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. Continue reading “When, Where, What, Who”

Merry Krampus Eve

It’s the eve before Christmas Eve and nowhere close to Krampusnacht (which is December 5th, if you were wondering), and while no one with any sense is reading this, I decided to pretend as if you were. To that end, and to say thanks for sticking with me through 2015, I’ve decided to offer up a free story for your edu-tainment. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Plus, it’s one of my favorites. I tend to dig it out every year, in one fashion or another.

“Krampusnacht” first appeared as a free Christmas giveaway in 2010, and was the first Royal Occultist story to see public release. As introductions to characters go, I think it was a pretty good one. It was later reprinted in the Miskatonic River Press anthology, Horror for the Holidays–which is still available, by the way–and then again in The Royal Occultist Primer and The Royal Occultist: Haunted Holidays, both of which are available to download for free.

Which means that if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve already read “Krampusnacht”. But if not, well, here you go. The art, by the way, is from the marvelous MD Jackson.

Download the PDF, pour yourself some eggnog and hit ‘play’ on this thematically appropriate song, by songstress SJ Tucker, that I found.

A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests

A murder has been committed. A fortune has gone missing, a map has mysteriously appeared and something is frightening the children at night. All is in confusion and the only thing for certain is that a detective is needed, but the first one got a glimpse of what the children are afraid of and left without so much as a word.

There are times when it becomes clear that a different sort of detective is needed; one who understands or at least accepts that threats are not always human or even physical and that solving the case will take more than a sharp eye.

This is the domain of the Occult Detective. Continue reading “A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests”

Learning Curve

So, a few days ago, I made my first homegrown ebook, The Royal Occultist: Haunted Holidays, available for purchase on the Royal Occultist site. Two dollars buys you a collection of five stories–four reprints and one all new story–in .MOBI, .EPUB, and PDF formats. Pretty good deal, I thought. Other people did as well, because I’ve sold like a dozen copies since I first made the collection available. So far, so good.  Continue reading “Learning Curve”