Dennis Wheatley

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Dennis Wheatley
Dennis Wheatley Allan Warren.jpg
Portrait by Allan Warren
Born Dennis Yeats Wheatley
(1897-01-08)8 January 1897
London, England
Died 10 November 1977(1977-11-10) (aged 80)
Occupation author, editor
Nationality English
Citizenship British
Period 1930–1980
Genre Adventure, Occult, Historical
Notable works The Devil Rides Out

Dennis Yates Wheatley (8 January 1897 – 10 November 1977) was an English author whose prolific output of thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world's best-selling writers from the 1930s through the 1960s. His Gregory Sallust series was one of the main inspirations for Ian Fleming's James Bond stories.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dennis Wheatley was born in South London to Albert David and Florence Elizabeth Harriet Wheatley (née Baker). He was the eldest of three children of a family who were the owners of Wheatley & Son of Mayfair, a wine business. He admitted to little aptitude for schooling and was expelled from Dulwich College for allegedly forming a "secret society" (mentioned in the writer’s introduction of The Devil Rides Out). Soon after his expulsion, Wheatley became a British Merchant Navy officer cadet on the training ship HMS Worcester.

Military service[edit]

Wheatley was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant into the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War, undertaking his basic training at Biscot Camp[2] in Luton, and served in France with the City of London Brigade and the 36th (Ulster) Division.[3] He was gassed in a chlorine attack at Passchendaele and invalided after service in Flanders, on the Ypres Salient, and in France at Cambrai and St. Quentin. In 1919 he assumed management of the family wine merchant business but in 1931, after a decline in business due to the Great Depression, he sold the firm and began writing.[3]

During the Second World War, Wheatley was a member of the London Controlling Section, which secretly coordinated strategic military deception and cover plans. His literary talents gained him employment with planning staffs for the War Office. He wrote numerous papers for the War Office, including suggestions for dealing with a German invasion of Britain (recounted in his works Stranger than Fiction and The Deception Planners). The most famous of his submissions to the Joint Planning Staff of the war cabinet was on "Total War". He was given a commission directly into the JP Service as Wing Commander, RAFVR and took part in advance planning for the Normandy invasions. In 1946, Wheatley was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star for his part in the war effort.

Writing career[edit]

His first novel published, The Forbidden Territory, was an immediate success when issued by Hutchinson in 1933, being reprinted seven times in seven weeks. The release the next year of his occult story, The Devil Rides Out—hailed by James Hilton as "the best thing of its kind since Dracula"—cemented his reputation as "The Prince of Thriller Writers."

Wheatley mainly wrote adventure novels, with many books in a series of linked works. Background themes included the French Revolution (the Roger Brook series), Satanism (the Duke de Richleau series), World War II (the Gregory Sallust series) and espionage (the Julian Day novels). Over time, each of his major series would include at least one book pitting the hero against some manifestation of the supernatural. He came to be considered an authority on Satanism, the practice of exorcism, and black magic, toward all of which he expressed hostility. During his study of the paranormal, though, he joined the Ghost Club.

In many of his works, Wheatley wove in interactions between his characters and actual historical events and individuals. For example, in the Roger Brook series the main character involves himself with Napoleon and Joséphine whilst spying for Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger. Similarly, in the Gregory Sallust series, Sallust shares an evening meal with Hermann Göring.

During the 1930s, Wheatley conceived a series of mysteries, presented as case files, with testimonies, letters, and pieces of evidence such as hairs or pills. The reader had to inspect this evidence to solve the mystery before unsealing the last pages of the file, which gave the answer. Four of these 'Crime Dossiers' were published: Murder Off Miami, Who Killed Robert Prentice, The Malinsay Massacre, and Herewith The Clues!.

