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by Jim
Sun 5 Nov, 2006 13:47:54
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "Dessert Island Wheatley"
Replies: 18
Views: 12061

Even funnier is Wheatley's comment about Van Helsing:
<< One could wish the good doctor was less verbose, as one could say all he has to say in half the number of words >>.
by Jim
Mon 16 Oct, 2006 13:38:43
Forum: The Island Where Time Stands Still
Topic: The Island Where Time Stands Still
Replies: 7
Views: 9506

Oddly enough, I just finished this one myself, having not read a DW novel in a long time (and having left Gregory at the end of WW II). Compared to say, Sax Rohmer, DW is quite politically correct here: all the Mandarin characters, though often small in stature, are handsome and athletic (and of cou...
by Jim
Mon 18 Sep, 2006 13:17:04
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Dennis Wheatley R.I.P
Replies: 3
Views: 3317

Well, it's a wonderful site. When you type in a name, you get not only the person searched, but others of his/her family, and sometimes those who were connected professionally. (Jules Verne's editor Hetzel comes up on his page.) Many listings have views of the cemetery as well as the grave itself, a...
by Jim
Sun 6 Aug, 2006 14:22:10
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Guardian of the Abyss
Replies: 9
Views: 9051

Famed horror writer Richard Matheson (THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN) wrote the screenplay for TDRO, and DW went on record thanking him for his work. He felt that no more changes were made to the original than were absolutely necessary to get the story on the screen. I believe that's the only film of ...
by Jim
Wed 12 Jul, 2006 02:43:05
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Duc de Richleau
Replies: 2
Views: 3744

We've been through this one before, and it's a common problem in long-running series. Don't forget Hercule Poirot is already RETIRED from the Belgian police when we first meet him, yet he goes on solving crimes for another 35 years! Let's give Armand deRichlieu the benefit of the doubt, and make him...
by Jim
Mon 10 Jul, 2006 21:17:21
Forum: The Devil Rides Out
Topic: The Devil Rides Out
Replies: 2
Views: 4901

I have to read it yet, but I recently won a fascinating item on eBay: a "young adult" version of TDRO, re-written for Hutchinson by one Alison Sage. Apart from a huge amount of abridgement, there are other changes that just seem odd: Simon's last name becomes "Field"; the Duke's first name is change...
by Jim
Fri 19 May, 2006 10:20:27
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Lymington and associations
Replies: 2
Views: 5266

Thanks so much for posting these. naturally, I like the wall best--to see something DW actually built. (Also, I haven't read enough Roger Brook for the others to mean anything special to me...)
by Jim
Tue 9 May, 2006 23:11:27
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Book Reviews
Replies: 26
Views: 19247

The Devil Rides Out

Post moved to the Book Review section The Devil Rides Out
by Jim
Tue 9 May, 2006 23:11:27
Forum: The Devil Rides Out
Topic: The Devil Rides Out
Replies: 2
Views: 4901

The Devil Rides Out

Dan lists several of the great set pieces in TDRO, but my favorite is still in chapter 22, when Mocata visits Cardinals Folly, and tries to hypnotize Marie Lou. She nearly gives in, until the child Fleur interrupts them. Wheatley doesn't make a big deal of it, but what's crucial is that Mocata asks ...
by Jim
Fri 14 Apr, 2006 02:38:34
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Christine Campbell Thomson: "I Am A Literary Agent"
Replies: 9
Views: 9170

By chance, I was in a bookstore recently that had the hardcover versions of both SHAFT and QUIVER (under still different titles), and checked them out to see if I really needed to add them to my collection. Both have the identical introduction--DW could be pretty lazy, couldn't he? <g>--and only the...
by Jim
Mon 10 Apr, 2006 13:01:52
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Christine Campbell Thomson: "I Am A Literary Agent"
Replies: 9
Views: 9170

Well, another interesting tidbit !

I'd always thought that QUIVER and SHAFT were simply compiled from the earlier CENTURY OF HORROR STORIES (then long out of print), with no new material.

I shall have to investigate Sir Charles, who had quite an active second career...
by Jim
Sun 9 Apr, 2006 02:51:33
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Wheatley's best book/short story/series
Replies: 13
Views: 7333

My favorite series is the Modern Musketeers, the Duke and his friends. I think THE DEVIL RIDES OUT was my first Wheatley, followed closely by THE FORBIDDEN TERRITORY. I didn't read THREE INQUISITIVE PEOPLE until much later, as DW books were harder to come by in the U.S. THE GOLDEN SPANIARD is tied w...
by Jim
Thu 9 Mar, 2006 23:09:31
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW's bookplate
Replies: 8
Views: 6011

There's a sample of the DW bookplate up for auction on eBay right now, as well as two signed letters, for those who want to beef up their collections...
by Jim
Mon 27 Feb, 2006 00:08:45
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Craig Cabell's book on DW
Replies: 12
Views: 8517

Having read the Express piece, it seems less a review than a synopsis of the book. As Bob says, the book itself seems less an original work than a combination of STRANGER THAN FICTION and THE DECEPTION PLANNERS. But with both of those out of print, that's not so terrible, I guess, if it renews inter...
by Jim
Tue 21 Feb, 2006 01:22:19
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW's bookplate
Replies: 8
Views: 6011

Aha! "Forbiden"!

I just checked on his copy of MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB (which I now own)...I guess he never had it corrected...

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