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Now Available — Occult Detective Quarterly (Spring 2018)

Posted in Occult Detectives on May 9, 2018 by Occult Detective

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OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY returns with it’s 4th issue and is available via Amazon. I was honored to offer up an illustration for Aaron Vlek’s tale (as well as performing a bit of graphic design assistance). Editors John Linwood Grant and Dave Brzeski continue to do God’s work (just don’t ask which one). It’s another issue of the best in Occult Detective fiction and not to be missed!

Freeman, ODQ Vlek

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Happy #NationalParanormalDay

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Occult Detectives with tags , on May 3, 2018 by Occult Detective

In honour of National Paranormal Day, I thought I’d share a pic of my favorite familiar, Boo. Boo was named after a friend of mine who passed back in 2007, Bruce “Boo” Smith. Just before he shuffled off, he sent me a “going away” present — an officially licensed Hellraiser cube. The least I could do was pay homage to him in some way, hence Landon Connors’ lifelong companion.

We later named a stray cat that was hovering around the house, one of many black cats that seem to take an interest in our country home, after Connors’ familiar. He was a special cat and we really took a shine to him and he to us. Boo hung about for several years and he is sorely missed.

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Another black cat has taken up residence of late, a young lady we call Tiny, but we recently learned our neighbors call her Magic, so now, Tiny Magic it is. I like to imagine she is one of Boo’s offspring.

Anyway, rather than wax poetic about a litany of paranormal cases I’ve experienced or a list of paranormal books or movies I adore, I bring up Boo, because he was a good guy, a good cat, and, fictionally speaking, a spectacular familiar.

Happy Paranormal Day.

 

If you build it… #OccultDetectiveRPG

Posted in Occult Detective: The Roleplaying Game, Occult Detectives on April 6, 2018 by Occult Detective

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Back in the proverbial saddle after a long hiatus from game development. It feels good to shake the dust off and revisit this game and to know that we are finally moving in the right direction.

I aim to have all the rulebooks completed by the end of May and the final playtesting to commence over the summer, then we’ll be launching a kickstarter and see what dreams may come…

There is a steep learning curve, but we’re up to the challenge. We aim to deliver, first and foremost, a game that will fire your imagination, but we want it to include a full line of miniatures, game maps, scenarios, and all the bells and whistles that a quality board game brings to the table, but with an RPG’s narrative sensibilities.

I’ll be reaching out to some folks to help elevate the game beyond my wildest imaginings. We’re looking to build something special here and I think we’re on track to drag it kicking and screaming into reality.

I am reminded of a place I used to live, far off the beaten path, in the rural wilds of Indiana. Atop a hill overlooking a coursing stream my friends and I constructed rings of stone around a fire pit. I painted runes upon the stones, and smiling, I said, “If you build it, they will come” to which my friend Shaun quipped, “Oh, great, now we’re in Bob’s Field of Bad Dreams”.

Yes. Yes you are…

Occult Detective: The Roleplaying Game is coming. And Magick is coming with it.

Occult Detective T-Shirts

Posted in Occult Detectives with tags , on March 27, 2018 by Occult Detective

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A new line of “occult detective” t-shirts has dropped on AMAZON. Each comes in Mens and Womens sizes and in five distinct and fashionable colors, though let’s be honest, the black is pretty sweet and apropos, all things considered.

They’re inexpensive (less than $14), well made, and magically delicious.

There are currently three designs available: Certified Occult Detective (Black, Brown, Dark Heather, Navy, and Olive); Black Cat Magick (Black, Brown, Dark Heather, Heather Grey, and Heather Blue); and Spirit Board Association (Dark Heather, Black, Navy, Olive, and Pink).

More designs to come.

My Review of The Periodic Table of Paranormal Elements

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Occult Detectives on March 21, 2018 by Occult Detective

My friend Jill Pingleton reached out to me last night to share the new iOS app she and her husband Roger have developed to aid in categorizing paranormal phenomenon. — The Periodic Table of Paranormal Elements.

I have known Jill and Roger for a number of years and have had the pleasure to investigate with both on several occasions. I found them to be studious and dedicated researchers and got to see firsthand a number of innovative experiments conducted using equipment designed by Roger and his colleagues. One in particular that stood out involved dry ice and lasers that was absolutely brilliant.

They’ve always had an eye for utilizing technology to enhance one’s paranormal investigations and experience, and I find their latest project — The Periodic Table of Paranormal Elements — to be their best foot forward to date.

It’s innovative, useful as hell, and really does a thorough job of classifying the various types of phenomena one might experience.

 

The Table Layout

The table is divided into five distinct categories of anomalous phenomenon, each represented by a color.

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Visual Elements are red. Auditory Elements are orange. Physiological Elements are yellow. Environmental Elements are green. Super Patterns are purple.

It’s all there. I picked my brain to come up with something not covered, but you can find them all there in these 103 classifications. Each element is clickable, with a useful explanation of what the phenomena is and with examples of types of phenomena reported.

Admittedly, some of these definitions could be refined and expanded upon, but it’s a work in progress and a terrific start.

Based on their categorization, in my 35 years as a paranormal adventurer (44 if you want to go all the way back to my first encounter), I have experienced 54 elements of paranormal phenomena, though I am tempted to say 55. Here’s my score card —

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You’ll see 54 white circles representing those things I’ve experienced. The one in yellow, Wn, represents Portal/Window and is defined as “An opening or view into what appears to be a parallel universe, time or dimension. Can be visible or invisible (only known to intuitive individuals). Often a place where paranormal phenomena occur is attributed to portal activity. Portals have been seen as physical doors, near or touching the ground. Sometimes visible in the sky, during which time a different sky can be seen through the portal. May be related to Divergent Reality or Glitch In The Matrix.

I would add preternatural vortices and  temporal nexuses to this description. I have been investigating one particular location for twelve years now, and while I have long suspected it to be one or the other, the proof of such has alluded me. I know it to be true, deep down in my gut, but I have yet to see beyond the veil and glimpse the other side.

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The Periodic Table of Paranormal Elements is an invaluable tool and I look forward to seeing how it evolves in the coming months and years. For one, I’d really like to see them add a “realtime” investigation log feature, allowing the user to be able to click and add each element as they occur, noting time, place, temp, etc.

The app is only .99¢ via the Apple App Store. It is a dollar well spent, believe me.

Bob Freeman’s “First Born” Blog Tour

Posted in Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice with tags , , , , on March 12, 2018 by Occult Detective

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I’ll be making the rounds all this week, promoting my occult detective collection, First Born, which is the opening chapter in my Liber Monstrorum Chronicles. As my appearances go live, I will update the blog roll accordingly.

Monday 3/12
Greg Mitchell’s The Coming Evil

Tuesday 3/13
MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape

Wednesday 3/14
Josh Reynold’s Hunting Monsters
Ginger Nuts of Horror’s “We’ve Got It Covered”

Thursday 3/15
Morgan Sylvia’s Through the Labyrinth

Friday 3/16
Sheila’s Guests and Reviews

Saturday 3/17
I Smell Sheep

Sunday 3/18
Jacob Floyd’s Ghosts and Monsters

Tuesday 3/20
Book in the Bag

Robert E. Howard, Solomon Kane, & Mythic Games

Posted in Dice Upon A Time, Occult Detectives, Sword & Sorcery with tags , , , on February 22, 2018 by Occult Detective

I posted a video for Oak Hill RPG Club that certainly should be an interest to my fellow occult detective aficionados. In it I talk briefly about my love for Robert E. Howard, Solomon Kane, and Mythic Games’ announcement that they’re producing a boardgame around Howard’s second most famous character.

Take a look. And if you dig games, like and subscribe. We’d appreciate it.

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