Old Ghosts & Night Stalkers

Posted in Investigations on January 17, 2020 by Occult Detective

So I was digging around on an old flashdrive and found some files that I thought were long lost — the original casefiles from a location I’ve been investigating for almost 14 years now. The site’s name and address have been redacted, as the owners have requested anonymity, but thought they might be interesting reads from a historical perspective.

I am also including the original logos for the Nightstalkers of Indiana, my old outfit (that just might be getting dusted off and given new life)… More on that later.

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“The Little People” of the Mississinewa

Posted in Investigations on January 10, 2020 by Occult Detective

One of the foundations of the strange and unusual experiences that permeates this part of North-Central Indiana, particularly along the Mississinewa River, stretching from 5 Mile Bridge in Marion to Seven Pillars near Peru, is what locals have referred to as  “Hobbitland” for the past sixty years or so.

The heart of “Hobbitland” is found in and around the area where the annual Mississinwa 1812 reenactment and living history museum is held, located in Grant County, Indiana, along the Mississinewa River, near the town of Jalapa.

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Very few locals could tell you how “Hobbitland” got its name, besides the obvious Tolkien reference, but it’s the sort of thing that seeps from the collective unconscious to take on a new life beyond simple folklore and urban legend.

Why? Because the Miami natives revered this area as the home of the Paissa.

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What were Paissa? Magical “little people of the forest”, akin to what Northern Europeans would call gnomes, fairies, or wights.

The Paissa were said to be dangerous trickster spirits, imbued with great magical powers who stood between two or three feet tall. Paissa literally translates as “little ones.” Some Miami traditions place these Paissa in a more important religious role,  being guides who lead the spirits of the dead through the Seven Pillars to the Milky Way and on to the afterlife.

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When I was a child in Converse, it was said that two local men had captured one of these creatures in an animal trap and kept it in their workshop near Fox Lake, but it escaped, most likely with the help of others of its kind.

As teenagers, “Hobbitland” was sacred territory for me and my friends, and, I guess, for young people all across the tri-county area. It had been for decades. It’s where you slinked off, far from the prying eyes of adults. It’s where we took our girlfriends, told ghost stories around campfires, drank cheap alcohol, and smoked cigarettes for the first time.

It’s also where many saw their first ghost, or encountered strange, otherworldly sounds in the night… where they got their first taste of the paranormal, and it still holds true to this day.

It’s a magical place — a place where the veil between this world and the next is thin.

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I have had numerous encounters out in the Mississinewa, along its river and the surrounding forests, in its caves and abandoned places.

I have heard the voices and sounds of things that could not be seen and some that could —  full bodied apparitions, unnatural orbs, and spectral lights that danced upon the water.

From Five Mile Bridge to Somerset to Seven Pillars and all points in between, there have been more mysteries than I could possibly recount.

But recount them I’ll try — tales of Hobbitland and the Circle of Stone, of Goose Creek and the Murder House, of Cliff Cave and White Feather and the Black Coven and more…

So many stories. So little time.

My thoughts on Hellier

Posted in Media on January 8, 2020 by Occult Detective

Back when Stranger Things first dropped, one of my twitter followers commented that he imagined that it was a documentary of what my life would have been like as a child. He wasn’t too far off, to be honest.

I grew up outside of a town much smaller than the fictional Hawkins, but the late 70s-early 80s vibe, the bikes, D&D, and altogether ‘weirdness’ that permeated the area certainly was captured, thematically, by Stranger Things. Minus the weird extradimensional creatures and cute psionic teenager of course.

As much as Stranger Things felt like a stroll down memory lane for me, watching the Hellier docu-series on Amazon Prime Video was even more so. Want to have a rough idea what Bob’s life as a late-teen was? Yeah, Hellier cuts pretty close to that bone.

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Of course their adventures were in the caves and small towns of Kentucky, in Hellier and Somerset, where as my cave and woodland adventures with cults and animal sacrifices and the strange and unusual took place in and around Somerset, Indiana, and a place called Hobbitland.

What was Hobbitland famous for, other than a teen hang-out for illegal drinking? Little people, as in ancient Miami legends of nature spirits that lived along the Mississinewa River.

So, yeah, Hellier struck a little close to home. Toss in the gematria, heavy doses of Crowley, and surrealistic contact with otherworldly entities, and you have my late teen years in a nutshell.

So, what did I think? First, let’s tackle the stuff that made my skin crawl (not in a good way). The worst offense were the pronunciations which drove me crazy a bit. Crowley rhymes with holy. Thelema is Tha-LEE-muh. That sort of thing. Some of the numbers were wonky. Some of the leaps in logic were sketchy…

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All that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Greg and Dana Newkirk, purveyors of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult, are charismatic, enthusiastic, and good people. I like the flavor of Dana’s magic. It felt very comparable to the witchery of my youth.

