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…
The Royal Occultist is the man–or woman–who stands between the British Empire and its occult enemies, be they foreign, domestic, human, demonic or some form of worm of unusual size. If there are satyrs running amok in Somerset or werewolves in Wolverhampton, the Royal Occultist will be there to see them off.
The current Royal Occultist is Charles St. Cyprian, who’s best described as Rudolph Valentino by way of Bertie Wooster. In the same vein, his assistant, Ebe Gallowglass, is Louise Brooks by way of Emma Peel. St. Cyprian is the brains and Gallowglass is the muscle; he likes to talk things out, and she likes to shoot things until they die.
Together, they defend the British Empire against a variety of gribbly monsters, secret societies and eldritch occurrences.
St. Cyprian and Gallowglass made their first appearance in 2010 in the short story, “Krampusnacht”. They have since appeared in close to thirty short stories, in a variety of anthologies and magazines.
The first novel, THE WHITECHAPEL DEMON, was released in 2013 by Emby Press and is available via Amazon.com and Smashwords. The Whitechapel Demon sees St. Cyprian and Gallowglass go up against a secret society of murderists and an other-dimensional doppelgänger of one of history’s most notorious killers. The book serves as an introduction to the world of the Royal Occultist as well as delivering an exciting adventure for new readers and old fans alike to enjoy.
For a full list of all available and forthcoming Royal Occultist novels, novellas and short stories, check out the Royal Occultist Chronology page.
To find out more about Josh Reynolds, the author of the Royal Occultist series, check out the Author page.
You can keep track of the latest Royal Occultist news via the series’ Facebook page.
A number of the Royal Occultist stories are available in audio format via Bandcamp.