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The Horror on the Links

(The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  51 reviews
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 an ...more
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Published April 4th 2017 by Night Shade
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Sep 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
vii -A. Vanderburgh and Robert E. Weinberg


001 - "The Horror on the Links" (Weird Tales, October 1925)
019 - "The Tenants of Broussac" (Weird Tales, December 1925)


045 - "The Isle of Missing Ships" (Weird Tales, February 1926)
078 - "The Vengeance of India" (Weird Tales, April 1926)
092 - "The Dead Hand" (Weird Tales, May 1926)
103 - "The House of Horror" (Weird Tales, July 1926)
121 - "Ancient Fires" (Weird Tales, September 1926)
142 - "The Great God Pan" (Weird Tales, October 1926)
Nancy Oakes
On the less-serious reading side, I find myself in complete agreement with George A. Vanderburgh and Robert Weinberg who say in their introduction to this book that the tales in this book "might not be great literature, but they don't pretend to be." They also remark that the stories found here are "good fun" which is absolutely the case. The Horror on the Links is the first book in a proposed five-volume set, and if the remaining four installments are even half as much fun as this one, then I'm ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jules de Grandin was a pulp occult detective, similar to a Hammer Films version of Sherlock Holmes. Serving as his Watson (and the person that de Grandin can explain things to the audience through) is Dr. Trowbridge. Every adventure that de Grandin and Trowbridge get themselves into has a 50/50 chance of either being a real occult happening or just a hypnotist/mad scientist/criminal taking advantage of vulnerable and/or gullible people by faking or reproducing strange phenomena.

I think these adv
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seabury Quinn is a pulp fiction horror writer whose contemporaries (Lovecfaft, Howard, Smith, Bloch, Derelith and Wellman) are more well-known. But Quinn's occult detective Jules de Grandin and his comrade, Dr. Samuel Trowbridge, made an appearance in 62 of the 96 issues of Weird Tales (1925-1951) and was quite a popular draw for it's readers.

But there's a reason Quinn has fallen into near obscurity. His tales of the French physician, soldier, and intelligence officer are of pure pulp formula: n
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp
A large collection of stories about Jules de Grandin, known as the Supernatural Sherlock Holmes. After the first couple of stories, it settles down to a formula. de Grandin and his Watson, Dr. Trowbridge, would be minding their own business in New Jersey, when the paranormal rears its head. Trowbridge never knows what is going on, but de Grandin figures things out. They encounter vampires, werewolves, mummies, ghosts, and more!
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird-fiction
4.5 stars.
One should take it as a warning when the introductory essay, written by literally one of Quinn/de Grandin's biggest fans and editorial contributors, instructs you to not read them back to back [not more than one a week is the instruction given] and then spends the remaining wordcount explaining why Quinn is forgotten in this era of the Lovecraft/Weird-ascendancy with the fervor of a medieval apologist: Quinn wrote pulp (but at least he knew it), Quinn slammed out too huge a body of fiction to ac ...more
Robert Hobson
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
An impressive collection of shorts from the pulp era. Easy reads that are fun and engaging from beginning to end. Seabury Quinn is not only a great author name, it's his real name. ...more
Tenebrous Kate
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to put on like I don't understand why H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and Robert E. Howard are more highly-regarded than Seabury Quinn by today's genre critics. That having been said, these stories are a hell of a lot of fun, and there's a value all its own to a ripping yarn crammed full of bizarre details. Quinn layers on at least two extra outrageous plot twists into each of these tales, all of which are well-served by their brevity. It's easy to see why these energetic and o ...more
Kat Rocha
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As the preface says, don't read them all in one go. you'll get overwhelmed... but the adventures of deGrandin are amazing and deserve to be on the shelf next to Conan's adventures and Lovecraft's writtings. ...more
D J Rout
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At last we have a complete collection of Jules de Grandin stories available to the public who aren't willing, or able, to lash out $1500-odd on a hardcover collection.

