Roads is a short novel by author Seabury Quinn. It was published by Arkham House in 1948[1] in an edition of 2,137 copies. It was Arkham House's first illustrated book and the author's first hardcover.

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Dust-jacket illustration by Virgil Finlay for Roads
AuthorSeabury Quinn
IllustratorVirgil Finlay
Cover artistVirgil Finlay
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy novel
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages110 pp

The story, in an unrevised edition, originally appeared in the January 1938 issue of Weird Tales magazine.[1]

Roads is a Christmas story that traces the origins of Santa Claus from the beginning of the Christian era.

The story is split into three parts:

  • "The Road to Bethlehem"
  • "The Road to Calvary"
  • "The Long, Long Road"

Roads was reissued in 2005 by Red Jacket Press, as a fully authorized facsimile reproduction of the original Arkham House edition, and again by Shadowridge Press in 2017.


  1. ^ a b Roads by Seabury Quinn Red Jacket Press, "First published in the January 1938 issue of Weird Tales"


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