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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 20th century, are recognizable even to casual audiences of the bizarre and fantastic. And yet despite being more popular than them all during the golden era of genre pulp fiction, there is another author whose name and work have fallen into obscurity: Seabury Quinn.

Quinn's short stories were featured in well more than half of Weird Tales' original publication run. His most famous character, the supernatural French detective Dr. Jules de Grandin, investigated cases involving monsters, devil worshippers, serial killers, and spirits from beyond the grave, often set in the small town of Harrisonville, New Jersey. Collected for the first time, The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, edited by George Vanderburgh, presents all 93 published works featuring the supernatural detective. Presented in chronological order, this is the definitive collection of an iconic pulp hero.

©2017 The Estate of Seabury Quinn; Jules de Grandin stories copyright 1925–1938 by Popular Fiction Publishing Co.; Jules de Grandin stories copyright 1938–1951 by Weird Tales (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Quel dommage !

I very much enjoyed volume 1 of the Seabury Quinn stories (Horror on the Links) and was excited to listen to volume 2. Imagine my disappointment upon finding that the producer did not feel that Grandin's French accent is an important part of the charm of the story. The narrator in the first volume, although obviously not bilingual, did an admirable effort to suggest Grandin's voice. Mr. Eiden either doesn't have the facility, or was directed not to simulate any accent and this significantly diminishes the fun of the reading.
I certainly hope that the producers take more care in casting a narrator for volume 3.

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If you want an introduction to the many tales of Jules deGrandin, start with the first of these collections. The narration on that volume is smoother and dosn't contain the occasional mispronunciations that mar this reading. I also detected a couple of misread/incorrect terms in the reading.

It's a pity that a different reader was assigned to this compilation..

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