The Book of the Dead, an Anthology of New Mummy Stories, ed. Jared Sharon (Egypt Exploration Society, 2013)


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

  1. Introduction: “Some Words from an Egyptologist” by John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society)
  2. “Ramesses on the Frontier” by Paul Cornell
  3. “Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb” by Jesse Bullington
  4. “Old Souls” by David Thomas Moore
  5. “Her Heartbeat, An Echo” by Lou Morgan
  6. “Mysterium Tremendum” by Molly Tanzer
  7. “Tollund” by Adam Roberts
  8. “The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar” by Gail Carriger
  9. “The Cats of Beni Hasan” by Jenni Hill
  10. “Cerulean Memories” by Maurice Broaddus
  11. “Inner Goddess” by Michael West
  12. “The Roof of the World” by Sarah Newton
  13. “Henry” by Glen Mehn
  14. “The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey” by David Bryher
  15. “All is Dust” by Den Patrick
  16. “Bit-U-Men” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  17. “Egyptian death and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3)” by Jonathan Green
  18. “Akhenaten Goes to Paris” by Louis Greenberg
  19. “The Thing of Wrath” by Roger Luckhurst
  20. “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..

Additional Reading:

Joahn J. Johnston’s “Unearthing The Book of the Dead” on




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