The Book of the Dead
Edited by Jared Sharon for the
Egypt Exploration Society, 2013
“The first complete anthology of new and specially commissioned short stories addressing [the mummy]”
– An Encyclopedia of Mummies in History, Religion, and Popular Culture (2014)
The Book of the Dead addresses the most fascinating of all the undead: the mummy. The mummy can be a figure of imperial dignity or one of shambling terror, at home in pulp adventure, contemporary drama, or apocalyptic horror. The anthology is published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society, the UK’s oldest independent funder of archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt, dedicated to the promotion and understanding of ancient Egyptian history and culture.
This anthology includes nineteen original stories of revenge, romance, monsters and mayhem, ranging freely across time periods, genres and styles. The stories are illustrated by Garen Ewing, creator of The Adventures of Julius Chancer and introduced by John J. Johnston, Vice Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: “Some Words from an Egyptologist” by John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society)
- “Ramesses on the Frontier” by Paul Cornell
- “Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb” by Jesse Bullington
- “Old Souls” by David Thomas Moore
- “Her Heartbeat, An Echo” by Lou Morgan
- “Mysterium Tremendum” by Molly Tanzer
- “Tollund” by Adam Roberts
- “The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar” by Gail Carriger
- “The Cats of Beni Hasan” by Jenni Hill
- “Cerulean Memories” by Maurice Broaddus
- “Inner Goddess” by Michael West
- “The Roof of the World” by Sarah Newton
- “Henry” by Glen Mehn
- “The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey” by David Bryher
- “All is Dust” by Den Patrick
- “Bit-U-Men” by Maria Dahvana Headley
- “Egyptian death and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3)” by Jonathan Green
- “Akhenaten Goes to Paris” by Louis Greenberg
- “The Thing of Wrath” by Roger Luckhurst
- “Three Memories of Death” by Will Hill
Finalist, Shirley Jackson Awards (Edited Anthology)
Finalist, Sidewise Awards (Short Form – Adam Roberts’ “Tollund”)
David Thomas Moore’s “Old Souls” selected for The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (ed. Liz Gryzb and Talie Helene).
Maria Dahvana Headley’s “Bit-U-Men” and Maurice Broaddus’ “Cerulean Memories” received Honorable Mentions for The Year’s Best Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow).
Read Headley’s story “Bit-U-Men”, free, here…
Read Paul Cornell’s story “Ramesses on the Frontier, free, here..
Joahn J. Johnston’s “Unearthing The Book of the Dead” on Tor.com: