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 artist, game designer, paranormal adventurer, and author of two book series — The Cairnwood Manor series ( Shadows Over Somerset  & Keepers of the Dead) and Tales of the Liber Monstrorum (First Born).

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.

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The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with BethSheba Ashe

Posted in Last Writes with..., Magick by Trial & Error on March 19, 2018 by Occult Detective


sasheI was lucky enough to have cultivated an online friendship with Steven Ashe, a prolific author of the occult and a consummate musician. I found Steven’s scholarship brilliant and he was, point of fact, a talented and charming fellow whom I feel blessed to have had the pleasure to know, even if we were separated by an ocean and some change.

Sadly, he crossed over far too young, but thankfully he left behind a wealth of books on all manner of esoterica. He is greatly missed.

bsasheThrough Steven, I was introduced to his wife’s scholarship.

BethSheba Ashe is every bit her late husband’s equal. I have found her musings on facebook and twitter to be erudite and insightful, and I have marveled over some of her research in dissertations. She has a great instinct for spiritual and magical matters with an ability to connect dots and unknot some rather intricate meanderings in the occult sphere.

I reached out to BethSheba some time ago, inviting her to take part in my little Last Writes experiment. Blissfully, she has joined us now…

Not familiar with 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.

What would be your last meal? I don’t really care, but I’d like to share it with friends and perhaps share a joint with them too.

 What would be the last book you’d like to read and last movie you’d like to watch? …something inspiring, but again – its not something that I really care about. Same with the last movie, although I’m looking forward to seeing Sherlock Holmes meet Doctor Who.

What is the last song you’d like to hear? … bird song.

Who is the first person you’d like to meet on the other side? …the same person I always meet when I’m on the other side. It would be very weird if they weren’t there. I enjoy the continuity of seeing them when I die.

Bob Freeman’s “First Born” Blog Tour

Posted in Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice with tags , , , , on March 12, 2018 by Occult Detective




I’ll be making the rounds all this week, promoting my occult detective collection, First Born, which is the opening chapter in my Liber Monstrorum Chronicles. As my appearances go live, I will update the blog roll accordingly.

Monday 3/12
Greg Mitchell’s The Coming Evil

Tuesday 3/13

Wednesday 3/14
Josh Reynold’s Hunting Monsters
Ginger Nuts of Horror’s “We’ve Got It Covered”

Thursday 3/15
Morgan Sylvia’s Through the Labyrinth

Friday 3/16
Sheila’s Guests and Reviews

Saturday 3/17
I Smell Sheep

Sunday 3/18
Jacob Floyd’s Ghosts and Monsters

Tuesday 3/20
Book in the Bag

My review of the Lunar Nomad Oracle

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error with tags , , on March 9, 2018 by Occult Detective

I fell in love with Shaheen Miro’s Lunar Nomad Oracle as soon as I opened the mailing envelope it arrived in. Within an attractive and sturdy slipcase you’ll find a comprehensive guidebook and a deck of 43 cards that promise to “unlock your creativity and awaken your intuition”. I am here to attest that they will do just that and so much more.


The artwork is stunning, with each card representing a little window into the imagination. There is a surreal, dream-like quality to the art that taps into your subconscious and ignites that sense of wonder and excitement that lurks inside us.

The guidebook does a superb job of leading the reader on a journey of discovery, of introducing them to their “lunar self”. I can’t imagine anyone not coming away from this without a better sense of themselves, of feeling whole and complete.

Miro is a natural storyteller, with a real gift for tapping into the mystical imagery that speaks to the reader on an inner level.

This is the place of etherealness and boundless reverie.

This is a deck that I would highly recommend, not just to tarot enthusiasts and the magically inclined, but to all creatives and would-be artisans. This is a trip into otherworldly realms, into the dreamland, that place where we visit when we lay ourselves down to sleep. The Lunar Nomad Oracle allows that door to be opened whilst you’re wide awake, inviting your full potential for imaginative thinking to be unfettered and free.

In case I’m being unclear: I loved this deck and think you will too.

Shaheen Miro’s Lunar Nomad Oracle is available in bookstores and online marketplaces throughout the prime material plane. Visit your favorite scriptum emporium and bring this one home. But prepare yourself to dream while you’re awake…

TAC Presents The Study Havamal

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error with tags , , on March 7, 2018 by Occult Detective

The Asatru Community is a non-profit organization whose aim is to be the central hub of a network that links individuals and kindreds around the world. It is a noble cause. TAC  is looking to provide a safe place for heathens to connect with one another, to share their knowledge and ideas, and to promote fellowship among all the various factions that make up the greater Asatru community.

I have been honored to have my artwork, “Midwinter”, selected to grace the cover of The Asatru Community’s Study Havamal. This edition will be sent, free of charge, to service men and women stationed around the globe.

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For more information, visit theasatrucommunity.org/

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with Madame Pamita

Posted in Last Writes with..., Magick by Trial & Error with tags , , on March 5, 2018 by Occult Detective

madamepamitaI bought my first Tarot Deck, Pixie’s Rider-Waite, 38 years ago this summer. I still consider myself a student of the art and science of the cards and I’m always on the lookout for a new and fresh take on interpreting them.

That’s why I found Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot: Using the Cards to Make Your Dreams Come True such a delight.

The author writes passionately and you get a true sense of her enthusiasm  and warmth. She has a style that’s all her own, with a clear, confident voice.

