The Century Hutchinson Editions
The year is 1988.
Hutchinson's alchemist, Dennis Wheatley, was no more. His first editions, with their countless reprints; the enormous success of the Arrow paperbacks; the tremendous impact of the Lymington editions which were snapped up by collectors and the lending libraries of the Commonwealth: this had all but ended, with a couple of minor Hutchinson imprints having a little success with paperback re-issues in the 1980s.
Was this, then, the time for another well-presented hardback series, with the added attraction of forewords by people who had known Wheatley?
Thus started the programme of Century Hutchinson's re-issues of Dennis Wheatley. It is not recorded how many titles were intended to be re-issued under this programme, but, presumably due to lack of sales, only six titles were ever listed.
The books are certainly well-presented, with new artwork for the dust-jackets. The bindings are black cloth with gilt lettering to the spines. But the main attraction has to be the excellent forewords to each title. What a shame for Wheatley fans that the series faded, for these would make a welcome addition to any collection.
The titles are as follows and the forewords can be viewed by clicking on the cover images:
|The Forbidden Territory||The Satanist||The Devil Rides Out|
|Foreword by Anthony Wheatley||Foreword by J.G. Links||Foreword by Christopher Lee|
|The Scarlet Impostor||To The Devil—A Daughter||The Irish Witch|
|Foreword by Anthony Lejeune||Foreword by Francis King||Foreword by Mark Ronson
(aka Marc Alexander, 1929-)
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