Today I’ve got a special treat for fans of the Royal Occultist – a look at the top-notch cover for Monmouth’s Giants, the first volume of the Casefiles of the Royal Occultist. The book collects several previously published stories, as well as a brand new tale. It will be out soon from the kind folks at 18thWall Productions, publishers of Cryptid Clash. The fantastic art-deco cover is by Johannes (Cryptid Clash, The Chromatic Court).
The collection includes eleven previously published stories, as well as an all-new novelette, “Fane of the Black Queen”. The book also includes author’s notes on each story, and the table of contents is arranged chronologically, rather than by publication order. The table of contents is below:
- “Monmouth’s Giants”
- “The Charnel Hounds”
- “The Unwrapping Party”
- “The Artist as Wolf”
- “The Door of Eternal Night”
- “The Faceless Fiend”
- “Iron Bells”
- “The Wedding Seal”
- “Wendy-Smythe’s Worm”
- “Deo Viridio”
- “Fane of the Black Queen”
The keen-eyed among you might notice that this volume contains the stories featuring the monstrous Nephren-Ka – “The Unwrapping Party”, and “The Door of Eternal Night”. This is because the saga of the Black Pharaoh is wrapped up (get it?) in “Fane of the Black Queen”. This novelette also pulls double-duty as the first solo Gallowglass tale.
Needless to say, I’m very excited about this. At the moment, a further three volumes are planned, collecting every published Royal Occultist story to date. Each volume will include author’s notes and an all-new novelette or novella.
The book will be out soon, so watch this space for more news as it develops!
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!