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Apr May Black Magic Is Still Practised In All The Great Cities Of The World This Novel Tells With Macabre Detail Of A Beautiful Woman Caught In A Web Of Satanists, Of A Young Man Brought To The Verge Of Madness Through His Dabbling With The Powers Of EvilAs In Dennis Wheatley S The Forbidden Territory We Meet The Duke De Richleau, Simon Aron, The Princess Marie Lou, And Other Characters From London To The West Country, From The Slums Of Paris To A Christian Monastery, The Action Of This Powerful Occult Thriller Moves With Fantastic, Compelling Force

10 thoughts on “The Devil Rides Out

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    A tale of upper class Satanists who, while pursuing their decorous mischief, make the mistake of targeting one of the three good friends of the esteemed occultist and adventurer, the Duc de Richleau.Although the tale is old fashioned, and the novel is marred by casual English public school snobbery and xenophobia, it cannot be denied that Wheatley really knows how to tell a story, and that the elegant Duc de Richleau, touring the rural roads of England in his Hispano Suiza, is a memorable aristocratic hero Check out the 1968 movie version too sometimes called The Devil s Bride in the USA It is probably my favorite Hammer film, and stars Christopher Lee as the Duke.

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    I picked up a set of Dennis Wheatley paperbacks recently a car boot sale for a few pounds They were sixties editions, bashed about a bit, pages yellowing, with faded covers depicting pistol toting Tom Jones type men and scantily clad women clutching bed sheets to their bosoms, wrapped in a thick elastic band the books, not the bosoms A sudden wave of pure pleasure swept over me as the floodgates of memory opened, drowning present cares with images of happy school holidays spent in the company of the suave and sophisticated Duc de Richelieu and the dashing Roger Brook, whilst my ignorant chums wasted their time on comics and the telly.To me, as a child growing up in the sixties, every bookshelf seemed to include at least five or six Georgette Heyers, and as an adolescent I used to sneak a look at them in search of racy bits, though I was always disappointed, despite the lurid bedroom scenes of half naked damsels and Regency beaus on their dustcovers I pretty soon discovered, however, that the Wheatleys contained far naughtier bits Within the pages of his thrillers one could always expect something about heaving, half exposed bosoms or seductively pale thighs, and the hero s fingers would often be found lingering in such places, when not fingering the pommel of a sword or the trigger of a pistol.These novels were written in less complicated days, and Wheatley was unapologetic for or probably simply unaware of any offence he might be causing to ethnic minorities and people who had to work for a living None of his heroes ever did what you or I would think of as work They were all fabulously rich and handsome, and spent a large part of their time drinking cocktails, donning evening gowns and smoking jackets, eating exquisite foods and puffing on the most expensive cigars When, that is, they weren t dealing with Satanists and Nazis and teaching them a thing or two about Imperial British values and the difference between right and wrong.By modern thriller standards, Wheatley is perhaps rather slow in getting on with the story, and his characters have a habit of lecturing one another rather than holding a proper conversation The historical background is usually introduced not incidentally and gradually as a part of the natural texture as the story unfolds, but as the sort of lesson a rather stiff teacher might deliver at school, put into the mouth of one character in response to some pertinent query by another But how on earth did Germany, the country of Goethe and Mozart, arrive at such a sorry state would be a typical trigger, precursor to half a dozen dense pages about the rise of the Third Reich that have no direct bearing on the plot, and by the end of which you ve either dozed off or have had to glance back to pick up the thread.I think that the chief appeal of Dennis Wheatley nowadays, at least for me, is that he offers an illusion of moral certainty in the face of that peculiar curse of modern life, relative values For him, there are no compensating circumstances to a case Some things are right and other things are just plain wrong, and the perpetrators of the latter are the clear villains of the piece and therefore bound for a sticky end Political correctness was a completely alien concept to him, and he would no doubt have identified it as a major cause of the rot when it came to the decline and fall of the British Empire Nazis, Communists, Socialists, Uppity Minorities of all shades and persuasions these were basically a Bad Lot as far as he was concerned, and he was not the sort to bow to public opinion on such matters.So in a sense he managed to time his own literary demise rather well, as it coincided with just such a sea change in the mid seventies, which witnessed the beginning of a steady decline in the sales of his novels A new breed of, shall we say, socially aware and diplomatic writers was emerging, and the world of debutantes balls, stiff upper lips and adherence to duty, which had managed to hang on through two world wars, was finally let go of.For those of us who enjoy a thumping good yarn laced with sex, violence, nasty Nazis and devil worshippers, gallons of port and cognac, smoked salmon and caviar by the bucketful, and of course the best cigars that money can buy, Dennis Wheatley leaves the competition way behind.

