Friday, December 28, 2012

A terrifying and bloody tomb trap in the Egypt fiction series...

Mysterious Ptah, British Museum

They all joined in a search of the walls and floors, as they hunted for hidden levers or mechanisms that might open the doors, pressing individual blocks of stone, running fingers between cracks.
Sound above their heads put a stop to their efforts. Something was happening in the ceiling. Anson listened. Hissing sounds. Small apertures had opened in the roof. Red streams ran softly into the chamber.
"Not blood, after three thousand years." Daniel bent and scooped up a handful. He sniffed it. "Clay dust," he muttered.
It wasn't blood, but it could kill them just as surely as any liquid.
"It's symbolic blood, dry red clay from Elephantine,” Anson said. “The red is haematite, iron oxide. In ancient legends red clay often took the place of blood when mixed with wine or water. I think this dust represents the blood of Osiris."
"If we don't get out of here soon, it will choke us," Kalila said, giving voice to their fears.
They redoubled their efforts to find a lever. They ran their hands like nervous spiders over the walls.
The powder-blood flowing into the heart gathered in piles around their feet. The streams were running faster.
Kalila coughed. Fine dust filled the air. It would suffocate them long before it covered their heads.
"Keep looking!" Daniel urged them.
"There’s nothing," Kalila said.
"It is a mechanical trap," he insisted. "There must be something that will open it again."
Were they going to die, choking in blood? Anson looked up. Was it possible to climb out of here? He searched for a beam or projection, something they could use to hang a rope from the ceiling? Nothing.
Anson went on watching the streams of red dust particles falling from the ceiling. Then the world brightened as an idea floated down to him.
“As light as a feather?” he said. “What human being is so innocent? That’s it. No human being is that light. We have to change ourselves, take on the forms of the gods. Before the dead can go on to take their place in the realm of Osiris, they had to say a spell that would change the parts of their bodies into the parts of gods.”
His eyes swept around the walls at the carved reliefs of the gods and goddesses, the torch beam turning the dust into clouds of blood.
Red dust piled up around their ankles. Anson felt the dust tickling his lungs. Daniel covered his mouth with his shirtsleeve, spluttering.
“What were the parts that must change?” Anson said.
He banged his forehead with the palm of her hand, trying to jolt his memory.
“Think, brain. Think. The Chapter of Coming forth by Day. The Papyrus of Ani...”
The red dust turned the air into a blood storm, as if blood had already filled the chamber to its roof.
“There’s no way to open that door,” Daniel said.
“Then we’ll all die, unless we can think of a way,” Kalila said.
“I’ve got it, I think. We’re going to need a bit of divine help,” Anson said. The powder blood billowed up into their faces and seeped into their clothes. He waded through it, sinking up to his ankles.
“Am I right?” he said, with a rasp of dust in his throat.” Is there an order to this?” He reached the wall. “ The dead must take on the parts of the gods. Which gods and in which order?”
The powder was in their lungs and it tasted metallic like blood.
Anson recalled the prayer of the papyrus of Ani.
“My eyes must become the eyes of Hathor...” he said.
Hathor stood with a crown of cow horns and a solar disc between them, her lithe form rippling in the blocks of stone. He reached up to Hathor’s face and pressed the eye. A block grated back into the wall.
He twisted, face alight with relief. “I haven’t lost my touch. We’ve got to choose the parts of the gods and so change ourselves. Each part of a human body has to become a part of a god... The eyes of the dead must become the eyes of Hathor, his face the face of Ra, his cheeks the cheeks of Isis, the backbone that of Seth, the buttocks of Horus, the phallus of Osiris, the thighs of Nut, the feet of Ptah...”
Each part had to change into a god...
(Excerpt, The Smiting Texts, first in the series.)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

"We can hide behind a renegade Egyptologist," the US Homeland agent said. He couldn't hide behind a pyramid.

British Egyptologist interviewed by US Homeland in The Smiting Texts

[I note the passing of US General Stormin' Norman Scwartzkopf. There's a US Homeland character of his style in The Smiting Texts...]

