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 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.

Friday, riddled with bullets

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on June 23, 2017 by Occult Detective

“Out of the doorway the bullets rip to the sound of the beat.” — John Deacon (Queen)

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  • 129 days until All Hallow’s Eve.
  • I’m feeling the old fire rekindled, a spiritual rebirth of sorts. How this will express itself remains to be seen. I have been too silent of late, too introverted and self-examining. There’s a storm brewing…
  • For the record, American Gods was far too short. A long wait ahead for season two. Gaiman’s novel has long been a favorite of mine. I’m very pleased with how its being adapted.
  • Kim, Conn, and I have delved into Babylon 5. Ambitious storytelling, to be sure. Pleased that they’re enjoying it, especially Connor, who can learn a lot from its narrative structure.
  • I’m waist-deep into a new Landon Connors short story which will be released in early July.
  • I continue to juggle two weekly Dungeons & Dragons Campaigns, both in 5e. The Saturday game is turning into an old school dungeon crawl as my players navigate Undermountain, while the Monday game is more of sprawling mystery leading them toward the snowy wastelands of the far, unexplored north.
  • Even more Landon Connors in the works, this time in a supporting role, in a new occult detective novel that will spotlight Michelle Hawkes, Operations Director of the FBI’s Paranormal Operations Division aka “Monster Squad”. Look for Stillborn to be serialized beginning in July.
  • Twin Peaks. Genius. Pure genius. David Lynch is at the top of his  surrealistic, psychedelic, schizophrenic game, while Mark Frost keeps him from straying too far off point, keeping the original cast as a poignant, nostalgic reminder of dark days past.
  • The Water Street Book Club is reading The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Long time coming with these books. Glad to finally be tackling the series. So far, Aloysius Pendergast has lived up to his reputation.
  • I released a trailer for my Cairnwood Manor series. You can watch it below. Cairnwood Manor will be featured in Stillborn by the way.

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Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on June 21, 2017 by Occult Detective

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“…the lamps expire.”

Posted in Archive, Sword & Sorcery, Writing in Theory & Practice with tags on June 11, 2017 by Occult Detective

Robert E Howard81 years ago, Robert E. Howard left this world, leaving behind a legacy of visceral and kinetic prose that has inspired millions.

Howard has been my favorite author since I was ten years old. Living in rural Indiana, with a clear running stream, fields, and woodlands as my backyard, it was Howard’s tales that fired my imagination.

When I took up a stick (or hammock pole) and it transformed into a broad sword, I became Conan of Cimmeria, fighting for survival in the Pictish wilderness.

To this day, I am still overwhelmed by Howard’s words. They still speak to me in much the same way they did more than forty years ago on the edge of that small farm I called home.

Robert E. Howard was larger than life. He single-handedly created the sword & sorcery genre and left an enduring mark on fiction.

As his mother slipped into a coma she would never wake from, Howard, in the early morning hours of June 11, 1936, chose to proceed her in death, but it was his life and the yarns he spun that we celebrate.

Robert E. Howard is immortal, his words destined to be read, studied, and enjoyed for as long as there are humans to do so.

The last words he wrote — “”All fled, all done, so lift me on the pyre; The feast is over and the lamps expire.” — are sad and mournful, but reflect the eternal fire lit, heralding his place in the pantheon of literary legends.

That burning pyre became a shining beacon to all those who would follow in his footsteps.

Rest In Peace, Two-Gun.

Comically Distracted

Posted in Archive, Occult Detectives with tags on June 8, 2017 by Occult Detective

No, this is NOT a project I’m working on. It is, however, a rabbit hole I fell into today while working on something else entirely.

I thought it was far too fun to not share, so here you go… Something that might have been, could have been, but isn’t —

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40 Days

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice with tags , , , on June 4, 2017 by Occult Detective

Cover 01 First Born

First Born has a due date, something akin to 40 days from today. Somewhat fitting, methinks. Shall we count down the days together?

First Born is available July 14th, but why wait? You can place a pre-order for the kindle version now. But if you’re more partial to the trade paperback, well, 40 days and nights aren’t so bad.

The Kindle Edition Pre-Order for First Born is LIVE

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2017 by Occult Detective

firstbornI am pleased to report the Kindle Edition of First Born is now available for Pre-Order.

I will pretend it is purely coincidental that I also completed a book trailer for First Born today and published it to youtube. The truth of the matter is more akin to my wallowing in a surreal state of synchronicity…

When dealing with subjects such as these, preternatural forces are always at play.

Anyway, check out the trailer below, but be warned —  its default playback is only 144p. You’ll want to increase that to 360p for optimum viewing.

Enjoy.

What stories will you find in First Born?

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice with tags , , on May 26, 2017 by Occult Detective

LIBERMONSTRORUM

On the heels of yesterday’s COVER REVEAL, I thought I’d talk a little about my plans for the Liber Monstrorum series and share the table of contents with you.

I anticipate the Liber Monstrorum Chronicles to be at least four volumes: First Born, Descendant, Born Again, and Afterbirth. I may get to a fifth volume, Afterlife, and even a sixth, Transcendent, at some point, but that’s a ways down the proverbial Lost Highway.

First Born and Descendant are written, edited, and with all cover and interior artworks complete. First Born, obviously is very close to publication (within a short handful of weeks) and, I expect, Descendant will be along in late Fall or Winter.

A final draft of Born Again needs to be written, but I am merging three separate works into one cohesive novel, so the heavy lifting has already been done. All that’s left for me is to connect all the dots and rein in some troublesome threads.

My plan is for Afterbirth to be another collection, in a sort of kinship with First Born, comprised of short stories and novellas that occur after the events in Descendant and Born Again. I have several stories ready for this volume already.

Afterlife and Transcendent are kind of loosely floating around in my head, with Afterlife feeling like a novel and Transcendent possibly being five novellas.

But I’m getting way ahead of myself.

Let’s turn out attentions back to FIRST BORN: Tales from the Liber Monstrorum.

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First Born is made up of twelve short stories, two illustrated tales, and one novella. All have been published in one fashion or another in various forms, though many have been reworked here and there. This is the first time they’ve all been gathered under one roof, so to speak.

Here is a list of the stories you’ll find inside:

MOURN NOT THE SLEEPLESS CHILDREN
THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS
THE SOUL CAGES
ASHES TO ASHES
FAMILIAR TERRITORY
NOS GALAN GAEAF
OBSERVANCE
GHOST OF A CHANCE
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
STRANGE MAGICK
WYRDTAILS
THE GRIM BEAST OF IAEGER
THE HOUR OF THE WOLF
A MURDER OF CROWS
A GATHERING OF SHADOWS

I will be posting pre-order information for First Born sometime over the weekend, I believe, so stay tuned.

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