It’s that time of year, when the spirits of the dead wander freely and stories are told around blazing fires. When the world is at its darkest, on the verge of a new dawn.
By which I mean it’s Christmas.
And since it’s the holidays, I’ve posted my most oft-requested Royal Occultist tale, “Krampusnacht”, to Patreon as a free read. While Krampusnacht is technically on December 5th, I figure you’ll forgive a bit of poetic license.
“Krampusnacht” was the first Royal Occultist story ever written, and was initially a free holiday give-away on my old, now-defunct blog back in 2010. It has since been reprinted several times. I like to think I anticipated the whole Krampus zeitgeist thing we have going on these days, as it seems the big bugger is everywhere you look now.
This is still one of my favourite stories, and the first of several Christmas-themed Royal Occultist tales I’ve written. The others, in order of publication, are:
“Merry John Mock”, Pulpwork Press Christmas Special, Pulpwork Press, 2011; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass deal with ghostly swine and malevolent mummers during a Winter Solstice in the Channel Islands.
“Feast of Fools”, Pulpwork Press Christmas Special, Pulpwork Press, 2012; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face down the sinister Saturn Society on a bothersome Boxing Day.
“The Third Death of Henry Antrim”, Pulpwork Press Christmas Special, Pulpwork Press, 2013; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt for a vampire during a Christmas party.
“The Teeth of Winter”, Pulpwork Press Christmas Special, Pulpwork Press, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt a cannibalistic ogre, with the help of fellow occult investigator, Lone Crow, in Northern Alberta.
I encourage you to check them out, if you’re interested in some monstrously fun holiday reading. They’re all available for Kindle, and cheap.
In the meantime, please enjoy “Krampusnacht”. And happy holidays!
For more on the adventures of St. Cyprian and Gallowglass, as well as past and future holders of the office, take a look at the Royal Occultist chronology on this site, as well as a number of free short stories, available only on Patreon. And be sure to ‘Like’ the Royal Occultist Facebook page, in order to keep up with all the latest news and info on the series!