In the days ahead…

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on October 10, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Almost a third of the way into October — a mere 21 days until All Hallow’s Eve strikes. Of course the day itself is magical, but the full moon on the 14th through the new moon on the 28th and the subsequent full moon on November 12th has got all kinds of exciting stuff going on behind the veil.

Looking at the Tarot, this is what the period suggests:

Perseverance and foresight lead to skillful and calculated results.

There is magic in the air. Always is. But the energies at play in the coming weeks are the very building blocks of creativity and exceptional productivity.

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The rune drawn for the season in question is Perthro.

perthroThis is the rune of the unknown and unknowable, of fate and that which is unmanifest. It is the sign of probability, of luck (both good and bad). The symbol has always looked like an overturned cup to me, spilling its contents across the multiverse…

What does this mean for us as the Samhain moons beckon and the veil between worlds becomes as thin as gossamer?

Relax. Trust in the skills at your command. Be at peace, for your instincts will guide you as surely as the knowledge you’ve acquired.

Luck can be fickle, but if you’re prepared for what is to come, then the fates will have no recourse but to bow to your whim.

‘Tis the season to honor those who have traveled into the esoteric mists of the hereafter before us. As they linger close to us in this time, their whispers become a chorus, a song both dark and wonderful. Their words, just beyond the realm of understanding, will guide us to a better understanding and comfort as we embrace our true purpose.

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

Suite: 16

Posted in Liber et Audax on October 9, 2019 by Occult Detective

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The high point of my favorite month and season is my son’s birthday. Connor turns 16 today, which is both amazing and frightening all at the same time.

On the one hand, he’s a marvel: a terrific young man with a big heart, a gifted storyteller, immensely helpful in all facets of our daily lives, and a great sounding board.

On the other, he’s freaking 16, which has me feeling somewhat long in the tooth and wondering where in the hell all our time has gone.

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It’s an honor to be this kid’s father.

Happy Birthday, Connor.

You’re now a man grown, as they say, and the world is whatever you want to make it.

I envy the journey that lies ahead for you and I am thrilled I get to be a part of it.

93rd & Blackstone? An excerpt from Descendant, for your reading pleasure.

Posted in All Hallows Read, Horror, Magick by Trial & Error, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 8, 2019 by Occult Detective

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As the release of Descendant is fast approaching, just 23 days out, I thought another glimpse inside its pages was due:

frraineyRainey stepped out of the Yellow Cab on the corner of 93rd and Blackstone in front of the dark Victorian that set nestled in a copse of ancient ash and oak. Time had taken its toll on the Star & Garter, but its reputation alone drew the knowledgeably curious, as well as the serious student of the esoteric. The priest knew that if he were to unravel the mystery that was born this night, born upon a bloody Catholic altar, the road to understanding would begin here. He made his way across the uneven walk, climbed the porch stair and knocked upon the faded door.

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” a frail man, bent and twisted, welcomed.

“Love is the law,” Rainey responded, finding the discourse distasteful. “Love under will.” The traditional Thelemic greeting was required to gain entry and each time he was forced to say it, he felt that a little piece of his soul were dragged into Hell.

The attendant took the priest’s hat and coat and hung them within the coatroom, just off the small foyer. The priest waited impatiently for the old retainer, eager to put this night’s dark work behind him. With a wave of a withered hand the old one directed Rainey toward the Drawing Room where the sounds of animated discussion emanated.

The room was filled with a magical blend of exotic aromas. Three men sat in Elizabethan chairs drawn together in a semi-circle about the fireplace. The stream of smoke from their pipes mingling with the cedar logs in the hearth; it was a scene that could have been cut from the eighteenth century. Their period dress was perfect in every detail, as were their accessories. A fourth gentleman, the proprietor of the Star & Garter, stood above the others, a cryptic tome held in his well-manicured hands.

middle pillar“Rubbish,” the largest of the three seated gentlemen bellowed, “there has never been an exact Thelemic equivalent to the Middle Pillar Rite as conducted by the Golden Dawn.”

“Surely you’d agree, Kline,” another responded indignantly, “that the vertical and horizontal enchantments of Reguli seem to be a form of it.”

“Feh,” the large man huffed, “then why is Nuit attributed to Kether in the vertical enchantment? I know, I know “lady of the stars”, etc., but in the Star Ruby, Nuit is used in the North and attributed to Earth. In Reguli, Nuit is again found in the North but attributed to Air, while Kether is traditionally associated with the fifth element of Spirit.”

“That would lead one to believe,” the third man, a bookish twenty-something who had probably not grown his first beard, sat forward and stated, “that the vertical enchantment component is to be conceptualized from a solar perspective.”

