THE ROYAL OCCULTIST

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The Royal Occultist is the man – or woman – who stands between the British Empire and its occult enemies, be they foreign, domestic, human, demonic or some form of worm of unusual size. If there are satyrs running amok in Somerset or werewolves in Wolverhampton, the Royal Occultist will be there to see them off.

Formed during the reign of Elizabeth I, the post of the Royal Occultist, or ‘the Queen’s Conjurer’ as it was known, was created for and first held by the diligent amateur, Dr. John Dee, in recognition for an unrecorded  service to the Crown. The title has passed through a succession of hands since. The list is a long one, weaving in and out of the margins of British history and including such luminaries as the 1st Earl of Holderness and Thomas Carnacki.

Now, in the wake of the Great War, the title and offices have fallen to Charles St. Cyprian. Accompanied by his apprentice Ebe Gallowglass, he defends the British Empire against threats occult, otherworldly, infernal and divine even as the wider world lurches once more on the path to war.

St. Cyprian and Gallowglass made their first appearance in 2010 in the short story, “Krampusnacht”. They have since appeared in more than fifty short stories, in a variety of anthologies and magazines. Many are also available on Patreon. For a full list of all available and forthcoming Royal Occultist adventures, check out the Royal Occultist Chronology below.

You can keep track of the latest Royal Occultist news via the series’ Facebook page.


