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Includes the names: Sebury Quinn, Seabury Quinn


Works by Seabury Quinn

Roads (1948) 48 copies
The Devil's Bride (1932) 44 copies
The Phantom Fighter (1966) 20 copies
La casa della strega (1994) — Contributor — 18 copies
Night Creatures (2003) 13 copies
Pledged to the Dead (1937) 12 copies
Alien Flesh (1977) 11 copies
The Vagabond-at-Arms (2002) 6 copies
The Monkey God (2010) 4 copies
Body and Soul 4 copies
The Stone Image (2010) 4 copies
Suicide Chapel (2013) 3 copies
La novia del diablo (2003) 3 copies
Restless Souls 3 copies
The Ring Of Bastet (2016) 2 copies
I ondskans klor — Contributor — 2 copies
Malay Horror 2 copies
Satan's Stepson (2013) 2 copies
Living Buddhess 2 copies
Frozen Beauty 2 copies
Fortune’s Fool (1938) 1 copy
Kurban 1 copy
Magic Carpet 1 copy
Lotte 1 copy
In The Fog 1 copy
Rebels' Rest 1 copy
Horror Gems, Volume Four, Seabury Quinn and Others (2012) — Contributor — 1 copy
Catspaws 1 copy
Birthmark (1941) (2016) 1 copy
Last Waltz 1 copy
Eyes In the Dark (2013) 1 copy

Associated Works

100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1993) — Contributor — 329 copies
Weird Tales (1988) — Contributor — 267 copies
100 Wild Little Weird Tales (1994) — Contributor — 186 copies
100 Creepy Little Creature Stories (1994) — Contributor — 176 copies
The Pan Book of Horror Stories (1959) — Contributor — 153 copies
Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors (1988) — Contributor — 140 copies
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Contributor — 91 copies
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2011) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Fantastic Pulps (1975) — Contributor — 70 copies
Worlds of Weird (1965) — Author — 61 copies
65 Great Tales of Horror (1981) — Contributor — 57 copies
Weird Tales, No. 1 (1980) — Contributor — 57 copies
Virtuous Vampires (1996) — Contributor — 53 copies
Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories (2020) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Ghoul Keepers (1961) — Author — 44 copies
Horrors unknown (1971) — Contributor — 40 copies
Civil War Ghosts (2006) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Vampire Hunter's Casebook (1996) — Contributor — 36 copies
Great American Ghost Stories (1991) — Contributor — 34 copies
100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996) — Contributor — 33 copies
A Cosmic Christmas (2012) — Contributor — 32 copies
New England Ghosts (1990) — Contributor — 27 copies
Far Below and Other Horrors (1974) — Contributor — 25 copies
Eastern Ghosts (1990) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Occult Detective Megapack: 29 Classic Stories (2013) — Contributor — 24 copies
Nursery Crimes (1993) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Horror Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Horror Stories (2011) — Contributor — 17 copies
Intensive Scare (1990) — Contributor — 16 copies
Horrors in hiding (1973) — Contributor — 16 copies
Devil Worshipers (1990) — Contributor — 16 copies
The Mummy Walks Among Us (1971) 14 copies
The "Not at Night" Omnibus (1936) — Contributor — 10 copies
Tales of the Undead: Vampires and Visitants (1947) — Contributor, some editions — 9 copies
Tales of the Macabre (1969) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Black Magic Omnibus Volume 1 (1976) — Contributor — 6 copies
Weird Tales Volume 31 Number 5, May 1938 (1938) — Contributor — 4 copies
Weird Tales Volume 32 Number 5, November 1938 — Contributor — 4 copies
Weird Tales Volume 28 Number 4, November 1936 — Contributor — 4 copies
Weird Tales Volume 30 Number 4, October 1937 — Contributor — 4 copies
Weird Tales Volume 30 Number 5, November 1937 — Contributor — 4 copies
Weird Tales Volume 31 Number 3, March 1938 — Contributor — 4 copies
Weird Tales Volume 25 Number 1, January 1935 — Contributor — 3 copies
Weird Tales Volume 31 Number 1, January 1938 (1938) — Contributor — 3 copies
Weird Tales Volume 31 Number 6, June 1938 — Contributor — 3 copies
Weird Tales Volume 22 Number 1, July 1933 — Contributor — 3 copies
Weird Tales Volume 30 Number 6, December 1937 (2016) — Contributor — 3 copies
Weird Tales Volume 11 Number 1, January 1928 — Contributor — 3 copies
Weird Tales Volume 31 Number 2, February 1938 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 32 Number 1, July 1938 — Contributor — 2 copies
Der verzauberte Kreuzzug (1981) — Contributor — 2 copies
Horror gems. Volume 13 : Clark Ashton Smith and others (2017) — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 33 Number 4, April 1939 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 27 Number 1, January 1936 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 29 Number 5, May 1937 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 32 Number 2, August 1938 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 31 Number 4, April 1938 — Contributor — 2 copies
Poltergeist: Tales of Deadly Ghosts (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
Horror Gems, Vol. Three: August Derleth and others (2012) — Contributor — 2 copies
Horror Gems, Vol. One (2011) — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 21 Number 1, January 1933 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 20 Number 6, December 1932 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 20 Number 5, November 1932 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 20 Number 4, October 1932 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 19 Number 2, February 1932 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 21 Number 3, March 1933 — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge



