Archive for October, 2019

Paint it Black: An Occult Detective RPG Casefile / Chapter One

Posted in Archive on October 31, 2019 by Occult Detective

Our playtest has begun…

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Chapter One: Blood and Thunder

Our story began with a press release, sent out across the internet, to be found in the inboxes and social media localities frequented by the protagonists of our tale.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Arthur Godson — The Painter of Light
to Exhibit His Art at Caliburn House

WABASH, INDIANA – October 1, 2019, / – Award-winning artist Arthur Godson’s Fantasy Realism series “Gates of Heaven” will be the subject of an art exhibition at Caliburn House in Wabash, Indiana. Arthur Godson is an international artist who is known for his dynamic and colorful oil paintings depicting his unique visions of the Afterlife and the Heavenly Realm. Caliburn House, home of noted philanthropist Dr. Landon Connors, selected Mr. Godson’s consecution to be the first in a series of exhibits to be held in the waning months of the year.

Caliburn House Representative Alethea Hill said, “We are…

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Now Available — Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum

Posted in All Hallows Read, Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 31, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Available now in trade paperback and kindle on Amazon and Amazon UK, Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum is my love letter to the occult detective genre. I think it’s pretty good… but don’t take my word for it —

“Descendant is like the bastard lovechild of The X-Files, H.P. Lovecraft, and Doctor Strange; and I mean that in the most loving way possible.”

— Erik Smith, The Monster Librarian

“Descendant is up there at the top my favourite paranormal investigation novels… the depth of occult knowledge that has been intertwined into the story is vast.”

— Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror

“Bob weaves an excellent tale here, moody and at times grim, but never dull. The characters made me give a flying dang about them and I found myself smiling at turns in the dialogue & plot. Executed with precision, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Mr. Freeman. This stuff should be on TV.”

— Steven L. Shrewsbury, author of Mojo Hand

“Between ancient bloodlines, unholy alliances and magical orders of great power, Freeman’s knowledge of dark magic and its history shows throughout every page.”

— Rodney Carlstrom, The Sci Fi Guys Book Review

“…Agents Wolfe and Crowe, are colorful, smart, emotionally driven, wise-cracking, resourceful, tough and just plain fun to watch. Er, I mean to read. Well, that’s just the thing. I always had the impression that I was actually seeing them, like watching a movie. Man, I love these two characters! They each have very distinct personalities that play off each other extremely well. If this was a movie, I’d have to say the casting was perfect. Wolfe and Crowe have a terrific chemistry going on.”

— Gary Val Tenuta, author of Ash: Return of the Beast

“This is not a story with an occult theme; this is a fictional storyline based on Freeman’s detailed knowledge of the occult, with extensive terminology and background information. While this novel could be a stand-alone – no wicked cliff-hanger or blatantly open-ending – it is the first in a series, and I am looking forward to the sequel.”

— Ursula K. Raphael

Descendant will be released tomorrow

Posted in All Hallows Read, Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 30, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Tomorrow’s a double your pleasure kind of day: Hallowe’en reaches its zenith and Descendant reenters the world.

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I’m extremely proud of Descendant. I think you’ll more than like it. If occult detectives or horror or even just a good mystery yarn is your thing, then this one’s for you. It twists and turns in all the right places…

You’ll be able to find it on Amazon tomorrow. Don’t worry. I’ll point you to it.

“…there do I see the line of my people…”

Posted in Liber et Audax, Magick by Trial & Error on October 29, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Dangerously close to Hallowe’en and Seventh Star’s release of the audiobook of First Born and trade paperback of Descendant. Thursday’s going to be something else…

I plan to spend the day promoting the releases, then, in the quiet of the evening, as the season’s first flurries fall, spending some time in the small woodland shack my son and I built.

Behind the commercial trappings, Hallowe’en is first and foremost a time to honor those we have lost, who crossed over from this world to the next. Once of the curses of growing older is the lengthening list of loved ones who are no longer with us.

Since 2003 we have said goodbye to Kim’s mother, father, and grandmother; my father and grandfather, my friends Brent and John. My friends and colleagues are losing their parents and significant others. Respected peers are falling to the scythe. I have attended more funerals in the past 16 years than in the previous 37 years combined.

