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"They draw pentacles on the floor, sir, and late at night the men dress up in silk smocks with the signs of the Zodiac on them. The ladies come wearing masks and red, high-heeled shoes. I've seen black candles, too. I hadn't an idea what it was all about. Just thought they were playing charades, until I read your book ...there can be no doubt about it, my employers are Satanists."
The above is from a letter written to me by a chauffeur. He was employed by wealthy people who lived in a big house in the Eastern Counties. He went on to say that these parties numbered as many as twenty people, some of whom came from London in big cars and drove off again before dawn. ... It follows that the sorcerer or witch must be taught his or her business, just as priests of any other religion are taught theirs. ... Their most successful operations have been to infiltrate themselves into the leadership of movements for reform. Many saintly men have led revolts against the abuses of the Church, but their words have been misinterpreted and their work worse than undone by the disciples of evil a generation later. (Wheatley 1943, "Gunmen , Gallents and Ghosts", pp. 252-253.)
I desire to state that I, personally, have never assisted at or participated in, any ceremony connected with Magic - Black or White. ... All the characters and situations in this book are entirely imaginary but, in the inquiry necessary of writing it, I found ample evidence that Black Magic is practiced in London, and other cities, at the present day.
Should any of my readers incline to a serious study of the subject, and thus come into contact with a man or woman of Power, I feel it is only right to urge them, most strongly, to refrain from being drawn into the practice of the Secret Art in any way. My own observations have led me to an absolute conviction that to do so would bring them into dangers of a very real and concrete nature - Dennis Wheatley