Total Excitement! The long-awaited (by me, and by all those who like a really fine occult detective-type story) Occult Detective Magazine #6 is finally available for purchase! It includes, among other fine works, my story “The Rending Veil,” starring Simon Wake and his two hapless friends Pendleton and Anderson. “The Rending Veil” is possibly the most fun of all the stories I’ve ever written, and I can’t wait to see it in print! I hope, dear reader, that you will feel similarly, and that you will hasten to Amazon to purchase it. You can do that by clicking right here. I heartily recommend buying this magazine, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! I really think you’ll be pleased.
Um. Also? For those of you who don’t know (and I admit that I’ve used this picture a lot on this blog), the picture of Simon Wake included in this article is me, in drag. I think I did a really good job there.
On a more sombre note:
This publication has been through a lot this year, with the loss of Sam Gafford, one of the magazine’s founders. In fact, Occult Detective Quarterly is now, in the wake of this tragedy, being re-born as Occult Detective Magazine. So, in a way, this is issue 6; in another way, this is both a new beginning and a memorial. It is, in fact, an attempt to continue something worth continuing. Where else can you read stories in the great tradition of Carnacki and Flaxman Low and John Silence? And, on a personal note, where else could my own Simon Wake have appeared and found such a congenial home?
I won’t attempt myself to describe the hole Sam Gafford’s death has left in the world. I never got to meet him (I feel that I have definitely missed out there). However, others have tackled the subject, including Occult Detective Magazine luminary John Linwood Grant. You can read what he has to say about Sam Gafford here. All I will say is that I am honoured to appear in the magazine that Sam Gafford helped to create. It is a fascinating and quirky publication, and I can’t wait to receive my copy in the mail.