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Accursed

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1983.

The Revd Mason, an elderly English priest on his last trip to Egypt uncovers the tomb of Dalukah, relative to an ancient Queen, and who had been put to death with her lover, the soldier Aba-aner, because he was a commoner. Mason brings back the two mummies, but he also brings back the amulet of Set which had been left to imprison them. He eventually reburies them as the mummies began to decompose in the damp English atmosphere. Years later in the heat of both a blistering summer and a potential nuclear war over Libya, George Brownlow decides to build a nuclear shelter. As he digs, he finds Mason's amulet of Set and it possesses him to follow its purposes. Brownlow's family become slaves to a re-enactment of the saga of Dalukah and Aba-aner.

It's another 1980s Guy Smith horror novel, so there's not really much to say. It's more well-written pulp horror in the vein you've come to expect: in other words, there's nothing stunningly original but it's easily enjoyable. The characters are all two-dimensional but they're enjoyable, the plot is cliched but it's enjoyable, even the gore isn't particularly original but it's certainly enjoyable. Don't worry about analysing it - just sit back and enjoy! Come to think of it, there is something I can that say that will be of interest - to hard-core fans at least: this was originally inspired by the true-life story of a Staffordshire priest burying two Egyptian mummies in his back garden as the damp English air was causing them to decompose, but his name was the Revd MacGregor not Mason. It led first to a non fiction piece; then a short story called My Buried Mummies, published in a local newspaper; then to The Mummy, the cover story of The London Mystery Magazine in June 1972; and finally to this novel. All are worth reading if you can find them.


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