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by Cibator
Mon 9 Nov, 2009 08:04:51
Forum: General Topics
Topic: the devil is a gentleman
Replies: 32
Views: 18718

The Spectator also has a nice positive review.
by Cibator
Mon 7 Sep, 2009 22:02:47
Forum: Codeword - Golden Fleece
Topic: Codeword - Golden Fleece
Replies: 8
Views: 23875

Re: Codeword - Golden Fleece


by Cibator
Sun 12 Jul, 2009 12:07:58
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Better To Marry- by Eve Chaucer
Replies: 5
Views: 3622

Steve, it's not at all a rude question. As a matter of fact though, I don't know the answer for sure!! I never gave any thought to the pronunciation when minting the name for myself some years ago. Most natural seems to be sigh-BAY-tuh, which is what my wife has always used. SIGH-buh-tuh and SIGH-bu...
by Cibator
Sat 4 Jul, 2009 11:42:30
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Better To Marry- by Eve Chaucer
Replies: 5
Views: 3622

Unless I'm mistaken, it's Traitors' Gate that takes Gregory to Budapest, trying to influence the Hungarians to change sides. At one point he has a fight with Grauber in the men's room (but I don't think that's the "bog" mentioned in one of the other topics!!).
by Cibator
Tue 26 May, 2009 10:49:37
Forum: General Topics
Topic: The Devil is a Gentleman
Replies: 7
Views: 8317

I notice the said preview refers to " ..... a British scheme to engineer a revival of Islam." Well! Whatever it was seems to have succeeded in spades. Now I feel I just have to know what the intended consequences were. Foresight of the unintended ones that are now all too apparent would surely have ...
by Cibator
Mon 13 Apr, 2009 12:09:04
Forum: The Fabulous Valley
Topic: Where there's a will....
Replies: 5
Views: 22324

Presumably "Portugoose" came about by analogy with goose and geese. It occurs in other writings, notably John Buchan's Prester John - a book, incidentally, that I can heartily recommend; the notion of white superiority that underpins it is of course totally outdated, but there's a depth and complexi...
by Cibator
Mon 13 Apr, 2009 11:30:32
Forum: The Satanist
Topic: The Satanist
Replies: 6
Views: 9025

I fear I can't rate The Satanist very highly; certainly not by comparison with The Devil Rides Out or Strange Conflict . The trouble is, there are at least two major implausibilities. Firstly: would a recruiter for the Left Hand Brotherhood really have done as Ratnadatta does, almost casually allowi...
by Cibator
Sat 11 Apr, 2009 12:48:31
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Views from the Antipodes
Replies: 7
Views: 4531

There's two conclusive pieces of evidence for placing The Devil Rides out in 1935; one within the book, and one outside it. After Rex has returned to Stonehenge with the queer assortment of sports garments for clothing the near-naked Simon, the Duke tells the latter to "go and array yourself like th...
by Cibator
Sat 11 Apr, 2009 12:34:10
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Wheatley's best book/short story/series
Replies: 13
Views: 7101

Hoyo: I'm curious as to why you're so "down" on Roger Brook. I have to admit he can be a bit high-handed at times (e.g. his treatment of the haughty footman in - what was it? - The Dark Secret of Josephine ?), but no more so than many of his contemporaries. Personally I find Gregory Sallust the leas...
by Cibator
Sat 11 Apr, 2009 11:57:59
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Some help required.
Replies: 2
Views: 3434

Death In The Sunshine was an omnibus volume issued (I think) in the late 1930s. It contained the three novels The Fabulous Valley, The Secret War and The Eunuch of Stamboul.
by Cibator
Wed 8 Apr, 2009 11:36:47
Forum: Mediterranean Nights
Topic: Mediterranean Nights
Replies: 3
Views: 16963

Whoooh! That was a mighty effort, Stevie P. We all owe you our thanks. To answer Jim's question first: I believe this and Gunmen Gallants and Ghosts were the only two books that DW revised once they'd been published for the first time. Except possibly for Stranger Than Fiction - I've an idea some bi...
by Cibator
Sun 22 Mar, 2009 21:16:57
Forum: Gateway to Hell
Topic: My take on "Gateway)
Replies: 3
Views: 13093

A quick answer to your question, Alan: Tanith died in childbirth less than a year after DRO, according the opening pages of The Golden Spaniard.
by Cibator
Sat 14 Mar, 2009 09:28:26
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Similar Writers to Dennis Wheatley
Replies: 11
Views: 9121

Allow me to recommend My Bones And My Flute , by Edgar Mittelholtzer, published around 1955 and in consequence probably a bit hard to find now. The author had a suitably exotic background, being born and raised in British Guiana and later living for a time in Barbados, where he was to set several of...
by Cibator
Sat 14 Mar, 2009 09:12:41
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Aleister Crowley
Replies: 19
Views: 13709

About the TV confrontation between DW and Alex Sanders. This was in 1969-70 (can't be any more precise), and occurred on the Simon Dee Show - an early-evening chat 'n' music show that went out around 6.30pm on Saturdays. Simon Dee was a former pirate DJ who went legit after 1967 and had a series of ...
by Cibator
Fri 13 Mar, 2009 11:14:26
Forum: General Topics
Topic: BBC 2 TV 'Mastermind'
Replies: 17
Views: 28080

This was not the first time that DW's works have featured on a Mastermind show. I forget the exact date, but it would have been around the mid-1980s that a contestant on the New Zealand version of the programme took as their special subject the Gregory Sallust novels. I can't even remember if the pe...

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