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    When I first saw the 1968 horror film The Devil Rides Out several years back at one of NYC s numerous revival theatres, I thought it was one of the best Hammer films that I d ever seen, and made a mental note to check out Dennis Wheatley s 1934 source novel one day That resolve was further strengthened when I read a very laudatory article by Stephen Volk on the book in Newman Jones excellent overview volume Horror Another 100 Best Books And now that I have finally read what is generally deemed Wheatley s most successful and popular novel, I can see the Hammer film for what it is a watered down filmization that can t hold a Black Mass candle to its superb original The great Richard Matheson s screenplay condenses much, simplifies , excises whole sections and changes the central plot entirely In short, the book is where the real thrills and chills reside In it, readers once again meet the Duke de Richleau and his friends Rex Van Ryn an American , Simon Aron an English Jew and Richard Marie Lou Eaton, whom Wheatley first introduced to the world in his earlier novels Three Inquisitive People and The Forbidden Territory When Simon comes under the power of a group of Satanists and their Aleister Crowley like leader, Mocata, the Duke must take quick steps to save his young friend from their sinister hold Wheatley obviously did a prodigious amount of background research before the writing of this, his first of an eventual nine novels dealing with black magic and the supernatural He throws reams of information at us dealing with witchcraft, numerology, werepeople, vampires, the undead, seances, Egyptology, Kabbalah, and Crowley s The Book of the Law The effect of all this detail is to make the reader really buy into the increasingly evil events and suspend disbelief As our heroes one by one find their skepticism eroded by the book s horrifying events, so too is ours As in the film, the book s two main set pieces are the midnight Sabbat atmospheric and chilling in the novel, taking place on the Salisbury Plain not to mention licentious and the defense of our heroes within the pentacle as Mocata visits on them one evil conjuration after another The film s oversized giant spider in this scene cannot possibly compare to Wheatley s leprous, sluglike blob creature that leaps, laughs and pulsates These two passages alone would guarantee Wheatley s book a place in the horror pantheon, but almost as fine are the scenes dealing with Simon s party, the initial materialization of the demon in the observatory, a minutely detailed car chase, Mocata s attempt at hypnotizing Marie Lou and, finally, a breakneck trans Europe plane chase, culminating in the crumbling tombs of a Grecian monastery, and a showdown with Mocata for the legendary mummified phallus of Osiris the Talisman of Set which will enable its possessor to start a world war Matheson jettisoned the entire central plot point of the Talisman in his screenplayunwisely, I feel, as it is necessary for increased suspense and a greater atmosphere of urgency Wheatley has been justifiably accused of racism and bigotry in his writings 55 novels over a course of 39 years , but happily, this early novel of his contains no statements that should grate on modern day PC sensibilities At worst, he can be accused of some fuzzy writing on occasion, of having his characters lecture at times rather than speak realistically, and of continuously mistaking the word aesthetic for ascetic Minor quibbles, indeed, for a book as exciting, innovative and, yes, downright scary as this one At one point in this longish tale, Rex Van Ryn tells us that his taste in literature tends to popular novelists who can turn out a good, interesting story I think that Rex would have been a fan of Dennis Wheatley, based on that statement Although enormously popular from the 1930s to the 1960s, Wheatley today seems to be little mentioned, but I for one am going to be seeking out

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    This has not aged well At all Not the racism, the xenophobia, the banal horror, the style Characters are cut outs of evil foreigners, sublime doting mothers, silly posh boys and obnoxiously raucous Americans, and the ending is nauseatingly trite with the power of LOVE conquering all The depictions of Satanism weren t especially fleshed out or interesting either, we re just told to be afraid of the very concept and there s precious few meaty descriptions of horrific rites While I understand Wheatley s contemporary audience might be susceptible to and afraid of the repeated phrase scenes of diabloical obscenity and eroticism , it doesn t make it any less boring for the modern reader.The only mildly interesting thing is how Wheatley followed Aleister Crowley by throwing every religion into the blender, with ancient Egyptian deities somehow connected to Judeo Christian goat demons, who can in turn be fended off by Svastikas and Buddhists monks.I suspect Crowley was exceptionally offended by this mangled tosh, since despite the two supposedly being friends, they had precisely one dinner together for the sake of Wheatley s research, who presumably wrote Osiris shrivelled todger repeatedly in his notebook and then they never spoke again, and for once I will agree with Aleister Good God, I m an overrated arsehole Crowley and promise myself I ll leave Wheatley well alone from now on.

