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.

The I of the Beholder

Posted in Liber et Auda on December 2, 2016 by Occult Detective

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I AM
I AM I
I AM EYE
EYE AM EYE
EYE AM I
I AM I
I AM
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What I’m writing:  There are two things right now that are capturing my attention, most importantly, Born Again, Book Three in my Liber Monstrorum series. I say most importantly even though Book One, First Born, hasn’t been released yet. It was delivered to the publisher three weeks before Hallowe’en so I’m hoping I’ll have a release date soon.

Descendant, Book Two in the series, is still with my editor. I am anxious for its return and curious as to Scott’s thoughts on it. Descendant has been published twice previously, by Belfire Press and Caliburn House respectively, and is probably my best novel to date.

In addition to noodling on the Occult Detective RPG Core Rules, I’m also jotting notes for a fantasy novel, which I am calling, for the time being, Enochia.

I have started this a few different times, never getting very far due to other pressing distractions. I envision Enochia as a sort of ‘what if Dennis Wheatley had written Lord of the Rings by way of Howard’s Conan‘ adventure. It is, at its heart, to be an occult detective novel, but within the trappings of the sword and sorcery genre.

We’ll see.

What I’m reading: I should be finishing The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton this coming weekend. As I’m in waste deep in some magickal study, I’ll probably not start anymore fiction until after Christmas…

I did pick up the first Trade of Marvel’s Scarlet Witch. I’ve been hearing good things about it, and the covers are beautiful. My chief concern is that I quit reading Marvel a long time ago and have hated the direction they’ve been traveling in. I hope it’s an exception to what’s been going on over there the last few years.

What I’m studying: I’m still making my way through Robert Bruce’s Astral Projection series. Basically I’m just trying to get my spirit aligned and in that headspace. I don’t buy all that he’s selling, but it’s been helpful in bolstering the bats in my belfry.

It has been a while since I last entered my astral temple, I’m looking forward to a little spring cleaning.

What I’m drawing: Doing some preliminary sketches for the cover of Backburner Press’ St. Patrick Day 2017 Tract which is a focus on Charles Stewart Parnell.

What I’m watching: Our long Winter Hiatus Nightmare is descending. Next week, the Arrowverse will be airing their last episodes for several weeks, Lucifer has already sauntered off for its hibernation, and Ink Master‘s live finale is looming. At least we get Timeless until mid-December.

On the plus side, the second half of Vikings‘ fourth season just fired up and Critical Role is ever-present.

This weekend I will be watching the season one finale of Westworld. It has been nothing short of spectacular. The idea of a 30+ year non-linear story that the viewer must assemble, slowly like a jigsaw puzzle, is really quite revolutionary. I never thought there would be anything quite like LOST for me again, but here you have it.

Music I’m listening to: I discovered, quite by accident, a Swedish Metal band called Opeth. They’ve been around since the late 80s or so, but I was never much of a metal guy, so they totally slipped by me. They remind me of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden in a lot of ways, but with more overt occult imagery. Well worth a listen via youtube.

In my Jeep, I continue to have a steady rotation of Led Zeppelin‘s complete studio releases for my daily commute (which amounts to 20 minutes round trip).

Podcasts I’m listening to: My absolute favorite podcast continues to be Gordon White’s Rune Soup. Gordon is likable, erudite, and a consummate interviewer. His guests are almost always top-shelf, and when they lag a bit, he is is able to elevate them. If you only listen to one occult podcast, this is the one. Trust me.

Sadly, my favorite RPG podcast will be soon coming to a close. Gamerstable announced quite some time back that the 300th episode would be it. They just posted episode 294. Only six left. Gulp. I’m not ready for it to end.

For my literary needs, The Cromcast and The Horror Show with Brian Keene and Dave Thomas are everything I could ask for.

What I’m playing: Skyrim Special Edition on XBOX ONE.  Is there a better video game? No, certainly not. I played this the first time around (Kim and Conn got it for me for my birthday several years back), but the Special Edition, with improved graphics, DLC, and Mods galore has taken it to a whole new level. It’s addictive and immersive and, well, I love it.

Connor’s Dungeons & Dragons 5e Sunday game continues to impress. Several of the Next Gen players definitely have the bug and that’s fun for me to watch unfold. I’m glad I get to be a part of it, but have actively tried to take a backseat to give them all the room they need to explore this on their own.

As for the D&D 5e game I’m running, we’re nearing the endgame for these characters and a new campaign is on the horizon, but not yet.The story of Ankleshanker, Kwyx, Salazar, Sardonis, and Thaddeus has not been told in full… There is still dragonfire and tentacles in their future to come.

What I’m anticipating: Star Wars: Rogue One, Passengers, and Assassin’s Creed all look amazing and I can hardly wait to see them, but there’s something about Incarnate that is really catching my attention, It could very well be a dud. Let’s face it, most modern horror has been a disappointment, but the premise here has me intrigued. I am… cautiously optimistic.

What I’m obsessing over: Skyrim, to my wife’s chagrin.

What’s next on The Occult Detective: This coming Monday you’ll be treated to The Occult Detective’s Last Writes with… Mary San Giovanni. Not to be missed.

Black Easter

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on December 1, 2016 by Occult Detective

The Great Beast

Aleister Crowley
October 12, 1875 –  December 1. 1947

69 years ago today, the Great Beast himself, Aleister Crowley, expired at Netherwood. He was 72 years old. There was but a brief obituary that found its way here to America, in the New York Times —

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A poor remembrance for a man whose importance and influence cannot be properly quantified.

Mr. Wednesday

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on November 30, 2016 by Occult Detective

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“All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want.
But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

I have a lot on my mind. I also have a bloody toothache and more than a few other nagging medical issues that are distracting. I think they’re there for a reason, something akin to time wasted and now the time has passed, and if you bloody well think you’re going to have a serious go of it, well then, you’ll have to slog through this now. Or something to that effect.

I have always had a keen interest in swords, as you know, and my fascination with elements of sacred geometry have long been a hobby. Swordplay and magick have always been intricately linked for me and the past few weeks have found me giving some serious thought to a synthesis of the two, perhaps for a book.

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Using the model of a 15th Century longsword and a bladesmith’s template, I have tried to find the key to the sorcery inherent in its construction, to find that synthesis that links mind, body, spirit and weapon through hermetics, geometry, and numerology.

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I’ve also been revisiting some works on astral projection lately. I had an intense interest in my younger years, OBEs and Bodies of Light and all that. I had some real success with it, then in the early 90s I was plagued by things beyond my control and that mental state I needed to access that I might step into the astral realms became just out of reach. Morpheus took me instead.

thehermitOne of my favorite explorations, this would have been from the mid to late 80s, was in drawing a random Tarot card and using it as a doorway for my astral body to traverse into the dimensional space within.

It was mind-expanding work, but I attracted the attention of things best left to the shadows and for a time I was caught up in a whirlwind of activity that is hard to put down in words, especially if one wants to be taken seriously.

These are stories I hope to someday share, but not today. Today is Wednesday… Anything Can Happen Day… and I’ve some writing to get to.

How all this plays out remains to be seen. With the winds of change swirling about and winter on its way, I can’t help but feel the pull of this convergence of ethereal energies.

When magic’s in the air, best to take a deep breath.

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The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Greg Mitchell

Posted in Last Writes with... on November 28, 2016 by Occult Detective

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Welcome to the fifth 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.

gmitchellToday’s guest is Greg Mitchell, a screenwriter and novelist and author of “The Coming Evil Trilogy”. His eclectic career includes seven novels, several short stories, two Syfy Channel Original Movies—”Snakehead Swamp” and “Zombie Shark”—and a co-writing credit on the non-fiction work “Back in Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Chronology”. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Northeast Arkansas.

Today is also his Birthday. Seems the perfect day for his Last Writes, no?

LAST MEAL

I’d spend an evening at Steak N Shake, feasting on burgers, chili, and malts while listening to oldies.

LAST BOOK

Oh dear, this is going to sound bad, but I think I’d read one of my own. Probably HITMEN: Four Tales of Magick, Monsters, and Murder—not because I think it’s necessarily “death bed” material, but because that book is my most personal piece. It’s essentially a novelization of the home movies me and my friends made over the years. I’d love to revisit it and relive all those memories associated with it one last time.

LAST MOVIE

I’d cheat. I’d watch the entire Back to the Future Trilogy back to back to back.

LAST SONG

Stand By Me” by Ben E. King…or perhaps “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC if I was going out in a blaze of glory.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

My sincerest hope is to see Jesus and hear the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant”. But right after Him, I’d love to see my friend Zach who died last year at the age of 38 from stroke.

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You can find out more about Greg Mitchell via twitter, facebook, his Amazon Author Page, Greg’s Official Webpage, or check out my recent interview with him.

Spare Change

Posted in Liber et Auda, Magick by Trial & Error on November 26, 2016 by Occult Detective

A close friend of mine recently asked, rhetorically, “Ever feel like there’s a big change in life coming your way, for no apparent reason?

I think this friend of mine was just picking up on what a lot of us are feeling. The US Presidential Election is a reflection of this. For good or ill, a change is not ‘gonna come’, it’s clear and present.

The sensitives among us have been warning us of this shift that transcends global consciousness, it is woven into the physical and metaphysical alike.

The ignorant among us lash out in fear. You see it from the Left and Right.

There is a current of change sweeping over us. We are in the midst of a transformation. We are at the threshold of a learning experience.

Our present physical manifestation on this plane is a painfully short one. This is a fact. As a race, we become so engrossed with money and power and security, when our focus should be on our connections with the people around us and the spiritual advancement of us as individuals.

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Outside my window, a cat is eating the leftovers I set out for it, squirrels are gathering walnuts from the yard, and, in the distance, I see a vulture circling over the field out back.

We’ll be raising our Yule Tree shortly. It won’t be long now till we’re blanketed by snow. The seasons promise change and we weather those changes, because what choice have we?

This change upon us now is no different.

Tryptophanatic

Posted in Liber et Auda on November 25, 2016 by Occult Detective

Had an amazing Thanksgiving. Kim (with modest assists from Connor and myself) cooked up one helluva mid-day feast: a 12# turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, fried mushrooms, green beans, with pumpkin bars and apple crisp for dessert.

In the late afternoon we paid a visit to my aunt and uncle’s where my mother’s family had gathered for the holiday. It was good to see everyone, especially my maternal grandparents. Neither are faring too well and I suppose we won’t have many more holidays with them.

In the evening we snacked on the afternoon leftovers and relaxed in front of the television, watching Timeless, Deep Space Nine, and a marathon of Who’s Line Is It Anyway?

It was a simple day, a relaxing day, but there was a nagging thread throughout, something that has been weighing on all of us to varying degrees: family.

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It really hits home when the holidays descend, the importance of family, that shared bond. When those bonds become strained, for whatever reason, it hangs like the proverbial albatross.

Family, be it by shared blood or shared experience, is a defining presence in our lives. We may not always agree, we may not even share the same values, but if there is a connection there it deserves, demands even, attention and nurturing.

But forgiveness is sometimes a four-letter-word.

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Everyone has to decide for themselves where the line that cannot be crossed lies. Family matters. Unfortunately sometimes toxic people have to be cut out for the good of the family and that’s a pain that no one should have to go through, but all to often, is a fact of of life.

We all continue to evolve, to grow, as individuals and as part of these family constructs… Let’s face it, love is hard. If it wasn’t, there would be no conflict and without conflict there can be no growth. Sometimes things grow together. Sometimes they grow apart…

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What I’m writing: I’m still working on OCCULT DETECTIVE: The Roleplaying Game and collecting ideas for both Born Again and Afterbirth.

What I’m reading: Secret Knowledge, edited by J Douglas Kenyon,  The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost, Star Trek RPG Pretest Rules by Modiphius,  and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

What I’m studying: Robert Bruce’s Astral Projection series.

What I’m drawing: Cover art for Backburner Press’ St. Patrick Day 2017 Tract and a private commission.

What I’m watching: Westworld, Timeless, Lucifer, Ink Master, and Critical Role.

Music I’m listening to: Wardruna’s Runaljod – Ragnarok, and, on youtube, vocalist Marjana Semkina / iamthemorning, and Árstíðir.

Podcasts I’m listening to: Gordon White’s Rune Soup and The Horror Show with Brian Keene and Dave Thomas.

What I’m playing: Occult Detective RPG (naturally), Skyrim (when I can), and Dungeons & Dragons 5e (two campaigns, one as a player and one as a DM). Will be starting Conan RPG and Star Trek RPG sessions soon.

What I’m anticipating: Vikings on History Channel and Star Wars: Rogue One in the theatre.

What I’m obsessing over: Doctor Strange, Traditional Celt and Norse Folk Music, and the Converse Historical Society.

What’s next on The Occult Detective: This coming Monday you’ll be treated to The Occult Detective’s Last Writes with… Greg Mitchell

Mòran taing!

Posted in Liber et Auda on November 24, 2016 by Occult Detective

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Gabh Là na Taingealach!

Slàinte mhath! Ith gu leòir!

Wishing all of you good tidings and good cheer on this Day of Thanksgiving. This celebration, I know, has some seriously negative connotations for many, and to them I raise a horn especially. A celebration is what you make of it. Today I feast, with my family and friends, and I give thanks for those who came before me and those who will come after.

If this day troubles you for its darker implications, I urge you to reclaim it. Today, we come together, as one voice, and we raise our horns celebrating our bounty and our fellowship.

I have much to be thankful for — my wife and son, my dear friends, family, and more. Today we set aside our differences… we set aside our hate… and we feast to the days behind us and look forward to the the days ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving, America… Mòran taing!

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