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The 2014 Occult Detective Awards: Swords & Sorceries

Posted in Occult Detective Awards on January 5, 2015 by Occult Detective


Occult Detective Stories might be my first love, but close on their heels is the Sword & Sorcery genre. As such, Day Four of the 5th Annual Occult Detective Awards honors such tales. My only regret is I didn’t get the chance to read King of the Bastards by Steven Shrewsbury & Brian Keene because I’m sure if I had it would have found a place among the following recipients —

Best Novel
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

This is not the book I was expecting. Set in the world of Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, this haunting tale features one of the author’s most compelling characters, Auri. Rothfuss has warned readers to not begin his series here, but I beg to differ. I was enchanted by this book and believe it is Rothfuss’ finest work, allowing him to exercise another set of writerly muscles and prove him to be a master of his craft.

Best Novella
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin and Luis Royo

This one surprised me. A lifelong fan of Royo’s to begin with, seeing his art coupled with a fairy tale-esque story set in Martin’s Song of Ice & Fire, The Ice Dragon is a tremendous all-ages adventure of courage and sacrifice.

Best Collection
Swords of the North by Robert E. Howard

Howard is the undisputed king of the sword and sorcery tale. Hell, one could easily say he invented the genre. Swords of the North is a brilliant collection of Howard’s Celtic and Viking adventure stories. Clocking in at over 500 pages, this is a must-have for Howard fans.

Best Short Story
The Viking in Yellow by Christine Morgan

I’ve been a fan of Christine’s for a while now. We both share an affection for Norse tales and she has delivered a real nasty piece of work in Celaeno Press’ In the Court of the Yellow King. Lovecraft and Vikings — it’s a match made in, well, Hel I suppose.

Best Compendium
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Elio Garcia, & Linda Antonsson

Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire has dominated the fantasy genre for nearly twenty years, a domination that has only escalated since the launch of the successful HBO series. With fans clamoring for more, Martin, along with Garcia and Antonsson delivered. A history of Westeros, as recounted by a maester, is a brilliant way to add to Martin’s rich tapestry and filling it with beautifully rendered maps and lavish illustrations makes this a must-have supplement to everyone’s favorite fantasy series.

The Arneson-Gygax Award
Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) by Wizards of the Coast

D&D came roaring back with a vengeance with the release of its fifth edition. Not willing to rest on its laurels, Wizards’ assembled a design team that did the unthinkable — they changed the game. Culling some of the best aspects of the previous four editions, 5e has streamlined the game, simplified the rules, and made “roleplay” take precedence over “roll play”. I’ve been running two separate campaigns for months now and I am shocked to say that this is my favorite iteration of the game yet… and I’ve been actively playing since 1978.




Posted in Occult Detective Awards on January 4, 2015 by Occult Detective


Forgive me. I find myself still under the weather and so the Fifth Annual Occult Detective Awards will have to continue tomorrow. In the meantime, perhaps you’d like to take a stroll through the Awards, past and present. Just follow this handy little link — The Occult Detective Awards Archive

The 2014 Occult Detective Awards: Esoterica

Posted in Occult Detective Awards on January 3, 2015 by Occult Detective

5thawardsTread lightly, dear friends for here there be dragons. Welcome to Day Three of the 5th Annual Occult Detective Awards which brings us within the realm of the strange and unusual, the hidden and profane. While it is quite true that I am enamored with reading and writing the fictional exploits of occult detectives, I am very much a student and practitioner of the metaphysical sciences. I have been lucky enough to rub shoulders with a number of notable occult and paranormal personalities, to receive a veritable mountain of advanced reading and review copies by some of the best publishers in the business, and I continue to be afforded the opportunity to explore and investigate some of the most haunted sites in the world. So, if you fancy a glimpse behind the curtain from the safety of your armchair, then these titles may just be what this occult detective ordered —

Best Occult Release
The Angel & The Abyss: The Inward Journey, Books II & III by J. Daniel Gunther

In this beautiful hardcover from Ibis Press, a publisher I am in consistent awe of, Gunther continues his exhaustive exploration of Thelema. This really is a must-read for anyone with an interest in Aleister Crowley and his legacy. The appendices, bibliography, iconography and voluminous tables, charts, and graphs are worth the price of admission alone.