This is the part of growing older that is hardest to bear.

As a man of faith, I know that death is not the end for us. As a paranormal investigator, I have communed with spirits that have not crossed over. I know that the part of us that matters — our souls — are eternal.

In Risala, Ibn Fadlan recounted the following prayer, which was reproduced faithfully in the film, the 13th Warrior:

Lo there do I see my father; Lo there do I see my mother, my sisters and my brothers; Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call me, they bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever.

Our ancestors are all there on the other side of the veil, waiting for us to join them in the hereafter. At Hallowe’en, we relish in the horror of death, in cheap scares, and spooky stories, and believe me, I am a fan of all of the trappings of the holiday, but there is always a place of reverence for our family, friends, and heroes that no longer share this physical plane…

So, remember to take a moment to acknowledge those who await us. Raise a toast in their honor. They are as close to us now, in this witching season, as they can possibly be, until we join them on the other side…

Three days till Hallowe’en? Maybe so, but it’s already Occult Detective Season.

Posted in All Hallows Read, Occult Detective: The Roleplaying Game, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 28, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Hallowe’en is always a special time for me, but this year it is even more exciting. Why? Well, let’s take a quick rundown of what lies ahead.

First, of course, there’s All Hallow’s Eve itself. Let’s just underline that one.

What else?

First Born will be released as an audiobook.

Descendant drops in trade paperback and ebook.

Our final round of playtesting the Occult Detective RPG begins.

My Parker Brothers short story “Nos Galan Gaeaf” made Horror Delve’s annual Halloween Suggested Reading List. You should check it out. Heck, read every story on Matt’s list. It’s a good one.

And, last but by no means least, The Bookhouse, the pallet shack Connor and I have been working on all summer, will finally be unveiled.

I’m planning on uploading a video tour, so stay tuned…

Speaking of tours, do you want to host me on your blog? I’m doing a blog tour in November and would love to stop by your place for a chat. Sign up HERE if you’re interested.

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Hallowe’en is going to be extra spooky this year

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 25, 2019 by Occult Detective

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How do you plan to spend All Hallow’s Eve?

Well, it looks like Indiana Bones has the right idea. Nothing quite like curling up with a horror novel when everyone’s favorite Witching Season descends.

Speaking of which —

Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum is less than a week from publication, but you can pre-order the kindle ebook at Amazon right now and have it uploaded to your favorite reading device in time for Hallowe’en.

You might also be interested in First Born, a collection of novellas and short stories that all take place prior to Descendant — several of which being direct prequels and connected to the novel quite intimately.

The audio-book version, performed by the amazing 𝙲𝚘𝚛𝚎𝚢 𝙹. 𝙶𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚐, should be available just before Samhain’s festivities commence.

And let’s not forget, this all started with the Tales of Cairnwood ManorShadows Over Somerset and Keepers of the Dead, my first published works. If you’re interested in Gothic Horror, these are for you.

Regardless, Seventh Star Press and I have you covered.

All Work & No Play (Part Two)

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 24, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Actually, work is play for me.

Today I’m going over the Descendant galley before next week’s release and I’m putting the finishing touches of the Occult Detective RPG Playtest Manual as we begin what I believe is our final round of playtesting.

playtestIf you have passed along an interest in taking part in playtesting in the past, you will probably be getting a message from me in the early part of November.

We’re just a week away from Hallowe’en 2019. Fall has been spectacular so far. This next week is going to be even better.

There’s always a bit of sadness when Hallowe’en passes, but I think this year will be different.

We’re racing toward 2020 and I can’t help but feel all the progress we’ve made this past year is going to blossom into something truly spectacular in the year to come.

So, with all that being said, I’m diving back into work. DescendantCover

Watch for Descendant one week from today, or, if you’re partial to ebooks, the kindle is available for pre-order at Amazon.

If you’re not caught up on my fiction, First Born, prequel stories to the novel that is dropping next week, is available in trade and ebook, and soon to be an audiobook as well.

Plus there’s the Cairnwood Manor tales, Shadows Over Somerset and Keepers of the Dead.

 

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