Also in the 1930s, after finishing The Fabulous Valley, Wheatley decided to use the theme of Black Magic for his next books. He wrote: "The fact that I had read extensively about ancient religions gave me some useful background, but I required up-to-date information about occult circle in this country. My friend, Tom Driberg, who then lived in a mews flat just behind us in Queen's Gate, proved most helpful. he introduced me to Aleister Crowley, the Reverend Montague Summers and Rollo Ahmed." [4]

In the 1960s, Hutchinson was selling a million copies of his books per year, and most of his titles were kept available in hardcover. A few of his books were made into films by Hammer, of which the best known is The Devil Rides Out (book 1934, film 1968). Wheatley also wrote non-fiction works, including an account of the Russian Revolution, a life of King Charles II of England, and several autobiographical volumes.

Wheatley invented a number of board games including Invasion[5] (1938), Blockade[6] (1939) and Alibi (April 1953).

He edited several collections of short stories, and from 1974 through 1977, he supervised a series of 45 paperback reprints for the British publisher Sphere with the heading "The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult", selecting the titles and writing short introductions for each book. These included both occult-themed novels by the likes of Bram Stoker and Aleister Crowley (with whom he once shared a lunch) and non-fiction works on magic, occultism, and divination by authors such as the Theosophist H. P. Blavatsky, the historian Maurice Magre, the magician Isaac Bonewits, and the palm-reader Cheiro.

Two weeks before his death in November 1977, Wheatley received conditional absolution from his old friend Cyril 'Bobby' Eastaugh, the Bishop of Peterborough. He was cremated at Tooting and his ashes interred at Brookwood Cemetery. He is commemorated on the Baker/Yeats family monument at West Norwood Cemetery.

His estate library was sold in a catalogue sale by Basil Blackwell's in 1979. It suggested a well-read individual with wide-ranging interests, particularly with respect to historical fiction and Europe.

His grandson Dominic Wheatley became one of the co-founders of the software house Domark, which published a number of titles in the 1980s and 1990s.[7]


His work is fairly typical of his class and era, portraying a way of life and clubland ethos that gives an insight into the values of the time. His main characters are all supporters of Royalty, Empire and the class system, and many of his villains are villainous because they attack these ideas, although in The Golden Spaniard he pits his series protagonists against each other in the setting of the Spanish Civil War. His works are enjoyable thrillers, and his "Roger Brook" series books, in particular, offer the reader "history without tears" (Wheatley, in the introduction to The Man Who Killed the King). His historical analysis is affected by his politics, but is well informed. For example, Vendetta in Spain (pre-World War I adventure in that country) contains a discussion of political anarchism which is well researched, though unsympathetic. His strong attachment to personal liberty also informs much of his work. This, as well as a sympathetic attitude toward Jews (as shown in the 'Simon Aron' character introduced in Three Inquisitive People) caused him to criticise the Nazi system mercilessly, in those 'Gregory Sallust' thrillers set during World War II.

During the winter of 1947, Wheatley penned 'A Letter to Posterity' which he buried in an urn at his country home. The letter was intended to be discovered some time in the future (it was found in 1969 when that home was demolished for redevelopment of the property). In it, he predicted that the socialist reforms introduced by the post-war government would result inevitably in the abolition of the monarchy, the "pampering" of a "lazy" working class, and national bankruptcy. He advised both passive and active resistance to the resulting tyranny, including "ambushing and killing of unjust tyrannous officials."

Employers are now no longer allowed to run their businesses as they think best but have become the bond slaves of socialist state planning. The school leaving age has been put up to 16, and a 5 day working week has been instituted in the mines, the railways and many other industries... The doctrine of ensuring every child a good start in life and equal opportunities is fair and right, but the intelligent and the hardworking will always rise above the rest, and it is not a practical proposition that the few should be expected to devote their lives exclusively to making things easy for the majority. In time, such a system is bound to undermine the vigour of the race.[8][9]

Posthumous publications[edit]

From 1972 to 1977 (the year of his death), 52 of Dennis Wheatley's novels were offered in a uniform hardcover set by Heron Books UK. (This was in addition to Hutchinson's own "Lymington" edition, published from 1961 to 1979.) Having brought each of his major fictional series to a close with the final Roger Brook novel, Wheatley then turned to his memoirs. These were announced as five volumes, but never completed, and were eventually published as three books, the (fourth) volume concerning the Second World War issued as a separate title. His availability and influence declined following his death, partly owing to difficulties of reprinting his works because of copyright problems.

