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

Posted in Archive on November 11, 2019 by Occult Detective

Connor wrote the recap for our last playtest session.

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Chapter Two: The Demon’s in the Details

“Who dares disturb my slumber?” The creature asked as it rose from the sarcophagus. Expecting an undead abomination, painter Arthur Godson and reporter John Winslow were surprised to see a young woman standing before them.

The woman had runes tattooed upon her face, and she radiated an aura that seemed to unsettle the investigators. Clearly, she was trying to control with some kind of magic, but Arthur and John were beyond such tricks.

Understanding this, the woman asked if she could help them, having incredible skills at finding things. The two informed her that they were looking for a woman named Maddie Blake, whom they believed had something to do with a terrible murder (they kept it to themselves that the victim was the Archangel Cassiel).

The woman said that she knew nothing about Maddie Blake, but claimed that she could help them…

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Constantine’s Back… Finally.

Posted in Archive, Occult Detectives on November 4, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Well, I’ve been busy, so I’ve just now got round to sinking my teeth into Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer and bloody hell but it was good. He’ll be popping up in the next Books of Magic and his new ongoing on the 27th. The day before Thanksgiving here in the ol’ US of A.

Finally…something to be thankful for.

That is IF (big if) they can bloody well manage to keep going what they’ve got going, which is a nice return to form.

This was, plain and simple, the best Constantine comic since the original series folded with issue 300 back in, what, 2013? It seems like they’re wiping the slate and setting things back to its proper place in the (super)natural order of things.

Gods, bless you, you sorry bastard. You’ve been missed.

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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Every Man and Woman is a Star

Posted in Archive, Writing in Theory & Practice 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.

Tonight, join me for “Haunted History” in the Historic Odd-Fellows Building

Posted in Archive, Magick by Trial & Error on October 20, 2018 by Occult Detective

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While the Converse Historical Society treats guests to pumpkin decorating, cider & canvas illustrating, the showcasing of the artifacts they’ve gathered, and a viewing of vintage ‘home movies’ from Converse’s past, I will be offering hourly tours of the upper floors of the former Odd-Fellows Lodge.

This is a rare peek into the spectacular ruin of the third floor, and while I cannot guarantee that you will ‘experience’ a ghostly encounter, I can assure you, it certainly can happen.

There is the potential for this tour to become very intense and frightening. The EWCC & CHS shall not be held responsible for guests who are unable to continue due to the affects of this site.  If it becomes too much for guests, they will be escorted downstairs as safely and quickly as possible.

For your protection as well as mine, I must insist that guests remain together in a group and in close proximity to me AT ALL TIMES.

Out of respect for the site and our hosts, the Eastern Woodland Carvers Club, please DO NOT touch any carvings on display. Please treat the building and its contents with respect.

I urge parents to use their own good judgment regarding children. While the stories told are ‘family-friendly’, the experience has the potential to be unsettling. As for seniors or others with mobility or health issues, I would recommend you not take the tour due to the extensive stair climbing. Again, use your best judgement.

As I stated earlier, there is no guarantee of actually seeing (or feeling) a ghost or spirit in human form, but you should prepare yourselves for the possibility.

Now, who wants to learn a little history and have a bit of a thrill tempting the preternatural forces that reside in this historic building?

My thoughts on @WeiserBooks’ Storytelling Alchemy by Renée Damoiselle

Posted in Archive, Magick by Trial & Error, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 9, 2018 by Occult Detective

storytellingalchemyWell, this one surprised me.

I received an unexpected review copy from Red Wheel/Weiser titled Storytelling Alchemy: Write Your Own Happy Ending by Renée Damoiselle.

Let’s be honest, I’m not exactly a self-help book kind of guy, but I am a storyteller and so had no real qualms about dipping my toes into this one.

Man, am I glad I did.

What I discovered was an insightful exercise, not only in creative writing, but of transformation in both a spiritual and magical nature. Storytelling Alchemy presents a system that empowers the reader to control the narrative of their life and offers the tools necessary for unlocking creativity and imagination.

By building a personal mythos, we place ourselves in the center of the action. We drive the narrative. It is our story. Through that connection, I believe we have a deeper understanding of the people around us, realizing they too are on an adventure.

Storytelling Alchemy is a book about self-discovery and invention. I recommend it highly.

Storytelling Alchemy: Write Your Own Happy Ending by Renée Damoiselle is available in bookstores, worldwide, or you can order a copy today from your favorite online bookseller.

 

Lùnastal

Posted in Archive, Liber et Audax, Magick by Trial & Error on August 1, 2018 by Occult Detective

I’ve had a song running through my head the past couple of days. To be honest, it’s usually a soft parade of Led Zeppelin up there, but the earworm that’s caught me is a variant on that theme, more feminized, but no less majestic in its grandeur. The song in question?

I’ve had a lot on my mind the past month or more, especially in the last two weeks. My father’s long illness, that culminated in his passing from this world to the next in the last minutes of Friday, July 20th, has introduced a new thread of introspection.

I am no stranger to loss. I’ve said farewell to family and too many friends. But this was a bit different than those that came before, because when I stared down at my father, when I held his hand, it was me that I saw there, or rather a future shadow of me.

There were moments when I saw myself mirrored there and it made me pause in each instance. I am reminded of that famous Irish epitaph —

Remember Man as you go by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so shall you be,
Prepare yourself to follow me

So here we are then, with Lùnastal upon us. That which has been sown, it is now time to reap. We’ll be saying our public farewell to my father tomorrow and with it my disquiet will be lifted. It will be time to return to the business at hand.

I’ve been tinkering with a number of things, but it feels time to see some things finished, to be taken to their end and cast like runes upon the wind.

Magic, like the soul, is eternal, but life is a fleeting thing. On Yeats grave, it reads —

Cast a cold eye
On life, on death
Horseman Pass by!

There is magic adrift, enveloping the living and the dead alike. Entwined, it is, this mystic rapture, with all that was, is, and will be. Something wondrous is on the horizon, beyond space and time itself. Magic abounds. While there is still breath to be drawn, live. Embrace your True Will and be that what you were meant to be, free and unfettered. Love and be loved. Live, and let live.

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