First edition, first printing published in 1948 (undated as called for) by Hutchinson.
Inscribed by the Author.
Book: 292pp, Vg, Original black cloth with gilt stamped titles to spine and Hutchinson stamped to bottom right corner of upper board. Light rubbing to the corners and to the spine tips, some fading to the titles on the spine, some light foxing to the text block and to the endpapers otherwise tightly bound and clean. Inscribed on the title page by the author " For E H Rasdall, With very best wishes, from Dennis Wheatley.
Jacket: Vg. Later state with reviews. The superb wrap-around dust-jacket priced at 12/6 net unclipped to the front flap. Artwork features giant spiders and a ritual sacrifice. Very light chipping to the spine tips and rubbing to hinge corners, the spine is unfaded. This is a far brighter and crisper jacket than you usually see. One review reads "It out-Draculas' Dracula".
A World War II fighter pilot suffers spinal injuries and is sent to convalesce in a country house in Wales where he is troubled by horrific supernatural manifestations. He is 'looked after' by a Dr Lisicky who is actually a high ranking member of a black magic organisation (from the Mocata mould) intent on claiming the protagonists fortune and taking over the world no less. Lisicky can evoke giant spiders as well as 'The Face of Astoroth', the sight of which no man has survived sane. (Bleiler 1693) It was adapted as the BBC film 'The Haunted Airman' 2006 starring Robert Pattinson.