  1. [1592] “A Tiger’s Heart, A Player’s Hide”Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu, Snow Books, 2016; The first Royal Occultist, Dr. John Dee, and his assistant, William Sly, investigate a mysterious plague afflicting the playhouses of London.
  2. [1902] “The Disagreeable Bridegroom”Their Coats All Red, 18thWall Productions, TBA; Edwin Drood and his apprentice, Thomas Carnacki, investigate a peculiar haunting, involving the East India Club and a debt generations in the making.
  3. [1908] “The Delphic Bee”Carnacki: The Lost Cases, Ulthar Press, 2016; Thomas Carnacki investigates an apiarian haunting in Lewes. 
  4. [1913] “Monmouth’s Giants”Carnacki: The New Adventures, Ulthar Press, 2013; Thomas Carnacki makes the acquaintance of one Charles St. Cyprian as they investigate ghostly giants in Guildhall. 
  5. [1914] “Hochmuller’s Hound”Blood Trails, Emby Press, 2014; Thomas Carnacki and his assistant, Charles St. Cyprian battle the monstrous Hound of Mons.
  6. [1916] “The Charnel Hounds”, Patreon Backer Story #5, 2017; Thomas Carnacki and his assistant, Charles St. Cyprian confront an infestation of ghouls in the trenches.
  7. [1918] “Dead Men’s Bones”Kaiju Rising, Ragnarok Publications, 2014; Thomas Carnacki and his assistant, Charles St. Cyprian join forces with an American ghost-breaker to battle a giant made from the corpses of fallen soldiers.
  8. [1919] ”The Unwrapping Party”Pro Se Presents, issue 13, Pro Se Press, 2012; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a linen-shrouded horror out of black aeons at a Soho mummy-unwrapping party.
  9. [1919] ”The Dreaming Dead”Horror for the Holidays, Miskatonic River Press, 2011; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face down a trauma-eating entity in Bethnal Green Infirmary.
  10. [1919] ”Merry John Mock”Pulpwork Press Christmas Special, Pulpwork Press, 2011; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass deal with ghostly swine and malevolent mummers during a Winter Solstice in the Channel Islands.
  11. [1920] ”The Maida Vale Mummy”Bento Box, issue 11, Artifice Comics, 2013; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront some decidedly risible Roman remains in a Maida Vale wine-cellar. 
  12. [1920] THE WHITECHAPEL DEMON, Emby Press, 2013; In the wake of a séance gone wrong, a monstrous killer is summoned from the depths of nightmare by a deadly murder-cult. It’s up to St. Cyprian and Gallowglass to stop the bloodthirsty horror before another notch is added to its gory tally, but will they become the next victims of the horror disguised as London’s most famous killer?
  13. [1920] “Orbis Tertius”Occult Detective Quarterly, issue 1, Electric Pentacle Press, 2017; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass attempt to prevent a memetic horror from overtaking the Voyager’s Club, and all of London. 
  14. [1920] “Hairy Hands”Bento Box, issue 15, Artifice Comics, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass attempt to capture a murderous phantom (or is it a pair of phantoms?) on Dartmoor.
  15. [1920] THE JADE SUIT OF DEATH, Emby Press, 2014; Evil prowls the docks of Limehouse and a priceless artifact is stolen. St. Cyprian is contacted by an old acquaintance to find it, but what he and Gallowglass discover is far more than anyone bargained for, when a thousands-year-old spirit is released to unleash a plague that will feast upon humanity…
  16. [1920] “The Strix Society”The Occult Detectives, Airship 27, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a deadly society of psychic predators in London.
  17. [1920] “An Ounce of Prevention”A Cat of Nine Tales, Rookhaven Publishing, 2012; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass taking on an avian entity of the Pictish persuasion in rural Cornwall.
  18. [1920] “The Creeping Man”, Patreon, 2018; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass attend an auction and face the monstrous Creeping Man in London. 
  19. [1920] THE INFERNAL EXPRESS, Emby Press, 2016; Charged with the safe-keeping of the remains of Dracula, St. Cyprian and Gallowglass depart London and race across Europe in death-defying mission to pass the remains over to those that can hopefully keep and guard them
  20. [1920] “The Great Revelry”, Pulpwork Press Summer Special, Pulpwork Press, 2018; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a murderer with a mania for the Dionysian Mysteries in the halls of the Voyagers Club.
  21. [1920] “The Door of Eternal Night”The Science of Detection, 18th Wall Productions, 2016; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass join forces with Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to defeat a sinister cult and an old enemy in London.
  22. [1920] ”The Artist as Wolf”Leather, Denim & Silver, Pill Hill Press, 2011; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass locking horns with an artistically inclined lycanthrope in London.
  23. [1920] “Deep Red Bells”Sharkpunk, Snow Books, 2015; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle an antediluvian ghost in Dorset.
  24. [1920] “The Fates of Dr. Fell”Spawn of the Ripper, April Moon Books, 2016; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a sinister fortune-teller on a train to Penzance.
  25. [1920] ”Krampusnacht”Horror for the Holidays, Miskatonic River Press, 2011;  St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle the demonic Krampus in London on Christmas Eve.
  26. [1921] “The Faceless Fiend”, Free Halloween Story, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass go up against a monstrous killing thought, summoned by a combination of higher mathematics, devilish incense and illicit carpentry, in a Seven Dials garret.
  27. [1921] “The Second Occupant”, Patreon Backer Story, 2017; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront the vengeful occupant of Lot No. 249 in their back garden to save the life of Abercrombie Smith.
  28. [1921] ”Sign of the Salamander”Fantasy & Fear, Pro Se Press, issue 3, 2011; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass deal with murder, foreign agents and a ferocious fire elemental in Egypt.
  29. [1921] “Squatter’s Rights”Children of Gla’aki, Dark Regions Press, 2016; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass must rescue a friend from the monstrous attentions of an unwelcome tenant in Brichester.
  30. [1921] ”The Gotterdammerung Gavotte”Lovecraft eZine, issue 18, 2012; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass join forces with five other occult detectives–including Algernon Blackwood’s John Silence–to confront the horrors of the Great Old Ones.
