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A Sneak Peek at Descendant, available Oct 31

Posted in All Hallows Read, Horror, Magick by Trial & Error, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on September 16, 2019 by Occult Detective

Descendant , my occult thriller from Seventh Star Press, will be available on Hallowe’en. Here’s a sneak peek —

D03“I think we know where this is going,” Selina said, while finalizing her test of the demon blood. “It’s clear that the creature we faced in the I.O.O.F. Lodge was no ordinary denizen of the Underworld.”

“Yeah, I was thinking a Ring Spawn initially, but now I’m not so sure. They don’t normally go for the human disguise angle.”

“Well, we’ll know in a minute,” she said, jotting down some figures onto a notepad. “Let me at the laptop.”

“Sure,” he said, moving to opposite bed. He watched her type in the information from the blood sample. It was all over his head. Proteins, serum albumin, thrombocytes, and a bunch of other shit he didn’t really understand. He was good in a fight, but science? Not his cup of tea. He knew that blood meant life, and that if you lost enough of it you were done, no matter what kind of creature you were.

“This can’t be right,” Selina said. She rechecked her notepad then reentered the chicken scratches. “Damn,” she muttered.

“What?”

“That fucking thing was an egrigori,” she said, sitting back.

“One of the Banished?” Crowe said, lighting another cigarette. He rose and crossed the room, opening up a Styrofoam cooler and drawing a beer from the iced water. “What the hell would a fallen angel be doing mixed up in this shit?”

“There’s more,” Selina said, returning to the Monster Manual. “Central decoded the EVP from my cell last night.” She called up the media player and turned up the volume. “Listen to this.”

The sound of white noise played over the speakers. There was an indistinguishable hiss that had the cadence of language, but it was too far buried underneath the static resonance. Selina closed that file and opened another.

“Here it is cleaned up,” she said.

The hiss was there, but muted, farther back and conjoined with a garbled menagerie of chaotic sounds, and then… something… clearer than before. It almost sounded like… Crowe flashed her a quizzical look.

“One more time,” she said, “but with additional filters.”

Crowe sat down and listened. The white noise was almost gone now. The chaotic noise within it now taking the shape of mournful cries. Then the words came… clear now. He strained to perceive them, to wrap his head around the voice.

It was David Greene.

“The demon… his name… it is Amaros. The demon’s name is Amaros.”

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DescendantCoverDescendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum is available in trade paperback and ebook on Samhain, October 31. You can preorder the kindle version now via amazon.com.

For more information on me and my work you can listen to my interview on The Star Chamber. I had a great time chatting with Stephen, Holly, and Daniel. Not only did we cover my fiction writing, including Descendant, but we also spent a fair amount of time delving into the paranormal.

If you’d like to catch me in person, 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.

 

Descendant: New novel available on All Hallow’s Eve. Read the Reviews.

Posted in All Hallows Read, Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on September 10, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum will be released on All Hallow’s Eve, but you can pre-order the kindle ebook right now. There will be a trade paperback available, as well as other book reader formats, on the release date.

Here’s what people are saying about Descendant:

“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

 

 

Cover Reveal for Descendant, A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum by Bob Freeman! Kindle Pre-Orders Open!

Posted in All Hallows Read, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on September 9, 2019 by Occult Detective

For Immediate Release:

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Bob Freeman for his new novel Descendant, A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum. Descendant will be released in print and eBook editions on October 31st, the day of Halloween!

Pre-order the Kindle edition today at the link below!

Kindle Pre-Order Link

A supernatural thriller that readers of horror will also love, Descendant includes several original illustrations from Bob Freeman! The novel is interrelated with Bob’s short story collection First Born: Tales of the Liber Monstrorum, but can be read on its own.

Synopsis: Descendant is a supernatural thriller filled with daring action, adventure, and artifice set against the backdrop of a very familiar world – but it is a world in which preternatural entities, clandestine magical orders, ancient bloodlines, and unholy alliances converge within the shadowed recesses of our darkest imaginings.

Federal Agents Selina Wolfe and Martin Crowe are called in to investigate a series of bizarre deaths in a small rural community. What first seems to be a misadventure involving black magic and satanic ritual soon takes on even more deleterious overtones, as the agents become embroiled in a plot by a sinister cabal intent on unleashing Hell on Earth.

About the Author:

Bob Freeman is an author, artist, and paranormal adventurer whose previous works include Shadows Over Somerset, Keepers of the Dead, and First Born.

A lifelong student of mythology, folklore, magic, and religion, Freeman has written numerous short stories, articles, and reviews for various online and print publications and is a respected lecturer on the occult and paranormal phenomena.

He lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.

What’s going down on 9/9/19?

Posted in Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on September 6, 2019 by Occult Detective

Seventh Star Press & I are planning to have a cover reveal for the second book in my Liber Monstrorum series, Descendant, on Monday, September 9th.

Pre-orders for the ebook and trade paperback should follow closely behind if not in unison.

I am thrilled that the cover reveal will fall on the 9th day of the 9th month.

Nine is an important number to me. It’s magical. It symbolizes wisdom and initiation and the Nine Worlds of Norse Cosmology. And, more importantly, my son was born on the the 9th (of October).

Good omens all around that should serve Descendant well.

So, what is Descendant?

Descendant is a supernatural thriller filled with daring action, adventure, and artifice set against the backdrop of a very familiar world – but it is a world in which preternatural entities, clandestine magical orders, ancient bloodlines, and unholy alliances converge within the shadowed recesses of our darkest imaginings.