(Excerpt from The Smiting Texts)

The blunt instrument in the big blue suit didn’t try for points. His words came down on Anson like a mallet.
“Frankly, to many people you’re just a wild theorist. And that gives you a lot more freedom to operate in. Nobody listens to you - and nobody watches you. We can hide behind you.”
“You couldn’t.”
Big Suit, possessed of a pair of healthily clear blue eyes, had the feel of the military about him, a relative of former US General ‘Stormin’ Norman’ Schwartzkopf of Gulf War history perhaps?
This guy couldn’t hide himself behind a pyramid.
“So you need my lack of respectability,” Anson said. “That’s something I’ve earned. Why should I spread it around? And what is it exactly that you want me to do?”
“This must remain highly confidential, but we’d like to retain you as a consultant to take a tour group to Egypt.”
“I do that all the time. But I usually take fringe groups.”
“We’ll be fringe, all right,” said the big man. “Not mainstream at all. Your tour group will be comprised of intelligence community people. Think of it as a kind of archaeological dig for information.”
“Intelligence heavies on a fact-gathering mission in Egypt, led by an alternative theorist? It’s bound to succeed. Look, archaeology and detective work are sister professions, but you’re going to have to give me a few more clues. Where do we start?”

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ancient Egypt's government-funded research into the ‘first mystery’- death...

Adventure fiction that comes to grips with unseen realities

 Ancient Egypt's culture did not serve as a mere distraction to the pitiless cruelty of death. Instead it came to grips with death in an attempt to overcome its tyranny... the glowing underworlds of the tombs, the Pyramid Texts, the Coffin Texts and the various 'Books of the Dead'  were the results of government-funded research into the ‘first mystery’- death and the afterlife. 

Come to grips with adventure and unseen dangers from the ancient past

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Touch Egypt's forbidden secrets on your Kindle or iPad...

Dangerous secrets and modern world conspiracies that take their impetus from ancient Egypt in this fiction series

Get in touch with Egypt's mystery here

Monday, December 24, 2012

Egypt, archaeology, mystery, "compellingly brought to life"

First three in the series

The latest - numbers four and five in the series

Friday, December 21, 2012

'Egyptian underworld secrets revealed in their dust-shredded flashlight beams'

Penetrate shadowy conspiracies and forbidden lost sites in this fiction series

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

UPDATE (Feb 2017) Forget the Mayan Apocalypse. Fear ancient Egypt's Ibis Apocalypse

Apocalypse is in the air these days....
UPDATE STORY: Newly found jade pendent refers to the wind god and climate change apocalypse that helped bring down Mayan cities...

Enjoy a little apocalypse? Try an ancient Egyptian variety in THE IBIS APOCALYPSE...

Countdown to the unleashing of a deadly secret from the ancient past

Was ancient Egypt's magical Book of Thoth originally carved in stone - on a stela - rather than written on a scroll?

Anson Hunter, controversial alternative Egyptologist and theorist, is obsessed with locating the forbidden Stela of Destiny before the wrong people get hold of it.

The Stela, or stone book, of Thoth, Egypt's god of magic, is the most powerful and malefic source of esoteric texts ever written. The texts bring frightening power but also a terrible backlash. Twice in history the contents have come to light - the first time in the reign of Rameses the Great, linked with the Plagues of Egypt and the suffering of the Hebrews, and in 1939 when a German Egyptologist took rubbings of the stone texts to Hitler's Germany before the horrors of World War II.

Israeli Intelligence and its allies in the USA become alarmed when the Destiny Stela threatens to break into history once again. As they are all too aware, the Stela of Destiny is the Holy Grail for organisations and conspirators with dangerous political and religious agendas, both in the USA and in Europe.

Anson embarks on an investigation under the cover of shooting a screen documentary, pursued by enemies and shadowed by striking Israeli Mossad agent Zara Margolin and suspicious Egyptian authorities, in a hunt that covers USA, UK and secret archaeological sites in Egypt.

Can he find and penetrate the deadly series of chambers of the Sanctuary of Thoth that guards the Stela of Destiny before a dangerous new dawn breaks for humankind?

'The Ibis Apocalypse' is a danger-fraught adventure that unfolds against the background of ancient Egypt's enthralling legend and mythology.

Has the eye in the sky seen a dangerous archaeological secret?

Egypt Eyes - mystery, adventure, conspiracy

See the Egypt series on Kindle

Monday, December 17, 2012

My early fascination with ancient Egypt as a fiction writer

At what age did you become fascinated with ancient Egypt?

I was under twelve when an obsession with all things ancient Egyptian took hold of me. 
I've since learnt that many professional Egyptologists were similarly smitten at a young age.
Yet my parents had no particular interest in the subject.
Perhaps the movie The Egyptian and the book Sinuhe The Egyptian helped kick it off - along with an early addiction to Rider Haggard and his African adventures such as She.
(I grew up in Central and Southern Africa.)
How was it for you?
Why does Egypt hit so many young people so hard?

