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.

Beltane Blues (Revisited)

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Writing in Theory & Practice on May 1, 2016 by Occult Detective

Well again, Sleuths, and a Blessed Beltane to you all.

The Bob Freeman Virtual Tour begins tomorrow with a Keepers of the Dead review at Shell’s and a guest blog at Beauty In Ruin. I’ll post the appropriate links when I get them.

I have a couple of guest blogs to wrap up today for later in the week, some longsword practice with my favorite student, and some Beltane festivities on the books.

firstbornI’m hoping to put First Born to bed this week (despite my hectic schedule) and get it sent off to my editor at Seventh Star, Scott Sandridge. Then we’ll have Descendant, Born Again, and After Birth in the cue.

Exciting stuff.

I also hope to get further along in my occult detective/sword & sorcery novel, but time will tell…

Beltane is a time of renewal and it is sorely needed around here. I feel the fire rekindled, the old ways seeping back in to my weary bones, and, for the first time in a long time, I am drawn once more into the fray, joyfully, I dare say.

So on to it, I charge, my fine feathered fiends, for the spirits beckon and there are words that beg to be writ. Be well and true, and may the gods bless you all of your days.

Bob Freeman
In Diana
01 May 2016

My review of Lost Powers, edited by J. Douglas Kenyon

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on April 29, 2016 by Occult Detective

I have admittedly not always been the biggest fan of Atlantis Rising’s series of books collecting articles from their magazine. There was a time, when I wore a much younger man’s shoes, that fringe science, new age spirituality, alien archaeology, and all the other things caught under the kookie conspiracy and tin-foil hat umbrella were ever-present in my, again admittedly, drug-addled cranium.

Then I sort of grew away from all that. I became more centered. I became more conservative. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still was enmeshed in outlandish, arcane theories and magical exploration, but I had become more selective about which rabbit holes I was willing to tumble down.

The open-mindedness that I had cultivated, I’m sorry to say, began to close. My interests narrowed and my capacity for acknowledging the value in the mental gymnastics of the far flung eccentricists waned.

Red Wheel/Weiser helped change that by continuing to share review copies of Atlantis Rising’s series. I might also add that Gordon White has been somewhat instrumental in that regard as well, but I digress.

lostpowersThe latest Atlantis Rising sampling, as always edited by J. Douglas Kenyon, is Lost Powers: Reclaiming Our Inner Connection and I dare say it has been the best of the lot. Certainly the most entertaining.

With chapters devoted to Restoring the Body, Beyond the Senses, Super Powers, Life After Death, and my personal favorite part of the lot — Meta-Dimensions, Lost Powers is an exceptional and thrilling glimpse into the search to reestablish our innate ability to tap into the universal fountain of understanding.

As with any collection such as this, some articles are stronger than others, but overall Kenyon has done his readers a service, particularly by returning to the well of John Chambers whose articles were both informative and fun.

You can’t go wrong with this collection. It is thorough and evocative throughout and certainly mind-expanding, and that is never a bad thing.

Lost Powers: Reclaiming Our Inner Connection, edited by J. Douglas Kenyon is available wherever books are sold including Red Wheel/Weiser and Amazon.

My review of The Witches’ Almanac Coloring Book

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on April 12, 2016 by Occult Detective

Yes, adult coloring books is definitely a thing and it was just a matter of time before esoteric book publishers got in on the game.

Enter Witches’ Almanac.


Witches’ Almanac has a rich history, publishing what has always been a favorite of mine. Well crafted, packed with interesting tidbits of occult lore, and lavishly illustrated —often with delightfully antiquated woodcuts —, Witches’ Almanac delivering a coloring book seems like a win/win on every level.

Overall, it does not disappoint.

At 112 pages, there is a great sampling of art divided into Woodcuts, Constellations, The Planets, Creatures, Egyptian, Americas, and Tarot.

At 8.5×11, the pages are big enough, but the paper is a little too slick, in my opinion. You want something more akin to newsprint so your colored pencil doesn’t slide off the page.

Also, some of the art is poorly reproduced, either being too muddy and stepped on or slightly out of focus because they blew the pictures up from small sources and lacked a graphic designer’s understanding of dpi.

Still, at $12, it’s cheap enough and fun enough that most can overlook the negatives.

And therein lies the heart of it, it’s a fun book to lose yourself in, recapturing a bit of youth and allowing your inner artist free rein…

The Witches’ Almanac Coloring Book is available wherever books are sold. Here’s a link to it on amazon, if it tickles your fancy.

The Third Day of the Feast of the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on April 10, 2016 by Occult Detective


1. Abrahadabra; the reward of Ra Hoor Khut.

2. There is division hither homeward; there is a word not known. Spelling is defunct; all is not aught. Beware! Hold! Raise the spell of Ra-Hoor-Khuit!

3. Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and of Vengeance. I shall deal hardly with them.

4. Choose ye an island!

5. Fortify it!

6. Dung it about with enginery of war!

7. I will give you a war-engine.

8. With it ye shall smite the peoples; and none shall stand before you.

9. Lurk! Withdraw! Upon them! this is the Law of the Battle of Conquest: thus shall my worship be about my secret house.

10. Get the stele of revealing itself; set it in thy secret temple — and that temple is already aright disposed — & it shall be your Kiblah for ever. It shall not…

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The Second Day of the Feast of the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on April 9, 2016 by Occult Detective


1. Nu! the hiding of Hadit.

2. Come! all ye, and learn the secret that hath not yet been revealed. I, Hadit, am the complement of Nu, my bride. I am not extended, and Khabs is the name of my House.

3. In the sphere I am everywhere the centre, as she, the circumference, is nowhere found.

4. Yet she shall be known & I never.

5. Behold! the rituals of the old time are black. Let the evil ones be cast away; let the good ones be purged by the prophet! Then shall this Knowledge go aright.

6. I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star. I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is theknowledge of me the knowledge of death.

7. I am the Magician and the Exorcist. I am the axle of the wheel…

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The First Day of the Feast of the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on April 8, 2016 by Occult Detective


1. Had! The manifestation of Nuit.

2. The unveiling of the company of heaven.

3. Every man and every woman is a star.

4. Every number is infinite; there is no difference.

5. Help me, o warrior lord of Thebes, in my unveiling before the Children of men!

6. Be thou Hadit, my secret centre, my heart & my tongue!

7. Behold! it is revealed by Aiwass the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat.

8. The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs.

9. Worship then the Khabs, and behold my light shed over you!

10. Let my servants be few & secret: they shall rule the many & the known.

11. These are fools that men adore; both their Gods & their men are fools.

12. Come forth, o children, under the stars, & take your fill of love!

13. I am above you and in you. My…

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