The adaptation was loose: amongst other things it drastically altered the plot thread involving the homunculi army and altered the names of every character in the story. First, this is listed as "Molly Fountain #1", which I guess it is, but Molly only shows up in the first few chapters and then disappears until the very end. Please try again. A LOT of talking. What follows is a desperate race across France and England to protect the girl and then retrieve her once she falls into the hands of the villains before she can be sacrificed. So it's taken me well into my forties to get round to reading the most iconic and famous of them (this one, Toby Jugg and The Devil Rides Out.). What can be at the bottom of all this? Fountain is renting a house in the French Riviera while she writes her latest manuscript when a young woman moves in next door. I have loved Dennis Wheatley's black magic novels since I was a teenager and have recently enjoyed re-reading them on Kindle. However, we never let fact get in the way of a good story, otherwise we wouldn't watch Zombie shows. Whilst this book is fine enough in of itself, it doesn't have the thrill and excitement (with the exception of the final chapter) as many of Wheatleys other black magic books. One thing that bothered me was that Molly immediately comes to the assumption that her new neighbor, Christina, is taken over by the devil's influence at night. Can’t beat the 1950’s dialogue. If you like occult mysteries and fast-paced thrillers with a touch of magic and romance, then you'll love the Djinn and Tonnick murder mystery series. Plus, it would have been more entertaining if he followed the Ann Radcliffe school of suspense and kept the mystery going longer. To the Devil...a Daughter is a 1976 British-West German horror film directed by Peter Sykes, produced by Hammer Film Productions and Terra Filmkunst, and starring Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman, Nastassja Kinski and Denholm Elliott. The denouement is characteristically impossibly tense until, suddenly, all loose ends are tied up in about a page and half. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2020. What a ripping yarn though! })(); Your email address will not be published. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 1, 2014. Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2008. Though it doesn’t involve any of the protagonists of his earlier Black Magic novel (THE DEVIL RIDES OUT), TO THE DEVIL, A DAUGHTER is explicitly set in the same setting, with some of the events of RIDES OUT briefly alluded to in DAUGHTER. Redemption links and eBooks cannot be resold. Three stars as the plot was quite enjoyable...however I do find Wheatley's novels partly occult fiction and part right wing narrative...Wheatley manages to get in a discourse on the evils of socialism in pretty quickly in this book. TO THE DEVIL, A DAUGHTER is one of Wheatley’s “Black Magic” novels (one of eleven out of his 60+ novels) recently reprinted by Bloomsbury. Unfortunately, the novel becomes very cliched shortly after that. Being a published author myself, I appreciate them perhaps in a special way. As of April 2019[update], To the Devil...a Daughter holds a 40% approval rating on movie review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews. , Michael Carreras said the film "simply didn't work... the people who made it forgot about the ending."  Linda Gross of the Los Angeles Times found the story "a confusing vacillation between special effects, hallucinations, psychic trances and ongoing narration," but thought the film was "distinguished by engrossing performances," "superior photography" and "eerie music. This book was written post-WWII. It is well written and I liked the different locations in Europe. TO THE DEVIL, A DAUGHTER is one of Wheatley’s “Black Magic” novels (one of eleven out of his 60+ novels) recently reprinted by Bloomsbury. To see what your friends thought of this book, To the Devil a Daughter (Molly Fountain, #1) (Black Magic, #4), The story starts out intriguing enough, with a mysterious girl living next door to a strong woman, Molly, and her son, John, who had just recently returned home. The plot centers on distraught father Henry Beddows (Denholm Elliott), who has signed over his daughter Catherine (Nastassja Kinski) to Rayner in order to save his … Dennis Wheatley - In my opinion one of our finest (if not The Finest) but also one of our most underrated authors. But it deserves better than 3, so I chose to round up. Wheatley disliked the film because it did not follow his novel and he found it obscene. Not sure about the title but it was more of an adventure yarn based in Egypt and from what I can recall at every step along the way the narrator stopped to give lengthy descriptions of the local flora and fauna and other digressions that bored me to pieces. It follows a group of heroes as they try to save a possessed girl from a Satanist. Molly Fountain and CB are no Du Richealau’s. Father Michael (Christopher Lee) is excommunicated from the church for heresy, although he does not recant. Dennis Wheatley cited a real-life inspiration for the novel's story of black magic. The young woman lives alone, never receives visitors, and wanders around outside at night, which seems innocent enough, but this attracts Fountain’s interest. This rocks. This can only be read as a period piece and since I collect classic supernatural horror, it was on my reading list. The Devil Rides Out (Duke De Richleau Book 6), The Forbidden Territory (Duke De Richleau Book 5), The Ka of Gifford Hillary (Black Magic Book 5), Strange Conflict (Duke De Richleau Book 9), Gateway to Hell (Duke De Richleau Book 10), The Haunting of Toby Jugg (Black Magic Book 3), Lucy For Ever: From Darkness He Comes, To Take Your Children (A Welsh Horror Story). Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2016. Recommended as a good entry point to Wheatley’s fiction (especially his Black Magic novels) and an entertaining read in its own right. As with previous Black Magic novels, Wheatley makes no bones about it: magic and the Devil are real, and those who serve dark forces can freely call upon them for tangible aid. Synopsis I'll write more after I've read more. Using his knowledge of the occult Verney battles the priest and his henchmen to try to rescue Catherine. Nice Riviera & Essex locations too. Is it possible to undo a pact with the Devil? Some readers may now criticize his novels for being out of date, well yes times and opinions about race etc have moved on, but if you can overlook that you are in for experiencing some fantastic literature. Wheatley was a defender of British royalty, the empire, and the class system and an opponent of Communism and his novels feature protagonists who adhere to that particular point of view. ‘Oh, Johnny! | Another three for Mumsie, who has her own inimitable and completely unapologetic way of dealing with rotten Satanists. As a result of this, she said, she felt sick when she entered a church and had the ability to give bad luck to people when she felt anger towards them. The Guard Trilogy. Molly teams up with her son John and the occult expert Colonel William “Conky Bill” Verney to investigate this mysterious situation. My problem with Wheatley's writing is that it always feels slightly padded out, there's an awful lot of dialogue with characters describing what they're going to do & what they've done & what's going on, lots of telling, not showing. But this IS a cracking good read! I'm quite glad I waited as they may well have felt very dated if I read them earlier. Three cheers for Johnny, an insufferable Mummy's boy who proves himself a solid bit of good old-fashioned English manhood by the end of the book. This is where the main character leaps from surmising that the girl she is helping suffers from some sort of personality disorder to dispassionately concluding she is possessed by the devil. Can Lara and Uri find and terminate this evil gang? After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Be all that as it may, whoever enjoys and for whatsoever reason, innocent or not-so-innocent, the world of luxury, ritual, power of magic and symbols, the gothically inclined shall we say, will not have to fear that Dennis Wheatley will allow any wry and cynical rationalist to wink at them from behind the sacrificial altar or break into their fantasies with knowing smirks or rational explanations of the paranormal. Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2016, Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2014, great story I read it in my teens and it still is a good adventure now I am in my 60's, Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2014. , The novel contains a direct reference to the events of Wheatley's earlier story The Devil Rides Out: Canon Copely-Syle discusses the fate of Mocata, the principal villain of that novel. When the action does happen, it's well done and exciting, but getting there is a chore. Lucas wakes in a new body every day. And thinking about what to do. Required fields are marked *. : Action-packed Supernatural ... How to be a saint (The Salvation game Book 1), The Priory: (The Westford Chronicles Book 1), 7 Days in Hell: A Halloween Vacation to wake the Dead (Seventh Hell Book 1), Contemptible Cadavers (Brightstone Paranormal Mystery Book 1). When the action does happen, it's well done and exciting, but getting there is a chore. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. When I was at school, Dennis Wheatley books (the horror stories not the historical novels) were all the rage. He is the master of the "pot boiler". Concerning Wheatley, he was religious and held towards belief in Christianity though his belief was slightly unorthodox in that he believed in reincarnation. A group of teenagers make a grisly discovery. The film was adapted by Christopher Wicking and John Peacock from the 1953 novel of the same title by Dennis Wheatley. The stakes are very real, the villains truly monstrous, and the heroes unafraid to use extreme measures to put an end to the scheme. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Montague Summers appeared in the garb of a Restoration bishop and frequently wrote on themes of the occult and witchcraft from a Roman Catholic perspective. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2016. How is it connected? You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book. I will soon be purchasing and reading a lot more Wheatley novels of my Kindle. This would be fine if Wheatley brought the reader with her, but the suspicion seems laughable because it comes out of nowhere. It is a little distracting that Wheatley is obsessed with connecting Satanism to Communism, b. Here the heroes struggle to save a young woman given to Satan in a pact when she was a baby and now coming of age, a virgin and about to be sacrificed (it certainly is a powerful argument against virginity). To the Devil a Daughter, p. 193 ↑ DennisWheatley.info: 1960-1964 ↑ Shadowgum: To the Devil – A Daughter by Dennis Wheatley (1953) ↑ Kinsey, Wayne (2007). Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Utterly brilliant book; from start to finish, fast paced and monents of genuine horror, puts Hammer's film to shame as how they coukd make the film they did from brilliant material as Wheateley's excellent book i do not know!! Referring to your mother as ‘mumsie’ appears also to be out of vogue. I first read To the Devil a Daughter when I was a teenager, after having read The Devil rides out, and I became a devout Dennis Wheatley fan. The JournalStone Network is your source for horror news and reviews. This must be one of the few instances where the later film adaptation was actually way better. Honestly, you can't go past Dennis Wheatley for guilty pleasure. p. 493 ↑ The Crossover Universe: Crossover Cover - To the Devil a Daughter ↑ Wheatley, Dennis.
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