Best Ancient Mysteries Release
Medieval Mysteries: A Guide to History, Lore, Places and Symbolism by Karen Ralls, PhD

A testament to the erudite scholarship of its author, Dr. Karen Ralls, Medieval Mysteries is a fascinating read, filled with lavish photographs and illustrations, all presented in painstaking detail. Ralls makes the subjects come alive by breathing life into the narrative and drawing you into the very heart of these fabulous and enigmatic revelations.

Best Paranormal Release
The World’s Most Haunted House: The True Story of The Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street by William J. Hall

The “Bridgeport Incident” is legendary in the paranormal field, though personally my BS-meter gets a workout whenever Ed or Lorraine Warren’s names come up. Still, it is a case I had an strong interest in and Hall does a fine job of compiling various media, professional, and personal accounts surrounding the event and leaving it up to the reader to sort it all out for themselves.

Best Biography
Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World by Gary Lachman

Ex-Blondie-turned-Esotericist, Lachman tackles the Great Beast in this entertaining biography that sidesteps hero-worship but instead looks at the cultural impact of Crowley, particularly within the context of Rock and Roll, and from outside the Inner Circle.

Best Autobiography
Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

There are few human beings of whom I could be accused of hero-worshiping.  One of those few is James Patrick Page, session man,  Yardbird, Zeppelin founder, Crowley aficionado, and guitarist extraordinaire.  I have read quite a few biographies of the man himself and of the bands he weaved magic in, plus the hundreds, if not thousands of articles in various magazines over the decades. All pale in comparison to this brilliant visual autobiography. Really, if you’re a fan by any stretch of the imagination, you will want to immerse yourself in this book.

Best Esoteric Website/Blog
Gordon White’s Rune Soup

Gordon White describes himself as a digital media professional, glutton, writer, and unsuccessful wizard. I describe him as brilliant, erudite, and quite possibly mad (but in a good way). If you’re not visiting Rune Soup or following him on social media you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Best Esoteric Podcast
Poke Runyon’s The Hermetic Hour

Runyon is the quintessential renaissance man and raconteur — Green Beret, author, filmmaker, freemason, magician, and podcaster — The Archimage of the Ordo Templi Astartes hosts one of the most erudite programs on the occult that you’re apt to give ear to.

Vulgo Adeptus

Since 1992 Fulgur has been in the business of publishing some of the most beautiful, important, and coveted esoteric texts in the field. While always deserving, this year I was thrilled to examine a very special edition from Fulgur — Songs for the Witch Woman by John W. Parsons and Marjorie Cameron. A thing of sublime beauty, Songs of the Witch Woman is a limited edition, hand-numbered work of art, with a custom lined slipcase and hand bound with a black morocco spine. Printed on premium 135gsm Italian paper, with essays by William Breeze, George Pendle and Margaret Haines, you would be hard-pressed to find a more elegant and bewitching masterpiece.

Addendum —

Best Mummery
The Liber L. vel Bogus Stocking-Filler by Richard T. Cole

I would be remiss if I didn’t include this as one of the bright spots of 2014. The controversy surrounding Cole’s imminent release of his full-frontal assault on the legitimacy of  Crowley’s receiving of the Book of the Law in Cairo, 1904 has the occult community on the edge of their seat. His jovial preemptive strike on Christmas Eve, a 36 page pdf summary of his impending book release, was brilliant satire and Crowley-esque in nature, to be sure. Yes, a lot of Thelemites have gotten their knickers all atwist, but I for one welcome the dialogue. Anyone who hasn’t questioned at least some of Old Crow’s account haven’t really be paying attention. I look forward to its April release so I can see for myself what Cole’s on to.

