Into the Mummy's Tomb

Mysterious Tales of Mummies and Ancient Egypt

Edited by John Richard Stephens

Into the Mummy's Tomb cover

Berkley Books (Penguin Group, now Penguin Random House), New York City, 2001, softcover.

Into the Mummy's Tomb cover

Barnes & Noble Publishing, New York City, 2006, hardcover.

The Mummy. The first thing that comes to mind is the curse...reanimation...and revenge. But what further mysteries are there to be unwrapped in the tombs of the Ancient Egyptians? And what horrors still lie buried in the imaginations of the immortal talents who have explored this realm of the fantastic?

This thrilling anthology of tales on Ancient Egypt and its mummies features a diverse selection of remarkable talents, from major bestselling authors like Anne Rice (famous for her vampire and mummy novels) and Elizabeth Peters (mystery's master of Egyptology), to all-time favorites such as Bram Stoker (who wrote one of the first mummy novels) and Agatha Christie (queen of the sealed "tomb" mystery). Into the Mummy's Tomb even includes a few surprises--a short story by Tennessee Williams (his first professional sale), a translation of a tale written in 300 b.c. by an Egyptian priest, and nonfiction pieces by famous Egyptologist Arthur Weigall and the discoverer of King Tut's tomb, Howard Carter. It also includes contributions from Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir H. Rider Haggard, Sax Rohmer, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and more.

You never know what you might find when you venture into the mummy's tomb for century-spanning tales of the undead that have survive in the nightmares of the living.

Publisher's Weekly writes, "Ancient curses are unleashed, the spirits of disturbed dead bodies exact revenge, archaeologists get lost in underground mazes and ships bearing unearthed coffin lids sink in Into the Mummy's Tomb."

Necropsy: The Review of Horror Fiction says, "Into the Mummy's Tomb is a necessary addition to the collection of any serious fan of horror or mummies."

This book was a preliminary nomination for the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award: Superior Achievement in an Anthology.