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''Magazine/WeirdTales'' was, in its day, the proving ground for several popular authors of weird fiction. Who would you say was its most popular-- Creator/HPLovecraft? Creator/RobertEHoward? Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith?

It was this man.

Seabury Grandin Quinn (aka Jerome Burke; December 1889 24 December 1969) was a frequent contributor to ''Weird Tales'', an author of some five hundred short stories (and one novel, ''Alien Flesh'', published posthumously in 1977). His most successful creation was the occult investigator Jules de Grandin, who featured in over ninety stories published between 1925 and 1951 (including a novella, ''The Devil's Bride''). Several of his stories tied or even beat out more currently-known works of Howard or Lovecraft in reader surveys. He also had a most oddly suitable day job for a ''Weird Tales'' author; he edited ''Casket and Sunnyside'', the trade journal for the American Undertakers' Association.

So what happened? Hard to say. After his death, many of the Grandin stories were put out in mass-market paperback compilations from Popular Library in the early 1970s, but reprints were never done, and recent collections of his work have been in much smaller runs by independent publishers. A few of his stories have entered the public domain and can be found with searching, and many individual stories have been reprinted in various horror and weird fiction anthologies. [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove Give them a try-- you might like them.]]

Starting in 2017, Night Shade Books will be reprinting the Jules de Grandin stories in a five-volume collected edition.

%%For YMMV tropes about Quinn's works, go [[YMMV.SeaburyQuinn here]].
%% PS If you think it would be better to pull out some of the tropes for a Characters page for Jules de Grandin and Dr. Trowbridge, go right ahead.


* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The description of radium interacting with electricity in "The Chapel of Mystic Horror" just doesn't make sense-- perhaps Quinn misunderstood the electroconductive properties of radium.
* BadassBoast: de Grandin makes several, but the one in "The Corpse-Master" is one of his best (see below).
* BadassMustache: We usually don't think of them as thin and waxed, but M. de Grandin makes it work.
* BigEater: Sometimes it seems like one of the things Jules de Grandin values most about his friendship with Dr. Trowbridge is access to Dr. Trowbridge's excellent cook.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: "The Brain-Thief"
* CapturedByCannibals: "The Isle of Lost Ships".
* [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]]: Plenty!
* {{Expy}}: Jules de Grandin is pretty much [[{{Dracula}} Abraham van Helsing]] with a ''soupçon'' of Literature/HerculePoirot.
* FunetikAksent: Throughout various stories.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: The villain's motivation in "The Isle of Lost Ships".
* HollywoodVoodoo: "The Drums of Damballah" does avoid the usual VoodooDoll business, but also has HumanSacrifice and the [[HollywoodSatanism use of an inverted cross]].
* ImAHumanitarian: "The Isle of Lost Ships", "Children of Ubasti"
* MadDoctor: A couple, but the one in "The House of Horror" rates special mention.
* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: The villain in "The Isle of Lost Ships".
* TheMourningAfter: See Tragic Monster below.
* OccultDetective: Jules de Grandin.
** OmnidisciplinaryScientist
* OfficerOHara: Not surprising, given the time period many of the stories were written in; Sergeant Jeremiah Costello, in particular, shows up in several stories.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
** OurGhostsAreDifferent: If blessed hawthorne and prayer doesn't dispel them, try radium salts to disrupt their electromagnetic resonance! (Note: the story this occurs in, "The Chapel of Mystic Horror", predates ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' by [[OlderThanTheyThink over half a century!]])
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: The whole WoodenStake thing? ''Averted,'' at least in "The Man Who Cast No Shadow". On the other hand, "Restless Souls" goes with more traditional vampirism (must be invited in, fears holy relics, etc.).
** OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Some are created by curses ("The Gentle Werewolf"), some by pacts with infernal powers ("Uncanonized"), some by accident ("The Blood Flower") and some by deliberate infection ("Bon Voyage, Michele"). And enough large-caliber shots will take one out regardless of the bullets' metal content (in "The Blood Flower")...
*** "The Wolf of Saint Bonnot" is a ghost (yes, OurGhostsAreDifferent this time too) who induces lycanthropic madness in others.
* PastLifeMemories: The driving plot element in ''Alien Flesh''.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: If you kill innocents around de Grandin, he ''will'' gladly kill you in as brutal a fashion as possible.
* PoirotSpeak: Jules de Grandin, ''mais oui!'' Sometimes other characters as well.
* ReincarnationRomance: "Ancient Fires", "The Globe of Memories"
* ScaledUp: "The Tenants of Broussac".
* ScoobyDooHoax: A few (titles omitted for spoiler purposes); {{zigzagged|trope}} in one story. [[spoiler: "The Doom of the House of Phipps"]]
* ScienceMarchesOn: "Terror on the Links" asserts that only chimpanzees, of the large primates, are capable of tool manipulation with their opposable thumbs; subsequent decades of primatology have shown otherwise. It also assumes gorillas are [[KillerGorilla the most aggressive and dangerous of apes]].
* TheScully: Dr. Trowbridge, who you think would be more inclined to believe de Grandin's theories after a few adventures. ("The Silver Countess" is a particularly good example of this.)
* StarCrossedLovers: See Tragic Monster below.
* SwordCane: Jules de Grandin's weapon of choice.
* ThirdLawOfGenderBending: ''Alien Flesh'', and how. It even plays EekAMouse completely straight, with the narrator thinking of how in his old male life mice didn't bother him. %% Commence reader eyerolling.
* TragicMonster: Quite a lot of stories have women who become monsters through misfortune or trickery (or are {{Cute Ghost Girl}}s); they fall for a male character, and find that they cannot escape their monstrous state short of death, usually in the form of a HeroicSacrifice for the sake of their beloved.
* UnusualEuphemism: Jules de Grandin may just outdo [[{{Tintin}} Captain Haddock]]-- in his debut story alone ("Terror on the Links") we get "''Nom d'un petit porc!''"[[note]]"Name of a small pig!"[[/note]], "Name of a little blue man!", "''Nom d'un petit bonhomme!''"[[note]]"Name of a little gentleman!"[[/note]], "''Nom d'un fusil!''"[[note]]"Name of a rifle!"[[/note]], "''Par le barb d'un bouc vert!''"[[note]]"By the beard of a green goat!"[[/note]], and "''Mort d'un rat mort!''"[[note]]"Death of a dead rat!"[[/note]]. And it just keeps going from there...
* VoodooZombie: "The Corpse-Master"
* TheWatson: Dr. Trowbridge. Interestingly, his debut (in "The Stone Idol") predates de Grandin's by six years, but he settled into this niche comfortably for the rest of Quinn's career.
* WhatTheHellHero: Trowbridge is taken aback when Grandin threatens to stab a rather foolish spiritualist in "The Wolf of Saint Bonnot". True, she's kind of a {{Jerkass}} and the one responsible for the mess (and almost responsible for preventing the monster from being destroyed)-- but she is not deliberately malicious and de Grandin comes off unusually nasty for once.
* WouldHurtAChild: In "The Corpse-Master", including a fairly graphic description of the poor little girl's corpse--leading to ManlyTears and one of Jules de Grandin's fiercest {{Badass Boast}}s:
-->"''Sang du Sant Pierre'', I, Jules Grandin, do swear that I shall find the one who caused this thing to be, and when I find him, though he take refuge beneath the very throne of God, I'll drag him forth and cast him screaming into hell. God do so to me, and more also, if I do not!"
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: de Grandin is a veteran of the Great War, which shapes a couple of attitudes of his: he is grateful to the [[{{Eagleland}} American soldiers]] who fought on the side of France, and [[NobleBigot he does not like Germans]].