In 1998 Justerini & Brooks celebrated their upcoming 250th anniversary by revising his last work about their house, 'The Eight Ages of Justerini's'(1965) and re-issuing it as 'The Nine Ages of Justerini's'. The revision by Susan Keevil brought the history up to date.

Wheatley's literary estate was acquired by media company Chorion in April 2008, and several titles were reissued in Wordsworth paperback editions. A new hardcover omnibus of Black Magic novels was released by Prion in 2011.

When Chorion encountered financial problems in 2012, the Rights House and PFD acquired four crime estates from them, including the Wheatley titles. PFD is hoping to broker new series for TV and radio, and a move to digital publishing.

In 2013, Bloomsbury Reader will publish 56 of his titles, starting from October; these will be available in both printed format and as ebooks.[10]

List of works[edit]

All titles in this list (up to the end of the 'Short Story Collection' section) were made available in the 1970s 'Heron' hardback edition, except for the titles marked with an 'X'.

Complete list of Wheatley's work, by publication date[edit]

Dennis Wheatley's Bibliography In Chronological order


Historic Brandies from the Palaces of the Kings of France. Wheatley, [circa 1925] (Wine Publications )

At The Sign of the Flagon of Gold. Wheatley & Sons, [1930] (Wine Publications)

Old Masters : catalogue of old brandies and a few great wines. Wheatley & Sons, [1930] (Wine Publications)

The Forbidden Territory. Hutchinson, [Jan 1933]. [No.1 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction)

Such Power is Dangerous. Hutchinson, [Jun 1933]. [Avril Bamborough] (Fiction)

"Old Rowley” : A Private Life of Charles II. Hutchinson,[Sep 1933](Historical Non-fiction)

Black August. Hutchinson, [Jan 1934]. [No.1 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Science Fiction/Adventure)

The Fabulous Valley. Hutchinson, [Aug 1934]. [The heirs of John Thomas Long] (Fiction)

Forbidden Territory. Progress-Wainwright, [Nov 1934] (Film)

The Devil Rides Out. Hutchinson, [Dec 1934]. [No.2 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction,Occult/Romance)

The Eunuch of Stamboul. Hutchinson, [Jul 1935]. [Swithin Destime] (Fiction, Espionage)

A Century of Horror Stories. Hutchinson, [Oct 1935] Edited by Wheatley

The Black Art, Rollo Ahmed. John Long, 1936 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

They Found Atlantis. Hutchinson, [Jan 1936]. [Camilla & Others] (Fiction, Lost World' Adventure)

Murder off Miami. Hutchinson, [Jul 1936] Crime Dossier with J.G. Links

Contraband. Hutchinson, [Oct 1936]. [No.2 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Espionage)

Secret Of Stamboul (U.S. The Spy In White). Universal-Wainwright, Oct 1936 (Film) ¶ Taken from 'The Eunuch of Stamboul'.

You Can't Hit a Woman and Other Stories, Peter Cheyney. Collins, 1937 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

The Secret War. Hutchinson, [Jan 1937]. [Sir Anthony Lovelace, Christopher Pen, Valerie Lorne] (Fiction, Espionage)

Who Killed Robert Prentice? Hutchinson, [Jun 1937] Crime Dossier with J.G. Links

Red Eagle : The Story of the Russian Revolution and of Klementy Efremovitch Voroshilov, Marshal and Commissar for Defence of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics. Hutchinson, [Oct] 1937 Historical Non-fiction

Invasion. Hutchinson & Geographia, [1938] Boardgame

Uncharted Seas. Hutchinson, [Jan 1938]. [Various] (Fiction, 'Lost World' Adventure)

