The Devil Rides Out

  • by Dennis Wheatley
  • Narrated by Nick Mercer
  • 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A classic of the horror genre, Dennis Wheatley’s The Devil Rides Out pits the powers of good against the forces of evil as the Duc de Richelieu wrestles for the soul of his friend with the charming but deadly Satanist, Mocata. Mocata has the power to summon the forces of darkness and - as the Duc and his friends will find - is willing to call upon ever-increasing horror until thundering hooves herald the arrival of the Devil Himself. The book was also made into a classic cult horror film in 1968, starring Christopher Lee and Charles Gray.

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classic but dated

A very enjoyable listen to a book I had trouble slogging through on paper. This book is the basis of the wonderful Hammer film of the same name. A bit uneven at times, but a fun and enjoyable romp through the terrifying world of Wheatley's imagined Satanic cult conspiracy.
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- William

The Prototypical "Thriller" Novel

I had long been aware of Dennis Wheatley's occult novels, but only recently decided to give one of them a try (I'd first read of them in an interview with Black Sabbath's bass player, Geezer Butler, on whom they exerted a big influence). For some reason I was under the impression that _The Devil Rides Out_ is a novel in the "occult horror" genre and that Wheatley is a horror writer, but I realized that I was mistaken by the time I was about a third of the way into the story. _The Devil Rides Out_ is not a horror novel, as I had expected. However, I wasn't at all disappointed. This is a solid, first-rate thriller that I found immensely enjoyable. Wheatley in the end is probably more Ian Fleming than Stephen King (although his prose style is a bit more lush than either of those writers), and I would be willing to bet that he influenced many authors in the first wave of modern thriller writing (Frederick Forsyth, Ken Follett, etc.).

The narrative is structured thus: A young man comes under the influence of a cult leader who gives off the appearance of a Crowleyesque charlatan and pretender but who nevertheless possesses considerable charisma and personal magnetism. He is clearly evil, but those who fall under his sway are unable to see it. The first part of the novel revolves around the attempt of this young man's friends to intervene on his behalf and get him out from under the influence of this black magician; to rescue him from the clutches of the cult. I won't say whether or not the attempt is successful, because I want this review to remain spoiler-free. But the second half of the novel is a wildly suspenseful race-against-time wherein the protagonists (good guys) attempt to thwart the above-mentioned "magician" from conducting a bloody human sacrifice to Satan. Again, keeping it spoiler-free, so I won't say anything more about the outcome. Suffice it say that Wheatley had very good commercial instincts and he really knew how to turn out a pulse-pounding, ripping good story. I you like a good thriller and don't mind the exotic element of Satanism (which Wheatley definitely does NOT put in a positive light) thrown in, then you will probably enjoy this story.

It is almost unbelievable that such a wild story about Satanism and human sacrifice would be published in the 1930s, and garner such a wide and enthusiastic readership!

Nick Mercer's voice is a perfect fit for this novel. No complaints on that score.
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- CRG2

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-16-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios