The second of five volumes collecting the stories of Jules de Grandin, the supernatural detective made famous in the classic pulp magazine Weird Tales.
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 mysteriesand 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, this is the definitive collection of an iconic pulp hero.
The second volume, The Devil's Rosary , includes all of the Jules de Grandin stories from "The Black Master" (1929) to "The Wolf of St. Bonnot" (1930), as well as a foreword by Stefan Dziemianowicz.
About the Author
Seabury Quinn was a pulp magazine author, whose popular stories of the occult detective Jules de Grandin were published in Weird Tales between 1925 and 1951. Quinn penned ninety-two short stories and one full-length novel featuring "the occult Hercule Poirot," which were enormously popular with readers. Quinn lived in Washington, D.C., MD, United States, and died in 1969.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: George A. Vanderburgh and Robert E. Weinberg
"Loved by Thousands of Readers": The Popularity of Jules de GrandinStefan Dziemianowicz
The Black Master (Weird Tales, January 1929)
The Devil People (Weird Tales, February 1929)
The Devil's Rosary (Weird Tales, April 1929)
The House of Golden Masks (Weird Tales, June 1929)
The Corpse Master (Weird Tales, July 1929)
Trespassing Souls (Weird Tales, September 1929)
The Silver Countess (Weird Tales, October 1929)
The House Without a Mirror (Weird Tales, November 1929)
Children of Ubasti (Weird Tales, December 1929)
The Curse of the House of Phipps (Weird Tales, January 1930)
The Drums of Damballah (Weird Tales, March 1930)
The Dust of Egypt (Weird Tales, April 1930)
The Brain-Thief (Weird Tales, May 1930)
The Priestess of the Ivory Feet (Weird Tales, June 1930)
The Bride of Dewer (Weird Tales, July 1930)
Daughter of the Moonlight (Weird Tales, August 1930)
The Druid's Shadow (Weird Tales, October 1930)
Stealthy Death (Weird Tales, November 1930)
The Wolf of St. Bonnot (Weird Tales, December 1930)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Little blond Frenchman who has so much wisdom in the outré and the bizarre! I try to just whet the appetite with my reviews, but some want a SPOILER WARNING, so here it is! This volume collects the next nineteen stories from Weird Tales, published in 1929 and 1930. Jules de Grandin may be the most famous occult detective of all time. He has a wealth of knowledge that comes from his world travels. He was a physician, a hypnotist, an expert in the occult, and a former member of the French Sûreté. Unlike Carnaki the Ghost Finder or John Silence, his skills are more universal, dealing with evil of all kinds, not just ghosts. Like Sherlock Holmes and other famous detectives, de Grandin works and lives with a companion, in this case, Doctor Trowbridge of Harrisonville, New Jersey. Doctor Trowbridge is often skeptical of the various supernatural creatures or very evil people they face. Like Doctor Watson, Trowbridge is often disparaged by his more knowledgeable partner. In this volume alone, De Grandin and Doctor Trowbridge take on: • Pirate treasure guarded by ghosts • A half-demon woman • A cursed Rosary • White Slavery • Zombies • Reanimated dead • The statue of a six-toed woman • A disfigured young lady • Catlike ghouls • A family curse • Voodoo • An Egyptian curse • A sinister mesmerizer • A cult built around a supposed God • A centuries-old curse • A strange red-haired girl • A series of inexplicable murders • An historical werewolf (Really! Look up the name!) There should be a note here that these stories appear just as they were published. Therefore they are sometimes politically incorrect. It isn’t a bad as it could have been, but some may find them distasteful. They are simply products of their time. I give this latest volume five stars plus and look forward to the next volume, The Dark Angel, scheduled for release March of 2018. Quoth the Raven…