“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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Open Preview See a Problem? Taverner by Dion Fortune. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Secrets of Dr. The Secrets of Dr. Taverner runs a nursing home — but it is not by any means a conventional one. It is a hospital for all manner of unorthodox mental disturbances, ranging from psychic attack and disruptions in group minds to vampirism.

These are cases that conventional psychology cannot cure. Only the secret knowledge of Taverner, based on esoteric training, is enough to unravel fotrune so Dr. Only the secret knowledge of Taverner, based on esoteric training, is enough to unravel the solutions.

Each story in this collection is a complete case, as gripping and as entertaining as the stories of Sherlock Holmes. They take you into the inner worlds of the human mind — a world full of fortuhe twists forfune unexpected happenings! Dion Fortune was a leading teacher on esoteric topics. Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by Ariel Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Fortkne of Dr. Tavernerplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Secrets of Dr. Lists with This Book. Apr 08, Pinar rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Oct 06, Mrs.

A collection of 12 stories originally published in magazines during the s, the tales follow the adventures of a Sherlock Holmes type of character, the great psychic detective Doctor Taverner, and his assistant Dr. The stories are written as case studies from Dr.

Rhodes has emerged from the Great War with shattered nerves and a wish for a quiet life in the English countryside. Instead, he finds himself employed by Taverner to run his nursing home, a place where weird and incurable patients are sent by their baffled caretakers. There is vampirism, shape shifting, soul switching, and other mysterious business, and the eccentric genius Dr. Taverner helps them all. Rhodes, always the sceptic regarding the occult, cannot help but admire the way Taverner handles each case, and gradually begins to accept the idea that there is more to life than his medical science can make sense of.


Dion Fortune was a student of the Western Mystery Tradition, and she meant her fiction to be teaching tools. However, you can enjoy this collection of mysterious tales without that particular knowledge or interest. If you would like to read about a magic other than the Harry Potter type, give Doctor Taverner a go.

I only wish Ms. Fortune had written more tales. Oct 30, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve been slowly reading my way through these stories as an ebook. At first the writing style appeared clumsy, each case was solved and rr.taverner Dr Tavverner would sit and explain the occult principles or the “message” of each tale.

But as the stories progressed they got more interesting and less heavy handed. There are some beautiful, spooky and romantic stories as well as some interesting discussion of the Western Magical Tradition. Having had a background in psychology I found the setting of the I’ve been slowly reading my way through these stories as an ebook. Having had a background in psychology I found the setting of the psychiatrist as the psychic investigator to be very interesting.

As the author was trained in psychiatry it was a nice juxtaposition between the occult and the modern science.

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There is also some fortuns on the rights of women and ethnic minorities that at first come across as frighteningly racist and sexist but the message that comes across fortue the end is that those beliefs are incorrect and everyone deserves respect.

Despite being a selection of short stories the narrator himself undergoes his own journey. 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. But I thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely read more by this author.

May 28, Carlotta rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book, both as a “novel”, as a teaching on the personal inner path Dion Fortune so much wished to bring in secrrets books, and as an account of a different method of approach to certain subjects.

The book is written from the point of view of Doctor Rhodes, that becomes a helper at the psychiatric clinic of Doctor Taverner, together they meet peculiar medical cases, that are approached by Taverner with a method different from any existing one at the time the book was written Based on Dion Fortune’s personal experience with T. Moriarty, this book will be a pleasure to read whatever your personal belief is, and in any key you like.

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Dec 05, Sarah rated it it was amazing. I truly loved the characters of Dr. These stories are stranger than fiction. That is for sure. In particular, the first story, called Blood Lust, a vampire tale, illustrated to me just how flat that genre has become in modern story-telling. Fortume better to deal with it from an etheric point of view. Very other-worldly undertones in these cases that leaves one unsettled at times. These stories are certainly not for everyone.


View all 8 comments. I very much enjoyed reading this book. It may even have provided me with one or fkrtune insights even given its fiction format.

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.

Aug 23, Gwyndyllyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tons of wisdom in these tales No occultist should be without her texts.

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Nov 30, Jen added it. I need to think about this before I can give it a rating. May 26, Blue rated it it was amazing. One of my favourites. Excellent novel it is a mixture of Carl Gustav Jung with a touch of Dr Strange from marvel comics and Sherlock holmes. It is an interesting read with pointings of how the unconscious mind works from an occultist point of view but nevertheless an interesting read plus very entertaining. Apr 29, Ginger rated it really liked it.

Jan 15, Alan rated it it was amazing. The easiest of the Dion Fortune fictional books to read. This is a collection of short stie, which are possibly based upon one of Dions own teachers, Theodore Moriarty. Jun 23, Wreade rated it liked it Shelves: As supernatural detective fiction goes, this is quite good. It’s about a doctor who runs an asylum but is a sort of wizard on the side and each chapter is a different ‘monster-of-the-week’ style story about a patient.

It covers the usual assortment, ghosts, dark magic, past lives, nature spirits etc. 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. Jan 11, Aaron Meyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Based on real life events. There are stories here that are very enlightening particularly if you read Psychic Self-Defense right after.

Jun 15, Matt Kelland rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rr.taverner used to love this. Now, it feels stilted and superficial. And this book has pages, not Sabrina Banes rated it really liked it Sep 15, Cindy rated it liked it Mar 18, Quabela rated it it was ok Aug 28, Judy rated it liked it Nov 14,

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