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    Dennis Wheatley is one of those authors who has gone from topping bestseller lists to complete oblivion in the space of less than 30 years As recently as the 1970s he was one of the most widely read authors in the world, with total sales exceeding 50 million copies He has a reputation for jingoism, racism, sexism and insanely reactionary political views, and for his unswerving belief that Satanism is a major force in the modern world and that we should have nothing to do with it because it s really wicked and terribly naughty He even includes an amusing little warning at the beginning of each of his books, which essentially amounts to don t try this at home boys and girls In fact his approach to magic and religion is rather complex than you might expect from his Colonel Blimp ish image He dismisses any idea of the literal existence of Satan or of Hell as simplistic nonsense, and his heroes use Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist and even pagan rituals in their battles with the forces of darkness He certainly does believe in the forces of darkness though His style is a bit like one of those wonderful 1950s movies warning of the dangers of fast cars, dope and heavy petting But combined with X Files type conspiracy theories plus wicked devil worshippers who ll stop at nothing to get innocent young women to take their clothes off, plus non stop action His stuff works superbly as High Camp I just love him.

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    Description 29 Apr 1935 4 May 1935 Black Magic is still practised in all the great cities of the world This novel tells with macabre detail of a beautiful woman caught in a web of Satanists, of a young man brought to the verge of madness through his dabbling with the powers of evil.As in Dennis Wheatley s The Forbidden Territory we meet the Duke de Richleau, Simon Aron, the Princess Marie Lou, and other characters From London to the West Country, from the slums of Paris to a Christian monastery, the action of this powerful occult thriller moves with fantastic, compelling force. Watch hereSee Paul Eddington and Patrick Mower in the casting mix Bet they regretted that.

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    I got this book for 10 pence at a thrift shop in Belfast yellow pages, cover wearing out I could not afford anything else, being in dire straits at the time , I started reading it just for the sake of reading something and I loved it The narrative is very good and I was quite frightened by the story s atmosphere Living in Belfast at that time was somehow frightening as well.

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    An action packed thriller focusing on the practice of black magic Good fun but some infuriatingly dense characters.

