Brood of the Witch-Queen

Brood of the Witch Queen The strange deeds of Antony Ferrara as herein related are intended to illustrate certain phases of Sorcery as it was formerly practised according to numerous records not only in Ancient Egypt but al
  • Title: Brood of the Witch-Queen
  • Author: Sax Rohmer
  • ISBN: 9780809501397
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brood of the Witch-Queen
    The strange deeds of Antony Ferrara, as herein related, are intended to illustrate certain phases of Sorcery as it was formerly practised according to numerous records not only in Ancient Egypt but also in Europe, during the Middle Ages In no case do the powers attributed to him exceed those which are claimed for a fully equipped Adept.
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  • Sax Rohmer

    AKA Arthur Sarsfield Ward real name Michael Furey.Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward 15 February 1883 1 June 1959 , better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist He is best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr Fu Manchu.Born in Birmingham to a working class family, Rohmer initially pursued a career as a civil servant before concentrating on writing full time.He worked as a poet, songwriter, and comedy sketch writer in Music Hall before creating the Sax Rohmer persona and pursuing a career writing weird fiction.Like his contemporaries Algernon Blackwood and Arthur Machen, Rohmer claimed membership to one of the factions of the qabbalistic Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn Rohmer also claimed ties to the Rosicrucians, but the validity of his claims has been questioned His physician and family friend, Dr R Watson Councell may have been his only legitimate connection to such organizations It is believed that Rohmer may have exaggerated his association in order to boost his literary reputation as an occult writer.His first published work came in 1903, when the short story The Mysterious Mummy was sold to Pearson s Weekly He gradually transitioned from writing for Music Hall performers to concentrating on short stories and serials for magazine publication In 1909 he married Rose Elizabeth Knox.He published his first novel Pause anonymously in 1910 After penning Little Tich in 1911 as ghostwriter for the Music Hall entertainer he issued the first Fu Manchu novel, The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu, was serialized from October 1912 June 1913 It was an immediate success with its fast paced story of Denis Nayland Smith and Dr Petrie facing the worldwide conspiracy of the Yellow Peril The Fu Manchu stories, together with his conventional detective series characters Paul Harley, Gaston Max, Red Kerry, Morris Klaw, and The Crime Magnet made Rohmer one of the most successful and well paid authors of the 1920s and 1930s.Rohmer also wrote several novels of supernatural horror, including Brood of the Witch Queen Rohmer was very poor at managing his wealth, however, and made several disastrous business decisions that hampered him throughout his career His final success came with a series of novels featuring a female variation on Fu Manchu, Sumuru.After World War II, the Rohmers moved to New York only returning to London shortly before his death Rohmer died in 1959 due to an outbreak of influenza Asian Flu.There were thirteen books in the Fu Manchu series in all not counting the posthumous The Wrath of Fu Manchu The Sumuru series consist of five books.His wife published her own mystery novel, Bianca in Black in 1954 under the pen name, Elizabeth Sax Rohmer Some editions of the book mistakenly credit her as Rohmer s daughter Elizabeth Sax Rohmer and Cay Van Ash, her husband s former assistant, wrote a biography of the author, Master of Villainy, published in 1972.


  • I chose to read this book on a whim as it was a free read from Kindle and I was trying to lessen my exorbitant book purchase costsAll I can say is that I was pleasantly surprised, albeit slightly weirded out by some of the creepy content of this book I enjoyed it from start to finish, and especially loved the incorporation of the Egyptian and Egyptology themes It definitely did not seem as if it was written in the early 1900s The writing style seems much modern, in my opinion I read through, co [...]

  • The review from afar No 22Re revised forward to these overseas reviews Since emulating a yo yo, I continue to rely on the old style Kindle 3G for any non technical reading I tip my hat to the fine folks at Project Gutenberg virtually every title I have or will be reading in the near future comes from them.The Brood of the Witch Queen is a return to Egyptian mysteries rather than that of China for Sax Rohmer He seems to have split his attention between the two if one disallows the Fu Manchu canon [...]

  • Although not the best of Sax Romer s novels, it certainly is one of the creepier and scarier of his works Certainly it is a wonderful book for that cold, dark autumn night while sitting by the fireplace Romer s Brood of the Witch Queen is set around World War I in post Victorian England most of the action is in England with some action taking place in Egypt I especially enjoyed the blending of science and the supernatural with spiders and other bugs, haunting smells and glowing lights, and actua [...]

