Roads by Seabury Quinn
print in Facsimile Reprint Edition from Red Jacket
Red Jacket Press is pleased to announce a new
addition to our ongoing series of limited edition
facsimile reproductions of vintage SF and Fantasy
classics: the 1948 Arkham House edition of "Roads"
by Seabury Quinn, featuring beautiful illustrations
by the legendary fantasy artist Virgil Finlay.
Drawing upon the legends that coalesced over
centuries into the familiar, jolly form of Saint
Nicholas, Seabury Quinn weaves a surprising new
origin for this most beloved of children's icons.
“I have not tried to paint the portrait of a man,”
he wrote, “but merely to present a personality
and hazard a guess as to the motivation that makes
Santa Claus the wondrous figure he is — a figure
who more than any other exemplifies the beauty
First published in the January 1938 issue of
Weird Tales (and released later that same year
as a highly limited edition pamphlet), "Roads”
reappeared ten years after its initial publication
as a handsome hardcover book from groundbreaking
speculative fiction publisher Arkham House, an
edition which featured illustrations by Virgil
This re-imagining of Santa Claus was selected
by authors James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock
as one of the 100 Best Fantasy Books, and has
been hailed by genre historian Sam Moskowitz as
"the greatest adult Christmas story written
by an American."
Further information on “Roads,” information on
author Seabury Quinn and illustrator Virgil Finlay,
and a brief excerpt are available at redjacketpress.com.
(More information on Arkham House is available
This limited edition facsimile reprint volume
is a complete and detailed reproduction of the
original 1948 Arkham House first edition, fully
authorized by Arkham House Publishers, and packaged
in a deluxe gift box that includes a booklet with
biographical information about the author and
illustrator. The dust jacket and gift box both
feature the beautiful metallic gold ink of the
original Arkham House edition.
“Roads” is priced at $29.95, and is now available
for order direct from the publisher at http://www.redjacketpress.com,
or anywhere fine books are sold.