Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Inquisitor Series, 1974-1975

Proof that there are still horror-related paperbacks of the 1970s I have never heard of before! Thanks to critic Andrew Nette of Pulp Curry, I've been introduced to this six-volume series The Inquisitor, by Simon Quinn. Published by Dell Books throughout 1974 and '75, the covers feature incredible imagery of their day, conflating spy and occult tropes with a steely-jawed hairdo dude depicting one Francis Xavier Killy, "an Irish American lay brother of the Militia Christi, a tertiary branch of the Dominicans, working for the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Rome."

I don't know what any of that means, but I do know that "Simon Quinn" is the pseudonym of bestselling author Martin Cruz Smith, best known for Gorky Park and Nightwing. You can read more about the books here, here, and here. A search of Abebooks shows most of these paperbacks in the $10-$45 range.


1 comment:

Ben said...

Really interesting to see a full set of covers for these books. I randomly scored a copy of 'Last Rites of the Vulture' a while ago and did a post about it here:
https://breakfastintheruins.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/random-paperbacks-inquisitor-last-rites.html

In short, I was disappointed by the lack of any real horror elements, but some of the stuff I found instead was... pretty extraordinary.