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Dennis Wheatley (* 8. Januar 1897; + 10. November 1977) war einer der bekanntesten und erfolgreichsten englischen Autoren des Okkult-Horror-Romans. Er sagte über seinen Roman Diener der Finsternis: "Sollte sich irgendwer unter meinen Lesern zu einem ernsthaften Studium dieses Gebietes entschließen, so fühle ich mich dazu verpflichtet, ihn nachdrücklich davor zu warnen, sich in irgendeiner Form an der Ausübung der Schwarzen Kunst zu beteiligen (oder beteiligen zu lassen). Meine eigenen Beobachtungen haben mich zu der sicheren Überzeugung geführt, dass er sich ansonsten Gefahren einer überaus realen und konkreten Natur aussetzt." Diener der Finsternis wurde im Jahr 1967 von dem legendären Hammer-Studio verfilmt (deutscher Verleihtitel: Die Braut des Teufels, Regie: Terence Fisher), mit Christopher Lee als Herzog von Richleau, Niké Arrighi als Tanith Carlisle, Leon Greene als Rex Van Ryn und Sarah Lawson als Marie Eaton. Der Roman erscheint als durchgesehene Neuausgabe in der Reihe APEX HORROR.
This volume presents students and scholars with a comprehensive overview of the fascinating world of the occult. It explores the history of Western occultism, from ancient and medieval sources via the Renaissance, right up to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and contemporary occultism. Written by a distinguished team of contributors, the essays consider key figures, beliefs and practices as well as popular culture.
This revised and updated edition of A History of Horrors traces the life and 'spirit' of Hammer, from its fledgling days in the late 1940s through its successes of the 1950s and '60s to its decline and eventual liquidation in the late 1970s. With the exclusive participation of all of the personnel who were key to Hammer's success, Denis Meikle paints a vivid and fascinating picture of the rise and fall of a film empire, offering new and revealing insights into 'the truth behind the legend.' Much has been written about Hammer's films, but this is the only book to tell the story of the company itself from the perspective of those who ran it in its heyday and who helped to turn it into a universal byword for terror on the screen.
Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft is an exploration of witchcraft in the literature of Britain and America from the 16th and 17th centuries through to the present day. As well as the themes of history and literature (politics and war, genre and intertextuality), the book considers issues of national identity, gender and sexuality, race and empire, and more. The complex fascination with witchcraft through the ages is investigated, and the importance of witches in the real world and in fiction is analysed.?? The book begins with a chapter dedicated to the stories and records of witchcraft in the Renaissance and up until the English Civil War, such as the North Berwick witches and the work of the ‘Witch Finder Generall’ Matthew Hopkins. The significance of these accounts in shaping future literature is then presented through the examination of extracts from key texts, such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Middleton’s The Witch, among others. In the second half of the book, the focus shifts to a consideration of the Romantic rediscovery of Renaissance witchcraft in the eighteenth century, and its further reinvention and continued presence throughout the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including the establishment of witchcraft studies as a subject in its own right, the impact of the First World War and end of the British Empire on witchcraft fiction, the legacy of the North Berwick, Hopkins and Salem witch trials, and the position of witchcraft in culture, including filmic and televisual culture, today. Equipped with an extensive list of primary and secondary sources, Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft is essential reading for all students of witchcraft in modern British and American culture and early modern history and literature.
All 11 thrilling Duke de Richleau stories, available in one volume for the first time! Follow the aristocratic adventurer as he spies for the British in WWI, rescues friends from the Soviet Union and battles Nazi occultists in Haiti. THE PRISONER IN THE MASK VENDETTA IN SPAIN THE SECOND SEAL THREE INQUISITIVE PEOPLE THE FORBIDDEN TERRITORY THE DEVIL RIDES OUT THE GOLDEN SPANIARD CODEWORD GOLDEN FLEECE STRANGE CONFLICT GATEWAY TO HELL DANGEROUS INHERITANCE TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER THE SATANIST
The aristocratic Duke de Richleau faces new, sinister challenges in this macabre tale of the dark arts. When his good friend Simon Aron's naïve curiosity is tested, the Duke, along with his ever-patient friends Rex Van Ryn, and Richard Eaton, must intricately plot a means of both physical and spiritual rescue. But with Van Ryn's affections for a beautiful woman caught in the web of Satanists, and Eaton's ongoing scepticism, they all risk being brought to the verge of madness through dabbling with the powers of evil. From London to the West Country, the slums of Paris to a Christian monastery, the action of this powerful occult thriller moves with fantastic, compelling force.
Provides individual essay-reviews of 500 titles, series, and collections written by some of the most respected writers of fantasy. Also includes 19 topical essays, Chronology, and Annotated bibliography and a Bibliography of fantasy anthologies.

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