(via Paul Cornell): Rainbow Orchid creator Garen Ewing has provided illustrations for an upcoming anthology, The Book of the Dead from Jurassic London, a collection of stories about Egyptian mummies, featuring stories by Paul Cornell, Gail Carriger, Adam Roberts, Lou Morgan, Maria Dahvana Headley, Will Hill and Maurice Broaddus.
Featuring 19 new stories of murder, mystery, mayhem, magic and, most importantly, mummies, the book is being published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society, Britain’s oldest independent funder of archaeological fieldwork in Egypt.
As well as regular editions, Paul Cornell tells us pre-orders are being taken for a truly lavish 370 page limitedhardback edition, limited to 100 books, with gold embossed titles on midnight blue buckram and dark cream endpapers, bound in cloth and sealed in wax, impressed with the seal of the Egypt Exploration Society, and with an exclusive illustration by Garen Ewing that will not appear in any other edition.
Purchasers of the limited edition will also receive a copy of the ebook for free.
The Book of the Dead limited edition and the more traditional paperback and ebook editions will be published on 29th October, also the date of the book’s launch at the Phoenix Artist Club in London.
“It’s wonderful to be part of something that’s been assembled with such loving care,” says Paul, “and I’m very proud of my story, ‘Ramesses on the Frontier’.”
A not-for-profit enterprise, Jurassic London’s anthologies of original fiction are created in association with museums, institutions and other non-profit partners. Their line of electronic chapbooks helps bring new voices to readers all over the world and they say their selection of limited edition novels and novelettes helps celebrate great stories in a luxury, collectible format.
• The Book of the Dead is being sold via Spacewitch, an online retailer that aims to give indie publishers, particularly genre ones, a better deal
• Details of the launch event are on Facebook here.
The Book of the Dead includes:
- Introduction: “Some Words from an Egyptologist” by John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society)
- “Ramesses on the Frontier” by Paul Cornell
- “Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb” by Jesse Bullington
- “Old Souls” by David Thomas Moore
- “Her Heartbeat, An Echo” by Lou Morgan
- “Mysterium Tremendum” by Molly Tanzer
- “Tollund” by Adam Roberts
- “The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar” by Gail Carriger
- “The Cats of Beni Hasan” by Jenni Hill
- “Cerulean Memories” by Maurice Broaddus
- “Inner Goddess” by Michael West
- “The Roof of the World” by Sarah Newton
- “Henry” by Glen Mehn
- “The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey” by David Bryher
- “All is Dust” by Den Patrick
- “Bit-U-Men” by Maria Dahvana Headley
- “Egyptian death and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3)” by Jonathan Green
- “Akhenaten Goes to Paris” by Louis Greenberg
- “The Thing of Wrath” by Roger Luckhurst
- “Three Memories of Death” by Will Hill
Illustrated by Garen Ewing
Edited by Jared Shurin