Occult Detectives

The Vordenburg Papers


Yesterday saw the wrap-up of my five part Royal Occultist serial, “The Coventry Street Terror”. If you haven’t caught up with it, why not do so this weekend?

All five parts are available on Patreon, and absolutely free to read, whether you’re a patron or not. Just click the ‘serial’ tag, and get started!

And if you’ve already read and enjoyed the story, why not take a moment to vote in this quick poll, regarding the possible further adventures of Baron Vordenburg?

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!

Murder by Gaslight

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing has revealed the cover for the forthcoming Gaslight Gothic: Strange Tales of Sherlock Holmes. Edited by Charles Prepolec and J.R. Campbell, Gaslight Gothic includes stories by Stephen Volk, James Lovegrove and others, including myself.  (more…)

Who is the Royal Occultist?


Of all the characters I’ve created, and stories I’ve written over the past decade, I’m perhaps the proudest of the Royal Occultist. I’ve written more stories featuring Charles St. Cyprian and his assistant, Ebe Gallowglass, than I ever intended, and their continued popularity with my readers is both gratifying and humbling. I’ve enjoyed writing every single story, from “Krampusnacht” to “The Faceless Fiend”.

A few years ago, I hit on the idea of expanding the ‘Royal Occultist universe’ with regular write-ups about the setting, including information about reoccurring characters like Philip Wendy-Smythe or villains like the monstrous Hound of Mons, as well as a look at places like the house on Cheyne Walk, and even descriptions of the tools of the trade, like the Monas Glyph or Gallowglass’ ever-present Webley-Fosbery revolver. But I’ve never really managed to get it going – until now.

I’ve decided to make the ‘Royal Occultist universe’ a regular feature on this site – hopefully once a week, but at least a few times a month. Check the Royal Occultist Facebook page for updates. You can also click the ‘royal occultist’ tag, to see everything on this site.

Starting things off this week is a look at the main characters of the series – Charles St. Cyprian and Ebe Gallowglass… (more…)

The Sforza Curse

I’ve posted a new Royal Occultist short story over on my Patreon site. “The Creeping Man” finds St. Cyprian and Gallowglass attempting to contain the titular menace before he claims what he’s come for. While the story was originally the opening chapter for the third Royal Occultist novel, The Infernal Express, that book is sadly out of print. As this tale easily stands alone, I figured I might as well pop it up for folks to enjoy.

To that end, I’ve made the story free to read.  If you enjoy it, be sure to check out the other Royal Occultist stories available on Patreon, and maybe hit ‘Like’ on the Royal Occultist Facebook page!


It’s Here!


The newest issue of Occult Detective Quarterly is here, and it includes “The Bascomb Rug”, a brand new Royal Occultist story that’s part locked room murder mystery, part monster mash.

While it’s only available in print at the moment, it will be available to download shortly. You can grab your copy from Amazon.com and its various affiliates. And if you haven’t yet checked out the previous three issues, I encourage you to do so.