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.

Vampire Weekend

It’s almost Halloween, and, to celebrate, I’ll be running a free, five-part serial over at The Royal Occultist site. “The Coventry Street Terror” finds St. Cyprian and Gallowglass joining forces with a mysterious Styrian nobleman to combat an undead monstrosity terrorising London. Part One, ‘A Curious Ailment’, went live yesterday, and Part Two, ‘Rooftop Deviltry’, will appear later today. Visit the Royal Occultist Facebook page to keep up-to-date on the serial, as well as all the other Royal Occultist-related news.

“The Coventry Street Terror” is something of a love letter to the great technicolor horror films produced by Hammer Studios in the Sixties and Seventies – films such as The Vampire Lovers (1970), Vampire Circus (1972) and, of course, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974). Too, the influence of Christopher Lee’s depiction of Dracula will likely be obvious to readers. There’s also a bit of inspiration taken from AIP’s The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), which is a film that, if I’m being completely honest, has a touch more influence on my writing than it should.

And, if you’re in the mood for more Halloween treats, why not download the free Royal Occultist Halloween Special, featuring three free short stories, including “The Creature from the Abysmal Sea”, my homage to The Creature of the Black Lagoon. Go check it out.