Creating a Cover: The Devil’s Rosary by Seabury Quinn

The Devil’s Rosary, the second volume in Seabury Quinn’s Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin—after The Horror on the Linksreleases this September. Today we’re spotlighting the incredible cover designed by Claudia Noble and featuring art by the legendary Donato Giancola. Similar to last week’s post on Robert Guffey’s Until the Last Dog Dies, we’re giving you a behind-the-scenes peek into the design process, with never-before-seen initial sketches of Donato’s amazing artwork.

Here’s the book’s front cover (originally revealed by Subterranean Press, which is also offering a great pre-order) and its description:

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The Second of Five Volumes Collecting the Stories of Jules de Grandin, the Supernatural Detective Made Famous in the Classic Pulp Magazine Weird Tales

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 another author whose name and work have fallen into obscurity: Seabury Quinn.

Quinn’s short stories were featured in well over half of Weird Tales’s 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. In de Grandin, there are familiar shades of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and alongside his assistant, Dr. Samuel Trowbridge, de Grandin’s knack for solving mysteries—and his outbursts of peculiar French-isms (Grand Dieu!)—captivated readers for nearly three decades.

Available for the first time in trade editions, The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin collects all ninety-three of Seabury Quinn’s stories starring the supernatural detective Jules de Grandin. Night Shade Books is proud to publish, in five chronological volumes, the definitive collection of an iconic pulp hero.

The second volume, The Devil’s Rosary, includes all of the Jules de Grandin stories from “The Black Master” (1929) to “The Wolf of St. Bonnot” (1930), as well as an introduction by George Vanderburgh and Robert Weinberg and a foreword by Stefan Dziemianowicz.

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We’ve been fans of Donato’s work for a long time, and feel truly lucky to have him involved in this project. After we sent over some sample stories, along with a handful of ideas to consider, he turned around sketches to show us his concept for a series look. They’re just simple drawings in colored pencil, but it was immediately evident that Donato had captured the irresistibly pulpy mood and tone of Quinn’s stories. Even so, the final artwork exceed our expectations, and we can’t wait to show off the rest of it.

Here’s the sketch that led to the final cover above for The Devil’s Rosary: 

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And, as a bonus, here’s the one that led to the cover for The Horror on the Links, along with the final version:

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We’ve pulled out all the stops for this series—the first time ever that all of Quinn’s de Grandin stories have been available to the trade—with five fully cloth-bound volumes featuring foil stamping on the spine and front cover, colored endpapers, and collector’s edition-quality jacket stock. Until finished copies of The Devil’s Rosary come back from the printer, take a look at The Horror on the Links, available now:

Newest iPhone picture[1] copy

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From the artwork to the design to the actual book production, we think we’ve done justice to these fascinating stories, and we hope you feel the same. There will be similar updates for books 3, 4, and 5 in the series, too, so keep checking in on our social media for more.

We’d also love to hear your thoughts and feedback—is this something you’d like to see more of? What other sorts of behind-the-scenes glimpses would you be interested in seeing? To share your opinion, please feel free to send us a message from the Contact Us tab at the top of the page!

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The Devil’s Rosary is out September 12, 2017!

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