Rainey shook his head. “Excuse me, gentlemen,” he interrupted, “but who says that Nuit is equivalent to Earth in the Star Ruby? In the original version of the ritual, as found in The Book of Lies, the direction of North is attributed to Water.”

“Father Rainey,” the proprietor said, turning to greet the priest, “welcome to the Star & Garter. It has been too long.”

“Indeed, Mr. Buckland,” Rainey responded, accepting the hand offered, “it has been far too long.”

“What is this about the original version of the Star Ruby?” Kline demanded.

“Oh, Father Rainey is quite correct,” Buckland replied to the larger man’s query, “Around the same time that Crowley wrote Reguli he edited the Star Ruby. It makes sense that the elemental directions follow the same scheme.”

starruby“It’s interesting to note that in both versions of the Star Ruby,” Rainey added, “the position of the guardians stays the same.”

“But that would mean,” the young scholar mused, “that they are not elemental.”

“Precisely,” the priest quipped, impressed by the young man’s deduction.

“As always, Father Rainey,” Buckland said, placing a hand on the priest’s shoulder, “you are a fount of wisdom. Come… let us talk. These gentlemen can continue their discourse without further interruption by us. We have some catching up to do.”

The youngest of the three men rose and offered a hand to the priest.

“My thanks to you Father,” he said with a soft boyish voice, “it is rare to be in the company of one so well versed in the esoteric. I am in your debt. You have given me much to think about.”

“I am glad that I could shed some light on your discussion, Mister…?”

“J’Adoube… Andre J’Adoube, Father. And it my pleasure to make your acquaintance.”

“The pleasure is mine,” the priest responded. “God be with you.”

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There are a lot of Easter Eggs to unpack in this excerpt, many that will be revealed later in the text, but I thought I should clarify that there is a corner of 93rd and Blackstone in Chicago, but you’re not likely to find the Star & Garter there, any more than Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum is to be addressed at the actual 177A Bleecker Street.

Or is it?

To be honest, when I wrote the address for the Star & Garter I had no idea these two streets existed within the confines of the Windy City. let alone actually converged.

The 93, as reference to Crowley, was obvious enough, while Blackstone was an allusion to one of my favorite Robert E. Howard stories, The Black Stone.

It was only mush later that google maps showed me that such a place existed, albeit in a far different form from that found in my imagination.

93rd and Blackstone

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

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Cool T-Shirts don’t have to expensive

Posted in Liber et Audax on October 7, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Looking for a cool (but inexpensive) Halloween T-Shirt? We’ve got you covered!

But, if you’re looking for something a little darker or magical, well, we’ve got that covered too.

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Or why not check out our entire line of shirts on Amazon? We’ve also got apparel for Gamers, Historical Martial Artists, Bushcrafters, Yoga Enthusiasts, Guitarists, Theatre Lovers, and much more…

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Mississinewa Reservoir Autumn Camping Weekend

Posted in Horror, Liber et Audax on October 6, 2019 by Occult Detective

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We had a ghoulishly good time meeting up with family for the annual Mississinewa Reservoir Autumn Camping Weekend. Big thanks to my brother and sister in law for inviting us out.

Here’s a quick look:

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Horror Movies A-Z

Posted in Horror, Media Macabre on October 5, 2019 by Occult Detective

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My friend Kelli Owen started this on twitter so I thought I’d play along. Off the top of my head I’m going to list my favorite horror movies from A-Z. I expect some of these will be pretty rough, especially if I’m not going to cheat. So, here it goes:

A is for Angel Heart

B is for Black Sabbath

C is for Cast a Deadly Spell

D is for The Devil Rides Out

E is for The Exorcist

F is for Friday the 13th

G is for Ghost Story

H is for Halloween

I is for In the Mouth of Madness

J is for Jacob’s Ladder

K is for King Kong

L is for Let Me In

M is for The Mephisto Waltz

N is for The Night Stalker

O is for The Omen

P is for Psycho

Q is for Quartermass and the Pit

R is for Rosemary’s Baby

S is for Spectre

T is for The Thing

U is for The Unnameable

V is for Vampire$

W is for The Wicker Man

X is for The X-Files

Y is for You’re Next

Z is for Zombieland

And just for fun, a film that starts with a number for a title? 1408

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

Posted in All Hallows Read, Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 4, 2019 by Occult Detective

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In support of my latest novel, Descendant, I will be embarking on a blog tour that will run from November 18-25. There will be feature reviews, interviews, guest posts, and top ten lists, spread out all across the internet.

If you’d like to have me as a guest, click on the following link to sign up:

Bob Freeman’s Descendant Blog Tour

Available in trade paperback and ebook on October 31, 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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