I came across my first Jules de Grandin story, 'The House of Horror', in an audio version of The Pan Book of Horror Stories in 1991, and the scene of horror in it was at once so vivid and horrifying I determined to track down more stories by the same author. Unfortunately, I thought that was David Case, so that delayed me finding t
Doctor of the occult, the bizarre, and the outré…

This beautiful book contains 22 stories of Dr. Jules de Grandin, published in Weird Tales Magazine from 1925-1928. It is volume one in a series that promises to reprint all of the tales Seabury Quinn wrote featuring the little blonde Frenchman with his vast knowledge and experience with the unknown.

Jules de Grandin resides for the most part with his friend and biographer Dr. Samuel Trowbridge in Harrisonville, New Jersey. Dr. Trowbridge and Grandi
Riju Ganguly
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
My-my! These must have been the wet dreams of pulp lovers. You have a parody of a Frenchman, as sought after by the ignoramus, to make the tales more exotic. You have a Dr. Watson working as the faithful narrator for a hero who is a combination of all penny dreadful and subsequent detectives (including those dealing with paranormal). And you have stories. By God! What stories. This volume contains twenty three stories, and they cover the whole gamut of pulp villains. Vampires, werewolves, shape- ...more
Love of Hopeless Causes
Neither fish nor foul, these tales don't succeed in the horror titillation sense--nor the anticipatory mystery sense--due to poor structure and tension. Quinn should give us something up front to worry about, but we spend the first fifteen minutes of each tale floundering about trying to discover the story goal. This is common for pulp. Too much of the author's thought process remains apparent when you only do two drafts.

After five hours and five stories, I'm abandoning ship. If I managed to fi
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have read a lot of pulp over the years. I like pulp and don't mind the purple prose or the normally predictable tales. I have read some Seabury Quinn over the years so I was excited to get this.
Unfortunately, the stories told here were just bad and not entertaining in the least.
I did not find the main protagonists( Jules de Grandin and Dr. Trowbridge- a shitty half-baked Holmes and Watson imitation...and I've been entertained by Imitations of Holmes, and this was just not a good imitation.) in
Anne Wingate
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New Old Story Still Works

I was a little dubious about the book before I began reading it. I need not have worried. It consists of excellent short stories, mildly horrific, but with good triumphing. If I had more stories in the series I would go right on reading. I recommend it for most people.
Tony Ciak
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's been a long haul, but I'm finally done. I took the advice of the editors and didn't sit down and read the whole thing through in one go. Judging by my personal log, I've read about one story per month for the past two years, something like a reader of Weird Tales would have experienced in real life. Although Seabury Quinn didn't have a story in every issue, or at least, not a Jules de Grandin story. Having that gap didn't really endear the characters or the format to me, but slow reading pr ...more
Steve Rainwater
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
French investigator and his American assistant solve weird cases.

Pulp era stories from the pages of Weird Tales. These stories were the X-Files of the 1930s. French Professor Jules de Grandin of the Service de Sûreté and his American companion Dr. Trowbridge investigate cases involving science, superstition, religion, and the paranormal. As often as not, they reveal the seemingly paranormal to be nothing but the scams of mortal men. But occasionally they run into actual paranormal things like mu
Bruce Blanchard
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pulp fiction has been one my favorite reads over the years with many names that could be mentioned here. They dealt with ordinary humans confronting the paranormal whether it's ghosts, vampires, werewolves, lamias or ancient curses. The heroes are those men who know about the strange, take on the evil and cast it out. Their salvation lies in godliness and goodness. Their actions might be less than godlike and good. Enter Seabury Quinn who wrote a lot of stories centering around the little French ...more
Steven Middaugh
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic pulp

