Friday, March 10, 2017

The Horror on the Links by Seabury Quinn

This is an anthology of horror stories that were published in Weird Tales magazine.  They were written in the 1920's.  There will be more compilations as this author contributed to most of their magazines.  Read this and you will get a blast of the past...

Night Shade Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.

The French doctor reminds me a whole lot of Hercule Poirot.  He, too, uses his little grey matter to figure out what extraordinary thing is going on.  He tackles any case, no matter how strange.  Dr. Trowbridge, the American doctor, is the straight man in this friendship.  He doesn't really believe in supernatural things but he can't deny what his eyes can see.

With gorillas, werewolves, vampires, poison darts, and spirits everywhere it's almost like another version of The Island of Doctor Moreau.  You can't be sure what supernatural or paranormal thing will show up next.

The Frenchman has done some extensive traveling so he recognizes most of the symptoms and can help solve (apparently) any mystery.  These stories are written in the more reserved tone of the '20's but the themes still appear in today's writing.

Weird Tales always had stories like these and sold well for a number of years.  It's nice to see the old stories gathered up and being shared again.  Stories never die as long as there's still one storyteller left...

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