The 2014 Occult Detective Awards: Fiction

Posted in Occult Detective Awards with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2015 by Occult Detective

5thawardsDay two of the 5th Annual Occult Detective Awards finds us looking into the senses-shattering world of horror fiction. I tend to read a lot. Not as much as some, but a helluva lot more than most. I made it through more than 80 works this year (fiction and non-fiction combined) but picking out the best of the lot is never easy. You’ll recognize some familiar names in the following list. Why? Because when you do right by me, I revisit the well. Great storytellers are hard to come by. Write a story that captures my imagination and I’ll be back for more.

Best Novel
Revival by Stephen King

King releases his inner Lovecraft in this superb tale of loss and madness. Disquieting, there is an almost infinite sadness in Revival that bears down on you. King is a master of character and you’ll find a rich tapestry of such within. As for the story itself, well, it certainly went places I wasn’t expecting, especially in the novel’s final pages.

Best Novella
The Last of the Albatwitches by Brian Keene

I am unabashedly a huge fan of Keene’s Levi Stoltzfus. Invoking the spirit of the late, great Manly Wade Wellman, Keene has delivered another tense thriller featuring everyone’s favorite ex-Amish occult detective by taking a local folk tradition and dialing it up to 11. Why? Because that’s what Keene does and he does it well.

Best Collection
The Nickronomicon by Nick Mamatas

One of the things I love about Mamatas is that he’s a literary chameleon and with this collection of Mythos tales he gets to showcase this talent in strange, perverse, and subversive ways. Mamatas is always fresh and innovative, and The Nickronomicon finds him at his neoteric finest. With a knack for seeing not only the man behind the curtain, but also the ghost inside the machine, Mamatas is able to take the reader on a surrealistic ride through chimerical and apocryphal nightmares like few others.

Best Anthology
The Weiser Book of Horror and the Occult, edited by Lon Milo DuQuette

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better assemblage  of esoteric tales. Featuring 15 masterpieces of occult fiction from such notable authors as M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft, Aleister Crowley, Arthur Machen, and more, this is an anthology I’ve already earmarked to be a Hallowe’en staple.

Best Short Story
“Bedlam in Yellow” by William Meikle (In the Court of the Yellow King, edited by Glynn Owen Barrass)

In the Court of the Yellow King is a brilliant Mythos anthology, but “Bedlam in Yellow” shines just a little bit brighter because Meikle does the unthinkable by writing a Carnacki tale that rivals Hodgson’s original stories. A neo-pulpist, Meikle is a consistent and reliable storyteller, regardless of genre, but he really sings when he delves into occult detective thrillers.

The 2014 Occult Detective Awards: Comics

Posted in Occult Detective Awards with tags on January 1, 2015 by Occult Detective

5thawardsWelcome to the 5th Annual Occult Detective Awards in which I share a few of my favorite things and hopefully turn you on to something you might have missed. I could bore you with a lot of flavorful text, but that’s not why you’re here. You want to know what struck my fancy this year and I want to cough up the goods. So let’s get down to it, shall we…

This year we’re starting off in the world of four colours and I’ve got a lucky little list of thirteen for you.

13. Adventure TimeBoom! Studios, written by Ryan North and illustrated by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lam

I could wax poetical about how mathmatical Adventure Time is, but c’mon… it’s Adventure Time. Do I really need to say more than that?

12. The DevilersDynamite Studios, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Matt Triano

Seven exorcists versus the armies of Hell in seven issues? Doesn’t get much better than this…

11. Autumnlands: Tooth and ClawImage Comics, written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Ben Dewey

Being equal parts Kamandi and Conan, with a bit of Game of Thrones for good measure, Autumnlands is a thrilling anthropomorphic fantasy that’s got everything a sword and sorcery fan could want.

10. The Sixth GunOni Press, written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Brian Hurtt

There are few things cooler than a weird western, and this one packs one helluva supernatural punch.

9. The October FactionIDW Publishing, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Damien Worm

What do you get when you toss a retired monster hunter, a thrill-killer, a warlock, and a witch under one roof? Deliciously macabre mayhem, courtesy of the Allan Family.

8. WytchesImage Comics, written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by JOCK

Thousands have died protecting their secret. Even more have died for having discovered it. Yeah… this is a damn good one.

