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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Royal Occulist


·      Josh Reynolds

·      Charles St. Cyprian
·      Ebe Gallowglass

“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.
It is now 1920, and the title and offices have fallen to Charles St. Cyprian who, accompanied by his apprentice/assistant Ebe Gallowglass defends the battered and dwindling British Empire against threats occult, otherworldly, infernal and divine even as the wider world lurches once more on the path to war…”
The Royal Occultist is the man or woman who stands between the United Kingdom and dangers of an occult, otherworldly, infernal or divine nature. Whether it’s werewolves in Wolverhampton or satyrs in Somerset, the Royal Occultist will be there to confront, cajole or conquer the menace in question. There have been many Royal Occultists, and there will be many more, thanks to the strong British sense of tradition, bloody-minded necessity and the ridiculously short life expectancy for those who assume the post.
The current occupier of the office is Charles St. Cyprian.  St. Cyprian is Rudolph Valentino by way of PG Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster—impeccably dressed, handsome, and a bit of a twit. He is a slim man in his late twenties, with an Old College, Oxford intonation and an inordinate fondness for the sartorial creations of Savile Row. Prior to occupying the foremost occult office in the Empire, St. Cyprian was a stereotypical example of the ‘idle rich’ with an attention span limited to the retention of cricket scores and the occasional bout of auto-polo. While he takes his responsibilities seriously, St. Cyprian is nonetheless prone to thinking that he’s cleverer than he actually is. 
He’s aided in his efforts to investigate and occasionally suppress that which man was not meant to know by his assistant, Ebe Gallowglass. Gallowglass is a short, slender woman of Egyptian descent in her early twenties, with a propensity for dressing like a cross between a Parisian street-Apache and a newsboy. In contrast to St. Cyprian’s hapless earnestness, Gallowglass is murderously effective, and often heavily armed.  
St. Cyprian and Gallowglass made their first appearance in 2010 in the short story, “Krampusnacht”. They have since appeared in close to twenty short stories, in a variety of anthologies and magazines. A novel, THE WHITECHAPEL DEMON, is forthcoming in 2014. 
To see the available stories go to: http://royaloccultist.wordpress.com/available/
To see forthcoming stories go to: http://royaloccultist.wordpress.com/forthcoming/.
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