Egypt Is So Cool! #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘E’

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Egypt. A land of marvellous history. So beautiful. So exciting.

landscape of egyptIt’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go and, when I heard my sister had moved there two years ago, I was so green with jealousy I kinda looked like a head of broccoli (not my best simile). But it’s so amazing there, as a tourist, anyway. And there are so many fantastic stories set there.

Have any of you read The Mummy? I know that’s a hard question, as there are several versions, but this one is by Anne Rice. It’s actually the first book of hers I ever read (yes, even before Interview With A Vampire). I loved the rich detail of the entire piece, and the idea that a mummy could come to life and find love. What I loved more was where he came from. Egypt.

Then I watched The Mummy and realised 1) how brilliant Brendan Fraser is, 2) how sexy Oded Fehr is, but more importantly, 3) there was far more to the myths and legends than I ever realised.

I’ve never seen the 1939 version of The Mummy, but the posters look so cool, that it is on my list. Not seen the poster? Here:
The Mummy 1932 film poster
Great, right? ^_^

I’ve always been attracted to ancient religions, for instance, with more than one god. I guess the idea that you can just turn to another one, if the first doesn’t do want you want, is quite attractive to me. I’ve ended reading about Re and Isis and Osiris and Set and all the rest. Their creation story, like several others I’ve read, funnily enough, involves plenty of death, sex and jealousy.

Despite all that, I never really thought about vampires in ancient Egypt until (I think, don’t quote me) some time in 2003. I wondered why few stories (at least that I’ve read) touch on the creation story of vampires and why they seem to just spring out of the dirt. Or they’re the subject of a terrible disease or curse. What if, instead, vampirism was a deliberate god-given gift?

Silk Over Razor Blades took on a whole new life then. I created my own vampire creation myth and ran with it. The SORB vampires take their roots in Ptolemaic Egypt (not quite ‘ancient’ but old enough) and they have more than a little to do with Antony, Cleopatra and Octavian’s march into Alexandria in 30BC.

Never before did I think a story about vampires could end up taking on a historical element too. And all because I realised that mummies are kinda cool.mummy from openclipart.comWho knew?

I guess this is as good a time as any to let you know how SORB is doing. Well… I’ve still not touched it. In light of the decision The Brain made, the story has been set to one side wile Raven works on Slippers & Chains. I’m looking forward to my turn though, because I have some ideas on how to get some pretty decent editorial feedback.

Hurry up Raven! I want my turn!
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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8 Responses to Egypt Is So Cool! #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘E’

  1. Have you tried a taxi ride through Cairo. That is scary – a copy of the Koran on the dashboard for insurance. Keep up the good work with the A-Z.


  2. saxtoncorner says:

    What a great idea to go with the God given gift, I do love it when those ideas spring up and shout out to you. Simply brilliant 🙂


  3. I’d love to visit Egypt someday. I really enjoyed studying Ancient Egypt in school–we studied the “secular” historical part of it concurrently with Bible history, and it was fascinating to learn about what was happening in Egypt (who was Pharaoh, etc) at different points in Bible history.
    Also, I LOVED The Mummy with Brendan Fraser. He’s definitely one of my favorite actors (gotta admit, George of the Jungle is one of my favorite movies!).
    Stopping by from the A to Z 🙂


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