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#OCCULTOBER #ALLHALLOWSREAD #GIVEAWAY: Win a free copy of Shadows Over Somerset

Posted in All Hallows Read, Horror, Occult Detectives, Occultober on October 6, 2021 by Occult Detective

What secrets lurk in the heart of Cairnwood Manor?

In the sleepy little town of Somerset, an ancient evil awakens, hungering for blood and vengeance…

Michael Somers is brought to Cairnwood, an isolated manor in rural Indiana, to sit at the deathbed of a grandfather he never knew existed. He soon finds himself drawn into a strange and esoteric world filled with werewolves, vampires, witches… and a family curse that dates back to fourteenth century Scotland.

“Gory, baroque, hairy fun with vamps and beasties.” — William Meikle, author of The Midnight Eye Files

“In the first few pages alone we are given proof positive of what terror lurks around every corner…and it’s this tension that shines through on every page.” — Insidious Reflections

“I recommend it to all horror fans (even those who don’t particularly care for vampires, werewolves, or witches).” — Horror-Web

In the Fall of 2000, newly married and without a job, my wife suggested I do something I had always aspired to do but had never done — write a novel. So, for three months, each evening as my wife slinked off to work at Waldenbooks, I ascended to the attic and wrote a story about werewolves and witches and vampires and immortal swordsmen and ancient Scottish curses and… well, you get the idea. Nick Mamatas once said that the biggest mistakes first time authors make is shoehorning in everything they’re interested. Guilty as charged.

I have so many fond memories of Shadows Over Somerset — the writing of it, sharing it with my wife every evening, seeing it developed and then dropped by Dimension Films (well the dropped part not so much), signing my first contract, my first (and hugely successful) book signing…

Yes, it has warts, but Shadows Over Somerset, my love letter to Dark Shadows and the Gothics I devoured as a child, has a special place in my heart.

It is Out-Of-Print and I’ve decided it’s time to retire it and its sequel, Keepers of the Dead. It was a hard decision, but one I ultimately had to make. So, as a fond farewell and in honor of All Hallow’s Read, I would like to offer YOU the chance to win a signed copy of the Seventh Star Press edition that was released in 2014, edited by Rodney Carlstrom and illustrated by Enggar Adirasa.

HOW DO YOU WIN?

Email me at Shadows@OccultDetective.com before the end of the Lesser Feast of Aleister Crowley (11:59pm EST on October 12th) and tell me who your favorite Occult Detective is. I’ll toss all the names in a fedora and a draw the winner on the 13th… and, as an added bonus, on October 20th, I will share my thoughts on the Occult Detective you’ve chosen.

There you have it. A signed copy of Shadows Over Somerset could be yours? Good luck and Happy Hallowe’en.

All Things Must Pass

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Tarot, Writing on June 29, 2021 by Occult Detective

Soon, the Cainwood Manor series (Shadows Over Somerset / Keepers of the Dead) and the Liber Monstrorum series (First Born / Descendant) will be reissued in trade paperback and hardcover editions. Their covers will be adorned with selections from the limited edition Landon Connors: Occult Detective Tarot. These releases will be followed by Born Again, a collection that will bring both series to conclusion.

The Moon — Shadows Over Somerset
Deception. Illusion. Imagination. Things around you are not what they appear to be.

High Priestess — Keepers of the Dead
Mystery. Reflection. A time for retreat. Things around you are not what they appear to be.

The Magician — First Born
Skill. Creativity. Desire. Manifestation. The need to take deliberate action is called for.

Justice — Descendant
Truth. Fairness. Law and order. A time for hard decisions to be made.

Judgement — Born Again
Awakening. Transition. Renewal. It is the bitter end, but also a dynamic new beginning.

Three for Thursday: Three Occult Novels

Posted in Horror on May 27, 2021 by Occult Detective

Has it really been a week since I last blogged. Well, I’ve been busy, to say the least. I just completed a HUGE RPG project and am looking to wrap up another in the coming weeks. I’m also prepping the re-release of my Cairnwood Manor and Liber Monstrorum series and writing some new material for both. Then, Conn and I hope to finally complete the Occult Detective RPG. And all of that is just on the creative side of things. A lot more going on behind the scenes… But, I couldn’t let today’s installment slip away from me, and you can expect a Ghost Hunting Tales blog tomorrow. It’s a special one… So, without further ado, Here are three, scratch that — FOUR Occult Novels everyone should read.

Obviously I could have gone on and on, ad nauseam, but these are a fine place to start…

What about Dr. Strange?

Posted in Horror on May 13, 2021 by Occult Detective

Just a quick addendum.

Earlier today I posted my Top 6 Occult/Horror Comics. A friend reached out and asked, “what about Dr. Strange?”

Truth is, as I made the list I was trying to focus on “horror” comics. It’s why Etrigan and Deadman didn’t make the list…

Maybe next week I’ll post my Top Occult comics. Will Promethea make the list? The Invisibles? Tune in next week and let’s find out together.

THREE FOR THURSDAY? NOPE — I’M LISTING MY TOP 6 OCCULT/HORROR COMICS!

Posted in Horror on May 13, 2021 by Occult Detective

OCCULT/HORROR COMICS

Last week I showed off my Top 3 5 Black Comic Book Characters. Why not keep the comic thing going? This week, we’ll show off my 3 favorite Occult/Horror Comics. I doubt there will be many surprises, especially when I make this a DOUBLE SHOCK POST! That’s right. I’m not posting my Top 3. Let’s do Top 6 instead.

NUMBER SIX
SON of SATAN

NUMBER FIVE
WEREWOLF BY NIGHT

NUMBER FOUR
VAMPIRE TALES

NUMBER THREE
TOMB OF DRACULA


NUMBER TWO
ALAN MOORE’s LOVECRAFT TALES
(NEONOMICON, PROVIDENCE, ETC)

NUMBER ONE
HELLBLAZER

Dreams of Winter: A Tale of the Liber Monstrorum

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing on December 23, 2019 by Occult Detective

Yuletide is full upon us and though we’ve no snow here in the haunted Hoosier heartland, our spirits are still awash in the seasonal glow of Winter.

Being in a giving mood, I offer you, my friends, a short story of mine that you may have missed — Dreams of Winter — featuring some familiar faces, such as Dr. Landon Connors, Sarah Jones, and Detective Ellis DeTripp.

Originally published in the anthology Vampires Don’t Sparkle, edited by Michael West, Dreams of Winter is a favorite of mine. I hope you enjoy.

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Click on the link below to download the pdf

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Occult Detective Landon Connors reading Descendant?

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing on November 1, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Well, how about that? Dr. Connors seems to be enjoying his copy of Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum. I happen to think you would too. It’s available now in trade paperback and kindle on Amazon and Amazon UK.

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I’m doing a blog tour in November and would love to stop by your place for a chat. There’s still time to get me lined up for a visit. Sign up HERE if you’re interested.

Now Available — Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum

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

31 day blog challenge

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.

Hallowe’en is going to be extra spooky this year

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing 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.

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