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Seven Footprints to Satan

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  158 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews

a selection from CHAPTER 1:

The clock was striking eight as I walked out of the doors of the Discoverers' Club and stood for a moment looking down lower Fifth Avenue. As I paused, I felt with full force that uncomfortable sensation of being watched that had both puzzled and harassed me for the past two weeks. A curiously prickly, cold feeling somewhere deep under the sk

Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 28th 1976 by Avon Books, NY (first published 1928)
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Henry Avila
Dec 27, 2014 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They found Satan in the suburbs of New York City, Long Island, to be exact. You reply on the street, that's not news, the Devil manipulates the Stock Market, again, give me something I haven't heard before. Lucifer has a vast treasure trove, looted, the biggest in history, in his massive, secluded, mansion, on the north shore, you yawn and walk away ... Jim Kirkham is back from China, where the adventurer, had a very profitable trip, stealing... finding jade, ( in a Tomb), and selling them to a ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
Readers of Abraham Merritt's first four novels--"The Moon Pool," "The Metal Monster," "The Face in the Abyss" and "The Ship of Ishtar"--may feel a little surprised as they get into his fifth, "Seven Footprints to Satan." Whereas those earlier fantasy masterpieces featured exotic locales such as the Pacific islands, the Himalayas and Peru; extravagant purple prose, dense with hyperadjectival descriptions; and living light creatures, metallic sentient cubes, a lost semireptilian race and battling ...more
Apr 03, 2008 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing
This is part horror, part adventure and part crime novel. A bit like a combination of Fu Manchu and Indiana Jones. But a much much less racist version of Fu Manchu. It involves an intrepid explorer who finds himself ensnared by a diabolical criminal mastermind who calls himself Satan. The seven footprints of the title are a wonderful idea – they’re the footsteps of the infant Buddha, some of which were turned to evil, and they form the centrepiece of a cruel but ingenious game by which Satan’s v ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Leothefox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
The second round with A. Merritt presents some interesting parallels. It's the story of an explorer who is kidnapped to a massive estate by a villain called Satan who controls powerful people by forcing them to gamble with him in a sort of a weird gameshow. Our hero tries to bide his time and pretend to go along with Satan's plan while becoming obsessed with a woman who aided in his kidnapping.

It's like the 60s “The Saint” movie “The Fiction Makers” crossed with “The Running Man” (film, not bo
Nov 27, 2013 Johnny rated it liked it
Originally published in 1928, Seven Footprints to Satan one-ups the standard pulp formula of a world-famous explorer who recovered a valuable artifacts with great dollops of wit and courage, only to find that her/his success provided a springboard into something more dangerous and mysterious. That more dangerous and mysterious situation usually involves a criminal mastermind with massive resources in terms of both wealth and minions combined with some scientific or supernatural power that enable ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
I love Merritt's scenery chewing histrionics. His books are like popcorn for my brain. Junk food, but healthier junk food.
Mar 23, 2009 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with a sense of humor about Satanism
Recommended to Michael by: ToSRL
It would probably surprise some people to know that this odd little adventure novel is included on lists of "forbidden books" among occult groups, or that, along with "Nightmare Alley," it inspired some of the early lights in the Church of Satan. My guess is that it is only "forbidden" because certain elements of the occult world don't want you to realize how much of their shtick is stolen lock, stock, and barrel from pulp fiction.

The story concerns an Indiana Jones-type adventurer who is kidnap
Holger Haase
Mar 29, 2015 Holger Haase rated it really liked it
Nice to see that there are still discoveries (or better: rediscoveries) to be made.

One of my favourite cinematic finds of last year was SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN, one of the last, if not: THE last silent movie to be made, an incredibly fast paced production with a quasi-modern sensibility for its pulp fiction imagery:

A would-be African explorer discovers that adventure is just a few steps away from his New York home when he together with his fiancee gets kidnapped and they are both forced to tak
Mar 14, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία, με στοιχεία αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος, τρόμου και λίγης φαντασίας. Ένας τύπος απάγεται από τον... Σατανά! Ο Σατανάς τον υποβάλλει σε διάφορες δοκιμασίες για να δει αν του είναι πιστός. Πολύ ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο, με μπόλικη περιπέτεια, ωραία ατμόσφαιρα, καλούς χαρακτήρες και μερικές ωραίες και κάπως τρομακτικές τελετές.

Φυσικά σαν ιστορία δείχνει λίγο τα χρονάκια της, όπως και η γραφή φυσικά, αλλά αυτό είναι και λίγο φυσιολογικό μιας και το βιβλίο γράφηκε πριν από 85 χρόν
Abraham Grace Merritt wrote under the name of A. Merritt. He was extraordinarily popular during the 20s and the 30s--especially for fantasy and horror. His novel Seven Footprints to Satan was first published as a five-installment serial in the 1927 Argosy-All-Story Weekly and then published in book form in 1928. It has been billed as mystery, horror and thriller--and I'd say it's quite a mix of all three, leaning more towards the thriller with a bit of mystery and horror thrown in for flavor. Th ...more
Robert Beveridge
Merritt was a million-seller back when being a million-seller meant something. Think of him as a depression-era Stephen King. The parallel's not all that odd; _Seven Footprints_ was one of the first books optioned for film before it actually came out (the film came out in 1929, starred Creighton Hale as Kirkham and Thelma Todd as Eve, and is probably best remembered for featuring, in a very very small role, Loretta Young).

James Kirkham is a professional adventurer who's caught the eye of, yes, t
Nov 09, 2012 Ken rated it it was ok
Pulp stories and novels are a guiltless pleasure. I'd like to give this book 3 stars, but it doesn't quite rate (so pretend it's 2 and half stars).

The first few chapters are outstanding; they hook you in to this mystery-driven tale. The hero fits the mold of Indiana Jones (though written some 60 years earlier.) I could easily see this being made into a great film today, like the upcoming Agent 13 movie.

Satan is the name of the underworld kingpin who has snared the archeologist protagonist into d
Timothy Boyd
Jan 24, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
Excellent pulp era story by a writer mostly forgotten today. Very good read and great characters. Very recommended
Shmuel Ben-Gad
Oct 04, 2007 Shmuel Ben-Gad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent pulp mystery-adventure novel. The master criminal (who goes by the name of Satan but is not a supernatural being really) is original and well-depicted. One reviewer said merritt made this fantastic tale strangely beleivable and I concur.
Feb 07, 2012 Anders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this at the now gone occult bookstore "Germ" in Philly, first printed in 1928. A scary tale about a man being tricked into Satan's abode. Horrific and hard to put down, totally worth the read.
Pierre Fortier
Jul 06, 2013 Pierre Fortier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livre d'horreur fantastique de série "B" comme aurait pu tourné dans un studio d'Angleterre où tous les premiers Dracula ont été filmés.
Oct 02, 2012 Cecil rated it really liked it
An engrossing tale about Satan who doesn't exactly live in hell.
Jan 31, 2011 A.R. rated it liked it
Creepy. Very, very creepy. As in no hope creepy.
Feb 09, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this back in the seventies.
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Abraham Grace Merritt. Wrote under the name of A.Merritt, popular fantasy and horror writer of the teens, 20's and 30's. Family moved to Philadelphia, in 1894.He later studied law but switched to journalism. Becoming assistant editor and later editor of The American Weekly.The biggest magazine of the time.And had a fabulous salary of $100,000, during the Depression.Began writing short stories, in ...more
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