7. FataleImage Comics, written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips

Supernatural Noir. Those two words are description enough. If you passed over this series, you should be ashamed of yourself.

6. RagnarokIDW Publishing, written and drawn by Walt Simonson

It’s three hundred years after the Twilight of the Gods and guess who’s coming to dinner. Look, this book had me at Walt Simonson.

5. Thor: God of ThunderMarvel Comics, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Esad Ribic

An epic run by a creative team that understood all too well the majesty and otherworldy nature of the Thunder God and brought the Realm Eternal to life like few others.

4. Afterlife with ArchieArchie Comics, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla

Having grown up with the Riverdale Gang, to see this fresh, zombie-infused take on Archie and Company was just what this occult detective needed to satisfy two thirsts — nostalgia and blood.

3. King Conan: The ConquerorDark Horse Comics, written by Tim Truman and illustrated by Tomas Giorello

Wrapping up their brilliant adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s Hour of the Dragon, Truman and Giorello cemented themselves as the 21st century’s premiere storytellers of the Hyborian Age.

2. The Sandman: OvertureVertigo Comics, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by JH Williams III

Surreal and hypnagogic, Williams’ psychedelic images are the perfect compliment to the fantastical prose of the mythweaving Gaiman. A sublime treasure to revisit a world I feared had been tucked away forever.

1. The Chilling Adventures of SabrinaArchie Comics, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Robert Hack

Aguirre-Sacasa and Archie Comics strike again, this time breathing horrific life into Sabrina the Teenage Witch by conjuring up a little of that old black eldritch magic courtesy of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. It’s a match made in… well, Hell, I suppose.

With that being said, it should come as no surprise that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa gets my vote for writer of the year and I’ve got to tip my hat to Archie Comics as publisher of the year as well. What they’ve done with their Horror Line is nothing short of miraculous. I’m not sure if Archie was ever cool, but I read the hell out of them as a kid. If they weren’t cool then, well they are now… and then some.

As for artists, I still can’t get enough of Francesco Francavilla and his old school, pulp-influenced draftsmanship. He’s the real freaking deal and I bow before his immaculate artistry.


More Occult Detective Awards tomorrow…
oh, and
Happy New Year!

Day 5 of the 4th Annual Occult Detective Awards

Posted in Occult Detective Awards on December 21, 2013 by Occult Detective



In a perfect world, I would have money, and one of the things I would do with that money is to actually give out physical awards, rather than a cyber pat on the back. Now, in that perfect world, the Manly Wade Wellman recipient would not receive a bust of the great Wellman. No, I would have something much better in store for the award winner — a masterfully crafted replica of John Thunstone’s cane sword. Hopefully this year’s inaugural finalist will fantasize accordingly.

Now, without further ado, allow me to announce the much deserved recipient of The Manly Wade Wellman Award for 2013.


prasilTim Prasil is acknowledged here for his tireless dedication toward compiling an accurate history of occult detective literature. His exemplary investigative work, highlighted at A Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detectives, shatters the myth of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Dr. Martin Hesselius being the “first occult detective”. Prasil has introduced me to several characters and stories I had been previously unfamiliar with, and as a lifelong fan of the genre, well, I am forever indebted to his erstwhile endeavor. I wish him continued success as an author and archivist. Well done, sir. Well done indeed.

And so that concludes the Fourth Annual Occult Detective Awards. Thanks for dropping in. We’ll see you back here next year for another thrilling chapter in the Awards saga.

Day 4 of the 4th Annual Occult Detective Awards

Posted in Occult Detective Awards on December 20, 2013 by Occult Detective



Best Novel / Best Occult Detective Novel

LOVE IS THE LAW by Nick Mamatas — Not only the best occult novel, but best novel period. Why? Read my review HERE.

Best Horror Novel

THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER by Anne Rice — I didn’t love The Wolf Gift, but this second installment of The Wolf Gift Chronicles shows that the author is still a force to be reckoned with. This is Anne doing what she does best… weaving an epic tapestry filled with rich family histories populated by supernatural beasties.