By way of explaining the appeal of ancient Egypt for children, in one of my adult novels, the renegade archaeological hero, adventurer, theorist and blogger, confesses in his blog:

'Something about Egypt hit me as a child, as it does many thoughtful children; in my obsessive case, a broken family possibly accelerated an inward turn.
The look of ancient Egypt is not only remote and eerie to a child, but also, paradoxically, second nature. Take a look at any child’s sketches and paintings. They’re eerily Egypyptian, capturing the visible essence of things. The human body is often shown side on in the Egyptian way, just as it appears in tomb paintings and carved on temple walls, the shoulders turned to the front so that both arms are revealed and one foot placed ahead of the other.
Objects –tables, piles of food and fruit, animals, trees – float mysteriously in the air with disregard for scale. Young people understand ancient Egyptian art and design instinctively. They get it. It’s how they see the world – eternal, free of time and perspective.
A child’s view of Egypt is precious, I’ve come to believe. It almost seems that only as a child can you truly enter the Kingdom of Phaaoh. A child loves Egypt’s tombs, underworlds filled with glowing mages, temples that shiver in the heat of the sun, pyramids terrifying in their size, smooth statues of pharaohs and queens in dark stone, goddesses with long tresses, gods with animal heads.
Young people also have a sunny love of life, just as the Egyptians did, and yet both share a dark, hidden world of mystery and magic where animals can speak and where powerful unseen forces outside of their control influence events.
Children know a place that older people forget, a shadowy underworld of animal-headed monsters and fearsome creatures. Young people love a secret, and what civilisation was so steeped in secrets and mystery as ancient Egypt, from its hieroglyphs and hidden tombs to its mummies and spells for the afterlife? When small children go to bed, to the little death-sleep at night, don’t they take their treasured possessions with them on their journey, their toys and dolls to accompany them into an afterlife of dreams?
And what of Egypt itself, pyramids and stone pharaohs carved out of mountains, and soaring temples? A place built, as if from a child’s imagination, for giants.
With the average age at death of Egyptians being in the twenties, a case can be made for saying that it was young people who built the wonders of Egypt.
Put a child in a sandpit and what will it soon start to build? A pyramid of sand.
And think of the scenes in Egyptian tombs, those walls and painted passages that fling their lengths hundreds of metres into a cliff. The decorated walls show feasting, families fishing on boats on the river, flowers, fields and animals. They are not places of gloom like a modern graveyard. They are filled with scenes as bright and colourful as any child’s nursery.
Ancient Egypt is a place of wonders where anything seems possible. Little wonder that so many young people fall in love with it for a lifetime.
A child’s Egypt has never quite let go of me either…'

Sharing an artist's e-gypt Christmas e-card

e-card illustration... Christmas glitter in Tut's tomb

Sharing a delightfully quirky Christmas greeting e-card sent to me by artist David Arthur (Saatchi Gallery).

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Amarna. Darker side of Aten's City of The Sun

Amarna Art Collection, Neues Museum, Berlin

Irony - Amarna City of the Sun the origin of the Black Death?

Did these Intelligence people believe in his theories, and in his fears about the Sekhmet threat, or did they see it as a symbol that masked some other ‘real world’ danger? Plagues perhaps. 
Anson had speculated in the past about plagues and Egypt. Archaeological evidence linked the origin of the Black Death, or bubonic plague, to a specific site in ancient Egypt, the workers’ village in Amarna, home of those who built tombs for pharaohs Akhenaten and, later, Tutankhamun. Pharaoh’s Plague, he’d noted, could rage through populations, then lie as dormant as a mummy sleeping in a tomb, sometimes for centuries, before emerging to wreak havoc once again and that if bottled, especially in its pneumonic form, it would make a dandy bio-terrorist weapon.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Does space archaeology confirm 'The Smiting Texts' conspiracy?

A labyrinthine mystery at the heart of 'The Smiting Texts'

It was interesting to see that Sarah Parcak's space archaeology TV documentary seemed to confirm that the Great Labyrinth, said by Greek historians to be more admired that the pyramids, may still await the excavator's spade.

The Lost Labyrinth is one of the mysteries at the heart of The Smiting Texts, first in my archaeological adventure series.

Make the discovery on Kindle

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ancient Egypt's secrets with an impact on today

Theories of fiction's Egyptologist

1. Fiction's controversial Egyptologist Anson Hunter believes that Egypt’s Lost Labyrinth, a mysterious seat of power once considered to be more impressive that the pyramids, is still to be discovered.

