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Leaving 2019 in a hail of bullets (and a Top 10 list to boot)

Posted in Archive on December 30, 2019 by Occult Detective
  • Shawn Hebert, proprietor of Lailokens Awen (whose candles I wholeheartedly endorse) posted a terrific review of my latest release — Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum
  • I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to make plans for the coming year and more occultdetective.com content is high on my list of priorities.
  • Hellier is one of the better paraentertainment series out there and well worth a look if you haven’t. I have a soft spot for Planet Weird content.
  • I read just shy of 60 books this year which is becoming an unfortunate trend.
  • I’m making a list (and checking it twice) of projects I want to manifest in 2020. Truth is, I have so many irons in the fire, and so many more I want to add, it seems like a improbable set of goals. Hopefully, if I can accomplish a fraction of these, I will be somewhat at peace with it.
  • If you’re into gaming, you might want to keep an eye on Bordermen Games next year. We have a lot of interesting things in development and the blog will be showcasing reviews, serial fiction, and GM tips and tricks in 2020.
  • Thrilled to be continuing my relationship with Paint Monk’s Library. If you dig comics, then yeah, it’s the place to be.
  • I was going to post a Top 10 list of my favorite films of 2019, but, unfortunately I didn’t see ten films that I thought deserved the recognition.
  • So, no Top 10 movies, but Top 10 TV series is a little easier to manage. See my list below.

Top 10 TV Series of 2019

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  1. The Mandalorian
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. The Good Place
  4. Stranger Things
  5. Good Omens
  6. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  7. Lucifer
  8. The Man in the High Castle
  9. Living with Yourself
  10. Veronica Mars

Bonus: Best Scene — John Constantine meets up with Lucifer on Earth 666 on an episode of the Flash (Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part III)

  • Last bullet. Will there be an Occult Detective Awards this year? I suppose there will. It will be my 10th year doing so. I guess the bigger question is, will they continue after that…

Who’s up for some Haunted History?

Posted in Archive on October 11, 2019 by Occult Detective

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The Converse Historical Society is hosting its 2nd Annual Haunted History event this weekend, October 12, from 5-8 at the Eastern Woodland Carvers Club.

We’ll be showing off our latest acquisitions and presenting rare video footage captured throughout the history of the town. You’ll also have the opportunity to be led on a ‘ghost tour’ of the building by yours truly as I share with you the rich and storied legends of one of Converse’s most interesting landmarks.

Admission is FREE!

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I unfortunately had to cancel my appearance at Para-Unity next weekend, but they still have plenty of exciting guests. If you’re out and about on Saturday, October 19th, you should swing by and support our local ghost hunters at the Riverview Event Center (421 W Canal St in Peru, IN) from 5– 8pm.

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In case you missed it, I’m featured this month over at Horror Delve. I got to sit down with the talented Matt Cowen and answer 13 Questions. It was a great time and more than worth a look.

DescendantCoverYou might also check out my interview on The Star Chamber from a couple of weeks back. I had the opportunity to join Stephen, Holly, and Daniel for a deep dive into my shadowy past. And as an added bonus, Steven Shrewsbury drops in for a chat as well.

I have a blog tour coming up in November. If you’d like to open your corner of the internet up to me, I am available. You can sign up here for Bob Freeman’s Descendant Blog Tour.

 

And lest we forget why we’re all here, Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum will be available in trade paperback and ebook on Samhain, October 31, but you can preorder the kindle version right now via amazon.com.

Suite: 16

Posted in Archive on October 9, 2019 by Occult Detective

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The high point of my favorite month and season is my son’s birthday. Connor turns 16 today, which is both amazing and frightening all at the same time.

On the one hand, he’s a marvel: a terrific young man with a big heart, a gifted storyteller, immensely helpful in all facets of our daily lives, and a great sounding board.

On the other, he’s freaking 16, which has me feeling somewhat long in the tooth and wondering where in the hell all our time has gone.

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It’s an honor to be this kid’s father.

Happy Birthday, Connor.

You’re now a man grown, as they say, and the world is whatever you want to make it.

I envy the journey that lies ahead for you and I am thrilled I get to be a part of it.

Cool T-Shirts don’t have to expensive

Posted in Archive on October 7, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Looking for a cool (but inexpensive) Halloween T-Shirt? We’ve got you covered!

But, if you’re looking for something a little darker or magical, well, we’ve got that covered too.

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Or why not check out our entire line of shirts on Amazon? We’ve also got apparel for Gamers, Historical Martial Artists, Bushcrafters, Yoga Enthusiasts, Guitarists, Theatre Lovers, and much more…

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Every Man and Woman is a Star

Posted in Archive, Writing on September 11, 2019 by Occult Detective

I am excited to announce I will be appearing on The Star Chamber this evening, (Wednesday, the 11th of September) to talk about the release of Descendant and, I imagine, a whole host of other topics. I do have a tendency to chatter on about everything under the sun (moon and stars).

The Star Chamber is a weekly live podcast show hosted by Stephen Zimmer, Holly Marie Phillippe, and Daniel Dark that covers the world of creatives, from authors, to filmmakers, actors, game designers, musicians, artists, and more… It should be a blast. I’m slated to call in after 9 EST, so be sure to park yourselves early.

