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by Cibator
Fri 14 Nov, 2014 10:16:45
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Dennis Wheatley's Limericks from the Great War
Replies: 12
Views: 10942

Hmmm, yes .... not at all the sort of thing you associate with Mr Wheatley! The equivalent, I suppose, ninety-odd years ago, of posting nude selfies. Where are the originals held nowadays? They obviously passed out of DW's control, else I'm sure he'd have destroyed them once he became famous, for fe...
by Cibator
Fri 7 Nov, 2014 22:11:13
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Dennis Wheatley in the Radio Times listings
Replies: 3
Views: 5081

Aha! I remember listening to that Let's Find Out programme in 1967. It was hard to believe anyone could outdo chairman Peter Haigh's ultra-BBC accent, but DW managed it. I can't recall much of the actual discussion, only that DW was quite emphatic in restating his beliefs about occult/unseen forces,...
by Cibator
Wed 5 Nov, 2014 10:45:36
Forum: The Satanist
Topic: The Satanist
Replies: 2
Views: 11827

Nice review, Stevie, as always. I've posted an opinion or two about this book before, so I won't repeat myself here. I'll just add some comments about the "snippets". There's a small open space called Cremorne Gardens in Lots Road, Chelsea, between Cheyne Walk and the banks of the Thames. It's the l...
by Cibator
Tue 25 Mar, 2014 19:26:17
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Black August and Shingle Street
Replies: 7
Views: 6019

I notice you are a fair way from Tendring now, did you live there once? Yes, though never permanently. My family relocated to Alresford from north London in 1969, and my mother lives there still. I was there only for university vacations, and afterwards the occasional week-end. A few years before, ...
by Cibator
Mon 24 Mar, 2014 19:05:20
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Black August and Shingle Street
Replies: 7
Views: 6019

Welcome aboard, OldJiver. Always good to have new posters on here. And photos of DW-associated sites are much appreciated. As I've remarked elsewhere, the Tendring Hundred is much changed from sixty years ago, so it's good to see Shingle Street hasn't suffered to the same extent (though the loss of ...
by Cibator
Wed 19 Mar, 2014 06:07:57
Forum: Traitors Gate
Topic: Traitors Gate
Replies: 7
Views: 15366

(As for Guinness, I thought it was a glass of mud with a head...) That made me laugh Jim. And, although I'm quite partial to the stuff myself, I'll be the first to concede it's an acquired taste. I'm wondering if anyone here's ever tried Black Velvet (the stout and champagne cocktail quaffed by man...
by Cibator
Thu 23 Jan, 2014 04:14:30
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW and the Yanks
Replies: 6
Views: 3455

Such Power Is Dangerous is, I seem to remember, set almost wholly in the USA. It was published very early in DW's career, when he still hadn't fully found his true direction as an author, and thought he had to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Which in those days often meant writing about Am...
by Cibator
Sun 27 Oct, 2013 20:44:03
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Daily Express Article
Replies: 16
Views: 9006

Is that an enforced wardrobe malfunction we're being shown in the book's cover illustration? Pretty racy even for the present day, let alone 1950!
by Cibator
Wed 25 Sep, 2013 20:58:58
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Dennis Wheatley Podcasts
Replies: 77
Views: 71972

Never seen Fargo . Not really our kind of movie, for one thing. Plus I've never forgiven Frances McDormand for beating Brenda Blethyn to the 1996 Oscar :x . That said, I can't totally dismiss the Coen brothers - Raising Arizona was a real hoot (my wife still says "turn to raaaght!" when navigating f...
by Cibator
Mon 23 Sep, 2013 12:05:07
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Archaic Terminology
Replies: 7
Views: 4458

EricMocata: I think you're right to regard "Hi!" as an archaism, at least when used in the way you describe. The last time I can remember seeing it in such a context was in (of all things) one of my little brother's comics in the early 70s, in a cartoon strip where a ghost appeared suddenly and shou...
by Cibator
Mon 23 Sep, 2013 11:42:44
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Dennis Wheatley Podcasts
Replies: 77
Views: 71972

I've been following this (and other language-related threads) with great interest. EricMocata, you're right about the large number of regional accents even within England, let alone the rest of the British Isles. Though this is also true of other countries - for instance, there are numerous variants...
by Cibator
Thu 29 Aug, 2013 05:27:01
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Bloomsbury to re-publish Dennis Wheatley
Replies: 43
Views: 41639

Interesting to see (on their website) that the color choices for the Bloomsbury covers match those of the Arrow paperbacks from the 1970s: blue for Roger Brook, green for De Richleau, and red for Gregory Sallust. Wonder why they went with that, instead of the one for the Lymingtons? The latter, IIR...
by Cibator
Mon 27 May, 2013 22:37:01
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Clinton House
Replies: 45
Views: 37889

So ..... who paid for it to be done? No real point in asking, though: the go-between who actually made the arrangements will be far away by this time.
by Cibator
Fri 3 May, 2013 21:06:46
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Bloomsbury to re-publish Dennis Wheatley
Replies: 43
Views: 41639

Charles wrote: .... they may decide not to publish the worst 3 or 4. Uncharted Seas was not in that list.
Now you've got me curious, Charles. Which ones were in that list? Or did you have to give them an undertaking not to reveal its contents?
by Cibator
Thu 28 Mar, 2013 05:38:58
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Bloomsbury to re-publish Dennis Wheatley
Replies: 43
Views: 41639

Remains to be seen, of course, to what extent the texts have been fiddled around with. There's an awful lot of ideas and language in them that would never pass muster nowadays with the Thought Police. Or me, for that matter.

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