Book Cover of the Day – The Forbidden Territory

The Forbidden Territory
Author: Dennis Wheatley
Publisher: Hutchinson
Published: 1933
Pictured above: Arrow Books – Paperback edition, published Sept. 1958

The Forbidden Territory was Dennis Wheatley’s first published novel. It was made into a film in 1934. Allegedly, Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights, but the film was directed by Phil Rosen.

You can read more about the film version at The Dennis Wheatley Project.

Book Cover of the Day – The Forbidden Territory

Flash Gordon: Novelisation


Flash Gordon – by Arthur Byron Cover (Based on the screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr).

From the Back:

They slept as the capsule floated through a paradoxical spacemist of subatomic particles, galactic debris, flamed-out comets, tiny asteroids, the husks of interstellar creatures, nebulous spirals of anti-matter.

They slept as they were drawn inexorably into a vortex of shifting, shimmering colours, were sucked, spinning, to the still centre of the universe, to Mongo, heavy-gravity domain of Ming the Merciless.

And woke to find they had plunged into a life or death struggle with evil at its most ingenious and cruel.

Flash Gordon: Novelisation

The Lion Men of Mongo


The Lion Men of Mongo – By Alex Raymond
Star Books – 1980 Reprint

From the back:

The spaceship plummeted downwards…
With characteristic daring, Flash struggled with the controls – to no avail. He was irretrievably drawn towards the mysterious planet Mongo… There he, Dale and Dr Zarkov would be pitted in a heroic battle for survival against the malevolent forces of its emperor, the merciless monomaniac Ming…

The Lion Men of Mongo

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The West End Horror – by Nicholas Meyer – Hodder and Stoughton 1976

From the blurb:

In 1974, readers were enthralled when Sherlock Holmes met Sigmund Freud in The Seven-Per Cent-Solution, one of the big best sellers of the year. In The West End Horror, Nicholas Meyer has brought to light another previously unpublished episode in the career of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes as recorded by his close associate and friend Dr John H. Watson.

March 1895. London. A month of singular occurrences in the West End. First there was the bizarre murder of theatre critic Jonathan McCarthy; the police were baffled. Then came the law-suit against the Marquis of Queensberry for libel; the public was scandalised. And what of the ingénue at the Savoy, discovered with her throat slashed? Or the police surgeon who disappeared taking with him two corpses from the mortuary?

Some of the theatre district’s most fashionable and creative luminaries (as well as a number of more marginal participants) were involved or effected by these events; a penniless stage critic and writer named Bernard Shaw; Ellen Terry, the gifted actress and the loveliest woman in London; Gilbert and Sullivan; a suspicious box office clerk named Bram Stoker; an aging matinee idol, Henry Irving; an unscrupulous publisher calling himself Frank Harris, and a controversial wit by the name of Oscar Wilde.

Scotland Yard is mystified by what appear to be unrelated cases, but to Holmes the matter is elementary; a maniac is on the loose.

John Hamish Watson was born in England in 1847. After a childhood spent abroad, he returned in 1872 and enrolled in the University of London Medical School, where he took his degree six years later. After finishing the course at Netley prescribed for Army surgeons, he was attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers and sent to India. Severely wounded by a Jezail bullet at the Battle of Maiwand during the Second Afghan War, in 1880 he returned to England, his health ruined, with no specific plans other than to live as best he could on his Army pension. In January of the following year, quite by accident, he met Sherlock Holmes, who was then looking for someone to share his lodgings. The ensuing friendship, which lasted until Holmes’ death, found Watson his niche as the great detective’s biographer through more than sixty cases. In his spare time he resumed his practice of medicine. In 1889 he married Mary Morstan. He died in 1940.

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