KINGS OF MEMPHIS: Elvis and Tutankhamen
KINGS OF MEMPHIS is a strange and truly wondrous trip that begins 3,400 years ago when Tutankhamen was King.
The facts are carefully researched in this 68,000-word novel of two kings and the worlds that loved them.
KINGS OF MEMPHIS begins when ancient, detailed and exacting instructions of Tut’s carpenters were inadvertently reversed. The doors of King Tut’s shrine should have opened to the West so he could emerge and walk directly into the afterlife. Instead, on February 16, 1923 the doors opened to the East and the unthinkable happened. The shadowy young Pharaoh Tutankhamen began his walk not into the other world but rather this world.
In 1923 the famous Curse of Tutankhamen was unleashed until 1935 when the misfortunes appeared to have stopped, the year the new King of Memphis, Elvis Presley, was born.
There is a striking resemblance between the Mask of Tutankhamen and the likeness of Elvis.
Both are more famous in death than they were in life.
Their beloved Mothers died early and each had only one Queen.
The deaths of Tut and Elvis have elements of mystery and are still pondered today.
Both were victims of famous patient syndrome.
Each of the king’s funerals were prolonged and all of Memphis grieved.
Both graves were raided.
Both had 14-year-old brides.
Each king was musically talented and played the guitar.
Tut and Elvis toured the United States extensively.
Memphis, Tennessee now hosts concerts at the Pyramid Arena and displays many Tut artifacts.
Tut had a brother who preceded him in death and Elvis had a twin brother who also died before him.
Elvis co-wrote and recorded a song entitled “I Was Born 10,000 Years Ago” which chronicles his life in ancient Egypt.
Startling parallels between the two boy kings of Memphis are apparent to even the most casual observer.
Both funerals were royal processions.
Headlines across the world read, “The King is Dead”, and Memphis is awash with tears.
The speculation and parallels in KINGS OF MEMPHIS are based on fragments of Elvis’ life, his song titles and his late night conversations about the metaphysical. These observations are threads of fact from the fabric of this tale of two icons. The fictional parallels are compelling and sometimes campy as you might expect. Song titles reveal the chapter synopsis and symbols are revealed as “what if’s?”
Elvis dreams of a time when he is once again playful Tutankhamen playing his guitar and writing songs. He travels with his entourage, falls in love with Sataiu but married his young bride, the beautiful dark haired Ankhesenamen.
Fiction: Or Not?
~The silver bolt of lightning, Elvis’ TCB symbol, flashed across the sky on the day the tomb’s contents were raided in February 1923.
~Tut desires to reincarnate, his soul wandering the world till he finds one who is destined to reign over a new Memphis.
~Elvis visits the San Francisco Museum of Art King Tut Exhibit where he experiences flashbacks of a prior lifetime as the young Egyptian monarch.
~Elvis and Priscilla marry at the Aladdin with ‘Cilla looking for the world like young Ankhesenamen with her mile high hair and Egyptian make-up.
~Elvis’ quest to learn about the metaphysical is constant from the early 1960’s and Colonel Parker and Priscilla try to burn his books. His own Colonel, Horemheb, and wife Ankhesenamen undermined Tutankhamen, and they tried to get him to relinquish his belief in one universal God.
~Elvis becomes suspicious that his entourage is out to undermine him; just as Tut was creating a loyalty test for his two closest advisors Horemheb and Ay. Tutankhamen wrote a fable, The Sultan of Luxor, as the test for faithfulness.
~In 1977 Memphis, Elvis steps from his bed and realizes he has sand on his feet from his ancient dream travels.
~Elvis reaches for a book and falls on the floor in one last sleep. He walks into eternity where he is reunited with his beloved Sataiu.
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