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    While Dennis Wheatley may have been quite a sensation in his day, I certainly hadn t heard of him until I came across the Hammer Productions film based on this novel I ve owned the film for years now and frankly love it, and because it s indellibly imprinted on my psyche, I m going to talk about the movie than I normally would in a book review Normally, I feel that the two artistic media are of equal merit and should generally be kept apart and considered as separate entities even when they are supposedly tackling the same story.All right, I may as well lay my cards on the table right now I like the film a fair bit than the book I m chuckling to myself over here because writing this now, I realise I can t really think of another instance where this is true for me Maybe it s down to Richard Matheson writing the movie script and turning a sometimes meandering, occasionally pontificating and sometimes even unintentionally funny novel into a taut fast paced screenplay Maybe it s Christopher Lee, whose grave, saturnine Duc De Richleau somehow comes off as dignified and charismatic than the old fart of the novel It could even be the way Hammer and the actor Charles Grey handled the villain, which seemed to make him a active presence in the story.Dennis Wheatley s style is solid and engaging, if nothing too remarkable I found myself wanting to skip pages at times, but I almost never do that and was for the most part able to resist the urge, with the possible exception of the sticky family oriented scenes near the end Wheatley has an interesting habit here of leaping onto the soapbox occasionally, taking jabs at all kinds of stuff that usually come from the mouth of his wise and learned protagonist, the Duc, but which feel like they just stem from nothing when you read the book While Wheatley obviously did plenty of research and talks about the occult convincingly, I don t feel he revels in it as much as he should It almost feels like he s caught in a jam with on the one hand trying to warn people about the dangers of this stuff and on the other tell a ripping lurid yarn about evil occult ceremonies and the devilish doings of black magicians If his heart was really in the latter, he might have given the story a bit juice, but I feel it s the former Wheatley that sort of wins out here Interesting that while the Hammer film does feel necessarily a bit tamer because of what could be shown on screen in England at the time, it somehow comes across as enjoying its subject matter a little and not really trying to preach against it, except maybe for all the Jesus stuff , but I ll come to that in a bit.The villain seems like he d be interesting, but we mostly hear about him and what he does because of other characters relating events Frankly this is a pretty boring method of storytelling I almost think Simon should have been at the centre of things, as his conversion to satanism and possible eventual redemption would probably have made a interesting tale than what we got About three quarters of the way through it struck me Mocata doesn t do a damn thing in this book He mostly just shows up and pronounces ominous things, and instead of seeing the scene directly we get to hear about it afterwards The nadir is when he shows up at Richard s house and begins to eat chocolates threateningly in Richard s wife s presence Oh, there s something vague about an attempted mind control in there, but it doesn t seem to really work on anybody important The film certainly made him seem much of a credible adversary All the good guys are pretty flat and boring to read about, I m afraid, and the satanist girl everyone is chasing after falls in love with the big American fellow for some reason, even though she leads everyone on a really plodding car chase halfway through the book that is the sort of thing people always criticised early 70s Doctor Who for doing but which it didn t actually do all that much The evil Mocata is portrayed in the novel as a greasy fat foreigner, whereas in the film he s one of us , rather english seeming and handsome, which seems like it should work much better for a charismatic cult leader But, you see, Dennis Wheatley kind of has a distrust of the un english, and most of the people in Mocata s cult are shown as being from some foreign place or having something wrong with them, the suggestion being that a strong and proper English protestant would be happy with his lot and see no reason to join up with a bunch of satanists Much is made in the novel of Simon s Jewishness, and how while everyone loves him for the man he is, his history and background basically have set him up for this fall, and it s the job of the Duc de Ricleau and good ole Rex to rescue him from his follies They first do this by hanging a swastika around his neck, and when he s almost killed the Duc says, oh no I made a mistake That s a symbol of the East I can t use that here Yes, I laughed at this and wasn t appalled or anything such things generally don t bother me much, but Wheatley is just a bit too strident at times.Having said that, Wheatley does appear to at least make an attempt at giving his story broader, universal concerns The Duc of the book interestingly appears a bit worldly and less outwardly religious than his counterpart in the film I don t think the book even mentions Christ directly than once, and this is a contrast to the screenplay, where in several instances the protagonists invoke the name of Jesus and the movie even ends on a somber note that they should all thank God and his son for having allowed them to triumph in the end I have to confess that the overtly Christian angle is the one thing about the movie that I didn t entirely like, and Wheatley seems to take some pains to imply that it isn t necessarily christianity that will save the world, and that one positive religious or spiritual faith is essentially as good as any other although he does condescend to make a list of the applicable ones, I believe Another facet of the novel which surprised and pleased me was the ending, which is quite a bit different from the film s and which actually felt satisfying I don t want to spoil it for anyone, but there s a section of several dozen pages near the climax where the characters don t quite seem like themselves and something feels deliberately altered in the writing style It feels kind of dreamlike and oppressive in a strange way, and in the end, when I realise this was purposefully done, I felt like cheering Wheatley, because he d managed to push some of my irritation buttons and yet kind of came through as being rather good in the end I came down a bit hard on this novel, but the truth is that I ll probably read Wheatley he seems to be just weird and exciting enough to entertain me, at any rate, and just may have a few surprising tricks up his sleeve.

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    I bought this book because I am very fond of the Hammer film, and wondered how the book compared I have to say I enjoyed it tremendously It was a very fast read, it was written quite simply, but there were very effective passages of action as well as lots of interesting discussion between the characters on the nature of magic and good and evil I was amused by the introduction which mentioned how in order to do research he met with both Crowley and Montague Summers, and that it was Montague Summers who disturbed him the most, inviting him to stay at his house and then trying to sell him a very rare occult book that Wheatly didn t want and couldn t afford, after which Summers apparently freaked out and Wheatly had to fake an excuse to leave At first I was surprised to see how closely the book followed the film and had a hard time picturing everyone in nice 1930s clothes instead of their 60s Hammer attire But as I read further it was easier to see the characters in the book quickly over shadowed their counterparts in the film, with the exception of De Richelieu who always remained a lot like Christopher Lee This started with the abduction of the friend Simon the older and wiser De Richelieu in order to protect him from the occult influences put a swastika around his neck His young friend was horrified that he d do this being that their friend was Jewish and it was 1935 The book was a sequel and there were constant references back to their previous adventure in Russia I found this rather reassuring rather than annoying As that adventure has simply been a straightforward adventure story with no supernatural or occult events, to me it added further spookiness to what they were going through this time There were a lot of great moments, one of my favourite early on was when they were exploring their friend s house to discover the nature of his involvement in the occult and made a point of bringing the champagne with them on their explorations There was also a very striking scene set on the river as they young American hero attempted to woo the beautiful medium and she told him why she was attracted to the left hand part and why she wanted to participate in the ritual I found it very interesting and highly enjoyable book.