Casefiles of the Royal Occultist

For today’s look at the Royal Occultist universe, we have a chronological listing of all of the short stories published so far, as well as those that are forthcoming in the near future, and where you can find some of them.


The stories below are listed in a rough chronological order – or as near as I can figure it. While I initially tried to mention the date in every story, I soon gave up on that, save when the date was actually important, i.e. “Scholar’s Fire”. It felt forced, and I decided that keeping that part of things a bit vague wasn’t a bad idea, especially as the number of stories ballooned.

That said, having *some* sort of organisation is probably important in a long-running series like this. Those interested in a far more accurate chronology, especially with regard to the numerous crossovers and Easter Eggs in the stories, are encouraged to check out both volumes of Crossovers Expanded by Wold Newton scholar Sean Lee Levin, available from Meteor House Press.

[1592] “A Tiger’s Heart, A Player’s Hide”– Dr. John Dee, and his assistant, William Sly, investigate a mysterious plague afflicting the playhouses of London.

[1666] “Scholars Fire”– As the Great Fire threatens London, the Duke of Cumberland and his servant, John Cadmus, hunt down an errant alchemist and a fiery salamander.

[1902] “The Disagreeable Bridegroom”– Edwin Drood and his apprentice, Thomas Carnacki, investigate a peculiar haunting, involving the East India Club and an age old debt.

[1913] “Monmouth’s Giants”– Thomas Carnacki makes the acquaintance of one Charles St. Cyprian as they investigate ghostly giants in Guildhall. 

[1914] “Hochmuller’s Hound”– Thomas Carnacki and his assistant, Charles St. Cyprian, battle the monstrous Hound of Mons.

[1916] “The Charnel Hounds”– Thomas Carnacki and his assistant, Charles St. Cyprian, confront an infestation of ghouls in the trenches.

[1918] “Dead Men’s Bones”– Thomas Carnacki and his assistant, Charles St. Cyprian, join forces with American ghost-breaker John Bass to battle a giant made from the corpses of fallen soldiers.

[1919] “The Unwrapping Party”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a linen-shrouded horror out of black aeons at a Soho mummy-unwrapping party.

[1919] “The Dreaming Dead”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face down a trauma-eating entity in Bethnal Green Infirmary.

[1919] “Merry John Mock”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass deal with ghostly swine and malevolent mummers during a Winter Solstice in the Channel Islands.

[1920] “The Maida Vale Mummy”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront some decidedly risible Roman remains in a Maida Vale wine-cellar. 

[1920] “Orbis Tertius”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass attempt to prevent a memetic horror from overtaking the Voyager’s Club, and all of London. 

[1920] “Hairy Hands”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass attempt to capture a murderous phantom throttle on Dartmoor.

[1920] “The Strix Society”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a deadly society of psychic predators in London.

[1920] “An Ounce of Prevention”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass taking on an avian entity of the Pictish persuasion in rural Cornwall.

[1920] “The Creeping Man”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass attend an auction and face the monstrous Creeping Man in London. 

[1920] “The Great Revelry”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a murderer with a mania for the Dionysian Mysteries in the halls of the Voyagers Club.

[1920] “The Door of Eternal Night”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass join forces with Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to defeat a sinister cult and an old enemy in London.

[1920] “The Artist as Wolf”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass locking horns with an artistically inclined lycanthrope in London.

[1920] “Deep Red Bells”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle an antediluvian ghost in Dorset.

[1920] “The Fates of Dr. Fell”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a sinister fortune-teller on a train to Penzance.

[1920] “Krampusnacht”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle the demonic Krampus in London on Christmas Eve.

[1921] “The Faceless Fiend”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass go up against a monstrous killing thought, summoned by a combination of higher mathematics, devilish incense and illicit carpentry, in a Seven Dials garret.

[1921] “The Ironwood Wardrobe”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass join forces with Sherlock Holmes in order to investigate a case involving a missing child and a magical wardrobe.

[1921] “The Second Occupant”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront the vengeful occupant of Lot No. 249 in their back garden to save the life of Abercrombie Smith.

[1921] “Sign of the Salamander”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass deal with murder, foreign agents and a ferocious fire elemental in Egypt.

[1921] “Squatter’s Rights”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass must rescue a friend from the monstrous attentions of an unwelcome tenant in Brichester.

[1921] “The Gotterdammerung Gavotte”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass join forces with five other occult detectives, including John Silence, to confront the horrors of the Great Old Ones.

[1921] “The Teeth of Winter”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt a cannibalistic ogre with the help of fellow occult investigator, Lone Crow, in Northern Alberta.

[1921] “The Bascomb Rug”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt a monstrous killer in Orkney. 

