The Amateur’s Amateur

Today's look at the world of the Royal Occultist centres on one of Charles St. Cyprian's better-known associates, the amateur occultist, Philip Wendy-Smythe. Philip Wendy-Smythe is the last of a once-proud line. Avowed orientalist and amateur occultist, he has amassed a substantial collection of mostly fake, but occasionally extremely dangerous artefacts, grimoires and statuary. Over … Continue reading The Amateur’s Amateur

The Westenra Fund

A body drained of blood is found on Hampstead Heath. Three nights later, a white face is seen pressed against a window in Highgate. In Hampstead tube station, something titters in the shadows of the platform. In Surrey, a phone rings. The agents of the Westenra Fund are on the case… The origins of the organization … Continue reading The Westenra Fund

Manly and Me

It's Manly Wade Wellman's birthday, and I want to talk about him. Have you ever read Manly Wade Wellman? You'd remember if you had. His stories ran the gamut from science-fiction to horror, and the latter were, as the man said, a bit Johnny Cash meets the Cthulhu Mythos. He wrote about Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger fighting the Martians and … Continue reading Manly and Me

Dig the Dead

“The church of St. Mawgan, in Kerrier, was formerly at Carminowe, at the end of the parish. It was removed thence to its present site on account of the ghoulish propensities of the giants, who used to dig up the dead from their graves. The in-habitants tried in vain to destroy them by making deep … Continue reading Dig the Dead

Men From the Ministry

Today's entry in the Royal Occultist Compendium delves into the bureaucratic wrangling of  the Ministry of Esoteric Observation and Containment. The Ministry of Esoteric Observation and Containment was formed in 1907, following the disappearance of Edwin Drood, the then Royal Occultist. Drood, a firm believer in the rational sciences and the observation, classification and regulation … Continue reading Men From the Ministry