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Weird Crimes and the Servants of Satan

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Seabury Quinn – Author, editor, teacher, and lawyer. He was born in Washington, D.C. In 1910 he graduated from the Law School of the National University and was admitted to the District of Columbia bar. He served in World War I, and afterwards became editor of a group of trade papers in New York, taught medical jurisprudence, and wrote both technical articles and pulp fiction.

He was not at any time a mortician (as erroneously reported) but at one time did edit the trade magazine Casket and Sunnyside and also from 1918 to 1926 taught mortuary law at the Renouard School for Embalmers in New York. In 1937 he returned to Washington to represent a chain of trade journals. He became a government lawyer for the duration of World War II. He alternated between law and journalism all his life. He was known as “a gentleman of the old school.”

Of his 500 or so published short stories, 154 original stories appeared in Weird Tales Magazine. He was one of that magazine’s most popular contributors, and his stories were given more of its cover illustrations than any other author’s in the 1920’s and 30’s.