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Dennis Wheatley
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1 Mar 2007 Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural

This Wordsworth Edition includes an exclusive Introduction by Anthony Lejeune.

Why did the solitary girl leave her rented house on the French Riviera only for short walks at night? Why was she so frightened? Why did animals shrink away from her? The girl herself didn't know, and was certainly not aware of the terrible appointment which had been made for her long ago and was now drawing close. Molly Fountain, the tough-minded Englishwoman living next door, was determined to find the answer. She sent for a wartime secret service colleague to come and help. What they discovered was horrifying beyond anything they could have imagined.

Dennis Wheatley returned in this book to his black magic theme which he had made so much his own with his famous best seller The Devil Rides Out. In the cumulative shock of its revelations, the use of arcane knowledge, the mounting suspense and acceleration to a fearful climax, he out-does even that earlier achievement. This is, by any standards, a terrific story.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840225440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840225440
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most popular storytellers of the century. The Telegraph He forcibly abducts the imagination. The Evening Standard The word thriller has never been more aptly bestowed. The News Chronicle --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A BLACK MAGIC STORY --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story telling! 13 Oct 2009
I had read a couple of Dennis Wheatleys books years ago and remembered them as being quite good. The settings and language have dated considerably, but, as long as you transport yoursef back to the period when this was written then you will find the story telling is still good. I couldn't put the book down and it had me on the edge of my seat a couple of times. Simple, but effective plots make this an enjoyable, easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the film - read this! 27 April 2007
We are all used to films not being "like/as good as" the book. Hammer's To the Devil - A Daughter is no exception. If you've not seen it, don't rush to; if you have, don't let it put you off trying this book. Not for nothing was Wheatley known as the Prince of Thriller Writers, and to those of us in the know he still is. You will hear it said he's dated, or his views are un-PC. Well, quite often those 'views' are those of his characters - you can't say for certain DW was pro this or anti that - and frankly, who cares? Such remarks are more often than not few and far between anyway, and at the end of the day all that matters is the story - and there Wheatley, once tried, will hold you in his vice-like grip. With colourful characters, exotic settings and strange events, he is the very definition of a page-turner. Let's hope Wordsworth, with these new reprints, bring us many more - and not just the occult novels. Either way, at these prices, you can't lose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is such a great thriller. It makes one turn the pages and start the next chapter to see what is going to happen. It treats its subject matter with due respect and sides with the light not the dark. The characters are believable and although it is very much a book set in the 1950's its a testament to Wheatley's brilliance as a thriller writer. Such a fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars George M Talbot (Real Name) 12 July 2012
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I first read To the Devil a Daughter when I was a teenager, after having read The Devil rides out, and I became a devout Dennis Wheatley fan. All of his books are well worth reading, because they are imaginitive, interesting and entertaining. Being a published author myself, I appreciate them perhaps in a special way. Dennis Wheatly had a very sound knowledge of the arcane and much of this is to be found in To the Devil a Daughter. Having read it again after so many years I can say I have not lost my admiration for his work...I recommend it without reservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect read 26 Feb 2012
By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the first book by Dennis Wheatley I've got round to reading, I wish I had discovered his works sooner. From general knowledge I knew what to expect: good battling evil occult forces and perhaps just a bit of political incorrectness. That's true of this book, but it has so much more to offer. Wheatley presents a thrilling race against time taking the reader from the French Riviera to the Essex countryside and back again, all to save a girl from an hideous fate on the eve of her 21st birthday. The occult elements are of course at the centre of the story and are most interesting. The characters don't have the greatest depth but are likeable and keep the story moving, whilst the places described (the pine-scented Mediterranean and the historic buildings in Essex) add much to the story. Its pacing keeps it a real page turner and it holds up well with modern day thrillers, with the added interest of Satan and his servants controlling events. Well worth a read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riviting 22 Mar 2011
I read this book about 55yrs ago and seemed to remember enjoying it, rereading it I was amazed at the absurdity of the whole story, to me the classic passage was when Johns Mother realises that Christina is possesed by 'Satanic Forces' and relating this to John; his reply was 'Gosh MUMSY' Altogether a great read, it wont keep you awake fearing The great satan will leap through your bedroom window
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 7 July 2008
Read this in my youth (I'm now 64), loved it then and love it now. It is in the same genre as 'The Devil Rides Out', ie. black magic.
Wheatley was and still IS one of the best novel writers on this subject.
ALL his books are very good but this is one of the best. It keeps you turning the page, which to me means it's a great read.
You read it - I know you';ll love it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fabulous 5 Dec 2005
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If you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code then you will love this. Wheatley is a fantastic story teller. This is racy, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat stuff! The subject of Black Magic isn't one that tends to crops up in mainstream modern literature - it should, it makes great thrillers! Read this and you'll soon be purchasing the others in the series eg (The Satanist, The Devil Rides Out etc). A quick caveat, these books were written in the 30's and it's important to bear this in mind when you encounter the odd bit which seems a little out-dated or non PC. Don't worry, this won't stop you thinking his books are utterly fabulous.
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Published 16 days ago by Rosamund Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
Good old Dennis Wheatey novel - gripping read
Published 1 month ago by mr john mills
5.0 out of 5 stars read it years ago A+++
I read this book years ago and I saw an article that reminded me about Dennis Wheatley.I wanted to read it and luckily found a copy on line. Read more
Published 2 months ago by peepo
4.0 out of 5 stars More Satanism from Wheatley
I have loved Dennis Wheatley's black magic novels since I was a teenager and have recently enjoyed re-reading them on Kindle. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. B. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be scared!
I read this book for the first time many years ago, and can recall being really scare by it. There was also a film made of it - however, book is much more chilling. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. A. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say about the Master
Bought these for OH as he wanted to re-read them all again.

A master class in suspense and horror.

No bad language, no gratuitious sex. FANTASTIC
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I read all the Dennis Wheatley books when I was much younger and frightened myself to death. I wanted to reacquaint myself with them and this was my starting point. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. M. W. Wabe
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok(ish) Romp
Typical Dennis Wheatley satanism story, lots of details of satanic rituals, heroic good guys, evil satanists. Nice Riviera & Essex locations too. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. Pemberton
4.0 out of 5 stars So pleased Dennis Wheatly is back
One of my favourite authors, back in print, or in this case on kindle. For a time it was difficult to get hold of his books, many of which i have from the 60/70's so for me its a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Darling
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