Welcome again to Irish Fiction Friday. Today we feature a supernatural/occult novel by a renowned late 19th and early 20th century Palmist! William John Warner was born in a village outside Dublin in 1866 and assumed the name Count Louis Hamon (or Count Leigh de Hamong). He is perhaps best known by his sobriquet, Cheiro. He described himself as a clairvoyant and traveled to India, as a teenager, where he learned numerology, palmistry, and astrology. He lived in London after returning from India and became a celebrated palmist, doing readings for the likes of Mark Twain, Mata Hari, Oscar Wilde, Sara Bernhardt, and Grover Cleveland. He eventually moved the US and died in Hollywood in 1936, where he had become popular among the film actors and did some screenwriting.
Cheiro wrote numerous books on Palmistry and Astrology, but today we feature the only work of fiction that he wrote. You can download The Hand of Fate or a Study of Destiny or it’s available for purchase complete with some lovely illustrations on Amazon.