She takes the reader on a terrific journey, with the cards as milestones, or better still, doorways into strange new lands of possibilities. The author’s positive spin is refreshing and I’m thrilled to add her knowledge and inspiration into my arsenal.

Madame Pamita has a real gift and plenty of otherworldly charm. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, whether you’re a grizzled old veteran like me or new to the realm of card reading.


pamitaI was lucky enough to get Madam Pamita to sit down with us and take part in our little requiem-esque departure, taking a glimpse into her pre-inhumation, if you will.

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.

What would be your last meal? Take me to a Michelin 3 star restaurant in France, please! I’d like really fabulous wine with my meal, and yes, we would like a bread basket and yes, I will be having a dessert. Make that two desserts!

What would be the last book you’d like to read? I want to read something funny so I can go out laughing. Perhaps “The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!” by Gideon Defoe – nothing like a story of hapless, arrogant and naive pirates battling the evil Queen Victoria to set me in the mood to take off on my own adventure into the unknown.

What is the last movie you’d like to watch? “This is Spinal Tap” – it has everything a movie should have – hapless, arrogant and naive musicians battling the evil music industry plus amps that go to 11.

What is the last song you’d like to hear? This is the hardest question of all because music is my thing! I’d like to see a live band for my last song because live music is the total experience for me. Oooh.. choices now… Is time travel allowed? If so, let me see the Kinks in 1968, David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust or the New York Dolls in 1973. Or, if time travel isn’t allowed, let me play music with one of my own bands just one last time. Music is everything!

Who is the first person you’d like to meet on the other side? It’s corny and not very exciting or clever, but I would love to see my mom again. I’d love to get a big warm hug from her. She was the best hugger ever!


Madame Pamita’s Magical Tarot is available wherever books are sold. Mine came by way of Red Wheel/Weiser. That’s a fine place to start. If you’re new to the path, or have been on the journey as long as I have, you’ll find tremendous value in this work. I truly believe it should grace the shelves of any and all tarot enthusiasts.

If I had a hammer…

Posted in Liber et Audax on March 3, 2018 by Occult Detective

Gaiman Norse Myth

That’s a beauty, no? Word on the street is they’re giving those away in bookstores with a purchase of the book. I was lucky enough to have received the hardcover for my birthday last year. Makes me almost want to go out and grab another just to have that piece of work hanging on my wall.

Speaking of birthdays, I survived another. Turned 52 on Thursday with a full moon to light my way. After a doctor visit in the morning (I am the picture of health), I came home to cupcakes and presents with Kim and Conn.


They nailed it this year, gifting me Little Wars by HG Wells, Robert E. Howard’s Sword Woman (with the Leigh Brackett introduction), the Conan: Blood-Stained Crown graphic novel, a hardcover of Fritz Leiber’s Knight & Knave of Swords, and Swords by Ben Boos.

After, Conn and I played some Kingdom Come: Deliverance, then we were off to Kokomo where we ran a quick errand, then sauntered over to Books-A-Million for a little “window shopping”, aka drooling all over new books. We ended our City of Firsts jaunt with a sit-down at Outback Steakhouse.

How did we lay my birthday to rest? By binge watching a couple of episodes of Fringe.

A perfect day? About as close as you can get.

Today I’m prepping this evenings D&D session, getting everything aligned for a brilliant Last Writes with Madame Pamita I’ll be posting on Monday, and writing a chapter in my collaboration with Greg Mitchell. And maybe, if the gods are kind, I’ll get to delve once more into Kingdom Come. We’ll call it research as Conn and I are shooting a video on Sunday.

Well, that’s all for now. Time to swing that hammer and make some magic.

Tuesday deserves a hail of bullets

Posted in Dice Upon A Time, Writing in Theory & Practice on February 27, 2018 by Occult Detective
  • I’m doing a blog tour to support First Born from March 12 – March 18. First up is an interview conducted by my friend Greg Mitchell over at his The Coming Evil website. I’ll also be swinging by Josh Reynold’s place, Morgan Sylvia’s digs, and Jacob Floyd’s Ghosts and Monsters, to name but a few.
  • I contributed to Matt Cowan’s Horror Delve Ultimate Fantasy List. This year’s subject was Weird Places and I tackled the Arthurian Chapel Perilous.
    Check it out HERE.
  • I’m working on a couple of reviews for the site including one for the spectacular Lunar Nomad Oracle Deck by Shaheen Miro. Watch for them later this week (maybe).
  • We’re slowly building a youtube channel for our gaming group, Oak Hill RPG Club, and we could use your support. Please: like, subscribe, and share.

  • On the writing front, I’ve got several projects in the works, including a collaboration with Greg Mitchell, a sword & sorcery short story submission, Born Again (the follow-up to Descendant, which should be launched later this year), and, the one I’m both most excited for and nervous about…
  • I’m writing the introduction to a Robert E. Howard Kull of Atlantis collection titled Slave, Soldier, King. As you all know all too well, Howard is my favorite author and I’m both thrilled and honoured to be a part of the project.
  • Thursday’s my birthday. My 52nd. I’m looking forward to taking a well deserved day off and spend some quality time with my family. I plan to make a few blog posts beforehand and schedule them to drop throughout the day, because otherwise I plan to be untethered from my phone and the internet for the duration.
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