(to my friend Andrew Singer, 2007)
To start, Andrew, it was all based on research, on published tomes, texts, journals, from
the mostly orthodox.
Problems arose in plotting.
You know as well as I do how many different theories there are about Tut and his family
(including yours as well as mine, too), I couldn’t base a novel that way. And besides I had
impressions just from studying books and photos of Akhenaten, Tut, etc., leaving all
So, here I was in the desert, with a few chapters started, but where do I go from there?
You should have seen the camp, Spring 2002. My van was my camper. My tent was my office,
with cardtable, portable manual typewriter, 2 crates of note files and books for
reference. Still have about 6 crates of notes I took over the years from research.
My friend Joe had camped next to me.
Then the birds showed up one morning. My friend and I were puzzled. The nearest water was
the Colorado River, 20 miles away. What were these water-birds doing in our tree? Four of
them. I sketched them, they are on —>my MUSES page.
figured out they were a heron of some kind.
But they looked just like the phoenix in AE figures. Showed them to Joe and he agreed.
They did look like the Egyptian phoenix.
And that night the story just started coming out of my head. I wrote it down by
candlelight just as fast as I could. I was so amazed.
Typed it up the next day, filled in what I remembered that I didn’t get down on paper the
night before. I was impressed. The birds were still there.
Next night, the rest of the story. and the end of the first book. the plot, the villain,
Typed it up. The birds were still there.
But the next day they were gone.
After checking and double-checking, found the plot was feasible and seemed to have chosen
certain theories, or rather ‘verified’(?), no, that’s not what I’m trying to say.
Anyway, what could I think except that they were magical beings sent to give me the
story? Perhaps they had to be ‘Muses”.
My story is
- Based on theories supported by some ‘authorities’:
- that there was a 12-year coregency,
- that Tut was the son of Amenhotep III, half-bro of Sakare and Akhenaten,
- that Tut was also the son of a Royal Heiress, which lets out Tiye and Nefertiti and Kiya,
but not Sitamen,
- which is suported by some evidence found that Tut was considered the
rightful ruler of Egypt while Akhenaten still ruled,
- that the “Habiru” mentioned in the Amarna Letters were actually the Hebrew,
- that the Aten adventure started as a Reaction to the Exodus incident (plus reducing the
power of these useless priests),
- that the Aten cult was a reversion to older divine-right ideas of kingship,
- that the Children of the KAP, “Keepers of the Secrets of the KAP”, were the traditional
initiates who held the “Secrets of the King,”
- that these “Secrets” had to do with why there was never any attempts to usurp the kingship,
once assumed a king could only be replaced when he died,
- that there had to be some basis for the ancients’ beliefs that Egypt was the “Land of Magicians” and
- that there had to be some knowledge and practices that kept Egypt a viable powerful country in their world for three thousand years.
The two books, not what most would call orthodox, that I got ideas from: “The Hiram Key”, about the secret ritual that initiated the king; and Naomi’s “Elements of
Egyptian Wisdom”, that explained the idea of Medu Neter, and that they were Sacred Symbols
that were pictures of ideas as well as words, letters.
The first impression from my original read of Tutankhamen, (Desroches’s) and Akhenaten,
back in the 60s, was that the Aten cult as promulgated by Akhenaten was a ‘reaction’ (and
what to? Had to be the Exodus incident. the useless magician-priests, etc., death of Prince Thothmes, the first-born).
Next impression was that Akenaten was pedophile. violated traditions, who married his daughters, true heiresses, still so young, what could they have done to resist at that
age…I don’t know how to make this clear. but I do not admire him like some. or consider him the ‘first monotheist’ at all.
Part of the ‘magic’ I included was from those nights of inspiration, some from my own
introspection and study of what is possible in that realm, some from the knowledge that
what is popularly known as magic relies on tricks and tech.
Besides look at the tech we use and see that uses all kinds of ‘magic’: on the web and in
the movies. You could call it a sci-fi twist I guess.
And the voices pop up in my head at odd moments. Like when I went to see The Mummy II (or The Mummy Returns),
the masculine voice exclaimed, “Whoa! We didn’t have magic like that!”
Or a few months ago, out of the clear blue while watching a TV show totally non-related (to anything Egypt or Tut),
the masculine voice whispered, “Carter touched something of mine, and he was mine. He had
to find me.”
I had to jump up and find paper and pen to write it down.
What do you mean ‘historical perspective’? published where?
I know my websites are lacking or …
am changing them as we exchange ideas.
Graphics, edits, aims, posts, articles, feeds, etc. on all of them.
I did not make up the story out of my own head as you seem to think.
I do not channel. I do not believe I am a re-incarnation of anyone, and if I am, I hope I
remain ignorant of it, as it is hard enough dealing with my own karma I create in this
When the ‘visions’ or ‘voices’ or ‘muses’ speak to me, I usually have a clear indication
who is speaking. There was an incredible one a while back that had to be Ankhesenamen
about Horemheb and Tut’s injury. And it is still valid even after Zawi’s Cat-scan show. (and even after the most recent discoveries. edit: Nov 28, 2013)
And don’t feel bad.
Sci-Fi twist is probably apt. Even Tut would agree.
This email is going to be posted (finally) on Tales of King Tut’s blog.
My esteemed reader, Dr. Edmund Meltzer, just replied to my ? if “Sun Child, Prince of Egypt” was a children’s book:
“ It didn’t strike me as a children’s or “YA” novel, but as a mature novel, though its
central character is a boy who is very naturally portrayed.
“.. a title like “Tales of King Tut” could sound like a short story collection rather
than a novel (like Sax Rohmer’s Tales of Secret Egypt, for instance).“
He still wants me to fix the chronology of the use of cartouche for the ‘Aten’.
but that was part of the inspiration I got from the ‘Muses’.
I believe that Tut’s spirits were released into the world when Carter totally unwrapped
him and stripped his tomb.
Long enough ‘historical perspective’ ramble,