Although the attitude of many of his characters, many of whom are staunchly patriotic, are frowned on today, his books were always acknowledged to be informative and well-grounded, as well exciting. Besides, perhaps his values weren't so far out.
In the winter of 1947 Wheatley penned 'A Letter to Posterity' which he buried in an urn at his stately home. The letter was intended to be discovered some time in the future. In it he described his belief that the socialist reforms introduced by the post-war government would inevitably lead to an unjust state, and called for both passive and active resistance to it."Socialist ‘planning’ forbids any man to kill his own sheep or pig, cut down his own tree, put up a wooden shelf in his own house, build a shack in his garden, and either buy or sell the great majority of commodities – without a permit. In fact, it makes all individual effort an offence against the state. Therefore, this Dictatorship of the Proletariat, instead of gradually improving the conditions in which the lower classes live, as has been the aim of all past governments, must result in reducing everyone outside the party machine to the level of the lowest, idlest and most incompetent worker.
It will be immensely difficult to break the stranglehold of the machine, but it can be done, little by little; the first step being the formation of secret groups of friends for free discussion. Then numbers of people can begin systematically to break small regulations, and so to larger ones with passive resistance by groups of people pledged to stand together – and eventually the boycotting, or ambushing and killing of unjust tyrannous officials."
One of my favourites of his black magic books is To The Devil—A Daughter which, quite apart from being a thrilling adventure yarn, has a heroine that I have always been actually attracted to...!
At the time that I first read it, I was listening to a particular album and, in the way that these things happen, whenever I hear the album I think of that book and, naturally, vice versa.
But, all the same, it has always struck me as immensely incongruous that I should connect such a dark and morbidly themed novel with something as light and jaunty as The Lightning Seeds' Jollification.
But then, they are both quality pieces of work...
UPDATE: another book and music connection is that of The Cure's Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me with H P Lovecraft. In particualar, the song All I Want is very strongly associated with The Whisperer In The Darkness. However, whilst he had some novel ideas, I just don't rate Lovecraft as a writer.
If you want scary supernatural stories, then I would suggest that you read M R James instead...