Dennis Wheatley: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Dennis Wheatley Quotes 

Dennis Wheatley, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Dennis Wheatley quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Dennis Wheatley’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Dennis Wheatley made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favorites: 

About Dennis Wheatley

Dennis Yates Wheatley (born Dennis Yeats Wheatley) was an English author born on 8 January 1897. In the 1950s and 1960s, his stylish thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world’s best-selling authors.

He did not immediately publish his first book, Three Inquisitive People, but his first published novel, The Forbidden Territory, was an immediate success, being reprinted seven times in seven weeks.

He wrote adventure stories in a series of linked books. He wrote about the French Revolution (Roger Brook Series), Satanism (Duc de Richleau), World War II (Gregory Sallust), and espionage (Julian Day).

As a writer in the 1930s, he created a series of whodunit mysteries, presented as case files, containing testimonies, letters, and evidence such as hair and pills. To solve the mystery, the reader had to go through the evidence before unsealing the last pages of the file. A total of four of these ‘Crime Dossiers’ were published: Murder Off Miami, Who Killed Robert Prentice, The Malinsay Massacre, and Herewith The Clues.

Every year, his publishers sold a million copies of his books in the 1960s. Hammer adapted a few of his books into films, including The Devil Rides Out (book 1934, film 1968). His writing is very descriptive, and he is able to introduce his characters into real events by meeting real people in many of his works. The Roger Brook series, for example, depicts the main character’s involvement with Napoleon and Joséphine while being a spy for the Prime Minister. As in the Gregory Sallust series, Sallust shares an evening meal with Hermann Göring.

The Russian Revolution, King Charles II, and his autobiography are among his non-fiction works. All of which he was hostile to, he was considered an authority on the supernatural, satanism, exorcism, and black magic. His interest in the paranormal led him to join the Ghost Club during his studies.

Dennis Wheatley edited a series of 45 paperback reprints for the British publisher Sphere in 1974 through 1977, selecting titles and writing short introductions. There were both occult-themed novels by Bram Stoker and Aleister Crowley, as well as non-fiction books by writers such as H. P. Blavatsky, Maurice Magre, Isaac Bonewits, and Cheiro about magic, occultism, and divination in this series.

In November 1977, Wheatley received conditional absolution from Peterborough Bishop Cyril Eastaugh, his old friend.

He had an extensive estate library sold in a catalog sale by Basil Blackwell’s in the 1970s, indicating a well-read individual with broad interests, particularly in historical fiction and Europe. His influence has declined due to copyright issues that make it difficult to reprint his works.

A set of 52 of Wheatley’s novels was published posthumously by Heron Books UK in April 2008. More recently, in April 2008, Chorion acquired Wheatley’s literary estate.

A number of board games were invented by him, one of which was Invasion.

Born: January 08, 1897, Streatham, South London, The United Kingdom
Died: November 10, 1977
Genre: Thriller, Historical Fiction, Paranormal

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Popular Quotes

“The laws of man are made only to be broken, because they are stupid and unjust.”
― Dennis Wheatley, The Prisoner in the Mask

 “Are you sure of that? Baptism into the Christian Faith doesn’t ensure one going to Heaven, why should this other sprinkling be a guarantee of anyone going to Hell?’ ‘It’s such a big question, Rex, but briefly it is like this. Heaven and Hell are only symbolical of growth to Light or disintegration to Darkness. By Christian, or any other true religious baptism, we renounce the Devil and all his Works, thereby erecting a barrier which it is difficult for Evil forces to surmount, but anyone who accepts Satanic baptism does exactly the reverse. They wilfully destroy the barrier of Astral Light which is our natural protection and offer themselves as a medium through which the powers of Darkness may operate on mankind.”
― Dennis Wheatley, The Black Magic Series

“He settled in his beautiful Georgian house in Lymington surrounded by beautiful things. He knew how to live well, perhaps without regard for his health. He hated exercise, smoked, drank and wrote. Today he would have been bullied by wife and children and friends into giving up these habits and changing his lifestyle, but I’m not sure he would have given in. Maybe like me, he would simply find a quiet place. Dominic Wheatley, 2013”
― Dennis Wheatley, The Forbidden Territory

 “War, Plague, Famine and Death. We all know what happened the last time those four terrible entities were unleashed to cloud the brains of statesmen and rulers.’ ‘You’re referring to the Great War I take it.’ Rex said soberly. ‘Of course, and every adept knows that it started because one of the most terrible Satanists who ever lived found one of the secret gateways through which to release the four horsemen.”
― Dennis Wheatley, The Black Magic Series

 “The gods are being kind to me in my old age. Most beautiful women are either good, stupid or vicious. And you are the marvellous exception. Lovely as a goddess, clever as an Athenian and a bad hat like myself, yet one who still has decent feelings. I’m going to kiss the lips off you once we land in France.”
― Dennis Wheatley, Contraband

 “Half the people in our asylums may be suffering from a physical lesion of the brain but the others are unaccountably insane. The real reason is demoniac possession brought about by looking upon terrible things that they were never meant to see.”
― Dennis Wheatley, The Black Magic Series

“Why within limits? You apparently consider levitation impossible, but wouldn’t you have considered wireless impossible if you had been living fifty years ago and somebody had endeavoured to convince you of it?”
― Dennis Wheatley, The Black Magic Series

 “…age-old evil, tireless and vigilant, cloaked from the masses by modern skepticism, yet still a potent force stalking the dark ways of the night.”
― Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out (Duke de Richleau, #6)

“And as far as metals are concerned, they are all composed of sulphur and mercury and can be condensed or materialised by means of a salt.”
― Dennis Wheatley, The Black Magic Series

“We are all, as ever, the playthings of the Gods, and none of us can say what our tomorrows may bring;”
― dennis wheatley, Codeword – Golden Fleece

10 Famous Quotes by Author Dennis Wheatley

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One Final Bonus – Dennis Wheatley Quote 

“Take that absurd fool Elipas Levi who was supposed to be the Grand High Whatnot in Victorian times. Did you ever read his book, The Doctrine and Ritual of Magic? In his introduction he professes that he is going to tell you all about the game and that he’s written a really practical book, by the aid of which anybody who likes can raise the devil, and perform all sorts of monkey tricks. He drools on for hundreds of pages about fiery swords and tetragrams and the terrible aqua poffana, but does he tell you anything? Not a blessed thing. Once it comes to a showdown he hedges like the crook he was and tells you that such mysteries are far too terrible and dangerous to be entrusted to the profane. Mysterious balderdash my friend. I’m going to have a good strong nightcap and go to bed.”
― Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out

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