THE DEEP ONES: "The Tenants of Broussac" by Seabury Quinn in The Weird Tradition (November 2022)
THE DEEP ONES: "Satan's Stepson" by Seabury Quinn in The Weird Tradition (March 2012)


This volume is one of a series of collected Jules de Grandin stories drawn from the body of ninety-three originally published in the pulp era pages of Weird Tales. As usual, they are "detective" stories ranging a gamut of mundane to magical menaces. The French sleuth himself is reliably amusing, giving vent to various exclamations in his characteristic idiom. "Pains of a dyspeptic bullfrog, I am greatly annoyed, me!" (59)

Two of these six stories feature villainy involving the Burmese worship of the goddess Kali: "The Gods of East and West" and "Stealthy Death." The one completely non-supernatural tale is "The House of Golden Masks," concerning an international human trafficking operation abducting young women from New Jersey. Grudge-bearing spirits of the deceased feature in both "The Poltergeist" and "The Jest of Warburg Tantavul." The latter story is notable for de Grandin's entirely non-judgmental attitude toward incest.

There are also two tales in which de Grandin brings in consultants for their esoteric expertise and powers. "The Gods of East and West" features the "full-blooded Dakotah" Doctor John Wolf, and a Muslim thaumaturge Doctor Hussein Obeyid comes to the aid of Dr. Jules in "A Gamble in Souls." This second helper is so vividly drawn that I suspected author Seabury Quinn must have used him in other stories as well, but editor Robert Weinberg in his afterword says that it is disappointingly not so.

Quinn's stories were frequently featured on the covers of Weird Tales, inevitably with illustrations of their climactic moments. "The Gods of East and West" supplied the cover for January 1928, depicting the scene on p. 37 of this book. June 1929 showed "The House of Golden Masks" with the action on p. 92. The others in this book did not make it to cover art.
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paradoxosalpha | May 18, 2023 |
This 1976 mass market paperback collects a half dozen of the ninety-three tales about occult detective Jules de Grandin. This set were all written for publication in Weird Tales from 1926 to 1933. Although all of these books by Seabury Quinn under the Popular Library imprint boast "SCIENCE FICTION" on the cover, they don't conform to the genre as it is currently understood. They are pulp-era action stories in mundane settings. The "Hellfire" title here is reasonably apposite, since each story has something to do with diabolism or a nefarious cult.

One yarn is called "The Great God Pan," and although it compares unfavorably to identically-titled stories by Arthur Machen (1894) and M. John Harrison (1988), it is still a palatable romp regarding a neo-pagan cult in the wilds of New Jersey. This one is actually the earliest included here, although it appears second.