  31. [1921] “The Teeth of Winter”Pulpwork Press Christmas Special, Pulpwork Press, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt a cannibalistic ogre, with the help of fellow occult investigator, Lone Crow, in Northern Alberta.
  32. [1921] “The Bascomb Rug”Occult Detective Quarterly, issue 4, Electric Pentacle Press, 2018; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt a monstrous killer in Orkney. 
  33. [1921] “Return of the Hound”Pulpwork Press Christmas Special, Pulpwork Press, 2015; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass encounter an old foe in a new form in the wilds of Limehouse.
  34. [1922] ”Iron Bells”The Trigger Reflex, Pill Hill Press, 2011; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass investigate horrors in the Underground, and worse things waiting in London.
  35. [1922] ”The Hunting of Philip Ackroyd”Mark of the Beast, Chaosium, 2015; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle a phantasmal predator in their own sanctum sanctorum.
  36. [1922] “Terror on the Links”Occult Detective Quarterly, issue 2, Electric Pentacle Press, 2017; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass encounter ghosts, golfers and worse in West Kilbride.
  37. [1922] “The Coventry Street Terror”, Free Halloween Serial, 2016; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass join forces with a mysterious Styrian nobleman in order to prevent a deadly vampiric plague from taking root in London. 
  38. [1922] “The Cult of the Horrible”, Patreon Backer Story #3, 2017; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle a cult of monster-worshipping vivisectionists in South Yorkshire.
  39. [1922] “The Bells of Northam”Lovecraft eZine, issue 27, 2013; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass team up with Harley Warren and Randolph Carter to prevent the rise of a horror out Roman times.
  40. [1922] “The d’Erlette Configuration”The Royal Occultist Primer, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass must solve a demonic puzzle-box before an unholy unpleasantness is unleashed.
  41. [1922] ”The Wedding Seal”Beast Within 3, Graveside Tales, 2012; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass deal with a selkie under domestic duress and her fierce kin in the Orkney Islands.
  42. [1922] ”Feast of Fools”Pulpwork Press Christmas Special, Pulpwork Press, 2012; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face down the sinister Saturn Society on a bothersome Boxing Day.
  43. [1923] ”In the Dark and Quiet”Use Enough Gun, Emby Press, 2013; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a monstrous not-a-ghost beneath the Bank of England.
  44. [1923] “Wendy-Smythe’s Worm”The Royal Occultist Primer, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a rapacious and ever-expanding serpent of mythical, malevolent proportions in Kensington.
  45. [1923] ”The Jagtooth Lane Horror”Pro Se Presents, issue 5, Pro Se Press, 2011; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass tangle with an angry Viking ghost in the snickleways of York.
  46. [1923] “The Uninvited Guest”Speakeasies & Spiritualists, 18thWall Productions, 2017; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face a decidedly hostile ectoplasmic manifestation at a seance gone wrong. 
  47. [1923] “The Creature from the Abysmal Sea”, Free Halloween Story, 2015; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass join the London Tunnel Authority in a hunt for a creature from an otherworldly sea, loose in the sewers of London.
  48. [1923] “The Riders of St. George”The Royal Occultist: Haunted Holidays, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass seek to exorcise a host of murderous undead knights in Hertfordshire.
  49. [1923] “The Hungry Stones”Luna’s Children, Dark Oak Press, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass match wits with a possessed woman and a lupine horror in Derbyshire.
  50. [1923] ”The Pnakotic Puzzle”Lovecraft eZine, issue 33, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass match wits with a bevy of devilish intruders, including a time traveler and an amorphous entity.
  51. [1923] “The Necromancer’s Drum”Legends of New Pulp Fiction, Airship 27. 2015; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront the walking dead, a cunning necromancer and a demonic Ankou in darkest Wessex.
  52. [1924] “Deo Viridio”The Royal Occultist Primer, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle a pagan fertility god in Lincolnshire.
  53. [1924] “The Devil of Dog-End”Royal Occultist: The Case-Files, 2013; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt down a fearsome ghost in York.
  54. [1924] “The Fane of the Black Queen”, Monmouth’s Giants: Case-files of the Royal Occultist Vol. 1, 18thWall Productions, TBA; St. Cyprian has gone missing, and Gallowglass must find him before an undead queen unleashes a cosmic horror on London.
  55. [1924] ”Owd Hob”Monster Corral, February, 2013; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass match wits with a vicious boggart in Suffolk.
  56. [1924] “The Thunder, His Passing”Sharkpunk 2, Snow Books, TBA; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass journey to Fiji in order to save an unlucky plantation owner from the wrath of an ancient island deity. 
  57. [1924] “Hairy Shanks”Single Shot: Weird Heroes, Pro Se Press, 2015; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face the fangs of a phantasmal bear in the sewers of London.
  58. [1924] “The Black Brotherhood”Single Shot: Weird Heroes, Pro Se Press, 2017; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a shadowy secret society in Hampstead.
  59. [1924] “The Hound’s Daughter”Pulpwork Press Halloween Special, Pulpwork Press, 2016; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass investigate a mystery involving two old foes in the heart of London. 
  60. [1925] “The Roaring Ship”, Patreon, 2017; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle zombies and a spectral Zeppelin in Swaffham.
  61. [1925] “The Bride of the Hound”, Pulpwork Press Halloween Special, Pulpwork Press, 2017; St. Cyprian must face a cavalcade of horrors at a fancy dress dinner party, in Myrdstone.
  62. [1925] “The Third Death of Henry Antrim”Pulpwork Press Christmas Special, Pulpwork Press, 2013; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt for a vampire during a Christmas party.
  63. [1953] “Unquiet in the Earth”, Sockhops & Seances, 18thWall Productions, TBA; Ebe Gallowglass and her assistants investigate ghostly giants and government conspiracies in a Cornish village.