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    Dennis Wheatley(Author)
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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Dennis Wheatley(Author)
  • Arrow Bks.; n.e. edition (5 Nov. 1973)
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  • Religion & Spirituality
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  • By PC SARKAR on 9 June 2016

    Rare book. I have gone through Wheatley's works of fiction on the supernatural, and my all time-favorite is "The Devil Rides Out." This book is a distilled version of Wheatley's knowledge of the occult, and surely deserves a place in the book collections of those who evince an interest in the supernatural.

  • By Guest on 13 February 2017

    A book that I had but had to replace

  • By PWS on 11 January 2014

    If you are looking for a coffee table introduction to the occult then you can do no better than this book. It has compositional flaws, without doubt. However for an entertaining dip-in read, late on a winters night, to subjects deeply rooted in mans ancient past and human psychology then there is no other single volume, so lavishly illustrated to match this.I wish the author had gone further in his exposition of certain parts of the material. However at the time of publishing (1971) the subject matter was considered too 'dangerous' for uncensored publication. The latter is quite true, but looking back,this standpoint now seems almost unbelievable to the present generation which has unbridled access to information.

  • By J. Cavanilles on 6 July 2014

    Almost forgotten today, Dennis Wheatley was one of the greatest British writers of best selllers of the twentieth century. His books on black magic and satanism (They devil rides out, The satanist, They used dark forces, To the devil -a daugther…) remain as entertaining today as when they were written.Wheatley always bragged that her novels were well documented, which is highly debatable, and helped to create the modern image of how satanic cults operate: secret orders, magical powers, human sacrifices... This book allows us to better understand the point of view author on these issues and, therefore, what was believed at the time."The devil and all his works" was an attempt to write a serious work on the phenomenon of devil worship. There is no denying that the book is heavily influenced by his Christian beliefs and some of its peculiar theories (communism = atheism = satanism), but is still very interesting. His other claims (such as belief in telepathy or the danger of yoga) are simply ridiculous.This been said, the book is well documented and very interesting. It can’t be seen as the definitive work on the subject, but as a reflection of the state of affairs in the 70s. The result is as interesting as fun.

  • By Blade on 26 September 2016

    In very good condition and a really good read too if you ignore the obvious racism and xenophobia. The stories about the USA and European upper classes involvement in magic and the occult makes interesting reading until now I had know only the Nazis were involved in this but it seems most of the English speaking world was actively studying the occult, not just Byron and Shelly.

  • By Mrs. Judith Lugg on 11 August 2008

    If there was provision for less than one star in the rating, this book would have it! Wheatley was, apparently, persuaded by the publisher to do this and, initially refused; he should have stuck to his original conclusion - the book is awful. It is 'lavishly' illustrated with various drawings and pictures, which actually add nothing to the narrative and are not referred to either!It makes me sad to say this, as I read all of his many fiction books many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed them. They do come over a little stilted, when read now, but the good stories are still there!'The Devil & All His Works" is just a ramble in and out of various subjects, esoteric and otherwise, interspersed with various personal anecdotes; although there are chapter divisions subjects do not adhere to the headings and the whole is very confused. You are even give a lesson in Palmistry ; odd this, as it is supposed to be a straightforward account. It would have better for him to refer the reader to another book on this subject rather than interrupt the flow (said rather sardonically) with these 'side-shows'I do realise that things have changed in that we are no longer shocked by things as. perhaps we would have been in 1971, when the book was published, but, evenso, the content comes over somehow as being very 'tame''.Having said all this, I do agree with most of his conclusions but, here again, they are not expressed in a cohesive manner and leave a lot to be desired.All in all, I feel that Wheatley did this to order to fulfil his obligation, as it really does give one the feeling of it being cobbled together in a hurry without much forethought, unlike his fiction which flows along beautifully and is even rather 'racey' at times for the era when it was published.I was really looking forward to reading this, but what a waste of money and what a disappointment!I certainly do not recommend this book unless as an example of a bad one.

  • By thomas taylor on 2 February 2017

    As described and it was the book I was wanting. However not very impressed with the contents however that is to do with the Author and not the seller

  • By Tim Hartwright on 14 June 2014

    Authoritative book on the subject. The author is a well known author with a lot of knowledge on the subject

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