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.

Liber et Audax

Posted in Liber et Audax on January 20, 2017 by Occult Detective

Inauguration Day. There will be a lot of hand-wringing and clothes-rending before this one is through. There is a heavy pall across America, an oppressive weight bearing down on not just the citizens of my birth country, but on the world at large.

This is what fear looks like.

We have abused the planet without mercy. Industry has become so automated that the common man is all but obsolete and those slots above common are few and far between. Technology has relegated the artist to a hobbyist at best.


The simple truth is, our evolution as a species is at a critical point. This is the fulcrum.

I can’t help but feel that the further removed from our cultural heritage we travel, the more fractured we shall become.

We are mired in a fear of the future, of the other, because we have lost our sense of self, our sense of purpose. We have lost our connection to the earth, to our kith and kin. We have lost.

Look, I have lived through Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, other Bush, and Obama. I think I can manage to survive four years of Trump.

The Donald’s ascension to the loftiest office on this rock is a clear and present message.

The gods have not abandoned us. We have abandoned them. These next four years shall afford us the chance to reevaluate our world. They say ‘it’s always darkest before the dawn‘. Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is our dark hour. Let us see our way through the black and press on to the light.

This is our wake-up call.



I’m reading: The Lovecraft Code by Peter Levenda and The Poetic Edda

I’m watching: Deep Space Nine, Forged in Fire, The Curse of Oak Island, and Critical Role.

I’m listening to: Heart and Led Zeppelin.

I’m playing: Skyrim and Dungeons & Dragons


Free & Bold — Gods Bless America

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… @TimPrasil

Posted in Last Writes with... on January 16, 2017 by Occult Detective



Welcome to the twelfth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.


Today’s guest is none other than Tim Prasil, a writer of ghostly fiction and stage and audio dramas. He has authored two impressive bibliographies of fiction: Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detectives, which revises the standard history of occult detective fiction by tracing the cross-genre back to 1817, and The Legacy of Ghost Hunter Fiction. You’ll find both of these along with information about Prasil’s Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries series, actual news reports about ghosts, and more at his website: The Merry Ghost Hunter.


Seafood of some sort. There’s a Mexican restaurant on the other side of town that makes a tilapia platter that’s, well, to die for. So that please!


The one I never got around to writing. Might be fun to see how it ends.


Either Local Hero (1983) or Cinema Paradiso (1988). The latter is a fair bit longer, so perhaps that one — to stall the inevitable.


How about something by Brahms, if it’s not a bother?


My great-grandfather, František Prasil, who in 1904 emigrated from a land then called Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) to Chicago in the hopes of joining his step-sister, Lida. I’d like to say thanks for coming and ask him how was the trip.


You can find out more about Tim from his official homepage— The Merry Ghost Hunter, his Amazon Author’s Page, or by following him on Twitter and Facebook.

obair ann an adhartas

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Writing in Theory & Practice on January 12, 2017 by Occult Detective


Chan eil fhathast, ach a dh’aithghearr

Godspeed, @Gamerstable

Posted in Dice Upon A Time, Last Writes with... on January 10, 2017 by Occult Detective

Dice Upon A Time

It is the end of an era. After 300 episodes, today is Lastday. Carousel begins. Gamerstable, in its weekly incarnation, breathes its last.


As a farewell salute I open the floor to Gamerstable’s own, Shannon, who will share with us her Last Writes.

shannonLast Meal: Tacos and pizza and polish sausage and sauerkraut, and like an absurd amount of all it. And I definitely need some ice cream to top it all off.

Last Book: This one is tough, if it’s just a single book I would say Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, I try to read this at least once every other year, if not every year as October rolls in. If I can swing a whole series, I don’t think anyone who knows me would be surprised to hear the answer is Harry Potter, but I can’t pick just one of the Harry Potter…

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The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… @Gamerstable

Posted in Last Writes with... on January 9, 2017 by Occult Detective



Welcome to the eleventh installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

Today’s very special guests are four members of the cast and crew of what I think is the best damn RPG podcast on the internet — Gamerstable. Sadly, but triumphantly, Gamerstable will be airing their final weekly episode, their 300th, tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10th.

