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The Rochester Tales. Stories of the Supernatural by members of A Ghostly Company.
Edited by Jane Jakeman.
Perdita Press, 2016, 116 pp., paper-bound. ISBN 978-0-9955648-0-0
Price £4.50 per copy in the UK including postage. Please enquire for postal rates abroad.
This collection features stories by members of A Ghostly Company, one of whose meetings was held in Rochester, Kent, in 1999. Perdita Press has now published this volume containing stories by Peter Bell, Sue Gedge, Katherine Haynes, David Longhorn, Antonio Monteiro, Tina Rath, Bill Read and Nigel Wilson, illustrated with nineteenth-century engravings of Rochester. It also has a novel feature: ‘tasters’ – extracts from work in progress by members.
For information about A Ghostly Company please see
J. Malek and J. D. Ray, The Graffiti from the Memphite Serapeum.
Perdita Press, 2017, 85 pp., paper-bound. ISBN 978-0-9955648-1-7
Price £8 per copy in the UK, £11 in Europe and £13 elsewhere, all including postage.
The hieroglyphic graffiti in the Late-Period section of the Serapeum at Saqqara have been known since their discovery by Auguste Mariette in the mid-19th century, but have never been published. Copies of some of them were made by Sir John Gardner Wilkinson shortly after Mariette's work in the Serapeum, and by B. G. Gunn in the 1920s, and these copies are now in the Bodleian Library and the archive of the Griffith Institute in Oxford. The present volume edits all the surviving inscriptions with facsimile copies, location plans, and commentaries, and includes some thirty graffiti which have not been recorded before. The inscriptions were placed in the late galleries by priests of the cult of Ptah 'lord of strength' in Memphis; these priests probably accompanied the workmen who constructed the vaults and who prepared them for the burials of the sacred Apis bulls. The graffiti date from the end of the sixth century BC until well into the Ptolemaic period, the length of time during which the galleries were also in use. The texts shed light on family groups, and on the organization of a relatively minor priesthood in Memphis, and illustrate its relation to one of the important animal cults which were characteristic of Late-Period Egypt. The volume includes a concordance of earlier copies, and palaeographical tables of the hieroglyphic signs which occur in the Ptolemaic graffiti. It also contains an introduction to the Serapeum as a whole, and it is intended as a contribution to our understanding of Late-Period Memphis, the natural capital of Egypt. Some demotic material is also included, and there are full indexes of divinities, names, titles, place-names and words discussed in the commentaries.