The Malinsay Massacre. Hutchinson, [Apr 1938] Crime Dossier with J.G. Links

A Century of Spy Stories. Hutchinson, [Jun 1938] Edited by Wheatley

The Golden Spaniard. Hutchinson, [Aug 1938]. [No.3 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction, Adventure) Character from the Face, Jacques Penry. Hutchinson, 1939 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

Blockade. Hutchinson & Geographia, [1939] Boardgame

The Quest of Julian Day. Hutchinson, [Jan 1939]. [No.1 in the Julian Day series] (Fiction, Adventure/Romance)

Herewith the Clues! Hutchinson, [Jul 1939] Crime Dossier with J.G. Links

Sixty Days to Live. Hutchinson, [Aug 1939]. [Lavinia Leigh & Others] (Science Fiction)

The Scarlet Impostor. Hutchinson, [Jan 1940]. [No.3 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Espionage)

Three Inquisitive People. Hutchinson, [Feb 1940]. [No.4 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction, Crime)

Faked Passports. Hutchinson, [Jun 1940]. [No.4 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Espionage)

The Black Baroness. Hutchinson, [Oct 1940]. [No.5 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Espionage/Crime)

Strange Conflict. Hutchinson, [Apr 1941]. [No.5 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction, Occult)

The Sword of Fate. Hutchinson, [Sep 1941]. [No.2 in the Julian Day series] (Fiction, Adventure/Romance)

Total War. Hutchinson, [Dec 1941] War Papers

V For Vengeance. Hutchinson, [Mar 1942]. [No.6 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Espionage)

Mediterranean Nights. Hutchinson, [Oct 1942] Short Story Collection

Gunmen, Gallants and Ghosts. Hutchinson, [Jun 1943] Short Story Collection

The Man Who Missed The War. Hutchinson, [Nov 1945]. [Philip Vaudell] (Fiction, 'Lost World' Adventure)

Codeword–Golden Fleece. Hutchinson, [May 1946]. [No.6 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction, Espionage)

Come into My Parlour. Hutchinson, [Nov 1946]. [No.7 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Espionage)

The Launching of Roger Brook. Hutchinson, [Jul 1947]. [No.1 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

The Shadow of Tyburn Tree. Hutchinson, [May 1948]. [No.2 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

The Haunting of Toby Jugg. Hutchinson, [Dec 1948]. [Toby Jugg] (Fiction, Occult)

The Seven Ages of Justerini's (1749 - 1949). Riddle Books, [1949] Private Printing

The Rising Storm. Hutchinson, [Oct 1949]. [No.3 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

. . . Of Vice And Virtue. An Eastern Romance. Privately commissioned by the Foreign Office in London for propaganda purposes in the Middle-East. Published only in Arabic, Persian and other Eastern languages. (1950) Private Printing

The Second Seal. Hutchinson, [Nov] 1950. [No.7 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

The Man Who Killed the King. Hutchinson, [Nov] 1951. [No.4 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

How to Judge Character from the Face, Jacques Penry. Hutchinson, 1952 ¶ New edition with a shortened introduction by DW. Renamed version of 1939 book ‘Character from the Face'. Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

Star of III-Omen. Hutchinson, [May] 1952. [Kem Lincoln] (Science-Fiction)

Alibi. Geographia, [Apr 1953] Boardgame

To the Devil–A Daughter. Hutchinson, [Jan] 1953. [No.1 in the Molly Fountain mini-series] (Fiction, Occult)

Curtain of Fear. Hutchinson, [Oct] 1953. [Nicholas Novák] (Fiction, Espionage)

We Move With the Times. [1954] ¶ Published as a scroll to publicise the move in 1954 of Justerini and Brookes, wine merchants, from Pall Mall to Bond Street. Private Printing

The Island Where Time Stands Still. Hutchinson, [Sep] 1954. [No.8 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Espionage)

