The Mammoth Book of the Mummy

The mummy lives . . . As a figure of the supernatural the mummy has attained iconic status in the popular imagination. For the first time, The Mammoth Book of the Mummy presents a collection of tales written for the twenty-first century—including three brand-new stories—that explore, subvert, and reinvent the mummy mythos. Some delve into the past, others explore alternative histories, and some bring mummies into our own world. Within these covers lie stories of revenge, romance, monsters, and mayhem, ranging freely across time periods, genres, and styles sure to please both mummy-lovers and those less wrapped up in mummy lore!

Contents Alphabetical by Author (* indicates original story)

Kage Baker, “The Queen in Yellow”
Gail Carriger, “The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar”
Paul Cornell, “Ramesses on the Frontier”
Terry Dowling, “The Shaddowes Box”
Carole Nelson Douglas, “Fruit of the Tomb”
Steve Duffy, “The Night Comes On”
Karen Joy Fowler, “Private Grave 9”
Will Hill, “Three Memories of Death”
*Stephen Graham Jones, “American Mummy”
John Langan, “On Skua Island”
Joe R. Lansdale, “Bubba-Ho-Tep”
*Helen Marshall, “The Embalmer”
Kim Newman, “Egyptian Avenue”
Norman Partridge, “The Mummy’s Heart”
Adam Roberts, “Tollund”
Robert Sharp, “The Good Shabti”
*Anglea Slatter, “Egyptian Revival”
Keith Taylor, “The Emerald Scarab”
Lois Tilton & Noreen Doyle, “The Chapter of Coming Forth by Night”


Guran goes outside the box of the traditional spook-show Universal mummy and includes stories of every facet of fiction, including quite a few tales that blur the lines between genres, delving into full-fledged mash-ups… Guran welcomes readers in with a well-researched introduction to the mummy that clearly shows her passion for this subject. With a goal of providing ‘a breath of fresh air in the mummy genre’ with this anthology, Guran has curated a strong Table of Contents to do just that… The Mammoth Book of the Mummy is an impressive tome, full of writers that may or may not be familiar names, and a good sampling of their work. Paula Guran has curated an anthology that could do more for mummy fiction than anything in the past decade, and is sure to bind and capture the imaginations of readers.—Jake Marley, This Is Horror

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The Mummy. What does that noun “mummy”, conjure in your mind? In my very strange mind, I get side by side pictures. One is the mummy I saw in the Smithsonian when I was in 7th grade (many, many years ago). The other is of the fantastic, wonderful Boris Karloff so very expressive while wrapped in linen. The new mummy movies have not changed that second image for me.

When the reader thinks about mummies in literature, the reader has to put effort into it. There just are not a plethora of mummy stories, not like vampires, werewolves or zombies. That may be because not many writers tried to work with them. Thank goodness Paula Guran collected nineteen short stories that expand and twist the typical mummy in such a way that while preserving the time honored concept allows a creative spin that leaves the reader hanging on for dear life…
The Mammoth Book of the Mummy blew up the all my previous conceptions of what a mummy is. I discovered several new authors and broaden my imagination. I highly recommend The Mammoth Book of the Mummy.—Exit, Pursued by Bear

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As the characters flag up in John Langan’s “On Skua Island” (one of the short stories collected here), the mummy has never been subject to the same level of interpretation as the vampire, the werewolf, or even the zombie. Despite its longevity, it has never managed to be much more than a stock monster.

So what a treat this was. Through the small mountain of stories collected here, we get various takes on the mummy as a cultural object; as a representation of colonialism, of the uncanny, of revenge and redemption, of science, and maybe even of love and obligation…

Highly recommended for horror fans, Egyptophiles and those in need of a weighty read to get them through a few docile millennia.—Michael Mills

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