A story of mine will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Occult Detective Quarterly. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the story features an Occult Detective (one Simon Wake). My piece will probably be in issue 3 or 4.
Occult Detective Quarterly #1 is lots of fun. I recommend it highly to the discerning reader. Go here to get your own copy.
The Occult Detective Genre
If you’ve never heard of the exciting genre or cross-genre that is the world of the Occult Detective (or even if you have), Tim Prasil (who is, by the way, one of the writers to be found in Occult Detective Quarterly #1) has an excellent chronological history of the Occult Detective genre on his website. Prasil is both an Occult Detective scholar and an author of Occult Detective Fiction, namely Help for the Haunted, which is a collection of short stories featuring the enigmatic Vera Van Slyke.
An Artificial Artifact Discovered
As some of you know, I make Artificial Artifacts — that is, fake historical documents and ephemera, designed to tell or suggest a story. This site is full of examples of my own attempts at such storytelling (click on the Artificial Artifacts tab above to view them), but I am especially proud of these. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
Yew Alley (Based on Batty Langley’s New Principles of Gardening, 1728)
Remnant of a Recondite Record (A Chapbook, strangely corrupted by time)
Possession, Poltergeists, and the Servant Problem (A Glossary)
The Kraken (A Captain’s Log)
Guess I Shall Goe Feed Upon Worms (Actually, Hamlet: A Foreword is better, but not as an Artificial Artifact, so… read both?)
I was very excited to see that John Linwood Grant, one of the editors of Occult Detective Quarterly, appears to go in for Artificial Artifacts as well, in the form of Parish Newsletters from St Botolph-in-the-Wold. These newsletters are full of sinister suggestions and hints, and I heartily recommend them.