Looking for something to read after you see “The Mummy”? Admittedly, mummies don’t get as much attention from writers as vampires, or even werewolves, but there’s more out there than you probably think. Here are five great selections to check out after you’ve fished out that last buttery kernel of popcorn from the bag, and the final credit has rolled.
The Jewel of Seven Stars
by Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker is best remembered as the author of Dracula, but he wrote several other works of horror and suspense, too. The Jewel of Seven Stars is the story of an archaeologist’s plot to revive an ancient Egyptian queen, and the horrors that befall those caught up in his mad scheme.
The Mammoth Book of the Mummy
by Paula Guran
Paula Guran’s anthology features stories from some of your favorite writers, like Gail Carriger, Kim Newman, and Kage Baker. You’ll meet mummies of every possible variety, and some of them where you’d least expect for them to turn up: an old folk’s home in rural Texas, a beautiful tropical island. These ghoulish guys and gals really get around.
by Jane Webb Loudon
Jane Webb Loudon’s Victorian science-fiction novel is the story of Cheops: an ancient mummy resurrected by the futuristic technology of the 22nd century. Loudon put a lot of serious thought into what the future of Britain might look like, and fans of steampunk and 19th century mad science will find a lot to like here. If reanimated pharaohs, steampunk robots, and instant messaging by cannonball sound like your kind of thing, then grab a copy ASAP.
The Mummy: Or Rameses The Damned
by Anne Rice
Pharaoh Rameses II is immortal, but eternal life without his great love, Cleopatra, is anything but a blessing. When the pharaoh awakens in the year 1914, he commits himself to life anew, only to learn that some things from the past won’t stay buried.
edited by John J. Johnston, and Jared Shurin
The Mammoth Book of the Mummy is a great collection of contemporary fiction, but if you’re looking for something with more of a classic vibe, then Unearthed will be your best bet. In among all of the usual suspects — Poe, Doyle — you’re likely to stumble upon some real surprises: a mummy story by Little Women author Louisa May Alcott, for example.