Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00HQGNJG8
- Publisher : Great Old Ones Publishing; 1st edition (June 15, 2014)
- Publication date : June 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1307 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 389 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,517 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Is it possible to take an old horror trope to new levels, dress it up in fancy bandages and shake off the dust to create bold, exciting tales?
Well, in Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification, the good people at Great Old Ones Publishing* certainly have given it one hell of an effort.
I've always loved a good mummy story and was fond of both of the aforementioned films for different reasons. The black and white Karloff version relies on light and shadow to creep you out while the remake was a special effects extravaganza. However, both are successful because they each tell an amazing story. And really, those two films are the only fictional representations of mummies that I've encountered over my many years (save for the true historical versions gleaned from various school lessons).
So, in a way, when I approached Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification, I kept an open mind. All I truly expected was a collection of stories about bodies wrapped in gauze that I hoped would entertain me. To the credit of the anthology, it far surpassed my expectations.
The tales were by no means relegated to the stuffy old mummies we've been treated to over the years. In "Mum", a distraught daughter must decide the fate of her mother, badly burned and on life support. "Retribution" looks at the power a supernatural cult and its hold on a small town.
And these are just two of the engaging tales sprung from the imaginations of a variety of wonderful writers (I'd also include "Mummy Chips" and "The Monastery" among my favorites, though there are far too many more to mention).
Were there missteps? Certainly. There were stories where the narratives weren't as tight as the others but that's to be expected. It in no way detracts from the overall enjoyment of the anthology as a whole.
Check out the review of this and more at my website: thisoldhauntedhouse.com