Daemon Unbound: The Lost Conjurations of Ozman Droom

Daemon Unbound: The Lost Conjurations of Ozman Droom. As many of my faithful readers know, the existence of this album/soundtrack/musical oddity, along with its merits and purported perils, has been a hotly debated topic among musicologists and occultists alike since the mid-to-late 1970s. Those who swear to its existence, however, have never been able (or seen fit) to produce any evidence to support their fervid and often bizarre claims. So it was with great interest, and more than a little bemusement, that I received the following materials on Imbolg of this year, sent via e-mail from a certain “Simon Magus” and attributed to the legendary Villa 9 Studios.

At first I thought it best to keep these materials to myself, but after a fortnight of intense contemplation and half a dozen rituals of half a dozen sorts, I have decided to post them here for the edification of any interested parties, and for closer examination by any esotericists willing to undertake the task.

For further information of an intensely interesting variety, see the liner notes included on the gatefold image below, and do let me know if they jibe with (or contradict) any personal recollections or experiences that you yourself have had with Daemon Unbound: The Lost Conjurations of Ozman Droom.

 

From the liner notes on the above gatefold:

Over the past several decades, a growing number of individuals, with nothing to offer as proof save their own vague recollections, have attested to the existence (or rather past existence) of an obscure and enigmatic album called Daemon Unbound: The Lost Conjurations of Ozman Droom.

Some attestants describe said album as having been an aural companion piece to a book of dubious authorship and sinister reputation entitled The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom. Others insist that the album was a soundtrack to a film or TV series pilot they recalled being traumatized by as children but have since been unable to track down or to verify to the satisfaction of objective skeptics. Still others aver, though always off the record, that the album served as an elaborate incantation or psychosonic hypersigil whose power and scope grew greater and more beguiling with each new listener but whose ultimate purpose is yet to be revealed.

All such suggestions, though admittedly intriguing and excellent fodder for midwinter ghost stories, could be dismissed as little more than urban myth and far-flung fancy—until recently, that is, when a reel-to-reel master recording of the album in question turned up in West Lothian, Scotland, among the archives of the infamous and ill-fated Villa 9 Studios.

Dated 1973 and performed by The Holy See with Robin Spriggs (the latter a name that some allege is a pseudonym for Ozman Droom himself), the recording consists of twenty-one tracks of haunting melodies, trippy leitmotifs, weird soundscapes, and spoken-word diablerie that, taken as a whole, form an arabesque ritual of decidedly potent effect.

The significance of this unsettling discovery we leave to you, the listener, to whom we now proudly, though with considerable trepidation, present this newly mastered edition of Daemon Unbound: The Lost Conjurations of Ozman Droom. Partake of it if and as you wish, but with the full knowledge that, in so doing, you have willingly aligned yourself with whatever mysterious energies, transcendental intentions, and unaccounted-for entities have brought it into being.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm

Unity Declares: The Ghost Is Dead

True? False? Probably? Unlikely? The Proof is in the haunting.

The Ghost in the News - Robin Spriggs 1Robin Spriggs as The Ghost on Season 2 of Powers

Powers: Season 2

Powers: Season 2 is wrapped, and I’m still standing. Thanks to a cast and crew of madly talented souls, fans of the show can expect a wild and epic treat. Stay tuned, friends!POWERS - PR Image

Doings of Interest

Robin Spriggs as The Man - tight crop - antiqueFor all my friends who have been curious enough and kind enough to inquire, following is a brief list of my current “doings of interest.”

Item: Polishing up Baltazar Bumbertazm’s Book of Ineffable Drooms, a comprehensive collection of prose poetry that I hope to have turned in to the publisher by early 2017.

Item: Will appear as “Harley” on the TV drama Containment, premiering on The CW in early 2016.

Item: Will appear as “The Man” in the off-kilter indie comedy Gilda Sue Rosenstern: The Motion Picture! in late 2016.

Item: Closing in on completing the design of a fast-paced adventure board game featuring a host of all your favorite characters from The Wyrd City Chronicles.

Item: Currently at work on a new collection of fiction, also promised to a publisher but whose title and subject matter must remain, for the nonce, undisclosed.

Item: Will soon begin autographing 500 signature pages for a special edition of Madhouse, a shared-world horror anthology due out from Dark Regions Press sometime in 2016.

Item: About to begin work (as an actor) on the second season of a super exciting TV series (emphasis on the word “super”) that I’m not yet allowed to discuss. So let’s just leave it at that.

That’s enough for now, I think.

Thanks, dear friends, for your kindness and curiosity. Go forth and make big magic!

“Swamp Dreams” Lives!

And remembers. And stalks the rain-drenched night of southern Appalachia. But don’t take my word for it; seek out the monster yourself in the fourth issue of Phantasmagorium, Gorgon Press’s quarterly journal of the literary fantastique.

In addition to being my latest published story, “Swamp Dreams” also serves as an excerpt (and puzzle piece) from the ever-elusive but nonetheless forthcoming book, The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom.

Edited by Joe Pulver and featuring the artwork and graphic design of J. D. Busch, Phantasmagorium #4 also includes fiction by Ken Asamatsu, Daniel Mills, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, and Jeffrey Thomas; poetry by Kristine Ong Muslim; an interview with Ross Lockhart, Managing Editor of Night Shade Books; and a monstrously gorgeous illustration of “Swamp Dreams” by Rob Macabre Smits.

For readers who have expressed a desire to acquire my work in electronic format, this is your first opportunity. If, however, print remains your medium of choice, a trade paperback edition of Phantasmagorium #4 will soon be available from Amazon and directly from Gorgon Press.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Ä’Zma’n-d’Rüm!