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This sort of thing does not help

Post by Nick » Sun 18 Jan, 2009 22:00:16

From an American idiot with a website called trash fiction.....

Back in the early-1970s Dennis Wheatley was a big name. Now, as far as I can tell, he's pretty much forgotten and books that used to be best-sellers, like To The Devil A Daughter and The Devil Rides Out, go entirely unread. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, since Wheatley was a writer of no great talent, and his books were clunky, lumpy slabs of indigestible narrative, shot through with lashings of black magic and satanism. At the time this was dangerous, edgy stuff, but - largely through Wheatley's own efforts - there's now so much more awareness of magic rituals that his version of it isn't exactly shocking anymore. The Hammer movies of his novels (particularly The Devil Rides Out, adapted by Richard Matheson) are worth seeing - the books aren't worth reading.


Easy to be disparaging, I wonder if he could write a book as sucessful as DRO. Well there 's no accounting for taste, or lack of it.

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Post by Sir_Dan_of_Cure » Sun 25 Jan, 2009 12:59:04

Nick,

I've read a number of similar appraisals - usually from ill-informed half-wits who are incapable of rendering a single sentence without contradicting themselves. I find it best to ignore - such people are unworthy of comment!

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