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Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Writing in Theory & Practice on September 19, 2019 by Occult Detective

It’s weird how bursts of creative energy sort of wrap their dark wings around you and carry you off to distant and forgotten shores. Wolfe and Crowe was like that, meaning Descendant, the novel that will once again find itself available for public consumption once the bells of All Hallow’s Eve begin to chime.

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It began as a short story about totally unrelated characters, or so I thought. The story, called Queen’s Gambit, was very well received, and when it came time to expand upon it, well, Selina and Martin showed up instead.

No rhyme nor reason. It’s just how the words fell out of my keyboard.

signI have long been a proponent of the subconscious process of creativity, the “divine spark”, if you will. As a guy who writes from the seat of his pants, without outline, or, to be perfectly honest, a single clue as to what is going to be written: characters, plot, structure — I come to the story with little to no idea what I’m doing.

Someone or something, perhaps my HGA, is telling the story to me. I’m my own first reader. A watered down version of Crowley and Aiwass, I suppose, minus the religious trappings. The writing all feels dictated to me, like it’s coming from somewhere else altogether. And that’s true for every single thing I write.

Even this blog.

When I opened up the file to write a blog today, I had no idea what it was going to be about. I just started typing and this is what’s spilling out.

lucifer-sigilWriting reviews is only marginally different. At least then I’ve read or watched what I’m about to expound upon, but the meat of the review is all fresh, bled onto the illuminated page.

So, to bring this back to the novel that is preparing to darken your door. It meant a lot to me when I wrote it, and it’s certainly the best novel I’ve “written” so far. It feels real to me in ways that other things I’ve written do not.

I happen to think you’d like it, if you’re interested in supernatural mysteries and occult thrillers and the like. If you’re not, I still think there’s something in there for you.

It explores some interesting territory and it offers a glimpse into the haunted Hoosier heartland, a glimpse that few people get to see, where magic is at one’s fingertips and the monsters are very real.

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summoningDescendant: 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.

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.

 

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.

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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Come See Me at ParaUnity 2019

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Writing in Theory & Practice on September 4, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Hey there, Sleuths, I wanted to let you all know 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, 2019 from 5– 8pm.

I’ll be signing books and sharing stories of my more than 35 years of experience with the paranormal and occult.

I hope to see you there…

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