Adapted with permission from a bibliography of Dennis Wheatley by Mr R Humphreys, 2002

The Sixties

 

The Satanist

First published: August 1960.  This book proved to be one of Wheatley’s most successful.  The 1960s saw a massive increase in his readership due entirely to the popularity of paperbacks.  Wheatley said that when ‘The Satanist’ went into paperback in 1966 it sold over 100,000 copies in ten days.(note 1)  All of Wheatley’s novels were kept in print by Hutchinson in their imprint Arrow and by 1966 Wheatley could claim that he had sold twenty million copies of his books.(note 2)  Bound in pictorial boards, the dust wrapper is designed by Sax.  Printed by Taylor, Garnett, Evans and Co. Ltd.  448 pages.  Cr 8vo.  18/-.  Dated.

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Into the Unknown

First published: December 1960.  The last Hutchinson omnibus of his works.  Contents: ‘Sixty Days to Live’; ‘Star of Ill-Omen’; ‘Curtain of Fear’.  Printed by Taylor, Garnett, Evans and Co. Ltd.  Dust wrapper designed by Sax.  1002 pages.  Cr 8vo.  25/-.  Dated.

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Saturdays with Bricks and other days under shell fire (note 3)

Published: March 1961.  Wheatley’s most unusual book being part autobiography and part bricklaying manual.  He describes the gardens of Grove House, Lymington, which he bought in 1945 along with reminiscences of the First World War.  Grove House was demolished in the seventies and in its place is a housing estate, but the ‘serpentine’ wall that Wheatley built and is featured on the dust wrapper of this book still remains.  Bound in red boards.  Printed by The Anchor Press.  126 pages.  Illustrated.  4to.  18/-.  Dated.

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Vendetta in Spain (note 4)

Published: August 1961.  Bound in grey boards with blue end-papers.  Dust wrapper designed by Sax.  Printed by Taylor, Garnett and Evans Co. Ltd.  383 pages.  Cr 8vo.  18/-.  Dated.

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Mayhem in Greece (note 5)

First published: August 1962.  Printed by The Anchor Press.  Bound in grey/green boards with grey end-papers.  Dust wrapper designed by Robert Graham.  510 pages.  Cr 8vo.  21/-.  Dated.

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The Sultan’s Daughter

First published: August 1963.  Bound in red boards with a dust wrapper design by Robert Graham.  Mapped end-papers.  Printed by Anchor Press.  511 pages.  Cr 8vo.  21/-.  Dated.

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Mediterranean Nights (revised)

Published 1963.  This revised text for the 1942 collection of short stories includes 6 extra short stories: The Worm that Turned; The Last Card; A Bowler Hat for Michael; The Suspect; Murder in the Pentagon; The Pick-up.  This edition omits the film treatment: The Terrorist.  Arrow books.  Printed by Anchor Press.  Five page introduction by Wheatley.  320 pages.  3/6.  Dated.

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Gunmen, Gallants and Ghosts (revised)

Published 1963.  The revised text of the 1943 collection of short stories includes one extra short story: In the Fog; two articles on the occult: Voodoo; Black Magic, and omits the screenplay The Bombing of London.  Arrow Books.  Printed by Anchor Press.  Five pages introduction by Wheatley.  318 pages.  3/6.  Dated.

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Bill for the use of a Body

Published: April 1964.  The last of the Julian Day novels (Wheatley did consider one more which was never written).  Printed by The Anchor Press.  Bound in red boards with a dust wrapper designed by Fratini.  Mapped end-papers.  222 pages.  Cr 8vo.  16/-.  Dated.

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Shafts of Fear

Published: 6th July 1964.  A selection of short stories taken from ‘A Century of Horror’ and later published in hard case as ‘Dennis Wheatley’s First Book of Horror Stories’.

Paperback format.  Published by Arrow Books.  288 pages.  Price: 3/6.  Dated.

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Quiver of Horror

Published: 6th July 1964.  A selection of short stories taken from ‘A Century of Horror’ and later published in hard case as ‘Dennis Wheatley’s Second Book of Horror Stories’.

Paperback format.  Published by Arrow Books.  288 pages.  Price: 3/6.  Dated.

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They Used Dark Forces

Published: October 1964.  Originally to be called ‘The Devil’s Disciple’(note 6) this book winds up Gregory Sallust’s exploits during the Second World War.  Aware of the enormous interest in his occult novels, Wheatley introduces strong occult elements into this book which in many ways is one of his best.  The dust wrapper for this and the next four Hutchinson titles are sealed in cellophane.  This is not a fault, but is how the publishers issued them.  Printed by The Anchor Press.  Bound in red boards with a dust wrapper designed by Edward Mortelmans and mapped end-papers.  511 pages.  Cr 8vo.  21/-.  Dated.

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The Eight Ages of Justerini’s

Published by Dolphin Books in 1965.  This is a revised version of the 1949 ‘Seven Ages of Justerini’s’.  Originally issued without a dust wrapper, one was added in 1968 when the company moved premises.  102 pages plus 7 pages of illustrations.  Printed by Hunt Barnard and Co. Ltd.  Cr 8vo.  Dated.

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Dangerous Inheritance

Published: August 1965.  The book in which Wheatley killed off the Duc de Richleau although he did reprise the character one more time in ‘Gateway to Hell’ (1970).  Printed by The Anchor Press.  Bound in red boards with a dust wrapper by Edward Mortelmans.  Mapped end-papers.  349 pages.  Cr 8vo.  25/-.  Dated.

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The Wanton Princess

Published: August 1966.  Printed by The Anchor Press.  Bound in red boards with a dust wrapper designed by Edward Mortelmans.  Mapped end-papers.  460 pages.  Cr 8vo.  30/-.  Dated.

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Unholy Crusade (note 7)

Published: August 1967.  Too many of Wheatley’s later novels read like potboilers and this is one.  A preposterous story set in Mexico about a time travelling writer!  Bound in red boards with a dust wrapper designed by Edward Mortelmans and mapped end-papers.  Printed by The Anchor Press.  379 pages.  Cr 8vo.  30/-.  Dated.

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Dennis Wheatley’s First Book of Horror Stories

Published: March 1968.  This is the hardback edition of the Arrow paperback ‘Shafts of Fear’ published in 1964 which in turn was a reprint of a selection of stories taken from the 1935 omnibus ‘A Century of Horror Stories’.  Printed by the Anchor Press.  Dust wrapper designed by William Randell.  288 pages.  Cr 8vo.  30/-.  Dated.

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Dennis Wheatley’s Second Book of Horror Stories

Published: August 1968.  This is the hardback edition of the Arrow paperback ‘Quiver of Horror’ published in 1964 which in turn was a reprint of a selection of stories taken from the 1935 omnibus ‘A Century of Horror Stories’.  Printed by the Anchor Press.  Dust wrapper designed by William Randell.  288 pages.  Cr 8vo.  30/-.  Dated.

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The White Witch of the South Seas

Published: August 1968.  The last of the Gregory Sallust stories.  Printed by the Anchor Press.  Bound in red boards with a dust wrapper designed by Gino d’Achille and mapped end-papers.  382 pages.  Cr 8vo.  30/-.  Dated.

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Evil in a Mask

Published August 1969.  Wheatley’s original title for this book was: ‘Enter the Nymphomaniac’!(note 8)  He very wisely acceded to advice and changed it.  Printed by The Anchor Press.  Bound in red boards with a dust wrapper designed by Gino d’Achille.  511 pages.  Cr 8vo.  35s / £1.75.  Dated.

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