  • The writing in this book felt surprisingly almost modern I mean, surprisingly for something written almost 100 years ago I also got the impression that the chapters were published in a series of periodicals, the references to earlier events sometimes felt like the author expected people to have forgotten Anyway, not much else to say, liked the whole Egyptologist s ghost story deal, pretty good, quick read

  • A wonderful black magic Egyptian novel that takes place during the early 20th during the height of the Egyptology crazy For the most part the story in this book is fantastic as the adventure of the main characters takes them from London to Cairo has they chase down and ancient evil force of magic There are only a couple of hiccups that make the story less than perfect First, the character development seems less than realistic The son in the book never seems to fully grasp the danger of the magic [...]

  • This was such a random read for me was a free choice for Kindle I m a lover of all things witchy and underworld, so naturally this caught my eye and did I mention, it was free The book starts off fairly quickly and doesn t waste any time jumping into the supernatural I wouldn t say that this got me creeped out or anything, but it was interesting enough for me to keep reading past midnight it felt like watching a really cooky show As several have noted the ending is completely stupid, but that s [...]

  • Fairly interesting story Not nearly up to horror standards of today, but it had its moments Due to this being written in London in the early 1900s, the language can be difficult to follow at times.I would have given this 3 stars, but the ending was like a Steven King ending no idea how it should really end so just do something stupid.

  • This book was written nearly a century ago, so maybe that accounts for my negative feelings about it I guess he was using cheesy phrases and syntax before it was cheesy.The story is not bad, although it s a little too predictable My real issue is the use of over the top language and lots and lots AND LOTS of exclamation points LOTS

  • I liked it It s the WWI equivalent of a full season arc on Buffy where they fight one especially scary vampire.There s a lot of good spooky post Victorian magic in here I especially liked the mummy skull full of magic beetles.The ending is such a resounding anticlimax that I almost like it Rohmer knew he was going to end it fast, too, which is why he was dropping so many hints about it.

  • at times, the tone of this story seemed highbrow, hoity toity, as you re reading along, taking it all in, trying to get a handle on the bad guyis brood who isg things.g things says something w o spoiling itdyou re i was wondering, why why is he well, cause he is the brood of the witch queen and so on and so forth heh hehere s some weirdness happeningese unattached hands kind of an Addams Family sort of thingmember that show Was it Thing or It The hand One of them, thing it was the hairball creat [...]

  • Of the ten books by Sax Rohmer that I ve read, this is among his best Originally serialized, it reads like a collection of short stories as the Father and son team of Bruce and Robert Cairn hunt the evil magician Antony Ferrara across England and Egypt Many of the scenes are quite creepy, and must have pushed the envelope for 1918 The heavily dramatic prose and characterizations might deter some readers, and the ending is abrupt but this book will hold high entertainment value for aficionados of [...]

  • Unique And ImaginativeJust finished Brood Of The Witch Queen and I can say that the story was highly imaginative and kind of fun to read since it was written so long ago Some of the scenes were just so unique and strange I wouldn t call the book particularly scary, but it is well worth reading The characters are sometimes so overly dramatic as to be rather humorous, but that s just because the story was written such a long time ago when women were prone to swooning

  • Wonderful build up of menace throughout the book, and the only thing that stopped it getting 5 stars was that the ending was a bit abrupt It s also an entertaining way to learn about some of the beliefs and practices of ancient adepts When reading Rohmer on the occult, it is always worth keeping in mind that he wrote a very good non fiction book on the subject The Romance of Sorcery

  • Clever, fast paced little adventure by the creator of Fu Manchu In this book, the villain is the son of a 5,000 year old Egyptian sorceress a fun ride, although the ending is very abrupt, almost as if the author had suddenly realized that he was over his work limit or something and had to wrap things up in a hurry.

  • Combines the breathless overheated excitement and adventure and the diabolical criminal masterminds of Rohmer s Fu Manchu and Sumuru novels with all manner of fiendish occult wickedness It s very very pulpy, it s campy and it s trashy, but it s also fast paced, clever, ingeniously contrived and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • I ve read this book first time when I was 12 maybe 15 years old And I loved it So when I piked it up few years ago I was very disappointed Writing was terrible, plot so so, characters plain and whitout any charisma Maybe in orginal was better, but the translation was average.

