Oct. 13, 2017

The Little blond Frenchman who has so much wisdom in the outré and the bizarre!

The Devil’s Rosary: The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin Volume II by Seabury Quinn

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
  • A 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…

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