Best Fantasy Novel

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman — I found this modern fairy tale to be very moving and frightening all at the same time, like all good fairy tales should be.

Best Crime Novel

JOYLAND by Stephen King — This was a fun and quick read populated with the kinds of characters one comes to expect from King. While not purely a “crime novel”, despite being part of the Hard Case Crime lineup, it’s not purely a “ghost story” either. As such, I thought it fit here better than elsewhere and really deserved recognition as I really dug it.

Best Pulp Novel

KHAN OF MARS by Stephen Blackmoore — More books like this please. With an obvious nod to ERB, Khan is one of those books not easily put down. It’s about an erudite gorilla and his cowboy companion for Odin’s sake! What’s not to love about that? Toss in a malevolent Weather Witch. On Mars. This one’s a winner, hands down.

Best Novella

THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN by George R.R. Martin (Dangerous Women) — Yeah, like this one wasn’t going to get the nod. A much needed foray into Westeros, delving into its rich and storied history. Few have done it better. Now, George, get back to work on the opus. We’re hungry for more.

Best Short Story

”In the Dark and Quiet” by Josh Reynolds (Use Enough Gun: Legends of the Monster Hunter III) — This is Josh doing what Josh does — writing about compelling monsters and those who hunt them. If The Royal Occultist is involved, I’m there.

Best Collection

HOLES FOR FACES by Ramsey Campbell — Read my review HERE.

Best Anthology

WEIRD DETECTIVES: Recent Investigations, edited by Paula Guran — Elizabeth Bear, Ilsa J. Blick, Richard Bowes, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Dana Cameron, Lillian Stewart Carl, Simon Clark, Bradley Denton, P.N. Elrod, Neil Gaiman, Simon R. Green, Justin Gustainis, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, Faith Hunter, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, William Meikle, Richard Parks, Sarah Monette, Carrie Vaughn. That should cover it, no?

Best Poetry Collection

DEATH POEMS by Thomas Ligotti — Read my review HERE.

The ftaghu-kadishtu Award

H.P. LOVECRAFT IN THE MERRIMACK VALLEY by David Goudsward — Students and fans of Lovecraft will find this absolutely riveting as Goudsward tracks the author via documents and letters through his many visits to the region, highlighting how they influenced his stories. This is an absolutely brilliant work and critical toward a further understand of Lovecraft and his legacy.


Day 3 of the 4th Annual Occult Detective Awards: Comics

Posted in Occult Detective Awards on December 19, 2013 by Occult Detective



Best Occult Detective Comic

DRUMHELLAR (Image) — From Riley Rossmo and Alex Link comes this unique take on the occult detective via psychedelic gumshoe Drum Hellar and his omnipresent partner, a purple ghost cat named Harold. It’s a surreal book, like some sort of hypnagogic marriage between Hunter S. Thompson and Tiziano Sclavi. With bog people, werewolves, demons and more tied together in a noir-styled narrative, Drumhellar has a lot of promise.

Best Ongoing Series

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER (Marvel) — Jason Aaron has breathed new life into the Thunder God by returning a sense of wonder and myth to the book, all tied together with some spectacular artwork from the likes of Esad Ribic and Ron Garney.

Best Graphic Novel

HELLBOY: THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS (Dark Horse) — Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo’s tale of a young Hellboy running away from “home” only to stumble upon a demonic carnival is a masterful adventure with a not-so-subtle nod to Pinocchio. The artwork is simply gorgeous and the narrative poignant and engaging.

Best Maxi Series

LOCKE & KEY (IDW) — I did not want this to end, but, as they say, all things must pass, and so Locke & Key has, but not without leaving its mark as one of the most brilliant and creative comics ever printed. Creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez delivered something truly special, a comic that is both heartfelt and terrifying.

Best Mini-Series

KING CONAN: THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON (Dark Horse) — Adapting the first half of Robert E. Howard’s only Conan novel, writer Tim Truman and artists Tomas Giorello and Jose Villarrubia not only honored my favorite author’s legacy, but elevated it. This was a stirring example of sword and sorcery at its finest and in the hands of these creators, Conan has never looked better and the Hyborian Age has never felt more real.

