeting for over twenty years. In that time, I think we have welcomed individuals with almost every possible variation in gender identity and DNA. Many of us were drawn to heathenry because we have some Germanic ancestry. More come because, whatever our background, we have been called by the northern gods. We stay because the way the values and culture of those peoples are evolving in our branch of the heathen community has become part of our emerging “ethnic” identity.

This is a tough one for me in many ways as I am folkish-leaning and the Libertarian in me feels like an organization should be free to operate within the guidelines of their faith as they see fit so long as they are respectful of other cultures and beliefs.

That being said, I have problems with Alsherjargothi Flavel’s choice of words and thought processes. One, he is clearly ignoring the gender fluidity of many of the gods he professes to honour. Two, he is confusing the concepts of sexuality and procreation. And three, he stepped right into one of my pet peeves by using the word “white” to describe their ethnic identity.

I don’t identify as “white”. I am predominately of Northern European stock, with Scots, Irish, English, and Scandinavian blood swirling about in my veins. I identify culturally, not ethnically, as did our ancestors.

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I honestly doubt Odin gives one fig beyond what lies in a man or woman’s heart.

I was first drawn to those ancient gods when I still measured my years in single digits, thanks to a book by Padraic Colum called The Children of Odin. I’ve been wearing Thor’s Hammer around my neck for 32 of my 50 years.

It seems natural that the gods would sound the horn and call out to their children. On a personal level, who am I to deny any that would answer it?

Let the AFA do as they see fit, but the eyes of the Pagan and Heathen communities are now more firmly upon them. Stephen McNallen has just recently stepped away from AFA leadership, leaving the group he founded in the hands of Flavel and others. It’s a shame to see it so soon unraveling.

 

The Cabin in the Woods Audio Drama

Posted in Archive, Media Macabre, Occult Detectives with tags , , , , , on August 22, 2016 by Occult Detective

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Doctor Landon Connors, Occult Detective, is summoned to a remote area of the Wisconsin wilderness to investigate a grizzly mystery.

Cast:
NARRATOR – Chris Hussey
LANDON CONNORS – Alex Cater
ALETHEA HILL – Shannon Steele
BOO – Katarina Ausley
OFFICER HARBER – Jeff King
SPECIAL AGENT SELINA WOLFE – Mandy Osipenko
SPECIAL AGENT MARTIN CROWE – Alan Gerding
MATSE – Dan Boud
MICHELLE HAWKES – Emily Morgan

Music:
Theme Music by Ruud Janssen
Background Music by Musica Cthulhiana

LISTEN HERE AND ENJOY.

Gumshoes & Grimoires (updated)

Posted in Dice Upon A Time, Occult Detectives on August 18, 2016 by Occult Detective

Just a quick salute before descending back into the trenches. Lots of things in the works, especially this:

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downloadable pdf of the Occult Detective RPG
Playtest Character Sheet: ODRPGCharacterSheet

I promise, an update on this, and more, soon. In the meantime, if you have an interest in RPGs, you might follow along with me at Dice Upon A Time as I take part in RPGaDay throughout the month of August.

UPDATE (8/21/16): Connor and I tweaked the character record sheet over the weekend and have uploaded the new form for your viewing pleasure. Cheers.

 

John Constantine returns to the small screen in ‘Justice League Dark’

Posted in Media Macabre, Occult Detectives on July 29, 2016 by Occult Detective

Justice League Dark, the comic, part of DC’s New 52 launch was ultimately a disappointment for me. Oh sure, it drew in a lot of characters that were near and dear, but it was a little too flashy for my tastes.

Largely, my deep appreciation for John Constantine, as an idea, is really a crippling factor. I would be so much more comfortable if these characters existed outside of DC proper.

I don’t want to see John hanging with Batman, and while I certainly enjoyed the rest of the cast’s interactions in books such as Brave & the Bold and Justice League of America, as soon as Constantine shows up, all those capes need to go away.

He seems out of place. One of these things is not like the others.

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All that being said, I will happily watch this animated movie. Hell, I might even love it… But the thing is, no matter how good it is, there will be a part of me that knows how much better it could have been.

Justice League Dark, which debuts this fall, stars the vocal talents of Camilla Luddington (Tomb Raider) as Zatanna, Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) as Batman, journeyman voice actor Ray Chase as Etrigan the Demon, Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue) as Deadman, and Matt Ryan (Constantine) reprising his role as John Constantine.

