Hairy Hands

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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Daughter of Pnath

A month back, I conducted an informal poll on social media, looking to see what sort of short story patrons of my Patreon were interested in. Sword and sorcery won handily, so, I decided to use the opportunity to revisit one of my favourite characters – Amina Algol.

Amina is a Lovecraftian Mowgli of sorts, albeit one raised by ghouls, rather than wolves. Alongside her monstrous siblings, Arif and Bera, she wanders the strange kingdoms of Earth’s Dreamlands, upholding the laws of the charnel-god, Mordiggian. Amina and co. have appeared in several of my stories, and there’s at least one more forthcoming this year. But for the moment, patrons can enjoy their newest adventure, “The Orphan of Bones”, in which Amina and her kin pursue a cagey pair of tomb robbers across the deserts of Khem, for the low price of a dollar.

If you do enjoy it, be sure to check out the other stories on my Patreon page – including a number which are free to read – and perhaps leave a comment, hit the ‘Like’ button, or even consider becoming a patron.

Stone Ghosts

Today, I’m turning this space over to my pal, William Meikle, so he can talk a bit about ghost stories, Nigel Kneale, and his newest collection, The Ghost Club. And this is just the latest stop on Willie’s ghostly tour, so be sure to to stop by the Ghost Club launch tour/online party on Facebook. But for the moment, settle back and enjoy a tale of stones, ghosts and Christmas… (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.

When, Where, What, Who

Over the past five (nearly six) years, I’ve written a plenitude of stories featuring the characters of Charles St. Cyprian, the Royal Occultist, and his assistant, Ebe Gallowglass. So many, in fact, that two years ago I had to assemble a story chronology, for my benefit, if no one else’s. And since I’m busy this week and it’s unlikely that you’ll be getting any substantive posts, here’s said chronology, with accompanying art by MD Jackson. (more…)