Federal Agents Selina Wolfe and Martin Crowe are called in to investigate a series of bizarre deaths in a small rural community. What first seems to be a misadventure involving black magic and satanic ritual soon takes on even more deleterious overtones, as the agents become embroiled in a plot by a sinister cabal intent on unleashing Hell on Earth.

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If you’re an occult detective fan, then this book is for you. 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

“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

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Stay tuned… Monday should be exciting.

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My thoughts on Draugen

Posted in Media Macabre, Occult Detectives with tags on July 2, 2019 by Occult Detective

From Red Thread Games comes Draugen, a first-person psychological mystery set in Norway.

“The year is 1923. You play Edward Charles Harden, an American traveller who’s come to Norway to find his missing sister. But you’re not alone: at every step of the way, Edward’s accompanied by his ward, Lissie; a gregarious, independent and enigmatic young woman. Together, you must explore this scenic coastal community — nestled amongst the fjords and mountains of rural Norway — in your search for Edward’s sister, and unearth the darkness that lies beneath the picturesque surface.”

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First, let me explain that I reached out to Astrid Rosemarin, who works in marketing and PR for Red Thread, requesting the opportunity to review this game. She supplied me with a code for Steam and off I went.

In full disclosure, I rarely play PC games. I prefer console (XBoxOne), but the theme of this game piqued my interest and I wanted to share my thoughts with fellow occult detective fans.

The gameplay was simple, which was a big help to me, not being very comfortable gaming with a keyboard. If keyboards aren’t your thing either, no worries here. You’ll have no trouble navigating the world.

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The visuals are stunning. The environment, settings, and characters are all extremely believable and immersive. I was never drawn out of the narrative because of graphics. Red Thread Games’ attention to detail is admirable.

I was also quite taken with the voice acting and sound effects. While Lissie was quite annoying, I can’t help but feel she was spot on and exactly right for what was needed for the story.

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And speaking of story, well, that’s the defining grace of the game. Billed as a psychological mystery, that is exactly what you get. It’s not horror, but there are elements of the genre to keep you more than satisfied if that’s what you’re looking for.

Of course there are some hiccups, narratively speaking, but I found the game more compelling than other similar games, such as The Vanishing of Ethan Carter or Kona.

All in all, a very positive experience and one that I think occult detective fans will find interest in. There are Lovecraftian moments, with a Ligotti sensibility.

In summation, it is flawed, but compelling, with an excellent sensory immersion that will often leave you breathless. The pacing is slow, painfully so at times, but I believe this is by design, as the isolation, desperation, and descent into madness as the core themes is simulated by the narrative structure.

On a scale of 1-10, I rate it a measured 7.5 stars.

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Coming Soon: @DraugenGame

Posted in Media Macabre, Occult Detectives on May 8, 2019 by Occult Detective

Hey, Occult Detective fans, I’d like to point you toward an exciting new game that embraces the genre we love. It’s gorgeously rendered, atmospheric, and, well, right up my alley. I suspect it’s right up yours as well.

Give their presskit a read, watch the story trailer, and see for yourself —

From the studio that brought you Dreamfall Chapters, and the creative team behind The Longest Journey and The Secret World, comes a first-person psychological mystery set in 1920s Norway.

The year is 1923. You play Edward Charles Harden, an American traveler who’s come to Norway to find his missing sister. But you’re not alone: at every step of the way, Edward’s accompanied by his ward, Lissie; a gregarious, independent and enigmatic young woman.

Together, you must explore this scenic coastal community — nestled amongst the fjords and mountains of rural Norway — in your search for Edward’s sister, and unearth the darkness that lies beneath the picturesque surface.

It reminds me of  The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, which I had high hopes for, though that game was ultimately a letdown. I have a good feeling that Red Thread Games is going to deliver the game we’ve been waiting for.

With any luck I’ll have a chance to review this for you soon. Stay tuned for further updates.

My review of In the Cards by Marjorie G. Jones

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Occult Detectives on April 3, 2019 by Occult Detective

inthecardsI love a good occult detective story (obviously) and In the Cards by Marjorie G. Jones delivers. This being her first novel, Jones is to be be forgiven for some overtly purple prose.

She paints an elegant and sophisticated picture, and she is well-versed in the protagonist of this thriller — Frances Yates.

Yates was a note worthy historian whose studies centered around Giordano Bruno and the influence of the Hermetic Tradition on the Renaissance.

Jones’ impeccable scholarship helps construct a vibrant and alluring murder mystery that, in its very best moments, reminds one of Umberto Eco’s works.

While the writing does not quite achieve those lofty resemblances on a consistent basis, it is an entertaining yarn that shows the author has tremendous promise in the realm of occult detective fiction.

I can only hope there is more to come.

The book is described as follows —

In collaboration with a Scotland Yard detective, who is also a Freemason, Frances Yates, eminent historian of Renaissance spirituality and proponent of martyred priest Giordano Bruno, employs her unique scholarship to solve a murder and the theft of a rare volume in the renowned musty library of ancient philosophical traditions, where she has long been a resident scholar.

While immersed in an article regarding the significance of mysterious tarot cards, Yates comes to realize that the recurring images of the cards illustrate universal life stages and character traits that may provide clues to the identity of the murderer. Along the way, she encounters more recent scholarship regarding feminist theology that, together with the tarot, prompts her to reconsider her own patriarchal spiritual worldview.

In the Cards by Marjorie G. Jones is published by Ibis Press and distributed by Red Wheel/Weiser. I recommend it to all lovers of a good mystery.

In the Cards is available on Amazon for only slightly more than $10 for the trade paperback. A tremendous bargain that one should not pass up.

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