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The Secrets of Doctor Taverner (Book, ) by Dion Fortune, Foreword by Diana L. Paxson. $ Paperback. Red Wheel/Weiser imprints include Conari . My October salute to forgotten supernatural and occult works of fiction continues with this contribution to the occult detective genre by Dion. Secrets of Doctor Taverner by Dion Fortune, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Rhodes, the medical superintendent, and narrator of the stories. Dion Fortune writes quite well and it is quite interesting to get a description of the milieu in which occultism plays an integrated part, even though the protagonist is ostensibly an uninitiate. The tales run the gamut of the occult and the supernatural and include vampirism, astral projection, necromancy, cursed objects, spirit communication, spectral manifestations, and very often mind control.

From across the countryside patients and their desperate families come to seek treatment for unconventional diseases from an unconventional doctor. I particularly liked “The Scented Poppies” as it is sevrets good example of the true occult detective.

Secrets of Doctor Taverner

They take you into the inner worlds of the human mind — a world full of strange twists and unexpected happenings! The Secrets of Dr. I need to think about this before I can give it a rating. Family under a suicidal curse? View all 8 comments. Rhodes has emerged from the Great War with shattered nerves and a wish for a quiet life in the English countryside. Being stalked by a death hound? Taverner and Rhodes soon learn that Dd had sent gifts of poppies to each of the suicide victims.


Treating the diseases of the occult. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Dion Fortune was a leading teacher on esoteric topics. The more you see of human nature, the less you feel inclined to condemn it, for you realize how hard it has struggled. As the author was trained in psychiatry it was a nice juxtaposition between the occult and the modern science. Now, it feels stilted and superficial. Miles Pennoyer spends much of his time doing battle with weird manifestations that are the result of love gone wrong or a child being separated from its parent.

Looking for beautiful books? Nov 08, Nicole Diamond rated it did not like it. If it has one star I liked it a lot If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot If it has four stars I insist you read it If it has five stars it was life changing.

There are stories here that are very enlightening particularly if you read Psychic Self-Defense right after.

Description Dr John Richard Taverner is an occult Sherlock Holmes, an esoteric Master who uses his powers to aid ‘untreatable’ patients for whom orthodox medical science can do nothing. Her pseudonym was inspired by her family motto “Deo, non fortuna” Latin for “by God, not fate”. See all titles by this author Red Wheel Weiser – World.


I had heard her fiction writing was really good in addition to her well known non-fiction occult titles but had no idea until I picked up this book on my Kindle. Dion Fortune was a student of the Western Mystery Tradition, and she meant her fiction to be teaching tools.

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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Newer Post Older Post Home. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Posted by J F Norris at 6: Oct 30, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps part of the reason the quality of the stories improves through the book is the narrator’s increased acceptance of the world around him.