The Dark Secret of Josephine. Hutchinson, [Mar] 1955. [No.5 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

The Ka of Gifford Hillary. Hutchinson, [Jul] 1956. [Gifford Hillary] (Occult/Science Fiction)

The Queen's Necklace Alexandre Dumas. Collins Classics, 1957 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

The Prisoner in the Mask. Hutchinson, [Sep] 1957. [No.8 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

Traitors' Gate. Hutchinson, [Sep] 1958. [No.9 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Espionage)

Stranger Than Fiction. Hutchinson, [Feb] 1959 War Papers

The Rape of Venice. Hutchinson, [Dec] 1959. [No.6 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

The Satanist. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1960. [No.2 in the Molly Fountain mini-series] (Fiction, Occult)

Saturdays with Bricks : (And Other Days Under Shell-Fire). Hutchinson, [Mar 1961] Autobiographical

Vendetta in Spain. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1961. [No.9 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

Mayhem in Greece. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1962. [Robbie Green] (Fiction, Espionage)

Mediterranean Nights, revised edition with one omitted and six extra titles. Arrow Books, 1963 Short Story Collection

Gunmen, Gallants and Ghosts, revised edition with one omitted and three extra titles. Arrow Books, [Mar] 1963 Short Story Collection

The Sultan's Daughter. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1963. [No.7 in the Roger Brook series] (Fuction, Historical/Espionage)

The Kiss of Death, Charles Birkin. Tandem Books, 1964 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

Bill for the Use of a Body. Hutchinson, [Apr] 1964. [No.3 in the Julian Day series] (Fiction, Crime)

Shafts of Fear : Tales Of Strange Doings. Arrow Books, [Jul 1964] ¶ Re-issued in hardback as ' Dennis Wheatley’s First Book Of Horror Stories : Tales Of Strange Doings '; Hutchinson, [Mar] 1968. Edited by Wheatley

Mediterranean Nights, Lymington edition. Hutchinson, [Jul 1965] ¶ Contains all 27 different titles from both the 1942 and 1963 editions.

Gunmen, Gallants and Ghosts, Lymington edition. Hutchinson, [Jul] 1965 ¶ Contains all 20 different titles from both the 1943 and 1963 editions.

Quiver of Horror : Tales Of Strange Happenings. Arrow Books, [Jul] 1964 ¶ Reissued in hardback as ' Dennis Wheatley’s Second Book Of Horror Stories : Tales Of Strange Happenings '; Hutchinson, [Aug] 1968 Edited by Wheatley

They Used Dark Forces. Hutchinson, [Oct] 1964. [No.10 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Espionage/Occult)

1749-1965 : The Eight Ages of Justerini's. Dolphin Publishing, 1965 Private Printing

The Smell of Evil, Charles Birkin. Tandem Books, 1965 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

Dangerous Inheritance. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1965. [No.10 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction, Crime)

The Wanton Princess. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1966. [No.8 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

Unholy Crusade. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1967. ['Lucky' Adam Gordon] (Fiction, Historical Adventure/Occult)

The Black Art, Rollo Ahmed. Jarrolds, 1968 ¶ New edition & revised introduction of 1936 book Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

The Devil Rides Out (U.S. The Devil's Bride). Hammer, Jul 1968 (Film)

The Lost Continent. Hammer, Jul 1968 ¶ Taken from 1938 book 'Uncharted Seas'. (Film)

The White Witch of the South Seas. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1968. [No.11 in the Gregory Sallust series] (Fiction, Crime/Occult)

Evil in a Mask. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1969. [No.9 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

Gateway to Hell. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1970. [No.11 in the de Richleau series] (Fiction, Occult)

Malleus Maleficarum, Heinrich Kramer & James Sprenger; translated from the Latin by Montague Summers. Arrow Books, 1971 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

Mostly Joy. A Bookman's Story, Thomas Joy. Michael Joseph, 1971 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

The Ravishing of Lady Mary Ware. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1971. [No.10 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

