#BookReview & #SpookyReads: The Horror on the Links (The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin #1) by Seabury Quinn

87FB7773-4864-4FF8-A5E9-C5E05BC51E8BReviewer: Christine Davis

 

Summary:

Today the names of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, and Clark Ashton Smith, all regular contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales during the first half of the twentieth century, are recognizable even to casual readers of the bizarre and fantastic. And yet despite being more popular than them all during the golden era of genre pulp fiction, there is another author whose name and work have fallen into obscurity: Seabury Quinn.

Quinn’s short stories were featured in well more than half of Weird Tales’s original publication run. His most famous character, the supernatural French detective Dr. Jules de Grandin, investigated cases involving monsters, devil worshippers, serial killers, and spirits from beyond the grave, often set in the small town of Harrisonville, New Jersey. In de Grandin there are familiar shades of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and alongside his assistant, Dr. Samuel Trowbridge, de Grandin’s knack for solving mysteries—and his outbursts of peculiar French-isms (grand Dieu!)—captivated readers for nearly three decades.

Collected for the first time in trade editions, The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, edited by George Vanderburgh, presents all ninety-three published works featuring the supernatural detective. Presented in chronological order over five volumes, and including all thirty-two original Weird Tales covers illustrated for de Grandin stories, this is the definitive collection of an iconic pulp hero.

The first volume, The Horror on the Links, includes all of the Jules de Grandin stories from “The Horror on the Links” (1925) to “The Chapel of Mystic Horror” (1928), as well as an introduction by Robert Weinberg.

02034ADB-C39F-428A-A532-1AA7561C0FC5Review:

Bone chilling tales await you in Seabury Quinn’s “Horror on the links, volume 1”, pulp fiction at its best! This is the first of a five volume audio collection of Quinn’s in chronological order from between 1925 -1951. These ghoulish stories of his famous supernatural French Detective Jules de Grandin are sure to please scary story lovers!

A contemporary of  Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and Clark Ashton Smith, Quinn’s stories of Detective Grandin brought together the scary and morose with ‘amour’…Oh yes he did go there!

This audio is performed by the talented Paul Woodson. His amazing ability to inflect emotion into his telling of these creepy happenings captures the listeners attention happily and spookily for hours, days!

This spectacular audio collection is not for the week kneed nor the kiddos. If you’re brave enough to delve into this delectable, prefect for Halloween reading, you won’t be disappointing yourself! It has a great introduction too!

4.5 stars

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