“Dr. Taverner” there would have been no Dion Fortune,’ and to him I offer the tribute of these pages. —Dion Fortune, London. The Secrets of Dr. Taverner iii. 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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The Secrets of Dr. Taverner – Dion Fortune – Google Books
I read almost no fiction these days, and I have little sense of how to review it, either. However, there is very little fiction out there written by serious Mages, so when I get a chance at some of that, I generally take it. Such is certainly dr.taferner case with the fiction of the redoubtable Dion Fortune, initiate of the Golden Dawn and founder of the Society of the Inner Light.
It is clear that much of the df.taverner fiction that came after this owes it a great debt.
The Secrets of Dr. Taverner
The Secrets of Dr. Taverner was first published in These ten short stories featuring the wizardly Dr.
Taverner and his able sidekick Dr. Rhodes are briskly-paced, well-structured, and very enjoyable. There are vampires, thoughtforms, Black Lodges, the Fae, believable death-spells, and probably a few other shadows going bump in this collection of occult detective fiction — and all of them are described as primary, dr.taverned sources would have them, not as they sometimes appear in modern fiction.
Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories secres suit facts. Whereas Holmes, the eminently sensible and skeptical consulting detective, sees primarily the cases where Scotland Yard has gone off the tracks, Dr.
Taverner picks up the cases of which the available medical and psychiatric practitioners can make no sense. The great delight of the book is watching the development of Dr.
Suffering from a significant case of shell shock from the Great War, he thinks signing on as Dr. After all, Taverner is running a rest home, more or less; what could be easier? As the stories unfold, so does Dr.
Rhodes; but not another word about it will you get from me! Read under the covers with a flashlight until hours past your bedtime!
This edition features a campy and delightful cover picture by Owen Smith, and another good Foreword by Diana L.
I belong to the occult dabblers who still quote Dion Fortune, and others, but needless to say the capitalist focus, boosted by a society which wanted to consider irresponsibility a form of freedom, did spoil a lot. While I do not enjoy unfolding character voyeurism I will fortunw attempt to read it, as the author earned my respect due other works.
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