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

01 sigil magickBob Freeman is an artist, paranormal adventurer, and author of two book series — The Cairnwood Manor series ( Shadows Over Somerset  & Keepers of the Dead) and Tales of the Liber Monstrorum (First Born).

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.

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What I’m Reading in 2018

Posted in The Library on January 11, 2018 by Occult Detective

I read a mere 56 books in 2017, surpassing my goal of 52 books a year, but I was certainly off kilter. I have shifted to reading predominately on a first generation kindle, for one thing. Hardcovers are too expensive (though I do prowl them second-hand) and I find mass market paperbacks tiresome, the print too small and light for my aging eyes.

Despite their impermanence, I miss paperbacks, to be honest. I loved everything about mass markets as a kid, especially Howard’s Conan, Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Burrough’s John Carter and Tarzan, Norman’s Gor, Lovecraft’s Mythos tales, Adams’ Horseclans, and Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring (the only one I owned at the time).

I loved the covers and the passport to unimaginable worlds of adventure inside them.

As a 12 year old boy, I would shove one of those books in my back pocket and hike along Turkey Creek with my BB Gun and hunting knife in tow. I typically read in one of four places — under the Turkey Creek bridge, in the old Little Pipe Creek Cemetery, in our creek-side ‘pirate fort’ in the horse pasture, or deep in the haunted woods sitting cross legged atop Treebeard’s Stump.

That was when reading mattered to me in a way that is almost undefinable. Books were everything to me then and while I cherish them and covet them still almost 40 years later, to twelve year old Bobby, with his Daisy rifle, Buck knife, and dog-eared paperbacks, books were portable magic.

Here’s to hoping some of that magic can be rekindled in 2018.

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The Water Street Book Club

01.  End of Watch by Stephen King (Kim)
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01.  Tarot: Plain & Simple by Leanna Greenaway
02.  Medicine Wheel: Plain & Simple by Deborah Durbin
03.  Fairies: Plain & Simple by Ralph Harvey
04.  Reiki: Plain & Simple by Philip Jones
05.  Reflexology: Plain & Simple by Sonia Jones

Sanctum Sanctorum

Posted in Liber et Audax, Magick by Trial & Error, The Library, Writing in Theory & Practice on January 8, 2018 by Occult Detective

Fancy a look at what an occult detective’s sanctum sanctorum looks like? Here’s a peek at mine, a place I call “The Aerie“, tucked away in the upstairs of our rural Indiana home. In it, I wrote the novels Keepers of the Dead, Descendant, dozens of short stories, and the lion’s share of First Born.

Yes, it’s a cluttered mess. I like clutter. It’s my clutter and I revel in the overwhelming sensory overload that occurs every time I ascend to my sacred space overlooking Little Pipe Creek.

The 8th Annual Occult Detective Awards

Posted in Occult Detective Awards, Occult Detectives on January 4, 2018 by Occult Detective

BEST OCCULT DETECTIVE NOVEL
2010 — A Gathering of Crows by Brian Keene
2011 — Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis
2012 — Tortured Spirits (Jake Helman Files) by Gregory Lamberson
2013 — Love is the Law by Nick Mamatas
2014 — The Last of the Albatwitches by Brian Keene
2015 — Human Monsters (Jake Helman Files) by Gregory Lamberson
2016 — The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost
2017 — HeX-Rated by Jason Ridler

Read My Review of HeX-Rated

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BEST OCCULT DETECTIVE SHORT STORY
2010 — Ghosts Templar (Jason Dark: Ghost Hunter) by Guido Henkel
2011 — The Hellfire Club by William Meikle
2012 — Gathered Dust by W.H. Pugmire
2013 — In the Dark and Quiet by Joshua Reynolds
2014 — Bedlam in Yellow by William Meikle
2015 — Seeking Whom He May Devour by Joshua Reynolds
2016 — The Watcher at the Gate by William Meikle
2017 — When Soft Voices Die by Amanda DeWees

Read My Last Writes with Amanda DeWees

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BEST OCCULT DETECTIVE ANTHOLOGY/MAGAZINE
2010 — The Black Spiral: Twisted Tales of Terror, edited by Richard D. Weber
2011 — House of Fear, edited by Jonathon Oliver
2012 — A Cat of Nine Tales, edited by Tracy DeVore and Thaddeus Sexton
2013 — Weird Detectives, edited by Paula Guran
2014 — The Weiser Book of Horror and the Occult, edited by Lon Milo DuQuette
2015 — A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests, edited by Joshua Reynolds & Miles Boothe
2016 — The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten, edited by Judika Illes
2017 — The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives, edited by Judika Illes

Read My Review of The Weiser Book of
Occult Detectives

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BEST OCCULT DETECTIVE AUDIO DRAMA/PODCAST
2010 — Edict Zero-FIS by Slipgate Nine Entertainment
2011 — Edict Zero-FIS by Slipgate Nine Entertainment
2012 — Operation Victor by Big Finish
2013 — Occult of Personality with Greg Kaminsky
2014 — Rune Soup with Gordon White
2015 — Rune Soup with Gordon White
2016 — The Horror Show with Brian Keene
2017 — Rune Soup with Gordon White

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BEST OCCULT DETECTIVE COMIC
2010 — John Constantine: Hellblazer
2011 — League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century – 1969
2012 — League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century – 2009
2013 — Drumhellar
2014 — The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
2015 — Providence
2016 — Providence
2017 — Black Magick

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BEST OCCULT DETECTIVE MOVIE
2010 — Inception
2011 — Drive Angry
2012 — Solomon Kane
2013 — Odd Thomas
2014 — Deliver Us From Evil
2015 — Bone Tomahawk
2016 — Dr. Strange
2017 — A Dark Song

