DENNIS WHEATLEY'S 1ST EDITIONS IN ORDER OF PUBLICATION
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Gateway To Hell
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Publication date:

[17 August] 1970
ISBN: 0091025702

Series:

A Duc de Richleau and friends occult novel

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(link to Gateway To Hell notes) Publisher's synopsis:

The Duke de Richleau and his friends had faced many dangers in Russia, Spain and Nazi Germany. Now a new and unexpected menace confronts them: the fourth, Rex van Ryn is missing – and he has made off with more than a million dollars from the Buenos Aires branch of his family bank.

Behind the conventional courtesy of Argentinian society lies a conspiracy of terror and silence – and a trail that leads straight to the Devil himself . . .

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The Ravishing Of Lady Mary Ware
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(link to The Ravishing Of Lady Mary Ware notes) Publication date:

[16 August] 1971
ISBN: 0091053501

Series:

A Roger Brook historical espionage adventure

 

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In 1809 Roger Brook went to Lisbon and became involved in the Peninsular War. While there he first met Lady Mary Ware, with unexpected results for both of them.

Later, events carried him to Copenhagen, St. Petersburg and Moscow, which had just been occupied by Napoleon.

In Russia he again met Lady Mary and disguised her as his soldier servant. The description of their participation in Napoleon's terrible Retreat from Moscow in 1812 has rarely, if ever, been equalled.

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The Devil And All His Works
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Publication date:

[20 September] 1971
ISBN: 0091077702

Series:

A one-off occult reference book

 

 

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(link to The Devil And All His Works notes) Publisher's synopsis:
A lifetime of reading and research lies behind Dennis Wheatley's world famous Black Magic and Occult novels.

Now, in this absorbing, lavishly illustrated book he describes and sums up his findings and his conclusions.

Throughout history the elemental principles of Good and Evil, of Light and Darkness have interacted and struggled for domination.  The evidence of invisible influences on mankind, hypnosis, faith-healing, telepathy, is plentiful.  The studies of astrology, numerology, palmistry, alchemy and the Cabala are described.  Here is the history of religion and magic among the Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Incas, down to the present day.

Here also are described the outward manifestations of those beliefs: human sacrifice, the mysteries of the Pyramids, the rituals of the Druids, witches' sabbaths, the perverted frenzies of the Black Mass, the conjuring up of the spirits of the dead.

The Devil and All His Works, which includes 48 pages of colour plates, 167 black and white illustrations and 6 maps, is probably the most complete, most graphic survey of the forces of Darkness ever published.

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The Devil And All His Works (limited edition)
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(link to The Devil And All His Works (limited edition) notes) Publication date:

[20 September] 1971

Series:

A one-off occult reference book

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The Strange Story Of Linda Lee
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Publication date:

[21 August] 1972
ISBN: 0091103304

Series:

A one-off crime/ adventure story

(link to The Strange Story Of Linda Lee notes) Publisher's synopsis:

Girl on the run...

When Linda boarded the train that would take her to London and freedom, she was penniless and alone.  A polite offer of help from the stranger in the seat opposite was the last thing she expected.

Life with Rowley Frobisher was everything she had ever dreamed of: fast, sophisticated – and expensive.  In a few months the rough country girl had changed beyond recognition.

But then Rowley has a fatal heart attack – and once again Linda must take desperate action to survive...

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The Irish Witch
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(link to The Irish Witch notes) Publication date:

[20 August] 1973
ISBN: 0091162300

Series:

Roger Brook in a mix of historical adventure/ espionage and occult

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The Hell Fire Club is being revived – by a sensuous wanton who calls herself the Irish Witch.  Once more the titled of the land are being sucked into its vortex of vice and degradation.  And among them is Susan, Roger Brook's young and lovely daughter.

Soon it will be Walpurgis Night.  Soon a ruined castle will echo to the baying of initiates as Susan is led towards an altar – there to be ritually violated by the Priest of Satan.

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Desperate Measures
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Publication date:

[2 September] 1974
ISBN: 0091197201

Series:

Roger Brook in an historical adventure/ espionage story

 

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(link to Desperate Measures notes) Publisher's synopsis:

1814.  The Irish Witch is dead, and Europe at peace.  Roger Brook, now Lord Kildonan, is content to divide his time between his young wife, Mary, and his life-long mistress and spirit-companion, Georgina.

But as the fashionable world glitters at the Congress of Vienna, the power-hungry Napoleon is about to plunge the continent into war once more.  And Mary, possessed by demonic jealousy, is hatching a plot which threatens Roger's fortune – and Georgina's life.