No word yet on who has been tapped to voice Black Orchid or Swamp Thing.

 

Bob Freeman: Exterminator for Hire?

Posted in Media Macabre, Occult Detectives on July 21, 2016 by Occult Detective

 

“Uhm, alright. I’m Bob Freeman and I fix problems. I hunt monsters, demons, vampires, witches, and everything in between.”

Odin’s beard, that’s practically word for word from my old Author’s Biography.

So, is this some kind of unauthorized bio-pic of my life story? Should I be flattered? Amused? Offended?

It’s so weird to see my name attached to something like this, hewing as close to the bone as it does.

I’ll certainly be one of the first in line to see it, but, goodness, this seems like some kind of cosmic joke, like the universe is trolling me.

Steeger Properties LLC Acquires Black Mask Magazine

Posted in Occult Detectives on July 19, 2016 by Occult Detective

Steeger Properties LLC Acquires Black Mask Magazine

With the acquisition of Black Mask magazine, Steeger Properties LLC’s intellectual property holdings now total nearly 35,000 stories.

 Steeger Properties LLC Acquires Black Mask Magazine

July 19, 2016— Steeger Properties, LLC, is pleased to announce that it has added the most prominent pulp magazine ever published, Black Maskto its intellectual property holdings. As the periodical where the hard-boiled detective story was created and cultivated, Black Mask’s historical significance in popular fiction is unequaled.

Originally launched in 1920 by H.L. Mencken, Black Mask magazine became the most influential detective magazine beginning in 1926 when Joseph T. Shaw became editor. It was the foresighted Shaw who championed the use of tough crimefighters and private detectives portrayed in a more violent, hard-boiled fashion, as written by influential American fiction writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, Cornell Woolrich, Max Brand, Steve Fisher, and many others. It was also in the pages of Black Mask wherein Hammett introduced Sam Spade and first published The Maltese Falcon.

Before its demise in 1951, Black Mask published some 2,500 stories by scores of professional authors.

Black Mask’s place in popular culture history is well-documented. Joseph Shaw once claimed that “President Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and Herbert Hoover read Black Mask.” In fact, the Library of Congress considers the magazine so important that it has retained its Black Mask set in its permanent holdings of Special Collections.

Black Mask rejoins Dime Detective and Detective Fiction Weekly in Steeger Properties LLC’s holdings once owned by Popular Publications, Inc., and comprise the three greatest detective magazines ever published. This marks the first time in over 50 years that all three titles were owned by one entity.

Black Mask and the other holdings in the Steeger Properties LLC catalog is available for licensing in all media and will soon be available in licensed editions in print, ebook, and audiobook formats.

To license material from Black Mask magazine, please contact Steeger Properties at steegerproperties.com. For more information, please follow Steeger Properties on Facebook at facebook.com/steegerproperties or on Twitter at @SteegerProps.

For dramatic rights, please contact The Coppage Company at coppage@aol.com.

Deadlines & Indecisions

Posted in Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on July 19, 2016 by Occult Detective

Hey there. It’s been awhile. No, I haven’t forgotten you. Time has been of short supply, for the most part. So what have I been up to?

Yes, I’m still tweaking First Born, a Descendant prequel, collecting a slew of related short stories featuring Landon Connors, Wolfe & Crowe, the Parker Brothers, and more.

But Bob, you say, wasn’t that supposed to be sent off to your editor a few months ago?

Why, yes, my friends, it was.

I could offer a parade of excuses but it really boils down to two things: spreading myself thin and, more importantly, indecision.

Decisiveness has never been a shortcoming of mine, but for some reason, First Born‘s contents have been giving me fits. I just excised 30,000 words from the manuscript, but a huge part of me wants to shovel them back in (after an extensive re-write).

I really need a week (or month) of no distractions, but that’s just not going to happen.connorspanelODI2

As I get older, and let’s be honest, as my health declines, I’m finding it harder and harder to get quality words down. I have always been and will always be a storyteller. I am thankful that my son, my friends and his, have afforded me an outlet for spinning yarns at the gaming table… It more than scratches the itch.

But trust me, true believers, I’m buckling down. I’ve some artwork to wrap up for Belfire Press, some reviews to put to bed, and magic to weave, but ever-present in my mind is First Born.

Giving birth is a painful process. I’m told your First Born is the worst…

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