Author: Seabury Quinn
ISFDB Record Number: 65371
Synopsis: A Christmas Trilogy which appeared in "Weird Tales" in January of 1938.Editor, Sam Moskowitz portrays the "saga" as "the greatest adult Christmas story written by an American." The story is centered around a Norseman named Klaus, who finds himself in the service of Herod.As "Claudius" in"The Road to Bethlehem," he defends a poor Jewish family from attack by the soldiers of Rome, saving the life of a remarkable infant.
In "The Road to Calvary," he meets this infant become a remarkable man.Klaus / Claudius is in the service of one Pontius Pilate.He is given the duty of placing a scroll "over the young Prophet's head."
"The Long Road Home" relates his years of wandering through Europe after the fall of Rome and the strange fate he finds as his reward.
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- Weird Tales, January 1938, (Jan 1938, ed. Farnsworth Wright, publ. Popular Fiction Publishing Co., $0.25, 132pp, Pulp, magazine) Cover: Margaret Brundage - [VERIFIED]
- . . . Roads, (1948, Seabury Quinn, publ. Arkham House, $2.00, 110pp, hc) Cover: Virgil Finlay - [VERIFIED]
- Worlds of Weird, (Jan 1965, ed. Leo Margulies, publ. Pyramid Books, #R-1125, $0.50, 158pp, pb, anth) Cover: Virgil Finlay - [VERIFIED]
- Worlds of Weird, (Apr 1977, ed. Leo Margulies, publ. Pyramid Books, #V4471, $1.25, 158pp, pb, anth)
- Worlds of Weird, (Sep 1978, ed. Leo Margulies, publ. Jove / HBJ, 0-515-04826-7, $1.50, 158pp, pb, anth) Cover: Margaret Brundage - [VERIFIED]
- Les Meilleurs récits de Weird Tales: Tome III: (1938-1942), (Feb 1979, ed. Jacques Sadoul, publ. J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #923), 2-277-11923-7, 219pp, pb, anth) Cover: Virgil Finlay , Hannes Bok , Margaret Brundage - [VERIFIED]
- . . . Roads, (Jun 2005, Seabury Quinn, publ. Red Jacket Press, 0-9748895-8-X, $29.95, 110pp, hc) Cover: Virgil Finlay - [VERIFIED]
- A Cosmic Christmas, (Nov 2012, ed. Hank Davis, publ. Baen, 978-1-4516-3862-2, $12.00, 312pp, tp, anth) Cover: Bob Eggleton - [VERIFIED]
- Review by Frederik Pohl (1949) in Super Science Stories, July 1949
- Review by Sam Moskowitz (1950) in Fantastic Novels Magazine, May 1950
- Review by James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock (1991) in Fantasy: The 100 Best Books
- Review by Charles de Lint (2006) in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2006