I discovered Gamerstable a couple of years back and have spent every Tuesday morning with them since. I will most assuredly miss them when they’re gone, but we have one more episode to look forward to.

I would like to thank Eric, Dan, Jayson, and Brandi for taking the time to join us today and share their Last Writes with us.



ERIC: I am a seafood nut. I would love to have a prolonged fresh seafood feast. I, like Jayson, had weight loss surgery. While it was the best decision I have ever made, it limits my intake. So the feast would have to be small portions served over a prolonged timeline. Yes, I realize in doing so staves off my demise.

DAN: I’ve never had authentic French cuisine so I would want the finest French Chef to make me their favorite meal.

JAYSON: Seiji’s Sushi, Kailua Kona, Hawaii. I ate there with my oldest kids, Caitlin and Corey, in June 2015. Best sushi I’ve ever had.

BRANDI: Mom’s homemade chicken and dumplings. I beg her to make them all the time. She never does. I hope she would if I were terminal.


ERIC: My all-time favorite book is Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. The irony of my last book being about a man who strives for immortality isn’t lost on me.

DAN: The Old Man and the Sea, I’ve never gotten around to reading Hemingway.

JAYSON: Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein. My favorite book of all time.

BRANDI: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I love all things depressing.


ERIC: I re-watch very few movies. The exception is David Lynch’s Dune. Herbert’s seminal work is very close to being my favorite book (see above) but the movie resonates with me more than any other. It was a family favorite growing up and I watch it annually around the day my mom passed because she loved Francesca Annis’ portrayal of Lady Jessica, and it always reminds me of her.

DAN: Early Screening of the next Star Wars Movie

JAYSON: Star Wars. Relive it like I was 4, in 1977, with my parents, Stadium Theater, Jerseyville.

BRANDI: Labyrinth. It’s been my favorite since I was a child. After my book choice I’d need something a little more light hearted.


ERIC: Fade Into You by Mazzy Star. For my wife and I, it’s our song. While I love Hope Sandoval’s haunting voice in basically everything she’s done, Fade will always have a special place because I can’t hear it without seeing Jennifer’s smile.

DAN: All Along the Watchtower – Hendirx, my love of music and more importantly guitars begins with this and to this day makes me pause and gives me goosebumps.

JAYSON: Angel, Aerosmith, Permanent Vacation; slow dancing with my wife.

BRANDI: Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen. I’ve always found this song hauntingly beautiful in all of its versions.


ERIC: Seeing my loved ones again is the easy answer. You’re asking who I would LIKE to meet. My choice of any influential, historical figure is Siddhārtha Gautama, just for a chance to hear him speak.

DAN: At this point I’m not sure, but I guess I’d like to meet a better version of myself.

JAYSON: My best pal, Corey Heberling; killed in a car wreck in 1988.

BRANDI: My grandpa Ronnie. He passed when I was young and I still think of him every day. He’s still my hero.


And thus ends another Last Writes. Thanks again to those crazy Gamerstable kids for sharing their final moments with us. Be sure to join them tomorrow for the landmark finale to their podcast.

While I’m sad to see them go, 300 episodes is an impressive run. Thankfully, they’re all archived. I think after tomorrow’s farewell I might just have to start from episode one and give them all another listen…

“And then quite suddenly in another flash, as if lifted by a new strength and resolve, he leaped.” —Tolkien

Posted in Liber et Audax on January 7, 2017 by Occult Detective

I am not one for New Year’s Resolutions. It’s always seemed to be a fruitless enterprise, setting one’s self up for failure. That being said, last year I did post a list of resolutions at the behest of some of my friends and peers.

And then I forgot I’d made them, stumbling by sheer accident upon the list just yesterday. Let’s see how I fared.

1.) Write a minimum of 730,000 words this year.

Not even close.

