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A. Merritt was a pulp fiction writer whose style was really more similar to H.P. Lovecraft, and in fact, he was writing around the same time as Lovecraft. His style tended toward horror-science fiction-fantasy, but Seven Footprints to Satan is best described as a horror detective story.

This Avon Press book has a 1942 copyright, although the book was first published in 1929. Described in the book blurb as a "thoroughgoing melodrama of diabolism," the blurb also says that the story has "an explorer-hero," a "girl victim head of the cult," and a "cockney mechanic" as its main characters. The mind boggles.

Unique for a pulp fiction book, Seven Footprints To Satan has artwork in it -- woodcut prints that are really quite amusing. I think the print that is shown in the third photo should be titled "if Duke Ellington had been a demon from hell." (if you don't know what I mean, look up a photo of Duke.)

Great for your pulp fiction library and a fun Halloween display piece, you can't help but be amused by this one!


The cover is really in very nice condition, with only a small amount of rubbing at the tips. You may notice that the last letter in "Footprints" and in "Satan" are cut a bit short. That isn't damage to the book, that's sloppy work by our buddies at Avon Press. They are called pulps for a reason.

The interior pages are tanned because they were printed on el-cheapo paper, but all the pages are tight and intact. The book seems virtually unread. There are no inscriptions, rips or tears. The back cover shows an Avon advertisement with Shakespeare looking perhaps a bit miffed to be on the back of a pulp fiction book. There's also another publisher error where it says "Look for the Shakespeare Head imprinti." Oops! Ran out of room for the "ng!" It's why you gotta love pulp fiction. The book is 6.25 x 4.25 inches in size.

Seven Footprints To Satan - A. Merritt - Pulp fiction - 1940s


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