Another chat that should go down sometime in the next two weeks will occur on Signal of Doom, where I’ll be joining host David Finn from the swamp of comic and movie reviews. As it’s based in Australia, we are trying to navigate the time difference so that neither of us is put behind the proverbial 8 Ball.

bobfreeman copyAs long as you’re marking your calendars, I’ll be a guest at ParaUnity — a paranormal convention being held at the Riverview Event Center (421 W Canal St in Peru, IN) on Saturday, October 19 from 5– 8pm. I’ll be signing books and sharing stories of my more than 35 years of experience with the paranormal and occult. It would be great if you could come out and see me, live and in person.

Men of Ash

Posted in Archive on May 14, 2019 by Occult Detective

Aescling, Men of Ash.

I grew up on a small farm northwest of Converse surrounded by ash trees. They’re all dead now.

The trails we hike through the Mississinewa are littered with fallen ash.

 

In Norse culture, the world tree was a mighty ash. Odin and Thor both wielded spears of ash, and it is said the first man of the north was born of ash, while the first woman was born of elm.

Ash wood is very strong, tough and elastic, and a joint of ash will bear more weight than any other wood.

It is the best firewood, burning the hottest for the longest, whether seasoned or green.

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Here in Indiana and across the Midwest, the ash has been ravaged. Then I look across social media and the cultural shift globally and the symbolism does not escape me.

We face two fronts.

We are at war with the extreme left who would demonize men, particularly what they refer to as “white men”, brandishing terms against us such as “toxic masculinity”, “patriarchy”, “misogyny”, and “racist”.

And we are at war with the extreme right who misappropriate our cultural heritage and the symbols of our faith to further their fascist ambitions.

How do we combat these extremes?

Simple.

We hold true to our faith. We stand proud as Men of the North, as Men of Ash. We become shining examples of what men should be — protectors, providers, self-reliant, and strong. We bolster our communities and lift up the weak. We cast down our enemies and give comfort and aide to those in need.

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I am reminded of Aragorn’s speech from Return of the King in which he called:

My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand!

The ash has fallen. We need to plant them anew and root out the pests that brought them down.

Our Trip to Rosslyn Chapel is Old Enough to Vote

Posted in Archive on March 26, 2019 by Occult Detective

March 26, 2001

We got up early and walked through a light mist and boarded a bus that set out across the Scottish countryside. When Kim and I first made plans to travel to Scotland there was one special destination that was at the very top of our “must see” list. We were excited and passed the time chatting with our fellow passengers, especially with a young Australian college student named Sophie who was backpacking across Europe. As we rolled into the village of Roslin, I felt an electricity in the air. It was a feeling that would become amplified as we disembarked and walked up the gravel lane and laid eyes on one of the most magnificent pieces of architecture ever conceived.

Rosslyn Chapel is well known today, thanks in large part to Dan Brown’s 2003 literary phenomenon The Da Vinci Code. I understand that it has since been overrun with tourists, but when we arrived on that cold, early spring morning, it was a small handful of us that walked the hallowed grounds. In fact, Kim and I spent hours in the Chapel alone, without another soul around.

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The Chapel was enveloped by a network of scaffolding as renovations were underway, but that steel cage did nothing to diminish its awesome beauty. Intricately detailed with Masonic symbols, gargoyles, green men, historic figures, and Norse gods, Rosslyn Chapel was as much art as it was a place of worship. It was the single most impressive structure I’ve ever stood in, and it was all ours… We just didn’t want to leave and we lingered about, gazing in wide wonder and poring over every delicate inch of this monument to the esoteric mystery traditions.

Interior of Rosslyn Chapel - both Master and Apprentice Pillars visible

Interior of Rosslyn Chapel – both Master and Apprentice Pillars visible

We marveled at the Apprentice Pillar, symbol of blessed Yggdrasil, and the inscription there — “Wine is strong, a king is stronger, women are stronger still, but truth conquers all”.

rosslyn1We jumped the rope and descended into the lower crypt and explored the cells. We walked the graveyard and climbed the scaffolding to pore over the roof and the carvings there unseen from below. And we toured the on site Museum of Freemasonry…

It was sweet perfection.

We met up with Sophie in the village and ate a quick lunch of garlic toast and exotic cheeses before catching the bus back to Edinburgh. We spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening wandering the city streets and making preparations for our next day’s journey. We ate haddock at Filthy McNasty’s and had sodas at Jenny Ha, then ate supper at the Bad Ass where I took a leap of faith.

You just can’t go to Scotland and not submit yourself to a bit of traditional cuisine. While Kim acquainted herself with the Bad Ass’ version of a chicken enchilada, I ordered the Highland Chicken and Haggis. Haggis is the minced heart, lungs, and liver of a sheep that’s stuffed into its stomach, along with onions, suet, and spices… And it is unbelievable. I loved every bite of it. It had a very unique texture and was moist and savory. It immediately went to the top of my “last meal” requests.

It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

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