The End of the World: Occult Detective Awards Edition

And so, with the Winter Solstice and the “Mayan Apocalypse” upon us, the Third Annual Occult Detective Awards come to a close. All of this “end of the world” talk has given birth to some rather dark thoughts inside my head; a head that, to be completely honest, is already predominately preoccupied with such matters. Still, one wonders, were the “end” to truly come, what stories would we most like to embrace before they’re taken from us and we’re carried off into oblivion?

With a bottle of Scotch on hand, and a battery of  Gurkha Templar Grand Master cigars at the ready, I would settle onto the wooden bench beneath Connor’s Fort and lose myself in A Witch Shall Be Born and The People of the Black Circle by Robert E. Howard, Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and Chapters 4: “A Journey in the Dark” and 5: “The Bridge of Khazad-dum” of Book 2 from The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien.

But the world will not be ending, not today anyway. But the light will go out for each and every one of us in time. Life is a precious thing, so short and fleeting.

It has been a joy this past week sharing with you the stories that have thrilled and inspired me over the course of 2012. I hope that I’ve perhaps been able to turn you onto something you might have missed.

2012 is all but over now, the holy days are upon us and 2013 rears its monstrous head with the promise of more tales to be devoured.

May this Blessed Yule Season find you Well and True.

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