Their journey was a compelling one. And if they want to retackle Kentucky some more, or venture out into some other form of weirdness, then I’m more than willing to be a spectator of whatever adventure is next for them.

As for the production? Man, that was pretty top notch. From an investigation stand-point, they approach things differently than myself, but then most do. They were on point, however, and I never felt taken out of it. They all showed an unbridled curiosity and a fearlessness that was admirable.

If you’ve not watched Hellier, I highly recommend it.

 

Tarot Spell for Removing a Person from Your Life

Posted in Magick on January 4, 2020 by Occult Detective

Wonderful work from Lailoken!

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Many of us are inspired by the ‘new year, new you’ mindset, so for those of you wanting to get a head-start on your spring cleaning and want to remove someone from your life, here is a handy little tarot spell that will do just that.

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In this layout, the 2 of Swords bars access to you.  The Ace of Swords represents the forces you summon to drive the person away, and the 8 of Cups represents the person giving up and forced to head off in another direction.

For this post I decided to use the Landon Connors Occult Detective Tarot by author and paranormal investigator Bob Freeman because all three cards depict people, and this spell is all about individuals (you and the person).  The imagery in the first two cards is more than appropriate for the task at hand, guns instead of swords.  The third card may…

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10th Annual Occult Detective Awards

Posted in Occult Detective Awards on January 3, 2020 by Occult Detective

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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
2018 — The Outsider by Stephen King
2019 — Starry Wisdom by Peter Levenda

 

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
2018 — The Case of the Black Lodge by Aaron Vlek
2019 — Occult Legion: He is the Gate by James A. Moore and Charles R. Rutledge

 

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
2018 — Occult Detective Quarterly: Number 4 / Spring 2018
2019 — Occult Detective Magazine: Number 6 / Fall 2019

 

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
2018 — The Joe Rogan Experience
2019 — Monsters Among Us

 

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
2018 — Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration
2019 — John Constantine: Hellblazer

 

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
2018 — Occult Angel
2019 — Doctor Sleep

 

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
2018 — Strange Angel
2019 — Stranger Things

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
2018 — The Occult Collector
2019 — Hellier

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
2018 — John Dee and the Empire of Angels by Jason Louv
2019 — The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley by Rodney Orpheus

BEST OCCULT MUSIC/SOUNDTRACK
2010 — Let Me In by Michael Giacchino
2011 — Keep The Streets Empty For Me by Fever Ray
2012 — Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks by Jimmy Page
2013 — Runaljod – Yggdrasil by Wardruna
2014 — The Devil’s Hand by Anton Sanko
2015 — Constantine by Bear McCreary
2016 — Doctor Strange by Michael Giacchino
2017 — A Dark Song by Ray Harmon
2018 — Skald by Wardruna
2019 — Spells + Rituals by Charming Disaster (Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris)

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
2018 — Charles R Rutledge
2019 — Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews-Newkirk (Planet Weird).

 

Coming Soon: Liber Mysterivm

Posted in Investigations, Magick on January 2, 2020 by Occult Detective

 

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I’ve got a lot on my mind as we roll into 2020. Looking for clarity and focus, and for a project that will encompass where I’ve been and where I’m going, I think it’s finally time to embark on something I’ve been threatening to do for a number of years — examine my evolution in the paranormal field, going all the way back to the beginning, to the early seventies here in rural Indiana, and forward into the 21st Century.

The posts under the Liber Mysterivm heading will be raw and honest, and hopefully insightful. Maybe even inspiring. But be forewarned: there will be magic and mayhem and things that will seem altogether unbelievable. All the best stories are.

I had considered publishing this, and who knows, I may still one day, but for now this will be the unfiltered, unedited version of my life peeking behind the veil.

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New chapters and fragments, maybe even some video, will roll out randomly without a lot of fanfare and with little linear focus. Think of it as us sitting by a campfire on a chilled autumn night, surrounded by the sounds of cicadas and bullfrogs, and coyotes just past the firelight. I’ve a mind to chew your ear and there’s no better stories around a campfire than of those things that go… well, you know.

This will be a fun little exercise for me, and hopefully for you.

Watch for Liber Mysterivm to begin later this month and for all the months to come.

 

Farewell 2019

Posted in Magick on December 31, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Today is the last day of 2019. Tomorrow morning we will wake to a new year, the last year of the decade, and we will take our first steps into the 21st Century’s Roaring 20s.

I have high hopes and aspirations for 2020. I trust this new cycle will bring with it a clarity of vision, if we might strain the obvious metaphor. I can hear the distant call of the Old Ways, from both ancient times and from my own storied past.

In 2020, I will have stories to tell, lessons to learn and hopefully to teach. 2020 promises the beginning of a new journey that parallels an old one. It is a journey I have been craving for a while now. It feels like it is time to begin the third act.

It is time for us all to become self-realized, to embrace our true will, and make manifest the very best of what can and should be.

It’s time to plant a little magick and see what grows.

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