Reluctantly, Roger Brook must assume his old identity – as Europe's most daring secret agent.

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The Time Has Come. . .  The Memoirs Of Dennis Wheatley. The Young Man Said 1897-1914
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(link to The Time Has Come, Vol.I notes) Publication date:

1977
ISBN: 0091278902

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Autobiographical

 

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In this first volume, Mr Wheatley portrays the years of childhood and early youth, from his birth in the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee to the eve of the First World War. It is a basically suburban scene: the socially secure South London of Edwardian Streatham and Brixton Hill, evoked with a remarkable feeling that reflects the wider ambience of a whole era. With the same acute observation, he brings to life holidays and schooldays passed at Margate, his often sterner experiences as a cadet aboard H.M.S. Worcester, his first venture into Europe where he spent nine months living in the Rhineland, learning his first lessons about the wine trade, and a great deal more about the Imperial Germany of 1913.

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Dennis Wheatley: Heinemann/Octopus Omnibus
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Publication date:

[September] 1977
ISBN: 0905712188

Series:

A collection of four Wheatley black magic novels.

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Contains: 'The Devil Rides Out', 'The Haunting Of Toby Jugg', 'Gateway To Hell' and 'To The Devil—A Daughter'.

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The Time Has Come. . .  The Memoirs Of Dennis Wheatley. Officer And Temporary Gentleman 1914-1919
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(link to The Time Has Come, Vol.II notes) Publication date:

1978
ISBN: 0091313104

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Autobiographical

 

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Officer and Temporary Gentleman is a soldier's tale.  It deals with the fateful years of 1914-18 which brought about the slaughter of millions of his contemporaries and also the destruction of the old order in Europe.  Though only seventeen when the First World War began, he immediately set about the task of joining up.  It proved an initially frustrating business, but eventually he was gazetted a second lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery (T).  After training and serving in various parts of England, often bedevilled by ill-health, he was sent to the Western Front; first to Ypres Salient in Flanders, and thence into northern France where such now legendary names as Cambrai and St Quentin became part of his experience.

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The Time Has Come. . .  The Memoirs Of Dennis Wheatley. Drink And Ink 1919-1977
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Publication date:

1979
ISBN: 0091366801

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Autobiographical

 

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(link to The Time Has Come, Vol.III notes) Publisher's synopsis:
In this third and final volume of his memoirs Mr Wheatley covers the years 1919 to 1977.  Returning to civilian life after service on the Western Front, he rejoined the family business and rapidly increased his knowledge of the vintner's trade.  But like many of his generation he missed no opportunity to compensate for the 'missing years of youth' by playing a full part in the glittering whirl of the Twenties.  Then a crisis in his personal affairs obliged him to look for a new career.  So he began to write, and from the publication of his first novel, The Forbidden Territory, which was reprinted seven times in seven weeks, established his great reputation as an author.  And with the coming of the Second World War, the already famous bestselling novelist was quick to look for new ways in which he could again serve his country.  Following the war he resumed his successful writing career and continued to lead a varied and active life at home and abroad until his death at the age of 80 in November 1977.
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The Deception Planners: My Secret War
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(link to The Deception Planners notes) Publication date:

[August] 1980
ISBN: 0091418305

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Autobiographical

 

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Publisher's synopsis:
At the beginning of the Second World War Dennis Wheatley was an internationally famous, bestselling author.  He was also 42 years old.  He wanted passionately to get into the war but initially his efforts were unsuccessful.  Then, through a series of introductions and as a result of putting forward some imaginative ideas on how Britain might resist invasion, he found himself – to his own astonishment – recruited into a small, highly secret department in the offices of the War Cabinet.  On 31 December 1941 he became a Deception Planner.

The object of this department, working close to the control centre of Britain's strategy, was to divert the resources of the enemy away from the real Allied operations which were being planned and to direct them instead against imaginary operations devised by Dennis Wheatley and his handful of colleagues.  Some of these deceptions – such as 'The Man Who Never Was' and 'Monty's Double' – have since become well known, but many have not been disclosed until now.  The climax came over D-Day itself when it was vital that, with tens of thousands of lives at stake, the Germans should be deceived about the time and place of the Allied assault on Europe.

The Deception Planners is an almost day-to-day account of these men and their work – written from the inside.  But it is far from being a dry historical record.  Here is the war seen from a unique angle, and commented on vigorously and in a highly personal way.  It is also the last of Dennis Wheatley's books to be published – not unfittingly, for he himself regarded the years which it describes as the most fascinating and valuable of his life.

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