DENNIS WHEATLEY'S 1ST EDITIONS IN ORDER OF PUBLICATION
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The Satanist
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Publication date:

[29 August] 1960

Series:

The 2nd of a two-novel occult series featuring Molly Fountain.

The other title is To The Devil—A Daughter.

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(link to The Satanist notes) Publisher's synopsis:

The Satanist is the story of a young man and woman who are prepared to acquiesce in appalling blasphemies and take part in horrific sexual rites in order to penetrate a Satanic circle in an attempt to solve a foul and brutal murder.  The man, Barney Sullivan, is a secret agent who, horrified by the death of one of his colleagues whose body is virtually unrecognisable, becomes involved in the bestialities of the Devil whilst investigating Communist activities which threaten the security of the West; the girl, Mary Morden, has a past which enables her to put moral scruples aside – as she knows she must if she is to triumph over evil and bring the Devil worshippers to justice...

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1961

Into The Unknown
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(link to Into The Unknown notes) Publication date:

[5 December] 1960

Series:

An out-of-series compilation

 

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Notes:

Contains 'Sixty Days To Live', 'Star Of Ill-Omen' and 'Curtain Of Fear'.

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Saturdays With Bricks
(And Other Days Under Shell-Fire)

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Publication date:

[27 March] 1961

Series:

Autobiographical

 

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(link to Saturdays With Bricks notes) Publisher's synopsis:
One of his (Wheatley's) favourite hobbies and relaxations is building walls.  Since the war, he has laid over 60,000 bricks and 3,000 concrete blocks in his Hampshire garden.  He taught himself, and his methods are entirely unorthodox; but his experience has taught him many a trick that makes building easy for an amateur.  Here, in happy and reflective vain, and with many autobiographical asides, he passes that knowledge on.  After reading SATURDAYS WITH BRICKS anyone should be able to build walls straight or serpentine, pillars, arches, tool-sheds, garages and garden-frames without difficulty.

The creation of such decorative and useful things gives a lasting delight, and many readers will not only derive as much fun from the hobby as Mr. Wheatley himself has enjoyed but, at the same time, will learn a great deal more about one of their favourite authors.

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Vendetta In Spain
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(link to Vendetta In Spain notes) Publication date:

[21 August] 1961

Series:

A Duc de Richleau historical espionage novel

 

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Publisher's synopsis:

Spain in 1906. The Duke de Richleau has not yet succeeded his father, and is still the Count de Quesnoy.  Anarchism, then, permeated every country in Europe.  Not a night passes without groups of fanatics meeting in cellars to plan attempts with knives, pistols or bombs against the representatives of law and order.  An historic bomb outrage gives de Quesnoy ample cause to vow vengeance on the assassins.  His attempt to penetrate anarchist circles in Barcelona nearly costs him his life.  In San Sebastian, Granada and Cadiz he hunts and is hunted by them in a ruthless vendetta.  Against this background a bitter-sweet romance develops between him and the beautiful Condesa Gulia.

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Mayhem In Greece
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Publication date:

[20 August] 1962

Series:

A one-off espionage novel

(link to Mayhem In Greece notes) Publisher's synopsis:
Original as ever, Dennis Wheatley has produced a new type of hero in Robbie Grenn, a charming but mentally retarded young man who, owing to an injury when young, has never been to school, and is regarded by his family as almost a moron. Espionage would hardly seem to be his métier, yet to prove himself Robbie takes up the challenge that lands him in peril of his life many times. Inverwoven with his adventure is the story of his relationship with the lovely Stephanie, the first girl with whom the shy Robbie has had more than a passing acquaintance. Dennis Wheatley has embodied in his exciting narrative stories from Greek mythology, which present the gods and heroes as human characters involved in tragedies and comedies as grim or humorously bawdy as any put upon the Restoration stage.
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The Sultan's Daughter
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(link to The Sultan's Daughter notes) Publication date:

[19 August] 1963
(originally serialised in an abridged form in Women's Own magazine June/July 1963)

Series:

A Roger Brook historical espionage adventure

 

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Publisher's synopsis:

'Had it not been for Zanthé there is little doubt that at the age of thirty-one Roger Brook would have died in Palestine.'  Roger Brook, Prime Minister Pitt's most resourceful secret agent.  Zanthé, exotic, loving and hating with equal intensity; daughter of the Sultan and beautiful.

Napoleon's army; victorious in Egypt but trapped by Nelson's fleet, besieging Acre, ravaged by plague.  At the heart of the French counsels – Roger Brook.  A vital position for England.  A deadly dangerous one for him.

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1964

Mediterranean Nights (revised edition – paperback)
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Publication date:

1963

Series:

A collection of short stories, revision of the 1943 edition with added stories.

 

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(link to Mediterranean Nights notes) Publisher's synopsis:

Stories and adventures from an intimate knowledge of the playground of millionaires and international crooks.

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1964, 1966
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  1966  

Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts (revised edition – paperback)
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(link to Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts notes) Publication date:

[March] 1963

Series:

A collection of short stories, revision of the 1943 edition with added stories.

 

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Publisher's synopsis:

Stories of adventure, crooks, spies and a mine of information about Black Magic by the Prince of Thriller Writers.

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1964, 1966, 1968, April 1971, July 1971, October 1972, January 1975
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1966 1971
ISBN: 0090045106
January 1975
ISBN: 0099097001

Bill For The Use Of A Body
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Publication date:

[27 April] 1964

Series:

A Julian Day crime story

 

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(link to Bill For The Use Of A Body notes) Publisher's synopsis:
When Dennis Wheatley flew off to tour the Far East anyone could have foretold that he would soon be entertaining his vast public with a gripping tale set in the flamboyant Orient. Here is the first fruit of his thirty-thousand-mile journey. The opening of the story is macabre: a Japanese father regarding the severed head of his son which had been sent to him in a box.

Of that, the lovely half-English, half-Chinese Merri Sang knew nothing, neither did Julian Day nor Bill Urata, both of whom were in love with her; but the father's thirst for revenge brought all three of them into deadly peril.

The story moves swiftly to Hong Kong as it is today, but the reader is temporarily carried back to those terrible days when the beautiful island was invaded by the Japanese – who, in many cases, treated their prisoners with appalling barbarity. . . .

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Shafts Of Fear
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(link to Shafts Of Fear notes) Publication date:

[6 July] 1964

Series:

An anthology of other authors selected by Dennis Wheatley

Notes:

A selection of horror stories.

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1965

Quiver Of Horror
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Publication date:

[6 July] 1964

Series:

An anthology of other authors selected by Dennis Wheatley

(link to Quiver Of Horror notes) Notes:

A second collection of horror stories

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1965

They Used Dark Forces
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(link to They Used Dark Forces notes) Publication date:

[5 October] 1964

Series:

A Gregory Sallust WW2 espionage novel with occult connections

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Publisher's synopsis:

Was Hitler a Satanist? No actual proof has yet emerged, but there is ample evidence to suggest that he regularly consulted occultists.

They Used Dark Forces, which is set in the Second World War, features secret agent Gregory Sallust, this time in the company of an ex-Bolshevik General named Stefan Kuporovitch. Parachuted into Nazi Germany, the two of them join forces with the widow of a German diplomat who is in contact with Allied Intelligence. It is through her that Gregory becomes unwillingly involved with a Jewish Black Magician, and when, sixteen months later, they meet again, each decides to use occult forces in an attempt to destroy the maniac Hitler once and for all...

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