The Devil and all his Works. Hutchinson, [Sep] 1971 Reference

Gate of Dreams, Charles Beatty. Geoffrey Chapman, 1972 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

The Strange Story of Linda Lee. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1972. [Linda Lee] (Fiction, Crime/Adventure)

The Irish Witch. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1973. [No.11 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage/Occult)

Desperate Measures. Hutchinson, [Sep] 1974. [No.12 in the Roger Brook series] (Fiction, Historical/Espionage)

The Black Magic Omnibus, edited by Peter Haining. Robson Books, 1976 Intro/Foreword by Wheatley

To The Devil—A Daughter. Hammer-TerraFilmkunst, Mar 1976 (Film)

The Time Has Come. . . The Memoirs of Dennis Wheatley : The Young Man Said 1897-1914. Hutchinson, 1977 Autobiographical

The Time Has Come. . . The Memoirs of Dennis Wheatley : Officer and Temporary Gentleman 1914-1919. Hutchinson, 1978 Autobiographical

The Time Has Come. . . The Memoirs of Dennis Wheatley : Drink and Ink 1919-1977. Hutchinson, 1979 Autobiographical

The Time Has Come… The Memoirs of Dennis Wheatley : The Young Man Said 1897-1914; Officer and Temporary Gentleman 1914-1919; Drink and Ink 1919-1977. Arrow Books, 1981 ¶ Omnibus edition of the above three titles. Autobiographical

The Deception Planners : My Secret War. Hutchinson, [Aug] 1980 Autobiographical

The Nine Ages of Justerini's : A Celebration of 250 Years. Justerini & Brooks, 1998 ¶ A new and completely revised edition using, and expanding on, the original text from The Seven Ages . . . and The Eight Ages . . . Private Printing

The Haunted Airman BBC TV-Movie 2006 ¶ Adapted from 1948 book ‘The Haunting of Toby Jugg’

The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult[edit]

Selected influences on his work, each with a new introduction by Wheatley.

  • Dracula, [Vol.1], Bram Stoker. Sphere, 1974
  • The Werewolf Of Paris, [Vol.2], Guy Endore. Sphere, 1974
  • Moonchild, [Vol.3], Aleister Crowley. Sphere, 1974
  • Studies In Occultism, [Vol.4], Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Sphere, 1974
  • Carnacki The Ghost-Finder, [Vol.5], William Hope Hodgson. Sphere, 1974
  • The Sorcery Club, [Vol.6], Elliott O'Donnell. Sphere, 1974
  • Harry Price: The Biography Of A Ghost Hunter, [Vol.7], Paul Tabori. Sphere, 1974
  • The Witch Of Prague, [Vol.8], F. Marion Crawford. Sphere, 1974
  • Uncanny Tales 1, [Vol.9], selected by Dennis Wheatley. Sphere, 1974
  • The Prisoner In The Opal, [Vol.10], A.E.W. Mason. Sphere, 1974
  • The Devil's Mistress, [Vol.11], John William Brodie-lnnes. Sphere, 1974
  • You And Your Hand, [Vol.12], Cheiro – new edition revised by Louise Owen. Sphere, 1974
  • Black Magic: A Tale Of The Rise And Fall Of The Antichrist, [Vol.13], Marjorie Bowen. Sphere, 1974
  • Real Magic, [Vol.14], Philip Bonewits. Sphere, 1974
  • Faust, Parts 1 and 2, [Vol.15], Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Bayard Taylor. Sphere, 1974
  • Uncanny Tales 2, [Vol.16], selected by Dennis Wheatley. Sphere, 1974
  • The Gap In The Curtain, [Vol.17], John Buchan. Sphere, 1974
  • The Interpretation Of Dreams, [Vol.18], Zolar. Sphere, 1974
  • Voodoo, [Vol.19], Alfred Métraux, translated from the French by Hugo Charteris. Second English Edition with new introduction by Sidney W. Mintz. Sphere, 1974
  • The Necromancers, [Vol.20], Robert Hugh Benson. Sphere, 1974
  • Satanism And Witches: Essays And Stories, [Vol.21], selected by Dennis Wheatley. Sphere, 1974
  • The Winged Pharaoh, [Vol.22], Joan Grant. Sphere, 1974
  • Down There, [Vol.23], J.K. Huysmans translated from the French by Keene Wallace. Sphere, 1974
  • The Monk, [Vol.24], Matthew Lewis. Sphere, 1974
  • Horror At Fontenay, [Vol.25], Alexandre Dumas, translated and adapted by Alan Hull Walton. Sphere, 1975
  • The Hell-Fire Club: The Story Of The Amorous Knights Of Wycombe, [Vol.26], Donald McCormick. Sphere, 1975
  • The Mighty Atom, [Vol.27], Marie Corelli. Sphere, 1975
  • The Affair Of The Poisons, [Vol.28], Frances Mossiker. Sphere, 1975
  • The Witch And The Priest, [Vol.29], Hilda Lewis. Sphere, 1975
  • Death By Enchantment. An Examination Of Ancient And Modern Witchcraft, [Vol.30], Julian Franklyn. Sphere, 1975
  • Fortune Telling By Cards, [Vol.31], Ida B. Prangley. Sphere, 1975
  • Dark Ways To Death, [Vol.32], Peter Saxon. Sphere, 1975
  • The Ghost Pirates, [Vol.33], William Hope Hodgson. Sphere, 1975
  • The Phantom Of The Opera, [Vol.34], Gaston Leroux. Sphere, 1975
  • The Greater Trumps, [Vol.35], Charles Williams. Sphere, 1975
  • The Return Of The Magi, [Vol.36], Maurice Magre, translated from the French by Reginald Merton. Sphere, 1975
  • Uncanny Tales 3, [Vol.37], selected by Dennis Wheatley. Sphere, 1975
  • The King Is A Witch, [Vol.38], Evelyn Eaton. Sphere, 1976
  • Frankenstein, [Vol.39], Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Sphere, 1976
  • The Curse Of The Wise Woman, [Vol.40], Baron Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany. Sphere, 1976
  • Brood Of The Witch Queen, [Vol.41], Sax Rohmer. Sphere, 1976
  • Brazilian Magic: Is It The Answer? [Vol.42], Pedro McGregor, in association with T. Stratton Smith. Sphere, 1976
  • Darker Than You Think, [Vol.43], Jack Williamson. Sphere, 1976
  • War In Heaven, [Vol.44], Charles Williams. Sphere, 1976
  • Morwyn: The Vengeance Of God, [Vol.45], John Cowper Powys. Sphere, 1977

Film adaptations[edit]


  • Baker, Phil, The Devil is a Gentleman: the Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley, Sawtry, UK: Dedalus. 2009. ISBN 978-1903517758
  • Cabell, Craig, Dennis Wheatley: Churchill's Storyteller, Staplehurst, UK: Spellmount. 2005. ISBN 978-1862272422

Further Reading[edit]

  • Wisker, Gina. "Horrors and Menaces to Everything Decent in Life: the Horror Fiction of Dennis Wheatley". In Clive Bloom, ed. Creepers: British Horror and Fantasy in the Twentieth Century. London & Boulder CO: Pluto Press, 1993, pp.99-110.


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  2. ^ Biscot. "War Diary". Luton Culture. Retrieved 08/09/2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Mr Dennis Wheatley". The Times (London). 12 November 1977. p. 16. 
  4. ^ The Time Has Come: The Memoirs of Dennis Wheatley (Vol 3) 1919-1977: Drink and Ink, p. 131.
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  7. ^ Crash Online: Issue Ten: November 1984
  8. ^ "Dennis Wheatley: A Letter to Posterity". BBC Four. 2005. Archived from the original on 8 January 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "A Letter to Posterity". DennisWheatley. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Dennis Wheatley – Prince Of Thriller Writers – To Return

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