Weight: 193 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Powers: Necromancy, Astral Travel, Voodoo
Occupation: Bar Owner
Death is no stranger to Augustine Mercier. Then again, neither is life itself. Being one of the most powerful necromancers in existence, Augustine knows how to walk between the worlds with an open heart and a peaceful mind. He uses the powers he's gained over life and death to serve his people and benefit the community at large.
When Augustine inherited his estranged father's mantle as leader of a radical social justice group known as The Emancipators, he took it in a new direction. By combining their core principles and values with the occult beliefs and practices he learned from his voodoo priestess mother, Augustine established the Harlem Secret Society - a refuge and mystery school for minorities and anyone else who is considered blessed. The H.S.S. meets beneath the Club de la Croix, a speakeasy tucked away in a hidden corner of Harlem, which Augustine also owns and operates.
As the story of Occult Generation begins, Augustine is kept awake at night wondering why “blessed” ones in Harlem are being abducted, and who exactly is behind these strange disappearances...
Weight: 158 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Powers: Super strength, Invulnerability, Fast Healing
Occupation: Bar Manager & Bartender
Before starting over in New York City, Gladys felt stuck in a life of tragedy she thought she’d never escape. When a chance meeting with necromancer Augustine Mercier changed her circumstances for the better, she learned to let go of her past and use her incredible strength to help those who need it.
Now, alongside Marshall Alexandre, Gladys helps Augustine lead a group of occultists known as the Harlem Secret Society in an ongoing crusade to protect the members of their community. She also runs the Club de la Croix, a Harlem speakeasy owned by Augustine, which houses their base of operations beneath its floorboards.
Gladys is known as “the unbreakable woman” because her unique abilities make her impervious to most physical harm (like being shot, for example), able to withstand extreme temperatures, and capable of healing any wounds faster than the eye would believe. This comes in handy when combatting the strange men who have recently begun abducting her friends and colleagues for their own hateful purposes...
Weight: 210 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Powers: Mesmerism, Mind Control
Occupation: Artist & Sculptor
More of a lover than a fighter, Marshall would rather avoid a conflict than seek one out. That doesn’t stop him from backing up his friends in a fight, though, or participating in daring rescue missions to save them from being abducted and experimented on by a group of men he still knows nothing about.
Alongside Gladys Spencer, Marshall assists Augustine Mercier in leading the Harlem Secret Society through their adventures in protecting their hidden community of “blessed” ones. But when he’s not attending to these matters - or helping out with the day-to-day operations of the Club de la Croix, which houses the H.S.S. - Marshall can be found sculpting works of art in his studio with the intention of creating more beauty in the world to counterbalance all the ugliness he's witnessed.
Marshall finds a kindred spirit in his lover Zola Song, a tough and street-wise crusader from Chinatown whose idea of a romantic date can sometimes include a quick round of sparring. Zola often turns to him for comfort (and assistance) during her ongoing battle to end the sinister Tong gang’s corrupt hold over her own endangered community.
Weight: 182 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Powers: Psychometry, Intuition, Visions
Occupation: Private Investigator
Leon stumbles into the world of the Harlem Secret Society when he tries to solve a mystery: Who killed King Rose and why?
After he meets Augustine Mercier, Gladys Spencer, and Marshall Alexandre for the first time, Leon starts questioning his own “blessings” - the intense psychic visions he sometimes receives through physical touch. What do they mean? Where did they come from? How can he control them? And will he be able to use them to unravel the greater conspiracy that threatens to destroy Harlem’s hidden community?
As the the story of Occult Generation unfolds, Leon finds his fate intertwined with that of the H.S.S. whether he likes it or not. He also sleeps with a few guys (and maybe a girl or two) along the way.
Weight: 200 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Powers: Clairvoyance, Remote Viewing, Astral Projection, Sharpshooting
Occupation: Bartender & Burlesque Performer
Although she’s a no-nonsense, “cut to the chase” kind of lady, Coletta prefers to take it easy when she can. As a psychic mentor who helps recent initiates of the Harlem Secret Society develop their occult potential and take advantage of their “blessings”, she’s learned the value of exercising patience. Yet when her own abilities are needed to help save her friends in times of need, Coletta won't hesitate to act quickly.
When combined with Augustine Mercier’s necromantic powers, Coletta Rae’s astral projection abilities allow her spirit to possess the bodies of the living. This also includes those of the dead...
Weight: 175 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Occupation: Bartender, Construction & Repair
Bryce may be one of the newer members inducted into the Harlem Secret Society, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a part of their family yet. Augustine Mercier, the group’s leader, took this disenfranchised young man under his wing after he was disowned by his family over his sexual orientation. Under Augustine’s and Coletta Rae’s guidance, Bryce has learned to develop his psychokinetic abilities in record time - which makes other H.S.S. members nervous. Will he be able keep his “blessings” under control if they continue to grow at such a rapid pace?
When the unthinkable happens and Bryce is kidnapped by the strange men who are experimenting on minorities who display occult potential, Augustine and the others lead a desperate rescue mission to save him from a mysterious safe house on Coney Island. But this is only the beginning of his story...
Weight: 175 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Powers: Martial Artistry, Telepathy
Often nicknamed “the Fury of Chinatown”, Zola isn’t someone you want to cross. Seeing as she finds great strength in compassion, it takes a lot to get on her bad side. Those who do cause harm to her friends and community, either deliberately or out of carelessness.
Much like Augustine Mercier, Zola’s primary concern is protecting her people. She spends her days and nights trying to keep her home turf safe from crime and social decay - which is proving to be quite the full-time job lately.
Chinatown has become a dangerous territory these days, where criminal activity and cruel acts of violence are the unspoken law of the land. Zola knows who’s to blame: the Tong gang, lead by the insidious Zhu Tong. Zhu is the younger brother of Zola's late ex-boyfriend, Yusheng Tong. Once upon a time, Yusheng was the head of the Tong Gang. Under his noble leadership, they worked to protect Chinatown rather than destroy it. But after Yusheng was mysteriously assassinated on a chilly spring evening, their organization fell into darkness along with the rest of the neighborhood.
Zola knows without a doubt that Zhu was responsible for her brother’s death and is determined to make him pay for it. She’s made a vow to the spirit of Yusheng that she’ll end the Tong gang’s bloody reign over New York’s Chinatown...no matter what.
Marshall Alexandre, one of the leaders of the Harlem Secret Society, is now Zola’s lover and confidant. You’ll often find her in Marshall’s private art studio hiding away from the chaos of the outside world and dreaming of a better future with him as he sculpts.
Weight: 162 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Who killed King Rose (AKA Grace Shepard)? Her life partner Rosemary Franklin thinks she knows the answer. She helped raise Grace’s children Felix and Hazel, and and still continues to after her untimely death. But private detective Leon Kleeman can tell that King Rose’s death is not an open and shut case. Is Rosemary prepared to face the real facts, or will she keep her silence to protect what’s left of her family?
Weight: 164 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Powers: Death Warning
Occupation: Drag Performer & Community Activist
Who killed King Rose? This question leads private detective Leon Kleeman to meet the Harlem Secret Society in the first place. But who was King Rose, and why did she die?
Not much is known about King Rose herself, but Leon discovers more about the other life she lead as Grace Shepard as he continues his investigation. Help Leon solve her murder by reading Issue #0: "The Good Ol' Days".
Weight: 177 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Powers: White Privilege
What are psychic talents - so called “occult abilities”? And why does it seem like those who are in the minority have a greater potential to develop them than those who hold more privilege in society?
These are the questions that Jack Scarborough, leader of the Coney Island Confederates (C.I.C),, are obsessed with answering for his own power hungry reasons. Not much is known about Jack and the C.I.C. - or his second in command, the deadly Arno von Castner, for that matter. But what is known is that he poses the biggest threat to Augustine Mercier and the rest of the Harlem Secret Society. Private Detective Leon Kleeman is about to find out why…
ARNO VON CASTNER AKA “THE TORPEDO”
Weight: 215 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Much like Jack Scarborough, the man he answers to, Arno von Castner remains a mystery. Who or what hides behind the face of this brutal killer? And what deadly secrets does he continue to keep to himself?
See what happens when private detective Leon Kleeman crosses paths with Arno and Jack before he meets the Harlem Secret Society in Occult Generation Issue #0 “The Good Ol’ Days”.
GUY “BIMBO” MORETTI
Weight: 179 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Occupation: Bankrobber, Kidnapper
Trying to make a living in the United States of America can be hard - especially if you weren’t born here. Being an Italian immigrant himself, Guy “Bimbo” Moretti knows that the struggle is real. He’s determined to live a prosperous life, laws and rules that don’t have his well-being in mind be damned. Someone has to take care of his family back home, after all...and support his girl.
Bimbo’s partner in crime and number one flame is Charley Moore, a sharp-tongued safecracker who never shoots from the hip. Together, they’re determined to take a bite out of the Big Apple - and make a lot of cash doing it.
While on a bank robbing spree across the city, Bimbo and Charley find themselves caught in the middle of a hidden war between the Harlem Secret Society and the Coney Island Confederates. The question remains: whose side will they be on?
Weight: 148 lbs.
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Occupation: Con Artist, Safecracker
It’s a man’s world...but not for much longer.
Charley Moore, a rebellious young bandit who shoots first and asks questions later, grew tired of having no opportunities. So one day, she decided to make her own - the hard way.
Now she organizes heists, robberies, and other dangerous money making endeavors with her main squeeze Guy “Bimbo” Moretti so they can live in the lap of luxury without having a group of old rich men’s permission to do so.
But after they pull off another run of successful hold-ups throughout New York City, Charley and Bimbo soon find themselves in the middle of a hidden war between the Harlem Secret Society and the Coney Island Confederates. Whose side will they choose? And can they be trusted?