By Rob Caprilozzi
"An evil witch doctor needs the book of spells known as the Sword to reject the Occultist. He needs the weapon itself to decide that he is a bad host in the ongoing war against the realm of the dead. The solution lies in a Catholic schoolgirl who dabbles in death for a quick high."
We caught up with writer, Tim Seeley to talk about The Occultist.
Horror News Network: Occultist debuted with a one-shot in 2010 and returned in 2011 with a mini-series. For readers that may have not checked out the series before can you provide a catch up on what they have missed?
Tim Seeley: Rob Bailey is a college kid who stumbles upon an ancient magical weapon…a book called THE SWORD AGAINST THE DEAD, which picks a bearer called the Occultist to protect the living from the dead, and vice-versa. His first fight is against a technoshaman named Aiden Beck, whom sends hit mages against him, and an entity known as the Swordbreaker. With the help of Detective Anna Melenedez, Rob triumphs, but Beck is able to change is form and come back as Rob's mentor, unbeknownst to Rob. Now the person closest to him is his worst enemy.
Horror News Network: How would describe the Occultist as a character?
Tim Seeley: He's a guy who had lived a very sheltered life, His mother is very religious, and he'd always been attracted to the dark side of things, but really tried to stay within his mom's wishes. He's very conscious of how much power he wields, but he's also fascinated by it.
Horror News Network: What can you tell us about the witch doctor that requires the Sword book of spells?
Tim Seeley: That's the aforementioned Aiden Beck, who is masquerading as Rob's mentor James Charles. Beck is a technomancer, who can "upgrade" like the technology he worships. His connection to the Sword will be revealed in this new series. And it's pretty cool.
Horror News Network: The Catholic schoolgirl seems to play a big part in this series. Can you tell us more about her role?
Tim Seeley: Her name is Luka Shryde, a part of a group of magic-users called the Providence.
Horror News Network: Your artist on Revival, Mike Norton joins you this time around on Occultist. Can you talk a bit about the creative process between you two?
Tim Seeley: I knew Mike would be perfect for this series because he loves the stuff I'm pulling from for this book…Steve Ditko's work on Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and modern horror comics and superhero stuff. Mike sits about 10 feet away, so we talk about what we want to work on, I write a script, and then he draws the hell out of it. It's a pretty mellow collaboration, and I always now he'll draw what I want.
Horror News Network: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about The Occultist?
Tim Seeley: I think Occultist will definitely appeal to readers of DH's other horror-hero books like Hellboy and BPRD, and I'm pretty excited for people to see the amazing art Norton and colorist Allen Passalqua are putting out1 All that and some of the prettiest covers in the biz by Steve Morris!
Horror News Network: Thanks for your time Tim! Best of luck with this series!