Some stories hold a special place in their creators’ hearts. “Ghostly Serenades by the Nile” is one of those.
It first came to life from the challenges of the much-missed Liberty Halls forums, and after a few rewrites it found a good home in New Myths. What I loved most about this story was how fun it was to write. Because, sometimes, writing is fun. It’s not only the plot holes, the characters that won’t cooperate, the setting that just doesn’t want to come to life on the page, or the dialogue that reads stilted. Sometimes an a scene springs out of your head complete, and then just needs the story to go with it.
“Ghostly Serenades” was one of those stories. As the title suggests, it features a certain ancient Egyptian cat and his humans, the High Priest of Anubis and his servant. It also features several ghosts, including this of a famous (or so he thinks) poet, tomb robbers, and a Cyrano-type of wooing a woman, in which Cyrano is the poet’s ghost, the love-stricken suitor is Khemes, the servant, and cast in the role of the unfortunate medium between the living and the dead is, once more, Ankhu, the high priest.
And what about Nedjem the cat, you ask? (Or you should be asking, duh). Well, but of course Nedjem saves them all. Sort of.
So if you want a funny, light-hearted story full of ghosts and cat antiques just in time for Halloween, head over there to the Centropic Oracle to listen to the podcast. And bring your cats along to listen to it too, and know what their ancestors were up.
On second thought… you might not want to let your cats know that. 😉
(Art by Storn Cook).