Occult Detective Countdown 5/20: Adam Sinclair / #40DaysofHalloween

Forgive me. I’m running on very little sleep, but the Countdown must go on…

On my 25th birthday, the 1st of March, 1991, we were celebrating by a dozen or so of my friends and I attending the premiere of Oliver Stone’s new film, The Doors, starring Val Kilmer and Kyle MacLachlan, but earlier in the day I treated myself to a little shopping at the Muncie Mall’s B. Dalton.

That’s when I discovered Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris’ The Adept, which was released on that same day…

There was definitely something in the air and it was certainly a day etched for all-time into the mythic annals. I vividly recall a hangover of epic proportions being all but nullified the day after thanks largely to being consumed by the first chapter in the Adam Sinclair series.

I had long been a Kartherine Kurtz fan, particularly of her novel Lammas Night which I had purchased my senior year in high school. The Adept was in the same vein, and, I would later learn as the series progressed, set in the same universe.

Adam Sinclair was cut from the same occult detective mold as Dion Fortune’s Dr. Taverner and Algernon Blackwood’s John Silence. Sinclair was a psychologist, knighted nobleman, scholar — and skilled occultist.

I loved all of the books in the series, including the short stories found in Kurtz’ Templar Knights anthologies, and regard them as high water marks in the occult detective genre. The stories are certainly “of their time”, actually more at home in the early-mid twentieth century than even when they were published in the nineties. But that really worked for me, because those are the stories I’ve always gravitated toward.

If you’ve not given yourself over to this series, you really need to make a point of it.

2 Responses to “Occult Detective Countdown 5/20: Adam Sinclair / #40DaysofHalloween”

  1. I enjoyed them, even though they were actually written by Deborah Turner Harris, with Kurtz editing. My main complaint is they get a bit twee. Especially in the first one when the awful line is used “Peregrine had the good grace to blush” not just once, but repeatedly throughout the book. Years later Kurtz said she was doing a sequel to “Lammas Night” but that Harris would do the actual writing. Fortunately that never happened.

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