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DENNIS WHEATLEY - Understandably, after two world wars had shown us all too many real life horrors, the genre of horror story fiction was in considerable decline. Dennis Wheatley, the Stephen King of the 1950’s was probably single handedly responsible for its revival, and for the renewal of interest in paganism and witchcraft that his novels tell of. Wheatley’s literary output was prolific; he wrote some excellent history material, many historic novels, and yet it was his horror stories that made him famous. During the war, when he worked as a propaganda writer for the War Office, he had allegedly discovered that some witches had been making astrological predictions about the outcome of the war. Astonished that the old craft might still be practised in the 20th century, he wrote a string of pot-boiler novels about contemporary satanic covens and rather than just have the stories being about believers in such wonders, he had to go and bring devils, demons and monsters in as well. The results were all too excellent for his bank balance; but his well-written yarns are sadly not so popular today. Usually, they involve someone dabbling in the occult getting in too deep, and finding magic far more powerful than they can handle, or that their nice séance mentor is really Satan incarnate. The Ka of Gifford Hillary involves a man practising out of the body experiences, who finds himself unable to get back to his body, which (due to the absence of his soul) his family are on the brink of burying. He has, effectively to race against time to find a way back. Wheatley’s attitude was one of preaching the dangers of occultism. He was overtly Christian. The tragic, laughable irony is that many people were inspired by his books to dabble in spells, and start the very kind of covens his novels denounced as so unholy. Wheatley put the new age squarely on the map. Wheatley’s high reputation is now nearly forgotten. In the 1950’s and 60’s his name was used to promote and endorse many other writers in the genre. Wheatley edited and presented (with some very good introductory forwards) a collection (The Dennis Wheatley Library) of the occult, which represented many classic horror stories from before the decline; Stoker’s Dracula; Shelley’s Frankenstein, among them. Sadly he also threw in dross like the unreadable Moonchild by a certain Alastair Crowley, who might by now have been forgotten instead of revered) and a collection of equally unreadable essays by Madame Blavatski. Nowadays these are the idols of the movement we call the New Age. Wheatley wrote a fascinating history of the Occult, The Devil And All His Works, in which he denounces everything unchristian as Pagan and unholy, including Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. He also expresses respect for the work of a then relatively unknown Erich Von Daniken, who told us with a straight face that God was an astronaut. It is sad to see that Wheatley believed so much of what he wrote that he made others believe it for real too. His classic novels, The Devil Rides Out, (Satanic cult tries to take over the World) To The Devil A Daughter (A girl is raised and groomed for sacrifice) and They Used Dark Forces (Nazis using the occult to help their war efforts) are true classics of the genre. His historic stories, such as The Launching Of Roger Brook (a Scarlet Pimpernel type tale of an English spy in Napoleonic France) and its sequels are also well worth a look.

 

SEE ALSO A TO Z CONTENTS LISTINGS  ATHEISM / HUMANISM  CULTS AND BRAINWASHING  ENGLISH CIVIL WAR HISTORY  AND RE-ENACTMENT PAGES   EROTICA (ADULTS ONLY)   .FILM REVIEW PAGES   FUNNY PAGES GENERAL ARTICLES   GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHS       HOME PAGE  LINKS TO OTHER PEOPLES PAGES    LISTS (MY TOP TENS OF EVERYTHING)   MANCHESTER, ENGLAND   MY FICTION MY POETRY  MY SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR PAGES  MY SCRIPTS   NEWS  PHOTOGRAPHS OF ME   UPDATES   WEBSITE REVIEWS  FACEBOOK - http://profile.to/arthurchappell/ My Space http://www.myspace.com/arthurchappell  E-MAIL  arthur@chappell7300.freeserve.co.uk   MY BOOK REVIEWS These reviews and abstracts cover just about every book I have read recently. Scroll through the whole alphabetical list of abstracts and reviews below, or look through the following genre and sub-category list SUB-CATEGORIES - CHILDREN’S BOOKS  CLASSIC LITERATURE  COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS  CULTS ENGLISH CIVIL WAR  EROTICA (ADULTS ONLY)  FANTASY HISTORY HORROR HUMOUR MANCHESTER, ENGLAND NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES NON-FICTION PHILOSOPHY  POETRY  RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORIES A TO Z OF BOOK REVIEWS BY AUTHOR A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z  (Superhero comics are listed alphabetically by the name of well known heroes, i.e., Batman Superman, etc).