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by Garry Holmes
Sun 21 Aug, 2011 23:05:13
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "The best of Dennis Wheatley"
Replies: 54
Views: 33654

To be honest, I've never really cared that much whether all of the details add up (I'm a Sherlock Holmes fan, and Doyle never bothered with continuity), but it does fascinate me that DW took enormous pains to make sure that the real facts were accurate, but took less care with his own creations. Lik...
by Garry Holmes
Sat 20 Aug, 2011 22:20:55
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "The best of Dennis Wheatley"
Replies: 54
Views: 33654

In a way, DW made something of a rod for his back by ageing his characters and putting them in a recognisable real-world background. Like you said, Roger Brook suffers least from this as they are all written in chronological order, and DW does almost seem to have had a game plan in mind from the ver...
by Garry Holmes
Tue 16 Aug, 2011 23:31:28
Forum: The Black Baroness
Topic: The Black Baroness
Replies: 5
Views: 22443

Just finished reading this for the first time. What a book! :smt026 After the rather dull FAKED PASSPORTS this book really grabbed hold of me and commanded me to finish it. This is how you write thrillers; so many escapes and captures that you almost feel as exhausted as poor Gregory must be by the ...
by Garry Holmes
Sun 14 Aug, 2011 23:26:40
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Saturdays with Bricks
Replies: 6
Views: 4485

Saturdays with Bricks

Just recently I've been having a look at my Wheatley collection and wondering about filling in the gaps. One of the books that I've never seen, let alone read, is SATURDAYS WITH BRICKS. The copies that I've seen on AMAZON are going for between £50 to £60, which suggests that it's pretty rare. I kn...
by Garry Holmes
Thu 28 Jul, 2011 23:07:55
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Edgar, Eric and Dennis
Replies: 7
Views: 6220

Pleased to be of service! Even without the DW connection, the programme is a fun way to spend 30 minutes. If you end up showing it at the convention, I think that people will enjoy it.
by Garry Holmes
Tue 26 Jul, 2011 19:07:57
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Edgar, Eric and Dennis
Replies: 7
Views: 6220

Edgar, Eric and Dennis

I recently decided to clear out my spare rooms, and found myself with a box full of old video tapes that I must have recorded in the 80s and 90s. There were a load of EDGAR LUSTGARTEN: SCOTLAND YARD programmes from the early 50s, which I had taped off a satellite channel. They're dramatisations of r...
by Garry Holmes
Sat 18 Dec, 2010 08:47:17
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Dw library shelves
Replies: 5
Views: 4046

Interestingly, I was also introduced to DW by a woman. She was a friend of my sister who raved about DW so much that I decided that I must check out a few of the novels. That was several decades ago, and I've no idea what happened to my sister's friend. Still have the books, though!
by Garry Holmes
Sun 10 Oct, 2010 17:13:28
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Scarcity of of "Haunting of Toby Jugg"?
Replies: 10
Views: 7148

Cibator: No such luck! All of the inclusions were in there, but someone had obviously played the games a long time ago and then slipped them away in some relatively safe nook. They looked as though they had been sat on at some point, but it was just nice to find any old copy. Duffelbag: I'm a really...
by Garry Holmes
Sun 26 Sep, 2010 13:59:24
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Scarcity of of "Haunting of Toby Jugg"?
Replies: 10
Views: 7148

I picked up some very nice, if rather beaten up, copies of the Crime Dossiers from Hay on Wye a year or two ago. I also found a very nice 1st edition of THE RISING STORM with dust wrapper at the same time, along with the Sallust omnibus PLOT AND COUNTERPLOT. They didn't cost an enormous amount, eith...
by Garry Holmes
Mon 17 May, 2010 19:18:01
Forum: The Devil Rides Out
Topic: What our American Cousins thought of the Devils Bride
Replies: 7
Views: 9157

I think the fact that Wheatley sent Matheson a letter thanking him for sticking to the book, says a lot! Matheson wrote back to say that he had seen so many of his own books and short stories murdered by hack screenwriters, that he had made a vow never to do it to anyone else. I can recall an interv...
by Garry Holmes
Sun 9 May, 2010 11:08:08
Forum: The Devil Rides Out
Topic: What our American Cousins thought of the Devils Bride
Replies: 7
Views: 9157

Re: What our American Cousins thought of the Devils Bride

Hoyo de Monterrey wrote:
Nick wrote:Chris Lees DRO film was marketed under The Devils Bride in the US in 1968. (In case they thought it was a western under the DRO title)
What a wonderful thought - a DW Black Magic Western!! :rofl (My slightly bizarre sense of humour is working overtime).
Starring Duke Wayne? ;)
by Garry Holmes
Fri 30 Apr, 2010 23:59:49
Forum: General Topics
Topic: other DW type characters
Replies: 8
Views: 10236

I've been enjoying some of the repeats of WTBCI recently shown on satellite TV. One of the incidental pleasures of the programme is listening to the 'Geordies' and then remembering how very posh the same actors sounded in other programmes of the time.
by Garry Holmes
Thu 12 Nov, 2009 23:55:42
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introductions
Replies: 35
Views: 30086

Welcome to the fold, Dave. Hope that you enjoy yourself. This is terrific site, with some very nice people in it.
by Garry Holmes
Sun 1 Nov, 2009 12:19:51
Forum: General Topics
Topic: How is the site doing?
Replies: 5
Views: 3788

Charles wrote:Thanks Garry for making a very good point - as well as your own magnificent contributions !
:oops:
by Garry Holmes
Sat 31 Oct, 2009 20:10:56
Forum: General Topics
Topic: How is the site doing?
Replies: 5
Views: 3788

How is the site doing?

Looking throught the 'recent posts' I was quite struck by the fact that nearly all of the recent posts are by me, Charles, and one or two other members. Things do seem a bit moribund at the moment. Have a lot of the old members simply stopped posting, or is this just some sort of seasonal thing?

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