Wheatley, Dennis

Dennis Wheatley – author and member of the LCS (London Controlling Section).

Dennis Yates Wheatley (8 January 1897 – 10 November 1977) was an English author whose prolific output of thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world’s best-selling writers from the 1930s through the 1960s. His Gregory Sallust series was one of the main inspirations for Ian Fleming‘s James Bond stories.[1]

Dennis Wheatley
Portrait by Allan Warren
Born Dennis Yeats Wheatley
8 January 1897
London, England
Died 10 November 1977 (aged 80)
Occupation author, editor
Nationality English
Citizenship British
Period 1930–1980
Genre Adventure, Occult, Historical
Notable works The Devil Rides Out


Military service

Wheatley was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant into the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War, undertaking his basic training at Biscot Camp[2] in Luton, and served in France with the City of London Brigade and the 36th (Ulster) Division.[3] He was gassed in a chlorine attack at Passchendaele and invalided after service in Flanders, on the Ypres Salient, and in France at Cambrai and St. Quentin. In 1919 he assumed management of the family wine merchant business but in 1931, after a decline in business due to the Great Depression, he sold the firm and began writing.[3]

During the Second World War, Wheatley was a member of the London Controlling Section, which secretly coordinated strategic military deception and cover plans. His literary talents gained him employment with planning staffs for the War Office. He wrote numerous papers for the War Office, including suggestions for dealing with a German invasion of Britain (recounted in his works Stranger than Fiction and The Deception Planners). The most famous of his submissions to the Joint Planning Staff of the war cabinet was on “Total War”. He was given a commission directly into the JP Service as Wing Commander, RAFVR and took part in advance planning for the Normandy invasions. In 1946, Wheatley was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star for his part in the war effort.

The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult

Selected influences on his work, each with a new introduction by Wheatley.

  • Dracula, [Vol.1], Bram Stoker. Sphere, 1974
  • The Werewolf Of Paris, [Vol.2], Guy Endore. Sphere, 1974
  • Moonchild, [Vol.3], Aleister Crowley. Sphere, 1974
  • Studies In Occultism, [Vol.4], Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Sphere, 1974
  • Carnacki The Ghost-Finder, [Vol.5], William Hope Hodgson. Sphere, 1974
  • The Sorcery Club, [Vol.6], Elliott O’Donnell. Sphere, 1974
  • Harry Price: The Biography Of A Ghost Hunter, [Vol.7], Paul Tabori. Sphere, 1974
  • The Witch Of Prague, [Vol.8], F. Marion Crawford. Sphere, 1974
  • Uncanny Tales 1, [Vol.9], selected by Dennis Wheatley. Sphere, 1974
  • The Prisoner In The Opal, [Vol.10], A.E.W. Mason. Sphere, 1974
  • The Devil’s Mistress, [Vol.11], John William Brodie-lnnes. Sphere, 1974
  • You And Your Hand, [Vol.12], Cheiro – new edition revised by Louise Owen. Sphere, 1974
  • Black Magic: A Tale Of The Rise And Fall Of The Antichrist, [Vol.13], Marjorie Bowen. Sphere, 1974
  • Real Magic, [Vol.14], Philip Bonewits. Sphere, 1974
  • Faust, Parts 1 and 2, [Vol.15], Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Bayard Taylor. Sphere, 1974
  • Uncanny Tales 2, [Vol.16], selected by Dennis Wheatley. Sphere, 1974
  • The Gap In The Curtain, [Vol.17], John Buchan. Sphere, 1974
  • The Interpretation Of Dreams, [Vol.18], Zolar. Sphere, 1974
  • Voodoo, [Vol.19], Alfred Métraux, translated from the French by Hugo Charteris. Second English Edition with new introduction by Sidney W. Mintz. Sphere, 1974
  • The Necromancers, [Vol.20], Robert Hugh Benson. Sphere, 1974
  • Satanism And Witches: Essays And Stories, [Vol.21], selected by Dennis Wheatley. Sphere, 1974
  • The Winged Pharaoh, [Vol.22], Joan Grant. Sphere, 1974
  • Down There, [Vol.23], J.K. Huysmans translated from the French by Keene Wallace. Sphere, 1974
  • The Monk, [Vol.24], Matthew Lewis. Sphere, 1974
  • Horror At Fontenay, [Vol.25], Alexandre Dumas, translated and adapted by Alan Hull Walton. Sphere, 1975
  • The Hell-Fire Club: The Story Of The Amorous Knights Of Wycombe, [Vol.26], Donald McCormick. Sphere, 1975
  • The Mighty Atom, [Vol.27], Marie Corelli. Sphere, 1975
  • The Affair Of The Poisons, [Vol.28], Frances Mossiker. Sphere, 1975
  • The Witch And The Priest, [Vol.29], Hilda Lewis. Sphere, 1975
  • Death By Enchantment. An Examination Of Ancient And Modern Witchcraft, [Vol.30], Julian Franklyn. Sphere, 1975
  • Fortune Telling By Cards, [Vol.31], Ida B. Prangley. Sphere, 1975
  • Dark Ways To Death, [Vol.32], Peter Saxon. Sphere, 1975
  • The Ghost Pirates, [Vol.33], William Hope Hodgson. Sphere, 1975
  • The Phantom Of The Opera, [Vol.34], Gaston Leroux. Sphere, 1975
  • The Greater Trumps, [Vol.35], Charles Williams. Sphere, 1975
  • The Return Of The Magi, [Vol.36], Maurice Magre, translated from the French by Reginald Merton. Sphere, 1975
  • Uncanny Tales 3, [Vol.37], selected by Dennis Wheatley. Sphere, 1975
  • The King Is A Witch, [Vol.38], Evelyn Eaton. Sphere, 1976
  • Frankenstein, [Vol.39], Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Sphere, 1976
  • The Curse Of The Wise Woman, [Vol.40], Baron Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany. Sphere, 1976
  • Brood Of The Witch Queen, [Vol.41], Sax Rohmer. Sphere, 1976
  • Brazilian Magic: Is It The Answer? [Vol.42], Pedro McGregor, in association with T. Stratton Smith. Sphere, 1976
  • Darker Than You Think, [Vol.43], Jack Williamson. Sphere, 1976
  • War In Heaven, [Vol.44], Charles Williams. Sphere, 1976
  • Morwyn: The Vengeance Of God, [Vol.45], John Cowper Powys. Sphere, 1977

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LCS – London Controlling Section members.

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