Robert Mitchell, Jr
I am a writer, martial arts expert, and mystic from Richmond, VA. My works include the novels Chatters on the Tide, Ghilan, and The 14th Mansion, as well as numerous poems, ‘zines, comic books, and short pieces. My short-story “Sign of the Times” appears in the Fall 2012 issue of the Hulltown 360 Literary Journal.
A martial artist for over twenty-five years, I am the founder and First Elder of Cabal Fang, an initiatory martial art marrying practical self-defense techniques with the wonders of the Western Mystery Tradition. In 2011 I was awarded the rank of Master by the Combat Martial Arts Practitioners Association. On the subject of martial arts I have penned The Cabal Fang Martial Arts Manual, Wisdom of the Raven, and the popular pamphlet Self-Defense for Activists.
I graduated from the University of Virginia in 1983 with a B.A. in English. My wife and I are the proud parents of four children and three grandchildren.
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The 14th Mansion
Four years ago the Montenegro family overcame a clan of soul-consuming ghouls, and they haven't seen or heard from the creatures since. But now their son Ergie is missing and the police have no leads. Out of options, Ergie's parents turn to three unlikely trackers -- a gruff repo man, a homeless mute, and a psychic. Will they uncover a new ghoulish plot or some other even more terrifying evil?
Wisdom of the Raven: The Mystic Way of Cabal Fang
A blend of fact and fable, the practical and the esoteric, 'Wisdom of the Raven' instructs the reader in the spiritual underpinnings of Cabal Fang Martial Arts. Learn the basics of the Three Sisters -- contemplation, meditation, and prayer -- and how they come together to inform the mystic experience.
The Cabal Fang Martial Arts Manual
A seamless blend of the ancient and the modern, the physical and the internal, Cabal Fang has one foot apiece in the middle ages and the new millennium. Get a glimpse of what is at once a modern self defense method, a strenuous fitness regimen, and a spiritual framework drawing upon the Western esoteric tradition. For all fitness and experience levels -- but not the faint of heart.
Ergie is a high-school slacker with too few friends, so when he meets Zack he welcomes the friendship. But he soon discovers that Zack isn't what he seems, his parents have a hidden past, and everyone he loves is threatened by a race of ancient creatures known as ghilan. Can Ergie find the truth, and if he does, will he have the courage to do what he knows is right?
Chatters on the Tide
Harold has lost his job, divorce is on the horizon, a religious cult believes he's a prophet, and he's being stalked by an eerie motorcycle club and its mute, wild-haired mascot named Gator. His skeptical wife Bonnie is fighting to free him from the strange world into which he has fallen while Harold struggles with bizarre and unusual revelations. Is he really a prophet with miraculous powers?
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- The Colleagues of Professor Van Helsing
on Oct. 27, 2012
I had been intending to read something by Machen and Blackwood, and had long thought it would be fun to read some of Crowley's fiction, so I was very excited to find this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mr. Russell's introductions to each tale are worthy and sound, as is his prologue, and I may well read more of his compilations. My only criticism is that he did not include the original publication date for each story, but that omission doesn't diminish enjoyment. Of the tales included I must say that Crowley's was the most unsettling. Recommended!