Royal Occultist

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!

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It’s Here!

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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.

Like A Tiger at His Heels

It’s December, and the last of this year’s batch of stories is now up at my Patreon. “The Second Occupant” is a Royal Occultist tale, which finds St. Cyprian and Gallowglass going up against one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most infamous horrors. I’ve included a brief extract below, if you’re interested.  (more…)

Shadow of the Ghost Finder

In  the spirit of the season, here’s a sneak-peek at a thing the redoubtable John Linwood Grant and I have been discussing, of late. Something may come of it, or it may simply be a shadow of what might have been. Either way, enjoy John’s take on what might be… (more…)

Tigers and Devils

I’m behind on my Patreon announcements. There are two new stories available – one for patrons and one that’s free to read. The former, “The Tiger, At Large”, features Baxter Sarlowe, a character I haven’t written about in some time, and his investigation of a haunted painting by Rousseau.

The second story, “The Devil of Dog-End”, has appeared before, albeit in audio form. This is it’s first time in print, and as such, I’ve made it free to read.

Too, in order to celebrate the season, I’ve decided to post a free Royal Occultist story a week, until Halloween. Starting with “The d’Erlette Configuration”, the stories have appeared before in one form or another, but it’s become something of a tradition to offer a up a bit of a treat for readers. Each of these stories was inspired, in part, by a favourite horror film of mine, from Fiend Without a Face (1958) to Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972). So be sure to check back each week for a new (old) story. And if you feel like checking out some of the patron-only stories, I encourage you to do so.