2.) Prepare First Born for publication.

Nailed that one.

3.) Finish Shadow of the Wolf and Born Again for publication.

Nowhere near either.

4.) Write and submit more Landon Connors short fiction.

Nope. Not a one.

5.) Write a sword & sorcery/occult detective novella series.

Started it. Threw it away.
More details to come…

6.) Increase my presence in the gaming community.

Somewhat, but nowhere near
where I need to be.

7.) Read more and write more reviews.

About half.

8.) Write more about spiritual and metaphysical matters.

Far less than I’d hoped.

9.) Be true to myself and actualize my potential.

Fell short on that goal, I think.
All a matter of perspective.

0.) Make Magick. Every day.

Some days, assuredly.
Others, far less so.

Yeah, well, I knew there was a reason to steer clear of New Year’s Resolutions. I feel downright wretched about it, to be honest. That list was very doable. Maybe if I hadn’t bloody well forgotten the list altogether within a few weeks of scrawling it, I might have made some real headway.

But alas, didn’t happen.

I am tasking myself in this coming year with two goals, one to share and one to keep private. I resolve to see them both through. The one I’ll share is simple: I resolve to be the best I can be, each and every day, knowing full well that some days I will falter, but it will not be for a lack of trying.

The other, well, it can be accomplished, and I hope to see it through, but I’ve a start date in mind and a bit of chaos magick to perform to see it’s birth proper.

See you around this time next year and we’ll see if 2017 is a more successful turn than 2016 was.

The 7th Annual Occult Detective Awards

Posted in Occult Detective Awards on January 6, 2017 by Occult Detective

Let’s all take a deep breath. We’re six days into the new year and 2016 is well and good behind us. There were some decidedly dark days this past solar return. We said goodbye to more than a few noteworthy celebrities, many of whom were instrumental in shaping yours truly. We also weathered an election unlike any I have seen in my half century on this planet.

But weathered it and all the rest we did. The thing is, there was a number of good things that came out of 2016 and I’d like to showcase some of them today as I proudly announce those tapped for excellence in (drum roll,please)…





The English Magic Tarot
by Rex Van Ryn, Steve Dooley, & Andy Letcher


Bloody Mary’s Guide to Hauntings, Horrors,
and Dancing with the Dead
by Bloody Mary


Lost Powers
edited by J. Douglas Kenyon


Rune Soup
Gordon White




The Secret History of Twin Peaks
by Mark Frost


by Alan Moore


“The Nothing”
by Stephen Mark Rainey


Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy
edited by Mark Finn, Chris Gruber, and Jeffrey Shanks


A Long December
by Richard Chizmar


The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten
edited by Judika Illes

.:. PODCAST.:.

The Horror Show with Brian Keene
Brian Keene & Dave Thomas




Conan by Monolith


The Tome of Beasts 5E by Kobold Press


Critical Role






Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows

.:.Graphic Novel/Collection.:.

Harrow County, Vol 2: Twice Told
Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook




Stand-Out Episode: “Weaponizer”


Stranger Things
Stand-Out Episode: “Chapter Six: The Monster”


The Curse of Oak Island
Stand-Out Episode: “Sword Play”



The Occult Detective Quarterly Team
(editors Sam Gafford and John Linwood Grant, publishing chief
Travis Neisler, and consulting editor Dave Brzeski)


And there you have it folks, another year celebrated and creators elevated. If nothing else, it was a good year for genre. Next year’s awards will be a bit different. For the past seven, eligibility requirements fell on those considered having been released within the calendar year in question. Next year, to be eligible, a work merely has to be new to me within that time frame. That should broaden the scope a bit, and give things released in later months a better chance at recognition.

And as always, I am open to review copies. You can contact me via email at caliburn (at) comteck (dot) com.

That’s all for this year’s awards… Don’t forget to tune in Monday for a very special Last Writes as we give Gamerstable, the best darn RPG podcast on the internet, a proper send off. Till then, Skál, and may the gods smile upon you.

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