THE BLACK FOX by Gerald Heard


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A long rather dreary novel with a period setting - a cathedral close in the 1870's, in which Canons (rivals for the post of Dean), Bishops and Archdeacons play out a strange drama of the occult. Canon Throckton, ""a better Arabian than Christian"", wins the post but is thereafter haunted by a moulting black fox, a vision projected through his sister, Laetitia, who sacrifices herself to help him, with the assistance of a learned Egyptian sheik. A bit creaky as to the machinery of occultism, and a bit unprepossessing in its display of the conflict of personalities. The author is best known at the moment here for his defence of flying saucers in Is Another World Watching?

Publisher: Harper