Best Collection

THE SIXTH GUN DELUXE HARDCOVER EDITION, VOL 1 (Oni Press) — A brilliant comic made even more so by one of the most brilliantly packaged hardcover collections I’ve ever seen. This one is lovingly and perfectly crafted. A beautiful book and a perfect gift for any and every comic fan. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt have created the perfect weird western, and now Oni Press has made it even better. This is a must-have book, plain and simple.

Best Annual

STAR TREK ANNUAL 2013 (IDW) — John Byrne. Star Trek. Photo Novel. What the – ? “Strange New Worlds” was certainly the most innovative thing to come out of comic publishing this year. I have been a lifelong John Byrne fan. He is a living legend, plain and simple. Using Photoshop to create a new and exciting Star Trek Original Series, utilizing film stills and careful manipulation, is a brilliant move and Byrne creates a vivid and compelling tale, perfectly matching the tone and dialogue of Roddenberry’s classic.

Best Comic

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE (DC/Vertigo) — Whoever decreed the marriage of JH Williams III’s fantastical draftsmanship with the mythbuilding mad-genius writing talents of Neil Gaiman deserves a bloody Nobel Prize or something. We’ve waited 25 years for Gaiman’s return to The Sandman. I can think of no better way fro his words to be expressed in pictures than by Williams’ equivalent brilliance. This book was a tour de force, to be sure, with enormous promise for what is yet to come.

Best Writer

JASON AARON — Aaron has been building quite the reputation for himself, from his creator-owned work on Scalped to his Eisner Award nominated miniseries The Other Side, but for me it all came to a head when he took the reins of Thor: God of Thunder, returning the Odinsson to his proper place at the top of the Marvel Pantheon of Heroes.

Best Artist

TOMAS GIORELLO — Certainly the finest artist to tackle Howard’s towering Cimmerian since Big John Buscema, Giorello’s artwork is masterful in every sense of the word, bringing to the page a kinetic energy that is not only powerful and brutal, but fluid and sensual as well.

Best Cover Artist

FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA — Retro Pulp Genius. There’s something altogether magical and incomparably wonderful about Francavilla’s cover and poster art. It never ceases to put a smile on my face. His run on Dark Shadows made me feel like a kid again, giddy with excitement, and the recent retro Highlander poster he did for Mondo — nothing short of transcendent. Love, love, love everything he does. He inspires me to be better a better artist. I can’t think of any higher praise than that.

Biggest Disappointment

CONSTANTINE (DC) — I loved Hellblazer and was there for all 300 issues of it. Granted, the final issue limped out with a whimper on its cracked and nicotine stained lips, but all in all, the series was something different, something quite dark, and it oozed with a cthonic malevolence. DC, in turn, took our rowdy occult detective and slapped a fresh coat of paint on him and dropped him into the Nu52, surrounded by capes and cowls, and there the magic died. I just can’t stomach it. Thank the devil I’ve a collection of back issues to revisit, because I barely recognize the bloke in his new digs. It makes the Constantine movie seem like a faithful adaptation by comparison. And that’s really and truly sad.

Day 2 of the 4th Annual Occult Detective Awards: Esoterica

Posted in Occult Detective Awards on December 18, 2013 by Occult Detective



Today we delve into my picks for the Best Esoterica of 2013. As a lifelong collector and student of all things metaphysical, poring over books on magic, witchcraft, religion, astrology, and the like is right up my alley. Having the opportunity to review these books for publishers such as Weiser Books, Ibis Press, and New Page Books is an added bonus. So, without further ado, here are my selections for this past year —

Best Occult Release

THE BEST OF THE EQUINOX, VOL. TWO: DRAMATIC RITUAL by Aleister Crowley and Lon Milo DuQuette — Read my review HERE

Best Ancient Mysteries Release

THE NEW VIEW OVER ATLANTIS: The Essential Guide to Megalithic Science, Earth Mysteries, and Sacred Geometry by John Michell

Kudos to Hampton Publishing for bringing this classic back to life for American audiences. While much of Michell’s arguments need to be taken with more than a mere grain of salt (bring the whole shaker), there is a wealth of information and evidence throughout that makes this a must read for any student of Earth’s Mysteries.

