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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Book Review: “Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification” edited by Gregory L. Norris, Great Old Ones Publishing, 2013, 387 pages.



 
 

This is an ambitious anthology and the first anthology from a fledging publisher and I am happy to state that Great Old Ones has had the brilliance to cover ‘new’ ground: Mummies, the original walking dead are back: Finally.  
 

And I am glad; their spicy innards are delivering an aroma of what I can only describe is a much needed breath of fresh air from the standard ‘look a dead guy chomping of a leg’ zombie fare.
 
 
So everything old is new again and the stories, by and large, present inventive plots, marvelous twists of fate and some off the wall characters. While true, like any other anthology, there are a few lesser tales, stories such as ‘Crack In The Sarcophagus’ by Joe Knetter; ‘Mummy Chips’ by Gregory L. Norris; ‘Unwrapped’ by Michael M. Hughes, and; ‘Luxor Decanted’ by Marianne Halbert are particularly interesting and the balance are solid.
 
 
And by the way, if you are looking for poetry --- you shall find poetry.
 
 
And by the way, by the way, H. P. Lovecraft’s, yes THAT H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘Under the Pyramids’ closes out the show. This story is a classic in what has been a much overlooked treatment.
 
 
The graphics and presentation are exceptional and for a first effort, or for that matter, any numbered effort --- second, third, eighth, this is a smash hit and not to be missed. So gather your gauze, open your jars, stir your spices and wrap yourself tight into this book.
 
 
Buy it.   

 
 
 
 


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