The Mummy in Fact, Fiction and Film


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About the Book

In 1922, when Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen, much of what was then known about mummies came from the writing of Greek historian Herodotus and from the paintings on the walls of Egyptian tombs. Even before 1922, the mummy had been the subject of fiction, with such writers as Bram Stoker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tackling the subject, and early films dating back to 1901. In this work, the authors present the religious, social and scientific aspects of mummies as well as an in-depth discussion of facts about them (largely Egyptian, but including other kinds of mummies). Then, how mummies are portrayed in fiction and in the movies is discussed. Stories and films in which the mummy is a focal character are listed.

About the Author(s)

Susan D. Cowie is a retired school principal and part-time tax accountant’s administrator. She’s also an avid Egyptologist and lives in Kent, England.
Tom Johnson, author of several books on horror cinema, taught and coached cross country and track for 30 years. He is still involved in the school system and lives in Shillington, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Susan D. Cowie and Tom Johnson
Foreword by George Hart
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 75 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [2002]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3114-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword (by George Hart)      1
Preface      3
1. The Mummy in Fact      5
3. The Mummy in Novels, Short Stories and Children’s Books      141
Conclusion      191
Appendix: Chronological List of Mummy Films      195
Selected Bibliography      197
Index      199

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Uncover[s] ancient Egyptian history…photos of authentic sites and relics are fascinating…recommend[ed]”—Classic Images
  • “A book ideally suited to satiate the modern mania for more on the Mummy…fully details the history of mummification in ancient societies and the major archeological discoveries”—Big Reel
  • “Strongly recommended”—Cult Movies
  • “A real treasure…interesting nuggets about all the Universal and Hammer entries…comprehensive”—Hitch
  • “Exceptional read…buy it”—Little Shoppe of Horrors
  • “Brisk and informative…every mummy movie is catalogued and discussed in satisfying detail…nicely illustrated with plenty of rare stills”—Film Review
  • “In-depth”—Gadflyonline
  • “Detailed”—The Burlington County Times
  • “Cinemaphiles, attracted to this book by its ‘Mummy in Film’ aspect, will also gain a good deal of non-movie insight about actual and fictional mummies”—Video Watchdog.