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, 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.

My review of Old Style Conjure by Starr Casas

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error with tags , , , on August 17, 2017 by Occult Detective

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Though I was born and raised in the wilds of northern Indiana, my roots run deep into the soil of the South. My parents were both born in Arkansas and my family traces our lineage, on both sides, throughout the “Land of Opportunity”.

My maternal and paternal grandparents migrated to the rural Hoosier community I call home in the 1950s, an area where dozens upon dozens of other Arkansas expatriate families decided to hang their hats.

I was surrounded by family and friends who all hailed from those southern climes and they brought with them rich and colorful folk stories and traditions handed down for generations. Coupled with that, my nearest neighbors as a child were Mexican migrants, who had their own flavor of folklore from the southwest. It was a heady influence of cultures that fueled my own interests in the paranormal and the occult.

Immersing myself in Mama Starr’s Old Style Conjure: Hoodoo, Rootwork, & Folk Magic felt very much like a homecoming of sorts.

The author, well-versed in the tradition, has a distinctive writing style the evokes the spirit of the South, comfortable and relaxed, but not without a bit of spit and fire.

The historical context of the craft is well-represented and woven throughout giving the work that sense of it being passed down from an elder rootworker to a novice conjurer, which is just the case.

With minor exceptions, the spellwork here is fully developed and practical, hammering again and again the connections between ones ancestors, the Bible as source, purity of intent, and justification for taking action.

In many ways, I am reminded of the pow-wow magic of the Pennsylvania Dutch (of which I’m more intimately familiar), but while the roots of pow-wow run back to Europe, conjure is firmly grounded in African-American slave culture.

The magic presented here is powerful stuff. It’s not the sort of mojo I keep in my bag of tricks, but I am fascinated by its deep, colorful history and its continued presence in the modern world.

Conjure is the magic of the people and it works. If you’ve an interest in pursuing these works, I can recommend no better place to begin.

Old Style Conjure: Hoodoo, Rootwork, & Folk Magic by Mama Starr Casas is available wherever books are sold or you can weave your own brand of magic and purchase it directly from the publisher by the simple manipulation of the keyboard at your fingertips. Just click HERE to begin your adventure into the magic of the folk.

#SpookyDaze ahead

Posted in Horror with tags , on August 7, 2017 by Occult Detective

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I’ve loved Hallowe’en since the first time I slid into a Ben Cooper mask.

For me, Hallowe’en has always been all about magic, mystery, and the macabre.

When I think of Hallowe’en I think of ghost stories around a campfire, plastic pumpkins filled with candy, corn mazes and hay rides, and late night strolls through my favorite cemeteries.

Knowing my passion for all things All Hallows, my friends at Cozy Daze have invited me to help promote their newest venture — Spooky Daze — and I jumped at the chance.

Very soon, Spooky Daze will be offering an amazing line of products, including life-size polyresin statues of iconic horror figures, Hallowe’en-themed furniture, spooky lighting, scary decorations, and more.

frankThese items make for great photo-ops and eye-catching displays, guaranteed to draw people in, whether you’re running a haunted attraction or Hallowe’en event.

And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t love to have a 7′ Frankenstein in their house. I’m making room in my den even as we speak.

I’ll post a link to their site as soon as they’re up and running. Believe me, you’ll want to check it out.

84 days till Hallowe’en… Are you ready? I know I am.

12 Movies to Inspire Your Magic(k)

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Media Macabre on August 7, 2017 by Occult Detective

Yesterday, druid author John Beckett published a blog entitled 12 Movies to inspire your Magic. In the post he states “if you’re feeling a bit too mundane and you need some magical motivation, give one of these a try“.

While there are several fine movies on his list of inspirational works, I would only include two from his article in a list of my own. One would come from his initial 12 and one from his “not for this” section.

So let’s have a go, shall we, and in no particular order:

Excalibur: A brilliant choice by John. He’s spot on about the brilliant performance by Nicol Williamson as Merlin. And Helen Mirren’s Morgan La Fey is equal to the task.

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The Wicker Man: John finds the depiction of paganism off-putting here, despite being a fan of the movie, but I beg to differ. What you see is living, breathing paganism at its most human. No, I’m not suggesting we return to sacrificing our fellow man to the gods, but the moral of the story is clear and compelling.

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Now for 10 that didn’t make Mr. Beckett’s list but make mine —

The Devil Rides Out: This brilliant adaptation of the Dennis Wheatley classic stars Christopher Lee in his finest performance.

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The Ninth Gate: A lot of people were turned off by this Johnny Depp thriller, but I found it engaging.

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Night of the Demon: An often overlooked masterpiece adapting M.R. James’ Casting of the Runes.

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A Dark Song: This recent film blew me away. Yes, the ritual’s a bit dodgy but the spirit and intent are masterfully done.

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Simon, King of the Witches: Seldom seen by most people I talk to, but this one blew me away at the drive-in in the 70s. Definitely a cult classic.

