At the end of Anne Rice’s The Mummy, the centuries-old Egyptian pharaoh Ramses the Damned has given the elixir of immortality to his lover Julie Stratford, the heiress who first introduced him to the world of Edwardian England.
Meanwhile, Ramses’s former lover Queen Cleopatra awakens in a remote hospital in the Egyptian wilderness, having somehow survived the fiery train explosion that should have destroyed her. The murderous queen (who spent two thousand years as a corpse before Ramses brought her back to life) wastes no time in seducing a doctor and planning to track down Ramses and everyone he cares about. The book finishes with the statement “The Adventures of Ramses The Damned Shall Continue.”
That was twenty-nine years ago.
It’s been a long wait, but readers finally get to learn what happened next.