The Devouring Hieroglyphs of Michael Griffin

Today, dear listener, we’re pleased to have a fascinating interview with author Michael Griffin. We probe the roots of his writing, stagger across troubled psychogeography, cross-question him on his latest release, Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, and more. In the process he neither confirms nor denies that his entire image of womanhood is based on a Triune interpretation of Irish goddesses. Nor does he mend our oven door (the handle’s come off again). But he does talk about imagery, inspiration and interpretation, which is a Good Thing. Oh, and he sets us straight on trout…


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Do you hear the past speaking to you? Today we feature notable Victorian-born authors of horror, ghost stories, detective fiction and fantasy, in rare audio appearances. We looked for genuine recordings where, if possible, they spoke about writing or writers. Our selection of Victorian Voices runs from G K Chesterton to J R R Tolkien, with rather different guests at both the start and the end.

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St Botolph’s – A Study in Folk Madness

Today, dear listener, we bow to both popular and unpopular demand, and offer you a brief excursion to the parish of St Botolph-in-the-Wolds, in darkest Yorkshire. A location of which H P Lovecraft once said:

“I shall no doubt have to tone this benighted place down if I want to base my modest tales upon it. It contains such peculiar horrors that no editor is likely to respond with any kindness.” (Note to his milkman, 15th July 1923)


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A brief interlude from our usual weirdness to bring folk up to speed. We’re looking forward to the second outing of Occult Detective Quarterly, and here’s some official news.

We’ve had terrific reviews for Issue One, and a whole raft of new submissions for the next few issues. In fact, we’ve had more stories than we can possibly print, so there is fierce competition for space. Sam Gafford, the old reprobate John Linwood Grant and Dave Brzeski have been reading around the clock, assisted by our professional readers. And they’re getting there.

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The magazine is planned to go to layout in early April, with printing at the end of the month – if the batteries hold out on the electric pentacle. Occult Detective Quarterly Issue Two should therefore be available to purchase (and for despatch to subscribers), in early May 2017. This time, the print edition should be available to purchase through Amazon as well, as ODQ expands its distribution.

Note: The eformat version of Issue One is now available as a packed pdf from Electric Pentacle Press. Click the link on the right-hand sidebar to get your copy.


Here’s a more detailed look at what you can expect in Issue Two. Note that this is only what we’ve picked out so far, though we expect to have at least nine thrilling new stories in the final magazine.


mutartis boswell's interior for ODQ #1
mutartis boswell’s interior for ODQ #1

We have another exciting and different blend of fiction this time round,  from the Edwardian period to the present day.  And our protagonists range from Brandon Barrows’ classic occult detective Thomas Carnacki, through Steve Liskow’s Deputy Sheriff Pamela Ironwood, to Kelly A Harmon’s Assumpta Mary-Margaret O’Connor, to name but three.

Already planned to appear are:

The Arcana of the Alleys by Brandon Barrows. A younger Carnacki the Ghost Finder gets himself caught up in the affairs of opium lords in Boston, Massachusetts, and finds an unlikely ally.

The Black Tarot by Mike Chinn. A series of cursed papyrus fragments, and a Tarot deck, lead occult adventurer Damian Paladin into danger.

Light from Pure Digestion Bred by Kelly A Harmon. A demon-marked woman and her rather dapper (but hellish) companion discover that something on the menu of a Baltimore coffee shop may not be as agreeable as it looks.

Death and the Dancing Bears by Steve Liskow. When grisly death comes to a carnival, one of the police officers involved must draw on her Native American background to search out the truth.

Grabberman by Tim Waggoner. A psychologist who know the Dark only too well must come to the aid of a young woman whose nightmares threaten to become real.

terry pavlet's striking cover for odq 1
terry pavlet’s striking cover for odq 1


Occult Legion Part 2 by Joshua M Reynolds. The next instalment, a story in its own right, building on Part One by Willie Meikle in the last issue.


a sample of sebastian cabrol's fabulous style
a sample of sebastian cabrol’s fabulous style

Our expert in occult detective fiction returns with a new article, and we look at another comic book character, the urban, doom-laden John Constantine.

Doctors of the Strange by Tim Prasil. The erudite scholar of ghost-hunters explores the tradition of the occult physician – tracing the historical origins of this medical wing of occult detection.

The Constant Englishman by Danyal Fryer. An introduction to the background of John Constantine, of Swamp Thing and Hellblazer fame – his upbringing, his nature and his English roots.

Reviews by Dave Brzeski and James Bojiacuk


when we all meet - by luke spooner for 'gutted - beautiful horror stories' from crystal lake press
when we all meet – by luke spooner for ‘gutted – beautiful horror stories’ from crystal lake press

We’ve been very fortunate with our artists once again, and expect to be showing off the work of illustrators from the United States, the United Kingdom and Argentina. As last time, some of the B/W interiors are being produced exclusively to illustrate stories in the issue.

Cover by award-winning artist Alan M Clark, who greydogtales interviewed last year concerning both his art and his dark historical fiction.

alan m clark's cover for one of his own books
alan m clark’s cover for one of his own books

Interior illustrations by Luke Spooner, Sebastian Cabrol, Mutartis Boswell and more

a 'rough' for the forthcoming cover
a ‘rough’ for the forthcoming cover, by alan m clark

And that’s where we are at moment. We’ll share more news during April as we finalise the contents, so stay tuned…

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