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.

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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, some good, some bad; 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 who, accompanied by his apprentice Ebe Gallowglass, defends the British Empire against threats occult, otherworldly, infernal and divine even as the wider world lurches once more on the path to war…

[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.

[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. 

[1914] ”Hochmuller’s Hound”Blood Trails, Emby Press, 2014; Thomas Carnacki and his assistant, Charles St. Cyprian battle the monstrous Hound of Mons.

[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.

[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 eons at a Soho mummy-unwrapping party.

[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.

[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.

[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. 

[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?

[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.

[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…

[1920] “The Strix Society”The Occult Detectives, Airship 27, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass confront a deadly society of psychic predators in London.

[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.

[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

[1920] “The Door of Eternal Night”The Science of Detection, 18th Wall Productions, TBA; 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.

[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.

[1920] “Deep Red Bells”Sharkpunk, Snow Books, 2015; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle an antediluvian ghost in Dorset.

[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.

[1920] ”Krampusnacht”Horror for the Holidays, Miskatonic River Press, 2011;  St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle the demonic Krampus in London on Christmas Eve.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[1924] “Deo Viridio”, The Royal Occultist Primer, 2014; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass battle a pagan fertility god in Lincolnshire.

[1924] “The Devil of Dog-End”, Royal Occultist: The Case-Files, 2013; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass hunt down a fearsome ghost in York.

[1924] ”Owd Hob”Monster Corral, February, 2013; St. Cyprian and Gallowglass match wits with a vicious boggart in Suffolk.

[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.

[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.

Most of these stories are still available in one form or another, though a few are now out of print. Others are available for free, in their entirety, either online, as downloads or in serialised form.

Too, there will be a few additions to the chronology later this year, including “Squatter’s Rights”, in which St. Cyprian and Gallowglass face the wrath of the Great Old One, Gla’aki, and “The Hound’s Daughter”, a follow up to the stories “Hochmuller’s Hound” and “Return of the Hound”.

And if you haven’t picked up a copy of the newest novel in the Adventures of the Royal Occultist, The Infernal Express, why not do so today? If you’ve already read and enjoyed it, feel free to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

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