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The Love Witch: Anna Biller pulled out all the stops for this 70s horror movie homage.

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Necromancy: Orson Welles, just before the end, drunkenly chews the scenery in this low budget thriller. Hard to find, but worth a look.

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Lucifer Rising: Kenneth Anger’s powerful ritual trapped in celluloid, evocative and transformative. For the record, I prefer Jimmy Page’s soundtrack.

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The Song Remains the Same: Speaking of Page, this film, while far from perfect, captures real magic at work.

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And now for something completely different:

Ghoulies: Yes, Ghoulies. I know it’s a Gremlins rip-off, but the ritual scenes and Detective’s Michael Des Barres was really quite something.

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Three from Seven

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice with tags , , , , on August 4, 2017 by Occult Detective

I’ve had three books published by Seventh Star Press — two in the Cairnwood Manor series (Shadows Over Somerset / Keepers of the Dead) and the first in my Tales of the Liber Monstrorum (First Born), with the second (Descendant) soon to follow.

I am, understandably, proud of each of them. They are, oddly enough, all very different. Shadows is something of a Gothic Horror, while Keepers is far more Fantasy/Adventure. First Born is a mixed bag of traditional Occult Detective tales and Urban Fantasy, while Descendant will have elements of both of those with a bit of Police Procedural for good measure.

One thing I can promise about each and every one of them is this — I did my level best to spin a good yarn.

I hope you agree…

The Cairnwood Manor Series

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The Occult Detective Illustrated Tarot Deck

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error with tags , on August 2, 2017 by Occult Detective

Before the embers of Lùnastal have even grown cold, I am pleased to offer the latest addition to my growing Tarot enterprise —  The Occult Detective Illustrated Tarot Deck.

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Taking a cue from my short-lived Weirder Tales online serial and even shorter-lived Occult Detective Illustrated comic magazine, I tapped into those past resources and conjured some additional art to create my latest deck experience.

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The Occult Detective Illustrated Tarot is a 78 card Tarot Deck featuring characters and themes from my the supernatural fiction.

Utilizing lessons learned creating the Skrá Tarot, the Illustrated Deck is an evocative and creative divination tool.

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The 22 cards of the Major Arcana follow the structure of the classic Tarot, with illustrations carefully constructed to not only represent characters and locations from my Liber Monstrorum and Cairnwood Manor book series, but to tap into the recurrent themes and archetypes inherent in the mystical journey of the reader.

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The suits of the Minor Arcana are reinterpretations of their classic identifications and feature the same artwork (with slight framing differences) as found in the Skrá Deck. The Court cards, however, are more inline with the Major Arcana, with each card representing an appropriate character from my published works.

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All my Tarot Decks are available for purchase through my Etsy store, TheOccultDetective.

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My occult detective collection, First Born: Tales of the Liber Monstrorum , and both novels in the Cairnwood Manor series — Shadows Over Somerset and Keepers of the Dead — are available via Amazon and other online retail outlets in both ebook and trade paperback.

August, die she must…

Posted in Liber et Audax on August 1, 2017 by Occult Detective

…the autumn winds blow chilly and cold.

Well, not quite yet. August in Indiana is usually 30° warmer than I’m comfortable with, but there’s no denying the change in the air.

As I drove home from work yesterday, with window down and Led Zeppelin thundering from my Jeep’s beleaguered speakers, I was drawn to the smells of First Harvest. I passed several fields of freshly mowed hay and I could not help but be transported to the days of my youth when such smells with the harbinger of weeks of back-breaking but satisfying work ahead.

In as much as I equate rummage sales and homemade ice cream to my paternal grandparents, my maternal side is punctuated by memories of horse stalls and baling hay.

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If you would have told thirteen year old me that one day I would miss spending hours tossing and stacking hay, that younger me would have called you worse than a fool, but it’s true.

I miss those corded muscles of youth, the sweat and exhaustion of a sixteen hour day spent on rickety wagons and in sweltering barn lofts, and the taste of a lukewarm Dr. Pepper gulped down in the shade of a rundown pick-up truck.

These feelings grow with each passing year, but I felt those memories more heavily yesterday, a soulful burden I was more than happy to bear. I imagine I will feel that weight even more in the days that lie ahead…

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My latest literary endeavor — First Born: Tales of the Liber Monstrorum — is available via Amazon and other online retail outlets in both ebook and trade paperback.

You might also be interested in checking out my Etsy store, TheOccultDetective.

Sneak Peek: The Court of Swords

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Occult Detectives with tags on July 28, 2017 by Occult Detective

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Here’s a quick look at the Court of Swords from the forthcoming Occult Detective Illustrated Tarot.

A reminder that all my Tarot Decks are available through my Etsy store, TheOccultDetective.

And my occult detective collection — First Born: Tales of the Liber Monstrorum — is available via Amazon and other online retail outlets in both ebook and trade paperback.

 

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