[1921] “Return of the Hound”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass encounter an old foe in a new form in the wilds of Limehouse.

[1922] “Iron Bells”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass investigate horrors in the Underground, and worse things waiting in London.

[1922] “The Hunting of Philip Ackroyd”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle a phantasmal predator in their own sanctum sanctorum.

[1922] “Terror on the Links”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass encounter ghosts, golfers and worse in West Kilbride.

[1922] “The House of Bast”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a surgical horror of monstrous proportions in Wapping.

[1922] “The Coventry Street Terror”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass join forces with a mysterious Styrian nobleman in order to prevent a deadly vampiric plague from taking root in London. 

[1922] “The Cult of the Horrible”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle a cult of monster-worshipping vivisectionists in South Yorkshire.

[1922] “The Bells of Northam”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass team up with Harley Warren and Randolph Carter to prevent the rise of a horror out Roman times.

[1922] “The d’Erlette Configuration”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass must solve a demonic puzzle-box before an unholy unpleasantness is unleashed.

[1922] “The Wedding Seal”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass deal with a Selkie under domestic duress and her fierce kin in the Orkney Islands.

[1922] “Feast of Fools”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face down the sinister Saturn Society on a bothersome Boxing Day.

[1923] “In the Dark and Quiet”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a monstrous not-a-ghost beneath the Bank of England.

[1923] “Wendy-Smythe’s Worm”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a rapacious and ever-expanding serpent of mythical, malevolent proportions in Kensington.

[1923] “The Jagtooth Lane Horror”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass tangle with an angry Viking ghost in the snickleways of York.

[1923] “The Caller in the Night”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass investigate a family curse and a mysterious beast in the Mendips.

[1923] “The Uninvited Guest”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face a decidedly hostile ectoplasmic manifestation at a séance gone wrong. 

[1923] “The Creature from the Abysmal Sea”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass join the London Tunnel Authority in a hunt for a creature from an otherworldly sea, loose in the sewers of London.

[1923] “The Riders of St. George”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass seek to exorcise a host of murderous undead knights in Hertfordshire.

[1923] “The Hungry Stones”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass match wits with a possessed woman and a lupine horror in Derbyshire.

[1923] “The Pnakotic Puzzle”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass match wits with a bevy of devilish intruders, including a time traveller and an amorphous entity.

[1923] “The Necromancer’s Drum”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront the walking dead, a cunning necromancer and a demonic Ankou in darkest Wessex.

[1924] “Deo Viridio”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle a pagan fertility god in Lincolnshire.

[1924] “The Devil of Dog-End”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt down a fearsome ghost in York.

[1924] “The Fane of the Black Queen”– St. Cyprian has gone missing, and Gallowglass must find him before an undead queen unleashes a cosmic horror on London.

[1924] “Owd Hob”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass match wits with a vicious boggart in Suffolk.

[1924] “Hairy Shanks”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face the fangs of a phantasmal bear in the sewers of London.

[1924] “The Black Brotherhood”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a shadowy secret society in Hampstead.

[1924] “The Hound’s Daughter”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass investigate a mystery involving two old foes in the heart of London. 

[1924] “Fiends Fell”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront an aquatic horror in the north of England. 

[1925] “They Shall Eat Dust”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront the spirits of the unhappy dead in a forgotten tube station.

[1925] “The Bride of the Hound”– St. Cyprian must face a cavalcade of horrors at a fancy dress dinner party in Myrdstone.

[1925] “The Roaring Ship”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle zombies and a spectral Zeppelin in Swaffham.

[1925] “The Third Death of Henry Antrim”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt for a vampire during a Christmas party.

[1926] “A Whisper of Soft Wings”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass must solve a series of murders involving an airborne killer of unknown origins.

[1926] “The River’s Brink”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a murderous river spirit on the Tees.

[1926] “The Creeping Crawlers of Clavering”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass investigate a peculiar spectral manifestation at England’s most haunted house – Clavering Grange.

[1926] “The Mere”– St. Cyprian and Gallowglass uncover a deadly threat in a Fenlands cottage.

[1953] “Unquiet in the Earth”– Ebe Gallowglass and her assistants investigate ghostly giants and government conspiracies in a Cornish village.

[1985] “Cheyne Walk, 1985”– A reluctant medium is forced to plumb the secrets of No. 427 Cheyne Walk by the Ministry of Esoteric Observation.


To date, twenty-six of the above stories have been collected in two books – Monmouth’s Giants and Hochmuller’s Hound – both of which are currently available. And if you’d like to check out some of the Royal Occultist stories for free, head over to my Curious Fictions page. For more general updates, be sure to check the Royal Occultist Facebook page.