Who’s afraid of the dark?

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on November 5, 2019 by Occult Detective

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When I’m out traipsing through dark cemeteries in the black of the night, I won’t be caught dead without a Bordermen Games Apparel Tee for protection.

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Constantine’s Back… Finally.

Posted in Archive, Occult Detectives on November 4, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Well, I’ve been busy, so I’ve just now got round to sinking my teeth into Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer and bloody hell but it was good. He’ll be popping up in the next Books of Magic and his new ongoing on the 27th. The day before Thanksgiving here in the ol’ US of A.

Finally…something to be thankful for.

That is IF (big if) they can bloody well manage to keep going what they’ve got going, which is a nice return to form.

This was, plain and simple, the best Constantine comic since the original series folded with issue 300 back in, what, 2013? It seems like they’re wiping the slate and setting things back to its proper place in the (super)natural order of things.

Gods, bless you, you sorry bastard. You’ve been missed.

Occult Detective Landon Connors reading Descendant?

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on November 1, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Well, how about that? Dr. Connors seems to be enjoying his copy of Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum. I happen to think you would too. It’s available now in trade paperback and kindle on Amazon and Amazon UK.

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I’m doing a blog tour in November and would love to stop by your place for a chat. There’s still time to get me lined up for a visit. Sign up HERE if you’re interested.

Paint it Black: An Occult Detective RPG Casefile / Chapter One

Posted in Archive on October 31, 2019 by Occult Detective

Our playtest has begun…

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Chapter One: Blood and Thunder

Our story began with a press release, sent out across the internet, to be found in the inboxes and social media localities frequented by the protagonists of our tale.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Arthur Godson — The Painter of Light
to Exhibit His Art at Caliburn House

WABASH, INDIANA – October 1, 2019, / – Award-winning artist Arthur Godson’s Fantasy Realism series “Gates of Heaven” will be the subject of an art exhibition at Caliburn House in Wabash, Indiana. Arthur Godson is an international artist who is known for his dynamic and colorful oil paintings depicting his unique visions of the Afterlife and the Heavenly Realm. Caliburn House, home of noted philanthropist Dr. Landon Connors, selected Mr. Godson’s consecution to be the first in a series of exhibits to be held in the waning months of the year.

Caliburn House Representative Alethea Hill said, “We are…

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Now Available — Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum

Posted in All Hallows Read, Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 31, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Available now in trade paperback and kindle on Amazon and Amazon UK, Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum is my love letter to the occult detective genre. I think it’s pretty good… 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

“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

Descendant will be released tomorrow

Posted in All Hallows Read, Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 30, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Tomorrow’s a double your pleasure kind of day: Hallowe’en reaches its zenith and Descendant reenters the world.

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I’m extremely proud of Descendant. I think you’ll more than like it. If occult detectives or horror or even just a good mystery yarn is your thing, then this one’s for you. It twists and turns in all the right places…

You’ll be able to find it on Amazon tomorrow. Don’t worry. I’ll point you to it.

“…there do I see the line of my people…”

Posted in Liber et Audax, Magick by Trial & Error on October 29, 2019 by Occult Detective

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Dangerously close to Hallowe’en and Seventh Star’s release of the audiobook of First Born and trade paperback of Descendant. Thursday’s going to be something else…

I plan to spend the day promoting the releases, then, in the quiet of the evening, as the season’s first flurries fall, spending some time in the small woodland shack my son and I built.

Behind the commercial trappings, Hallowe’en is first and foremost a time to honor those we have lost, who crossed over from this world to the next. Once of the curses of growing older is the lengthening list of loved ones who are no longer with us.

Since 2003 we have said goodbye to Kim’s mother, father, and grandmother; my father and grandfather, my friends Brent and John. My friends and colleagues are losing their parents and significant others. Respected peers are falling to the scythe. I have attended more funerals in the past 16 years than in the previous 37 years combined.

This is the part of growing older that is hardest to bear.

As a man of faith, I know that death is not the end for us. As a paranormal investigator, I have communed with spirits that have not crossed over. I know that the part of us that matters — our souls — are eternal.

In Risala, Ibn Fadlan recounted the following prayer, which was reproduced faithfully in the film, the 13th Warrior:

Lo there do I see my father; Lo there do I see my mother, my sisters and my brothers; Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call me, they bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever.

Our ancestors are all there on the other side of the veil, waiting for us to join them in the hereafter. At Hallowe’en, we relish in the horror of death, in cheap scares, and spooky stories, and believe me, I am a fan of all of the trappings of the holiday, but there is always a place of reverence for our family, friends, and heroes that no longer share this physical plane…

So, remember to take a moment to acknowledge those who await us. Raise a toast in their honor. They are as close to us now, in this witching season, as they can possibly be, until we join them on the other side…

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