2. Anson theorises that ancient Egypt’s execration texts, ritual curses used by the Egyptian state as instruments of warfare against foreign powers, could reach across temporal boundaries and hold dangers for US and the West today once reactivated by dissidents.

3. He speculates that the ancient Egyptian afterworld might be an alternative reality, a sort of virtual world created by a civilization’s collective unconscious and sustained by its religion.

4. He holds that the first book of Thoth (like the 10 commandments) was graven in stone and that the Stone Book of Thoth was the most potent and dangerous tome ever created.

5. He believes that the malefic powers of Sekhmet-Hathor, ancient Egypt’s Destroyer of Humankind, symbolised by a lioness and a holocaust sun, could be reactivated in a modern day apocalypse.

6. Anson Hunter believes that the forbidden secrets and powers of ancient Egypt are the inspiration and impetus for modern day intrigue, involving governments, Intelligence organisations, New Age, Occult and New World Order conspirators as well as radical Islamists.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Ancient Egypt fiction. The most mysterious reading under the sun

The most mysterious civilization under the sun makes enthralling reading

Pack the right ingredients for your holiday reading.

A renegade independent Egyptologist.
Archaeology and adventure.
Ancient forbidden secrets and artefacts. 
Intelligence agencies.
Global conspirators who take their impetus from ancient Egypt.
Secret and powerful New Age, New World Order, Christian Fundamentalist and Islamist groups.
Lost sites, tomb traps and unseen dangers from the ancient past.

The Egypt archaeological adventure series.

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Gallery of Egyptian Underworld Demons, British Museum

Anson Hunter, controversial Egyptologist, has his demons

Fiction's Egyptologist, Anson Hunter, has a healthy respect for unseen forces and dangers from Egypt's ancient past in my archaeological adventure series.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Two ancient Egyptian underworlds

Underworld scene - tomb of Thuthmosis lll, Valley of the Kings

Some ancient Egyptian antiquities found their way into the underworld twice, Anson had learnt.

The first time occurred when the tomb owner died and when the antiquities were buried in the ground. The second time came when an illegal collector bought them and hid them in a vault. This underworld and second burial was often the final one. They were hidden even more assiduously than before and were much harder to unearth.

(The Smiting Texts)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The magical power of ancient Egypt's gods

The neteru or gods of ancient Egypt

When you read this work, you will behold and possess the powers of the earth, the sky, the waters, the infernal regions of the abyss - the underworld, that is - the mountains, beasts, birds, creatures, reptiles, the fishes of the darkest sea, as well as the magical powers of the gods of Egypt themselves...
“In short, you would be established on high in this world and, in the Egyptians’ words, have the ability to work great wonders. It’s my belief that this forbidden Stela not only exists but its contents have resurfaced at several stages in history, all convulsive periods. I am convinced that they may be re-appearing in our time, judging by the current state of the planet.”
He let that sink in.
“The individuals who found the book surged in worldly power and achieved astounding success. For a time. But there was a catastrophic catch… their fortunes followed a sharp trajectory. In the end disaster struck them..."

Excerpt from the Egypt archaeological adventure series - featuring the independent Egyptologist and theorist, Anson Hunter.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fiction's Egyptologist opens forbidden doors

Hidden dangers from the ancient past 

Open the doors of archaeology, mystery and dangerous secrets from the ancient past with Anson Hunter - fiction's independent Egyptologist, adventurer and theorist.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Egypt's god Thoth - a key element in my fiction series

Thoth in his baboon manifestation, British Museum

“A bird and a baboon as the god of wisdom?”
“Not so unexpected. Have you ever looked at an ibis? The curve of its beak echoes a crescent moon, or perhaps the rim of an eclipse. Watch the measured way an ibis strides, picking out small fish, snakes, frogs and insects like a master scribe judiciously selecting his words. Thoth was also the god of time and measurement. Picture the way the ibis strides the fields of Egypt, pace by measuring pace, like a scribal surveyor of ancient times re-measuring the land and setting boundaries after mud from the inundation covered the river banks.”
“And a baboon?”
“Before man could utter words, baboons were facing the rising sun and chattering. Look into those deep-set eyes and it’s possible to believe that you’re looking into the depths of mysterious wisdom and it was mainly in the form of a baboon that scribes revered Thoth as the ‘Lord of Script...’”


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