Post by H_P_Saucecraft on Jun 23, 2009 17:55:24 GMT
Dennis Wheatley - Faked Passports (Arrow 1966)
Not occult, but it's a Wheatley, so I thought I'd add it. I've not yet read any Wheatley, & for some reason or other I keep putting it off. I do remember looking at the covers of my Dad's yellow spined arrow Wheatleys for ages, as a kid though. What's a good place to start?
Agree with andy. The Devil Rides Out followed by its sequel, Strange Conflict another stormer. The third in the series, Gateway To Hell is just plain wrong and one of my all time favourite bad books. Oh, and To The Devil - A Daughter is brilliant! Wheatley's 'heroes' in this one are even more obnoxious than usual and from the first moment Canon Copely-Syle appears you want him to win. i've only read [most of] the 'Black Magic' ones, mind, so can't really comment on the bulk of his output. Currently building up my reserves of patience to tackle his one full-on foray into Sci-Fi, Star Of Ill Omen, which even his die-hard fans on the Wheatley forum rate as terrible.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.