Fall in Love with Egypt Alongside the Victorians with this Egyptomania Reading List and Image Gallery

Want to dive deeper into the Victorian obsession with all things Egyptian? Go to the source! (And I don't mean Lake Victoria...)

I’m posting reviews this month of a few books and movies that pay homage to ancient Egypt in addition to my Egyptomania article. But, I also created a bibliography during the course of my research in case I ever wanted to go back and read the originals. This is only a partial list, there are TONS of short stories from this era that employ a mummified monster.

19th and early 20th Century Books and Short Stories

  • The Mummy, A Tale of 22nd Century, novel, Jane Webb, 1827
  • “Some Words with a Mummy,” short satirical story, Edgar Allen Poe, 1845
  • “The Mummy’s Foot,” short story, Theophile Gautier, 1863
  • “Lost in a Pyramid: The Mummy’s Curse,” short horror story, Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), 1869
  • “The Ring of Thoth,” short story, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), 1890
  • “Lot 249,” short story, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), 1892
  • The Beetle, novel, Richard Marsh, 1897
  • The Jewel of the Seven Stars, novel, Bram Stoker, 1903
  • Smith and the Pharaohs, novella, H. Rider Haggard, 1913
  • “Under the Pyramids,” (aka “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs”) short story featuring Harry Houdini as the protagonist, H. P. Lovecraft, 1924
  • The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, novel, Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot), 1924
  • The Vengeance of Nitrocris, novel, Thomas Lanier (aka Tennessee Williams), 1928

Steampunk and Other Contemporary Books (1975-2014)

  • Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters
  • Kythan Guardians series by Trisha Wolfe
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (Les Aventures extraodrinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec), comic book, written and illustrated by Jacques Tardi, 1976
  • Colonel Stonesteel’s Genuine Homemade Truly Egyptian Mummy, novel, Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451), 1981
  • The Anubis Gates, novel, Tim Powers, 1983
  • Bubba-ho-tep, novella, Joe R. Lansdale, 1994
  • Seven Stars, novella inspired by Conan Doyle’s Jewel of the Seven Stars, Kim Newman, 2000
  • The Osiris Ritual, Newbury and Hobbes #4, George Mann, 2009
  • As Timeless as Stone (2010) and As Timeless as Magic (2012), novels, Maeve Alpin
  • Changless, Timeless, Parasol Protectorate, Gail Carriger

Other Media

  • “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” (1971) and “Dr. Phibes Rises Again” (1972), movies (technically Dieselpunk set in the 1920s)
  • “The Mummy Returns,” movie, 2001. The sequel to 1999’s “The Mummy” starring Brendan Fraser. Though both films would technically be best called Dieselpunk, “The Mummy Returns” features a super cool dirigible that is very Steampunk.
  • “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec,” movie, 2010
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