Quinn, in the voice of de Grandin, supplies a little occult theorizing around the notion of "psychoplasm." (A likely proximate source for the term and concept was the 1920 Adventures of a Modern Occultist by Oliver Bland.) The supernatural element in the stories is highly variable, and the final pair of tales furnishes an admirable contrast between "The Hand of Glory" where exorcism is the effective solution to thwart genuine demonic influence, and "Mephistopheles and Company Ltd." where sleuthing and physical combat overcome a criminal gang who use superstition and trickery to terrify their victims. Both stories, like nearly all of these, derive motivation from a young woman in peril. Quinn seems to have preferred such ladies to be tall, slender, and pale.

The selections here include both a vampire story and a werewolf story. The latter, "The Wolf of Saint Bonnot" was the basis for the Hugh Rankin cover art of its December 1930 issue of Weird Tales (scene on pages 125-6 of this book). "The Hand of Glory" inspired the July 1933 cover by Margaret Brundage (pages 174-5). Both covers were racy illustrations typical of their genre and era, and pretty accurate to Quinn's text.

The book includes an appendix by editor Robert Weinberg that furnishes full biographical sketches of de Grandin and his amanuensis Dr. Trowbridge, as abstracted from Quinn's stories. For readers new to the de Grandin material, it might be helpful to read this end matter before the stories. Steve Fabian's map of Quinn's fictional Harrisonville, New Jersey appears at the start of the book, but the printing is a little muddy and hard to read in my copy.
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paradoxosalpha | Nov 15, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
fernandie | 5 other reviews | Sep 15, 2022 |
This first volume of the 1970s paperback series reprints seven out of the ninety-three Jules de Grandin stories by Seabury Quinn, including several of the earliest. These began in the 1920s and quickly became a staple of Weird Tales, where they appeared nearly every other month. They were not a serial, however. There is no overarching plot nor development over time of the central characters, who are stock types of an occult investigator and his medical doctor amanuensis. In general, the stories rely on broadly-drawn characters and stereotypes in order to maintain a high tempo and to create a quotidian background for shocking crimes and supernatural menaces.

The sleuth de Grandin himself is an amusingly exaggerated, sword-cane-wielding, mustachioed, gallic scientist of diminutive stature. Most of his adventures take place in the hometown of his host and colleague Doctor Trowbridge, Harrisonville, New Jersey. Being a European in America allows de Grandin to make amusing asides castigating Prohibition, religious bigotry, and other forms of American provincialism. "Today your American courts convict high school-teachers for heresy far less grave than that charged against our Jeanne [d'Arc]. We may yet see the bones of your so estimable Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin exhumed from their graves and publicly burned by your heretic-baiters of this today" (53, Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!).

The narrator Trowbridge maintains a naïve skepticism in the face of exotic events that grows less believable with each passing tale. One of the strengths of the stories is their use of menaces drawn from folk traditions and popular culture (vampires and werewolves, for instance) while allowing that the common lore may be inaccurate in its details. Thus the reader can see where de Grandin's hypotheses are leading him--while Trowbridge refuses even to consider such fanciful notions--but the tension of the unknown is maintained, along with a sense of the "scientific."

In those points where de Grandin explains or employs occultism as such, the details tend to be fairly flawed. For example, Trowbridge describes a hexagram (and the book even supplies a diagram) but de Grandin calls it a "pentagram" (182). In another adventure, de Grandin calls elemental spirits "Neutrarians," a term I hadn't previously encountered, but which appears to have been coined by Elliot O'Donnell in his Twenty Years Experiences as a Ghost Hunter.

These stories are not great works of literature, and it doesn't seem that anyone has ever mistaken them for such. They are pulp paragons, and one of their attractions is their great variety, from the piracy-and-cannibalism yarn of "The Isle of Missing Ships" to the parapsychological crime mystery of "The Dead Hand." Quinn's de Grandin stories frequently served as the basis for the cover illustrations of the numbers of Weird Tales in which they appeared. Even reading them in this mass market paperback reprint, it is not difficult to spot the moments in the stories that would be chosen for this honor. They usually featured a naked woman in peril. "The Tenants of Broussac" (scene on page 67) and "The Man Who Cast No Shadow" (153-4) are the two stories in this collection that were realized as cover art in their magazine appearances, and it is easy to note Quinn offering similarly "graphic" climaxes in every tale.
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5 vote
paradoxosalpha | Sep 5, 2022 |



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