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The Devil's Rosary

(The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin #2)

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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
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Published September 12th 2017 by Night Shade Books
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vi - Introduction—George A. Vanderburgh and Robert E. Weinberg
xiii - “Loved by Thousands of Readers”: The Popularity of Jules de Grandin—Stefan Dziemianowicz


001 - "The Black Master" (Weird Tales, January 1929)
027 -"The Devil People" (Weird Tales, February 1929)
058 - The Devil’s Rosary" (Weird Tales, April 1929)
086 - "The House of Golden Masks" (Weird Tales, June 1929)
109 - "The Corpse Master" (Weird Tales, July 1929)
136 - "Trespassing Souls" (Weird Tales, September 1929)
151 - "The S
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 Sûret
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Say, YES! More of Seabury Quinn's WEIRD TALES

If you have any doubts or questions whether to purchase this collection or not, cast them off! Just do it and jump in with both the book and Audible Narration.

Personally, I started with Volume One, HORROR ON THE LINKS, and as the stories progress chronologically, I found myself immensely entertained. They capture the 1920's (and early 30's) culture and reinvigorate the occult detective genre. Mulder and Scully, Holmes and Watson? Don't miss de Grand
Anne Wingate
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More of the Same Kind

When I reviewed the first book in this series I said that if I had more such stories I would go right on reading. After posting that review I looked on Amazon and lo and behold, there WERE more stories! I bought this book and the next one and went right on reading. The introduction says that the stories were written for money. So what? They may be potboilers, but they're such GOOD potboilers. If you like to read and don't mind supernatural stuff, you'll love these.
Steven Middaugh
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As Always Straight Up Pulp

As said before of the first volume, this is straight up pulp, and entertaining as always. May not be literary work of art, but what the hell? There's no pretentiousness with this one. It still rivals Lovecraft, Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith, despite Lovecraft himself not caring for it. So what? Read these anyway.
Joel Jenkins
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic pulp tales that were previously very hard to find.
Tony Ciak
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
D J Rout
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best things about this book is that the stories are presented in publication order, giving the reader a chance to see how they develop over time. But after a while they all begin to seem the same. I didn't abide by the editor's advice to read them about a week apart, and had I read them in their original magazine appearances I wouldn't've minded so much that they're similar.

Of coures, it's a continuing series featuring the same characters, and it's good that they retain some consisten
Riju Ganguly
Once again, from a pulp-lover's perspective, this collection is one of the best things that could have happened. Rediscovering Jules De Grandin adventures, and presenting them in such a nicely edited volume, is just what the docto might order for those who would prefer those campy readers over the rather anemic stuff being churned out these days.
Containing all the stories that had graced Weird Tales during 1929 and 1930, these tales again cover a horde of supernatural as well as perfectly natura
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This year I read the stories: The Black Master, The Devil's Rosary, The House of Golden Masks, Trespassing Souls, The House Without a Mirror, The Priestess of the Ivory Feet, The Druid's Shadow, Stealthy Death. The others I have read previously. ...more
Robert Hobson
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this edition of the adventures of Jules de Grandin we handle witchdoctors, possessions, and the run of the mill crooks, kidnappers, and huge snake. All of them are great.
Shawn Manning
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Hell of a romp

As with previous volumes, racism is abundantly present here. For those who ( rightly) criticise Lovecraft, they should turn their attention here. Only old white men are spared.

Once you get past that, if you can, you have some of the goofiest stories set to paper. The dialogue given deGrandin is an absolute hoot. And if you think Watson suffered abuse, he had nothing on Trowbridge.

Bottom line here is the stories are a lot of fun, but not for the easily offended.
Bruce Blanchard
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volume Two of this series centering around the little dapper Frenchman Jules de Grandin and his friend and companion Dr. Trowbridge (think of him like an everyday Dr. Watson) who tackle and take down the dark forces of human nature and the occult. The very reason why this is only Vol. 2 in a collection of Five is that there were so many of them written in the pulp magazines. In this case, you have 19 included. It's kinda mind blowing when you consider all the directions these stories go with eve ...more
Joseph Raborg
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This collection is not quite as good as the first collection. The adventures are still a ton of fun, have plenty of variety, and can be quite frightening. De Grandin, by this point, has lived in America for so long that he has lost some of his French character, which takes a little getting used to.

Bottom line: This is another collection of great horror adventures, but be sure to have read the first volume.
Dan Johnson
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
Wonderful occult detective fiction from the pulps. Though trite by more modern standards, the stories hold up fairly well. The racial stereotypes in some places are blatant, and rather embarrassing. I hope they help to remind us how far we've come, and how far we have yet to go. I look forward to reading the next in the series. ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thankfully back in print

One of the most popular authors ever to publish in weird tales, and sadly neglected since. The stories may be formulaic at times, but the characters are superbly drawn and the glimpse of life in prohibition America fascinating.
Charles Becelaere
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
These are really well-written stories, especially considering the rate at which he produced them. Think Hercule Poirot investigating supernatural happenings and you'll have the feel of these tales. I will be looking for more of Quinn's writings and suggest you do as well. ...more
Kevin Harber
A collection of pulp magazine stories from the 1920s-1940s about a Sherlock Holmes/Hercule Poirot-type who investigates supernatural crimes. I thought the later stories would be less racist and xenophobic than the earlier ones, but the reverse turned out to be true.
not my favorite of the series, but still pretty good!!
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