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My girl’s gonna be popular soon (well, maybe)

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I wonder if this will have any impact on my sales.
Yes, I’m as mercenary-minded as they come, but really, bear witrh me.
Here are the trailers for the forthcoming reboot of the Mummy franchise.

Now, to be completely honest, my interest in this movie is not very high – I liked the first Brendan Fraser Mummy movie, great pulp entertainment, but the rest of the series bored me somewhat.
This new one does not tickle my fancy.
Oh, I’ll see it, one way or another, sooner or later, because, you know, it’s in my field and all that, but I’m not overly eager to buy a ticket.

But now turns out the mummy of the movie is the mummy of an evil Egyptian queen called… Amunet.
And that sort of rings a bell, so to speak.

Back when I first wrote Bride of the Swamp God I only had the male lead’s name – he was called Sextus Aurelius Aculeo, because that was the name I had used in a series of posts on my Italian blog to illustrate how I build stories and create characters.
Aculeo’s name already gives us his background if we know how to read it.

So, as I wrote Bride, I first thought about Nitocris for the female lead, as a nudge and a wink to my fellow pulp-fans and Call of Cthulhu players, but it was not what I was looking for.
Therefore I checked an online list of Ancient Egyptian names and picked Amunet for a number of pretty straightforward reasons:

. it was Egyptian and female
. it meant “the Hidden One”, which was sort of neat
. it was the name of a minor deity (which fit the ego of Amunet’s dad)
. it sounded good with Aculeo… Aculeo & Amunet, there, nice for a series.

And now Aculeo & Amunet have been around for a while, and there’s a few new stories in the works, and all of a sudden Amunet is going to become really popular.
Google-search popular.

And I wonder if this will bring me more sales.
Granted, there’s been an Amunet already, in Penny Dreadful and portrayed by the stunning Eva Green, and that did not bring much in terms of sales.
But who knows, maybe now that Tom Cruise’ s involved…

I better hurry with those new stories.



Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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