Friday, November 28, 2014

The Secret of Terror Castle

Back in July I posted an ad for The Three Investigators books (click HERE.) Our good friend Mr. C admitted in the comments to having never read any of the many adventures involving Bob Andrews, Pete Crenshaw, and Jupiter Jones, --which to my ears also means that he's never seen the wonderfully atmospheric illustrations each book contains as well! And there's no better place to start than with the very first Three Investigators tale, "The Secret of Terror Castle", written by Robert Arthur in 1964 and featuring the spooktacular art of Harry Kane.










12 comments:

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

I never was into this kind of narrative as a kid, but the art is fine: Hammer-style castles, ghosts (presumably fake) and a Fu-Manchu character ...

Karswell said...

Some of my favorite early reading as a kid

Brian Barnes said...

Like Karswell, I was a big Secret Investigators fan. Dead Man's Riddle was my favorite, but by the time the late 70s rolled around I was reading King/Koontz/etc, so I've never read some of the later ones.

Great books for kids, really.

Never got why some were "secret" and others "mystery", they were relatively interchangeable.

Craftypants Carol said...

Cool! I love that ghost!

Karswell said...

Yeah that page was a real freak-out to 4th grade me reading this book... just try to get passed the text page opposite with her looking at you for a few minutes out of the corner of your eye!

Craftypants Carol said...

:)

Mr. Cavin said...

Hey thanks! You know, I am shocked to discover that the interior illustrations are somehow even better than the covers. I can't wait to see more (even if that means getting a DC library card the next time I'm in the US).

Karswell said...

I'll get some more up in Dec for ya... we'll be heading into Poe territory next :) thanks for the comments!

Kid said...

I first read this book back in the late '60s or early '70s, but I don't recall the illustrations (apart from the endpapers) so perhaps the British editions didn't have them. I have a smaller edition of this book and I'm pretty sure that it doesn't have any illos either. Funny thing is, whenever I re-read any of these books, they conjure up the exact same images (and associations) as they did when I first read them. (First one I ever read was The Mystery of the Green Ghost, obtained from my local library.)

Karswell said...

Some reprints did not include illustrations, Kid... foreign versions may have been without as well.

Mike said...

Love the book, but I like this cover better:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B01geV_O1VoHVDIzS0E4WmFpQU0/view?usp=sharing

More...evocative.

Karswell said...

Nice castle