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.

A New Theory on Robert E. Howard’s Conrad and Kirowan Tales

Posted in Archive on August 28, 2016 by Occult Detective

Great blog post from Tim Prasil

The Merry Ghost Hunter

Unearthing the UnearthlyAmong the selections in Giving Up the Ghosts: Short-Lived Occult Detective Series by Six Renowned Authors, I present Algernon Blackwood’s four Jim Shorthouse stories in what I assume is a brand new order. I had hoped to give this otherwise disjointed series character a bit more cohesion by showing that he develops in both facing fear and being an occult detective if the stores are arranged in a particular order.

Robert E. Howard’s Conrad and Kirowan tales present a far tougher challenge, but I’ve come up with a theory. A tentative theory. A theory I hope to revise with feedback from those interested enough to bother reading through it. I know it might seem to be a futile project. After all, if Howard had wanted this handful of stories to be read in a particular order, he would’ve have made his intentions much clearer. So maybe I’m being OCD here…

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Occult Detective RPG Pawns

Posted in Dice Upon A Time, Horror, Occult Detectives on August 27, 2016 by Occult Detective

Just for fun I made up a few pawns for playtesting purposes. In addition to a few characters from my own mythos, I threw in a couple of my favorite occult detectives. These won’t make it into the official game (though a few certainly might), but for our playtest, it just seemed right.


Occult Detective RPG Update

Posted in Archive, Occult Detectives with tags on August 25, 2016 by Occult Detective

Here’s a quick look at a completed character sheet, that of my occult detective Landon Connors —


for a better look, here’s a pdf download Connors

I think longtime gamers can get of sense of things by looking the sheet over.

Right now we’re thinking the  game will come with color coded d10s and d6s (5 of each), spell and sigil cards, plus illustrated pawns and five encounter maps.

In addition to a rulebook we hope to include an adventure book with 5 modules, a bestiary, and some npcs.

We’re still a long way away, but progress is being made. As for whether we take this to kickstarter, scare up some investors, or take it to an established company… that’s still up in the air.

There are still a lot of rules to iron out.

The Asatru Folk Assembly have a problem

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on August 24, 2016 by Occult Detective

On Sunday, Matt Flavel, Alsherjargothi of  Asatru Folk Assembly, posted the following:

Today we are bombarded with confusion and messages contrary to the values of our ancestors and our folk. The AFA would like to make it clear that we believe gender is not a social construct, it is a beautiful gift from the holy powers and from our ancestors. The AFA celebrates our feminine ladies, our masculine gentlemen and, above all, our beautiful white children. The children of the folk are our shining future and the legacy of all those men and women of our people back to the beginning. Hail the AFA families, now and always!

In response to this statement, many voices in the Heathen and Pagan communities spoke out, including Diana Paxson who wrote:

Some seasons bring people together, in others, whatever influences are active in the world seemed determined to drive them apart. This year has been one of increasingly passionate, even virulent, polarization. This might explain why the new leader of the Asatru Folk Assembly has abandoned obfuscation and proclaimed their identity as an ethnically European, cis-gendered organization.

Paxson then added:

My kindred, Hrafnar, has been meeting for over twenty years. In that time, I think we have welcomed individuals with almost every possible variation in gender identity and DNA. Many of us were drawn to heathenry because we have some Germanic ancestry. More come because, whatever our background, we have been called by the northern gods. We stay because the way the values and culture of those peoples are evolving in our branch of the heathen community has become part of our emerging “ethnic” identity.

This is a tough one for me in many ways as I am folkish-leaning and the Libertarian in me feels like an organization should be free to operate within the guidelines of their faith as they see fit so long as they are respectful of other cultures and beliefs.

That being said, I have problems with Alsherjargothi Flavel’s choice of words and thought processes. One, he is clearly ignoring the gender fluidity of many of the gods he professes to honour. Two, he is confusing the concepts of sexuality and procreation. And three, he stepped right into one of my pet peeves by using the word “white” to describe their ethnic identity.

I don’t identify as “white”. I am predominately of Northern European stock, with Scots, Irish, English, and Scandinavian blood swirling about in my veins. I identify culturally, not ethnically, as did our ancestors.

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I honestly doubt Odin gives one fig beyond what lies in a man or woman’s heart.

I was first drawn to those ancient gods when I still measured my years in single digits, thanks to a book by Padraic Colum called The Children of Odin. I’ve been wearing Thor’s Hammer around my neck for 32 of my 50 years.

It seems natural that the gods would sound the horn and call out to their children. On a personal level, who am I to deny any that would answer it?

Let the AFA do as they see fit, but the eyes of the Pagan and Heathen communities are now more firmly upon them. Stephen McNallen has just recently stepped away from AFA leadership, leaving the group he founded in the hands of Flavel and others. It’s a shame to see it so soon unraveling.


The Cabin in the Woods Audio Drama

Posted in Archive, Media Macabre, Occult Detectives with tags , , , , , on August 22, 2016 by Occult Detective


Doctor Landon Connors, Occult Detective, is summoned to a remote area of the Wisconsin wilderness to investigate a grizzly mystery.

NARRATOR – Chris Hussey
ALETHEA HILL – Shannon Steele
BOO – Katarina Ausley
MATSE – Dan Boud

Theme Music by Ruud Janssen
Background Music by Musica Cthulhiana


Gumshoes & Grimoires (updated)

Posted in Dice Upon A Time, Occult Detectives on August 18, 2016 by Occult Detective

Just a quick salute before descending back into the trenches. Lots of things in the works, especially this:


downloadable pdf of the Occult Detective RPG
Playtest Character Sheet: ODRPGCharacterSheet

I promise, an update on this, and more, soon. In the meantime, if you have an interest in RPGs, you might follow along with me at Dice Upon A Time as I take part in RPGaDay throughout the month of August.

UPDATE (8/21/16): Connor and I tweaked the character record sheet over the weekend and have uploaded the new form for your viewing pleasure. Cheers.


John Constantine returns to the small screen in ‘Justice League Dark’

Posted in Media Macabre, Occult Detectives on July 29, 2016 by Occult Detective

Justice League Dark, the comic, part of DC’s New 52 launch was ultimately a disappointment for me. Oh sure, it drew in a lot of characters that were near and dear, but it was a little too flashy for my tastes.

Largely, my deep appreciation for John Constantine, as an idea, is really a crippling factor. I would be so much more comfortable if these characters existed outside of DC proper.

I don’t want to see John hanging with Batman, and while I certainly enjoyed the rest of the cast’s interactions in books such as Brave & the Bold and Justice League of America, as soon as Constantine shows up, all those capes need to go away.

He seems out of place. One of these things is not like the others.


All that being said, I will happily watch this animated movie. Hell, I might even love it… But the thing is, no matter how good it is, there will be a part of me that knows how much better it could have been.

Justice League Dark, which debuts this fall, stars the vocal talents of Camilla Luddington (Tomb Raider) as Zatanna, Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) as Batman, journeyman voice actor Ray Chase as Etrigan the Demon, Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue) as Deadman, and Matt Ryan (Constantine) reprising his role as John Constantine.

No word yet on who has been tapped to voice Black Orchid or Swamp Thing.



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