Read My Thoughts on A Dark Song

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BEST OCCULT DETECTIVE TV SERIES
2010 — Supernatural
2011 — Fringe
2012 — 666 Park Avenue
2013 — Hannibal
2014 — True Detective
2015 — Constantine
2016 — The X-Files: Season 10
2017 — Lucifer

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BEST OCCULT DETECTIVE REALITY SERIES
2010 — Destination Truth
2011 — Brad Meltzer’s Decoded
2012 — Deals from the Dark Side
2013 — Haunted Highway
2014 — The Curse of Oak Island
2015 — Expedition Unknown
2016 — The Curse of Oak Island
2017 — Expedition Unknown

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BEST OCCULT NON-FICTION
2010 — Perdurabo, Revised & Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley by Richard Kaczynski, PhD
2011 — Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter by Josh Gates
2012 — In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult by James Wasserman
2013 — The Best of the Equinox, vol 2: Dramatic Calls by Aleister Crowley & Lon Milo DuQuette
2014 — Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World by Gary Lachman
2015 — H.P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition by John L. Steadman
2016 — The English Magic Tarot by Rex Van Ryn, Steve Dooley, & Andy Letcher
2017 — Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony by Julian Vayne

Read My Review of Getting Higher

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THE MANLY WADE WELLMAN AWARD
2010 — Brian Keene
2011 — William Meikle
2012 — Gregory Lamberson
2013 — Tim Prasil
2014 — John Constantine
2015 — Miles Boothe
2016 — Sam Gafford, John Linwood Grant, Travis Neisler, and Dave Brzeski
2017 — Joshua Reynolds

Read My Last Writes with Josh Reynolds

 

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Top 10 Movies & TV for 2017

Posted in Media Macabre on December 26, 2017 by Occult Detective

I just posted this on twitter:

I usually publish my Top 10 Movies of the Year right about now. Thing is, I didn’t see 10 new films I liked this year. Top props to A Dark Song, easily my favorite film of the year. Wish it had had more competition.

Well, I sat down and went over the list of films I’d seen this year and compiled a Top 10 despite my better judgement. It should really stand as a Top 5 list.

10. Logan
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming
8. Thor: Ragnarok
7. Wonder Woman
6. Guardians of the Galaxy, vol 2

5. The Limehouse Golem
4. Blade Runner 2049
3. The Love Witch
2. Bright
1. A Dark Song

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Television was a bit stronger, though I dropped quite a few shows this year. I just don’t have time for TV like I used to and have, over the past few years, jettisoned many shows that I had slipped into watching out of habit.

10. Ink Master
9. Knightfall
8. Vikings
7. American Ninja Warrior
6. American Gods
5. Lucifer
4. The Curse of Oak Island
3. Forged in Fire
2. Game of Thrones
1. Twin Peaks: The Return

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Demon est Deus inversus

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on December 13, 2017 by Occult Detective

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The Demon is the reverse of God.

If only things were that simple, but the truth of the matter is that we live in a world awash in shades of grey. Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, Light and Darkness — they’re just flip sides of the same bloody coin, and it is where the two meet that the real story begins.

Yeats famously said, “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

I think their patience is wearing thin.

We are in the midst of a cultural and spiritual transformation. a proverbial sea change, a war unlike anything we’ve experienced in several decades.

The ditty does remember my drowned father.
This is no mortal business, nor no sound
That the earth owes. I hear it now above me.

— W. Shakespeare, The Tempest

I am awash in a sea of grey, surrounded by spirits, black and white, all about me. Steadfast, I remain resolute, my senses growing ever sharper, waiting for the roots of magic to flower and flourish once more.

Sacrifices must be made. Pyres must be lit. The cards fall where they may…

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Remembering JN Williamson (April 17, 1932 – December 8, 2005)

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on December 8, 2017 by Occult Detective

I possess a number of curious artifacts. Few are as precious to me as my collection of letters penned by the late Jerry Williamson.

J.-N.-WilliamsonJ.N. Williamson was a Hoosier native who carved out a living as a mid-list horror author, journalist, and sometimes astrologer. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers of America in 2003 and passed away on December 8, 2005 at the age of 73.

Tom Millstead, one of Williamson’s lifelong friends, contacted me about preserving his collection of correspondences that he’d saved over the years, letters between the two of them that chronicled decades of personal history. Williamson discussed the ups and downs and craft of writing, the ins and outs of publishing, and so much more in these marvelous recollections from the late 40s on.

I have held on to these letters for the past decade, always meaning to do something more with them, to see them published in some fashion. There are some marvelous insights sprinkled throughout. It’s a shame for them to remain unseen.

Someday.

Unfortunately, few people remember the authors of yesterday. Even though Jerry’s been gone but a short while, he is largely unknown to today’s readers. Despite having written more than 100 short stories and 40 novels, having edited numerous celebrated anthologies, a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the craft of writing, J.N. Williamson is largely forgotten.

Well, not be me.

Godspeed, Jerry. You are missed.

 

Horror for the Holidays

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Sword & Sorcery, Writing in Theory & Practice on November 24, 2017 by Occult Detective

Have you heard of jólabókaflóð? You must have, because the Icelandic tradition of exchanging books on Christmas Eve and then spending the evening reading, is fast becoming a cultural phenomenon around the world.

Now that’s a tradition I can get behind.

If you’ve got loved ones who love to read, and prefer something a little bit more — shall we say — sinister, might I suggest my offerings, published by Seventh Star Press.

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Available on Amazon.com Shadows Over Somerset  & Keepers of the Dead

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Available on Amazon.com First Born

Nothing says Yuletide quite like stories about occult detectives, werewolves, witches, vampires, and immortal swordsmen. Add a sprinkling of Norse Gods into the equation and you’ve got yourself one helluva Christmas Party.

 

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