This is undoubtedly classic pulp, written long before Ghostbusters ever came on the scene. Already met Carnacki and Flaxman Low, they're nothing like Jules De Grandin and his companion, Dr. Trowbridge an never ending skeptic. They're nothing like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. And Jules De Grandin is certainly not Hercule Periot. Even though Jules De Grandin had called a psychic Periot. But he isn't. What he is is a detective who cows police, villains, and thingies with his wit and
Emmett Hoops
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is only interesting insofar as it provides illumination on what kind of tripe typically would fill pages in pulp magazines when they weren't publishing Lovecraft, Derleth, Hammett, and other well-known authors. Quinn was neither a great stylist nor an enlightened man, as evidenced by the reference to "the white women" and "Negroes" -- the white women need to be saved from the predations of the Negroes, of course. I couldn't endure reading every story: if it seemed to have not all that ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Originally from the 1920s, these are a set of mystery stories with a supernatural element to them. Despite their age, they are entertaining and enjoyable stories, although they are admittedly not PC in some cases. Well, the stories are from a long time ago and the author isn't around to change them, therefore one can see they are a snapshot of the time they were written. Most are set in New Jersey, and Quinn reliably gets the feel for New Jersey. The dialogue between Jules de Grandin, the French ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I was hoping for a little more. It was kind of like Hercule Poirtot meets Scooby Doo, with just a touch of the X Files tossed in there for good measure. Quinn's fictional NJ town of Harrisonville seems like the worst place to live with all these weird crimes happening.

I am not sure which character annoyed me more, the egotistical title character or the moronic Watson ripoff, Dr Trowbridge - who constantly is skeptical of de Grandin's methods and ideas (even of the crimes themselves) desp
Joseph Raborg
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Horror Adventures

This is a series of fun adventures. Some of the stories can be quite horrifying and gruesome. The couple involving cannibalism are hard to take. Overall, this is a fun series of short stories, but not for the faint of heart!

One has to love the character of Jules de Grandin. He is perhaps the most swashbuckling horror hero you'll find in literature. Dr. Trowbridge, his friend, is loyal but dumb as a rock. Essentially, certain cinematic representations of Dr. Watson describe t
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t look here for literature of the classic sort. But, if you are looking for fun, silly tales of the weird and occult, this is a good bet. You need a sense of humour about it though. I saw several reviews that took it too seriously and criticized the author for lacking art. There is plenty of art in these pages, which can only be described as a tongue-in-cheek rendition of Sherlock and Watson, meets Hardy Boys, meets the Scooby Doo gang. Jules de Grandin is a fabulously self-aggrandizing work ...more
Kevin Harber
Entertaining, though formulaic and occasionally repetitive, collection of horror pulp stories from the 1920s and ‘30s about the cases of a Sherlock Holmes-type who investigates strange and supernatural cases with his physician companion. Like most pop culture from that period there is racism, xenophobia, and misogyny popping up throughout but not as frequently or virulently as in most pulp stories at least. Also, there seems to be a fair amount of queer coding in the descriptions of and relation ...more
Norman Cook
Seabury Quinn and his detective of the weird, Jules de Grandin, were very obscure names to me before seeing them nominated for the Retro Hugo Award, Best Series. I read two or three of these stores, enough to give me the flavor of the series. They are very formulaic stories, and for modern readers the mysteries involved are not difficult to figure out. The stories have not aged particularly well, either, with some not too kind depictions of anyone who is not a white male. Jules de Grandin is an ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-story, crime, gothic
An author who has disappeared from common knowledge, Seabury Quinn wrote many years for Weird Tales at the height of pulp fiction. His stories feature a crazy French doctor/detective who investigates paranormal and cryptonatural crimes. Much like Holmes and other quirky detectives, the stories move fast and the bad guys/creatures get their due.
I had to stretch reading these out as they are pretty much the same , but still entertaining. There at least 4 more of these collected volumes I will prob
Robert Kahn
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
de Grandin and his assistant, Dr. Trowbridge, solve mysteries, murders, etc. Usually a supernatural link, which I can't get into. Reminders of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. Good stories except for example, mad doctor injects serum that turn man into powerful ape, which turns out to be the murderer, etc. ...more
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