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- Publisher: Wildside Press (July 25, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005FHXT92
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The Mummy MEGAPACK ®: 20 Modern and Classic Tales Kindle Edition
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Like all collections of short stories, some are better than others, I particularly enjoyed 'The Story of Baelbrow' by E. and H. Heron, in which another force is using the mummy's body as a vessel to kill. 'Lot no. 249' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is another excellent mummy tale, once again, an outside force, not the mummy itself, is manipulating it for evil ends. 'Sympathy for Mummies' was a comical tale of archeologists fighting red tape to excavate an ancient Egyptian bureaucrat's tomb, a sort of paperwork curse. 'The Green God' by William Carl Spencer presented the specter of another type of mummy altogether and was an interesting read. 'Lost in a Pyramid, or The Mummy's Curse' by Louisa May Alcott captured wonderfully the classic horror film atmosphere of dark tombs and cruel curses upon the desecrators of the dead.
A few stories had nothing to do with mummies at all, 'The Forsaken Temple' by C.W. Leadbeater was a story of astral projection, it's only connection to mummies being a vague vision of an apparently Egyptian building. 'The Doom of Al Zameri', while an excellent story on it's own merits, had nothing to do with mummies. 'The Perfume of Egypt' was a simple ghost story where the only connection of any kind to mummies was an exotic scent used by an Egyptian sorcerer. I think the book would have been far better off using, for instance, 'Out of the Aeons' by H.P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald, which actually deals with a mummy, than the aforementioned stories.
There were a few stories I didn't like, 'Obsession, Possession' by Elliott O'Donnell seemed patronizing, almost insulting to me, (and I'm a fan of Lovecraft!). I'm not sure why, but I didn't read more than a few paragraphs before moving on. There was nothing really wrong with 'An Aztec Mummy' by C.B. Cory, it just wasn't what I was looking for. 'The Forsaken Temple', as I've already mentioned, was a dull story of Spiritualism and didn't interest me at all.
For the most part, I enjoyed the book. The cover art is excellent, and it seemed well-edited. My only complaint is that an anthology of mummy stories should be composed entirely of actual mummy stories. Still, I give it 5 stars because most of the stories were of good quality and entertaining.
I bought this collection to indulge my passion - in particular I wanted to read Doyle's "Lot 249" - and only after I had bought the collection did I realise that some of the authors were modern. I panicked - had I inadvertently helped some copyright violator profit from the work of others? Then I realised that Ms Hoffman - one of the authors in question - was the editor of the anthology. So that put that concern to rest. (Just thought I would mention this is in case others had the same concern.)
So the classic stories are very enjoyable, as I expected. The pleasant surprise - for me - was the inclusion of modern short stories on the same theme. I will not go into detail about individual stories, but I can say that the quality did not flag. There was no "Oh this is dreadful - must be one of the modern ones" moment. Which, now I think about it, is one heck of a compliment to those modern authors.
So, an eclectic mix, and if you had told me before I read it I would have been dubious as to how it would work as a collection. But it works. All I can suggest is that you read the collection for yourself. The very worst that can happen is that you will enjoy a collection of classic short stories about mummies, or discover some excellent modern authors who write along similar themes.
You may, like me, find that you thoroughly enjoy the entire collection, and learn the names of some modern authors to look out for in future.