Announcement: I’m Writing for Bernice Summerfield!

bsumbk30ab_intime_1417_cover_largeI’m positively giddy to announce that I’m the winner of the Big Finish/Time Ladiess contest to write a story for the upcoming anthology Bernice Summerfield: In Time.

For those unfamiliar with her, Bernice Summerfield is a character created for Virgin’s Doctor Who novels in the 1990s before getting her own spin-offs in both prose and audio. She’s an archaeologist of the future, although my story takes place in her younger days as a teenage military cadet who has yet to find her true calling.

In Time will feature contributions from James Goss, Mark Clapham, Dave Stone, Victoria Simpson, Antonio Rastelli, Simon Guerrier and Peter Anghelides, with Xanna Ever Chown editing. Lisa Bowerman, who plays Bernice in her audio adventures, will read the audiobook. It’ll be available for your perusal this December. I’m proud to be joining a pretty awesome team of people all round.

Bar unexpected developments between now and December, my story for Bernice Summerfield: In Time will mark my debut as a published fiction author. It’s a step up that I’m very excited about, and I’d like to offer my sincerest gratitude to Big Finish for choosing me.

 

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Mummy Movies: Did Disney Get There Before Universal?

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I’m still on a mummy kick, and here’s another tidbit I’ve found.

The Mummy – the 1932 Universal film with Boris Karloff – is, for all intents and purposes, where the horror subgenre of the mummy movie began. There were a few earlier films that played with the idea of the resurrected mummy, but from what I can discern about these mostly-lost movies, they didn’t quite get the ingredients right. They had people dressing up as mummies as jokes, for example, or used offbeat concepts like mummies being resurrected through electric shocks (as per Jane C. Loudon’s science fiction epic The Mummy! or Poe’s humorous “Some Words with a Mummy”).

But then we have this.

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Mummies in Legend: Setma Khāmuas and Nefer-Ka-Ptah

mummyposterThe living mummy of horror films is one of pop culture’s biggest icons of ancient Egypt, but the concept has almost no basis in actual Egyptian belief. So far, in reading up on the topic, I’ve come across precisely two stories from ancient Egypt that involve resurrected mummies. One is the myth of Osiris, who came back from the dead to have intercourse with Isis after she had embalmed his body; this story is mentioned multiple times in The Mummy with Boris Karloff as precedent for the mummy’s resurrection (in fact, an early draft of the script suggests that Karloff’s character actually is Osiris). The other is the story of Setma Khāmuas and Nefer-Ka-Ptah.

This legend is recorded on a papyrus from circa 233 BC, and is one of a number of legends about Setma Khāmuas, a folk-hero derived from the historical figure Prince Khaemweset (a son of Ramesses II). I believe that the first English translation of the story was by Peter Le Page Renouf in Records of the Past (1875), but the version I have at hand is from Sir Ernest A. Wallis Budge’s book Egyptian Tales & Romances (1931). I’ve seen various different spellings of the characters’ names, and deferred to those used by Budge.

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How I Spent April 2018

DorisApril18For me, April was the month of technical difficulties.

Well, no, that’s not all. I recently had a pretty awesome project fall into my lap, something I’ll be able to talk about later on. But that, too, forced me to put some of my current projects aside for now. So basically April was the month of delays, some for awesome reasons, others for rubbish reasons.

Articles published elsewhere this month:

Article topics for May and beyond:

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March-April 2018 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

BelladonnaMarchApril18Okay, we may be a little late with the second Belladonna issue of 2018, but you can hardly accuse us of scrimping on the goodies.

Here’s a quick run-down of some of the treats you can expect. Slasher Honey Chass sheds light on Midnighters, Guest Honey Laurel gives a call to Mother!, Classics Honey Samantha looks back at Peeping Tom and examines the long shadow of Nosferatu, Monster Honey Sarah gazes up at Shin Godzilla and Pacific Rim: Uprising, and Supernatural Honey Kim strokes Hell’s Kitty, meets The Midnight Man and educates us on the history of female serial killers.

Interviewees this time around are painter Megz Majewski (who provided the lovely cover illustration) and director/writer/designer Gigi Saul Guerro.

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This is what ya get.

As the resident Comics Honey, I’m looking at Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Fire Punch, Charles Forsman’s Slasher, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, and the indie publisher Sex & Monsters.

Also included in the issue is the second chapter of my zombie apocalypse saga Pale Horse Polly.

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So, if you want to check out the issue and all it has to offer, you can get it at the official website or at MagCloud.