Best Preternatural Release


Best Cryptid Release

MONSTER FILES: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents On Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals by Nick Redfern — Read my review HERE

Best Esoteric Website/Blog

THE NORSE MYTHOLOGY BLOG —from the site itself: DR. Karl E. H. Seigfried writes The Norse Mythology Blog. The site was named “Best Religion Weblog” by international popular vote in both 2012 & 2013. A Norse mythologist and musician in Chicago, he’s Norse Religion Faculty at Carthage College (where he founded the Tolkien Society) and teaches Norse mythology classes at Loyola University & Newberry Library.

For anyone with an interest in Norse Culture, Myth, and Magic, there is no better place to visit on the web. Click the link HERE to find out for yourself.

Best Esoteric Podcast

OCCULT OF PERSONALITY — With a focus on authenticity, accuracy, and quality, Occult of Personality peers behind the veil to provide recorded interviews with serious esoteric researchers and teachers from all over the world. Established in 2006, the podcast reaches several thousand listeners each month and has been noted for the quality and depth of interviews. Check it out HERE.

Vulgo Adeptus

HAMPTON ROADS — Hampton Roads Publishing Company publishes books on a variety of subjects, including metaphysics, spirituality, and health. As a part of the Red Wheel/Weiser family, Hampton Roads is most noteworthy of late for having rescued several out of print titles from obscurity, such as The New View Over Atlantis and We Are the Children of the Stars. These, and others, are important works. Keeping them in print is vital and I appreciate their dedication toward doing so.

The Ghostbreaker Award for Excellence in the Televised Research and Investigation of the Strange and Unusual

HAUNTED HIGHWAY — “I’m Jack Osbourne and I’ve been obsessed with the paranormal since I was a kid. I’ve wanted to investigate some of America’s scariest cases. But I decided it had to be done differently. I’ve put together two teams–myself and my researcher Dana and my friends Jael and Devin. We shot everything ourselves; just us. This is what we discovered and it completely blew my mind.”

Sells itself, doesn’t it? Look, I’m not saying I buy everything I see on the screen (I’m looking at you Mr. Marble and Ms. de Pardo), but Jack and Dana really work for me. They’re very natural and enthusiastic… and ultimately come across as trustworthy. Plus they visit some interesting sites. I dig it. You might too.

And thus ends Day Two of the Occult Detective Awards. Be sure to tune in Thursday as we delve into the world of four colors.

The 4th Annual Occult Detective Awards Begin… NOW!

Posted in Occult Detective Awards on December 17, 2013 by Occult Detective


The Occult Detective Awards continue their tradition of being a schizophrenic mess. But it is what you’ve come to expect. Why change now? We’ll start things off slow and easy with a look at 2013’s best outings on the big and small screen. There’s room fro argument and debate in nearly every category, so feel free to do so in the comments below. I’d be more than happy to defend my choices.


Best Occult Detective Series
Stand Out Episode
“Everybody Hates Hitler”

Best Horror Series
Stand Out Episode

Best Fantasy Series
Stand Out Episode
“Kissed by Fire”

Best Historical Drama Series
Stand Out Episode
“Rites of Passage”

Best Drama Series
Stand Out Episode
“Anslo Garrick, Pts 1 & 2”

Best Animated Series
Stand Out Episode
“Simon and Marcy”

Best Hallowe’en Special

Best Actor in a Series
Game of Thrones

Best Actress in a Series

***   ***

Best Occult Detective Feature Film

Best Horror Feature Film

Best Fantasy Feature Film

Best Animated Film

Addendum: Okay. I just got back from the theatre, and, well, sorry Thor. I love you, Thunder God (really and truly), but damn… Smaug was pretty impressive.

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