The Book of the Dead
- 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
Cover and illustrations by Garen Ewing
Edited by Jared Shurin
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 will be 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.
The Book of the Dead will be published worldwide 29 October 2013 in paperback and digital formats, as well as a luxury limited edition.
The limited edition consists of 100 hand-numbered, hardcover copies, with gold-embossed titles on midnight blue buckram and dark cream endpapers. The book is then bound (literally) in cloth and sealed in wax; impressed with the seal of the Egypt Exploration Society.
Because of its unique construction, purchasers of the limited edition will also receive a copy of the ebook for free. The hardcover, however, is entombed with its secrets... this edition also contains an exclusive illustration by Garen Ewing that will not appear in any other edition or format.
The limited edition is on sale exclusively through Spacewitch.com (order your copy now).
Please also join us for the launch on 29 October.
Press and Reviews
"Shrouded in history and mystery, complete with curses, canopic jars and a surprising quantity of cat-fancying, The Book of the Dead is as ambitious an anthology as The Lowest Heaven, and every bit as successful.... I'm in the mood for mummies." - Tor.com
"A great read" - The British Fantasy Society
"A notable number of these stories are intensely personal affairs, with a variously expressed but consistent undertone that borders on the elegaic.... The Book of the Dead starts strong and finishes stronger... good with a few unquestionable gems dotted about." - This is how she fight start
"The latest in Jurassic London's stellar line-up of anthologies. And I stand by my tweet, this collection of short stories is disgustingly, gloriously good. If you are looking to read some awesome short fiction, you don't need to look any further than The Book of the Dead." - A Fantastical Librarian
Maria Dahvana Headley's "Bit-U-Men" at Lightspeed, plus an author spotlight.
Paul Cornell's Ramesses on the Frontier" on Tor.com.
Den Patrick's "All is Dust" is a (free) audio story on Dark Fiction Magazine, superbly narrated by Darren Goldsmith.
John J. Johnston's "Unearthing The Book of the Dead" on Tor.com.
David Bryher's "Why we love the undead" at The Speculative Scotsman.
Jonathan Green on mummies and romance at The Speculative Scotsman.
Maria Dahvana Headley on the politics of mummies at The Speculative Scotsman.
"Not what you'd expect..." an introduction to The Book of the Dead on the Egypt Exploration Society site.
Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture, a conference at UCL Institute of Archaeology, 1 - 3 November, 2013. With talks by John J. Johnston and Louis Greenberg, amongst others.
Why this book is dedicated to Amelia B. Edwards... - a note from the editor.
Gail Carriger introduces the new Parasol Protectorate story in The Book of the Dead.
David Bryher on the background of "The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey".
A sneak preview from The Qwillery.