  • Possibly Sax Rohmer s most supernatural novel As with many of Rohmer s early novels, due to magazine publication, it s as much a collection of short stories, which is fine as most of them are very good, but it also makes for a unsatisfyingly perfunctory ending.

  • was worth reading onceI did not like how the ending was presented and the antagonist s back history was scanty but understandablee protagonist s back history needed explanation

  • A pile of Rohmer s strengths and his weaknesses If you re even the sort who enjoys adventure books of this era, enough to get through the racist sexist POV Race isn t mentioned as much as in Fu Manchu, but occasionally And when the male villain is noted to be effeminate, this is repeatedly called revolting But I do often otherwise like his writing and read these sometimes The settings and atmosphere are a lot of fun, especially in Egypt I probably wish of the book happened there Plenty of creep [...]

  • A mostly decent book by the creator of Fu Manchu First published in 1918, this is another of Rohmer s standalone novels I thought it better than the last book of his I read The Quest of the Sacred Slipper 1914 although not by a lot.The story seems to go in fits and starts, with abrupt transitions One minute we re in Egypt and the next we re returning to England Characters come and go with out much fanfare, even ones that seem like they should he important In one case I think Rohmer just decided [...]

  • Great early 1900s pulp horrorMy dad had a copy of this in his library when I was a teen He was a big fan of Conan Doyle, Lovecraft, and the Egyptian book of the Dead I was a big fan of Bram Stoker and Montague Summers vampire lore I loved reading this again after 45 years, and it was good choice for the first full length book I downloaded to my kindle A fun and scarey read that s hard to put down if you re into this sort of thing Beautifully crafted and easy to pick up The only reason I gave it [...]

  • Unfortunately it was a sign of the times that racist remarks were freely written and accepted by many authors, Sax Rohmer was no different.That sad fact aside, this series of books was written by the masterful Sax Rohmer where there is no dull moment, no chance of catching your breath, and all the reasons why he was such a great author in each book A style all his own written at a time when harlots, whores and racy clothing wasn t needed to capture and maintain a readers attention Fantastic char [...]

  • This is a very interesting book Very fun to read It was written a while ago and it comes through in the writing style and dialog Very antiquated Basically, this is like The Mummy with black magic and such Dialog is like a mummy movie from the 1940s The great thing about this book is that it moves right along Not a lot of time wasted at all It reads like someone telling you a story A very creepy story.

  • Found this rather disappointing It had great potential but the horror moments failed to unnerve me and often they came across as lackluster or melodramatic.The characters were not strong enough to make me feel anything for them The story had some good moments, hence my awarding it two stars rather than one, but on the whole I did not feel engaged by this work I thought the ending was especially lame.

  • I first read this when I was 13 The sun was going down and my parents were out I couldn t move from my chair under they got home, paralyzed with fright Oh sure, this tale of a reanimated mummy living in England is dated, over the top and at some level ridiculous But give it to any 13 year old today at sunset and see what happens when he she reaches the point where the invisible silken cordowlyowlyNO, I WON T TELL YOU

  • A battle against the supernatural, told in pulp fashion The novel was serialized, and it reads that way It commits many pulp sins timely coincidences that save the hero s butt, loose ends that never get tied up, characters who withhold information just to keep the suspense going The ending seems rushed And yet, it was fun to read, and a young John Malkovich would have been perfect if cast as the villain.

  • This is one of Sax Rohmer s non Fu Manchu books It s very much a period Egyptology, magic and ancient evil story Set in 1914 in London and Egypt the whole book reminded me of a Hammer Horror movie If you are into this type of thing then this one is recommended As with most books of this period it s pretty short at 220 pages so a quick read.

  • Another fine story by Sax Rohmer Spooky ancient Egyptian sorcerer shows up in England and uses black magic to kill rich people and acquire their wealth I have read about 15 Rohmer and loved them all.

  • What a creepy, twisted thriller It is set in like Victorian England, with vampires, ancient Egyptian magic and creepy crawly bugs Very good story, I really enjoyed this story Not recommended for the easily creeped out

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