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First Born

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2017 by Occult Detective

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Mark July 14th on your calendars. That’s right, at long last, I have a release date for my occult detective collection forthcoming from Seventh Star Press — First Born: Tales of the Liber Monstrorum.

For review requests or press inquiries, you can contact my publisher via ccjames (at) seventhstarpress (dot) com or email me direct through my freeman (at) occultdetective (dot) com address.

You can also sign up for the Seventh Star Press Read to Review Program

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obair ann an adhartas

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Writing in Theory & Practice on January 12, 2017 by Occult Detective


Chan eil fhathast, ach a dh’aithghearr

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Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on December 15, 2016 by Occult Detective


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available from Amazon as a $3.99 ebook and $17.95 trade paperback


Games & Portents: The Paranormal Worlds of Bob Freeman

Posted in Dice Upon A Time, Magick by Trial & Error, Occult Detective: The Roleplaying Game, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on November 12, 2016 by Occult Detective

Today we harness strange forces – occult studies, fiction, art and even role-playing – to bring you an exclusive and extended feature on paranormal adventurer Bob Freeman. From folklore and fiction to Tarot and character generation, we dance the Weird Fantastic. And we also get to ask ‘Who is the real Bob Freeman?’

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Happy Birthday, Neil Gaiman

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on November 10, 2016 by Occult Detective



Today is Neil Gaiman’s 56th Birthday,
born November 10, 1960.

He has a tendency to be inspiring.
Maddeningly so sometimes.


Sitting here, in the aftermath of a stunning,
staggering, and dare I say, sobering election…

I am comforted to know that in times such
as those we appear to be faced with now,
creativity is not silenced, it is awakened.


blipCelebrate Neil Gaiman’s Birthday by
accomplishing three things today…

  1. Consume something someone else created.
  2.  Create something yourself.
  3.  Love somebody.

Happy Birthday, Neil Gaiman.
May the gods continue to smile
on you and all of us.

Work(s) in Progress

Posted in Writing in Theory & Practice on November 4, 2016 by Occult Detective

As noted, Fridays will be a weekly feature in which I reference my current works in progress, and, on occasion, include various thoughts, missives, and misguided understandings of the writing process and publishing. I will also use this forum to spotlight people, places, and things that catch my attention.


What I’m writing: Today I’m working on submission guidelines for a “sekret project” I’m developing. I’ve already invited a dozen authors or so to submit stories and once those shake out I will be posting the “open submission” guidelines for public consumption.

Tonight, I hope to spend a little time with OCCULT DETECTIVE: The Roleplaying Game. There is still a veritable mountain of material to write for this thing, not to mention all the art that will need to be addressed.

At some point I need to get back to Born Again, and I’m still waiting to hear from y publisher if everything is square with First Born. I am also expecting edits for Descendant in the near future.

What I’m doing: This weekend I’ll be hunting ghosts and putting away haunted things until next year.

What I’m reading: Jerusalem by Alan Moore, Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd, and Essential Doctor Strange Vol 3. I will begin The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton soon, to be read with The Water Street Book Club.

What I’m watching: Westworld – The ExorcistDC on the CW – Timeless – Critical Role, Bizarre States, and Tabletop on Alpha, Tilt on Youtube

What I’m listening to: Rune Soup with Gordon White, The Horror Show with Brian Keene, Gamerstable

What I’m anticipating: Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One

Winter’s Promise

Posted in Archive, Liber et Audax, Writing in Theory & Practice on November 3, 2016 by Occult Detective

October’s gone, the celebration passed, another for the annals of history… The vibrant leaves are now beginning to dull, littering the ground as thousands of cast-off corpses. All that remains is winter’s promise, the cold kiss of frost…

This is, traditionally, my most productive season. The words tend to flow incessantly, with more purposeful intent. My over-active imagination at the worst of times becomes a creature unto itself, like a rough beast, its hour come round at last, conjuring malefic creations in the shadowed recesses of my little corner of Converse.


I have several projects in the works and a retooling, or rather a refocusing here at

Already announced: Last Writes, of course, which will be a wonderful insightful window in to the minds of a number of creative individuals. These will appear on Mondays.

I also brought up that I will be discussing OCCULT DETECTIVE: The Roleplaying Game more frequently here on these pages. No set schedule for these updates.

Wednesdays, at the behest of a dear friend, for the immediate future, will showcase a series of missives regarding my magical journey, while Fridays will become a sort of ‘works in progress’ update, just to let you know what’s stumbling and fumbling about in my gargantuan head.

So, breathe deep. Winter is coming and soon our world will be buried beneath a thick blanket of snow. The magic of October gives way to November’s chill… Here, we shall keep the fires lit till autumn’s return.

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