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Khai of Khem

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  316 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Considered by many to be among Brian Lumley's greatest works, the exciting Khai of Khem is little-known in the US. This time-traveling adventure story spans centuries and cultures in Lumley's trademark mix of horror and science fiction, much like his internationally-bestselling Necroscope series. Like the Necroscope novels, Khai of Khem is packed with fast-paced action, ha ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Tor Books (first published 1981)
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Gianfranco Mancini
Action, suspence, thriller, sci-fi, time travel, horror, lovecraftian Cthulhu Mythos references, violence and explicit sex: almost all themes present in Lumley's later (and awesome) vampiric saga of Necroscope are in this early work of the author too, sadly there is too much unnecessary (and disturbing) "sex & violence" here and the ending was just lame for me.
Awesome Bob Eggleton's cover art (view spoiler) rounded up final vote to 3 stars.
Perry Lake
I like Brian Lumley's Cthulhu Mythos stories and I love ancient Egypt, so I went into this one with high hopes. And they were dashed.
I held onto those hopes up until the gang-rape scene. After that, the book becomes an excuse for a series of lurid sex scenes. It's not historically accurate and it's not scary. I will say it's fast-paced.
I still like everything else Lumley has written and those books I recommend. Not this.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nuvalkiota idėja, su neįdomiu turiniu...
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Egiptas visada buvo susižavėjimo objektas, todėl visada prigriebiu knygas, kurios yra šia tematika. Šioji ne tik susijusi su Egiptu, bet ir kiek turi fantastikos prieskonio. Nuo pirmų puslapių įtraukiama į karą, norima atsikratyti faraono, išlaisvinti Kemetą nuo pabaisos, tačiau netrukus paaiškėja, jog vyriausias karvedys Khajus (Khai) yra sužeistas, o pergalė beveik pasiekiama ranka. Todėl netrukus persipina šiek tiek fantastikos, nes paaiškėja, jog karvedžio siela arba Ka nukeliavo į ateitį, k ...more
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lumley departs from the norm with this ancient epic story, blending together such genres as horror and adventure with a little bit of romance and science fiction thrown in. The result is an unwieldy story at first that plods along at a deathly pace – before gradually getting more and more interesting as the characters are explored and we see them developing.

Lumley’s narrative is definitely weird in the opening chapters, with different passages following different characters, a strange trip to t
Feb 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
Lumley makes some really cool scifi/horror/secret agent stuff (like in his Necroscope books) but I'm grossed out by his obsessively freaky racism and sexism. Furthermore, he doesn't have the "product-of-his-time" excuse that someone like Lovecraft enjoys.
I didn't get very far in this one and I'm hard to offend.
Jules Fier
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the author's Necroscope vampire series, with the horror film Life Force reminding me of it, more or less. This was a story that seemed as much inspired by Robert Howard, as it is of HP Lovecraft, and this is pretty much a dark fantasy scif-fi horror adventure in the Howard-ian manner. The story overall takes place in the ancient past, in Egypt, but a part of the book is set in the present. If you like Robert Howard's Conan the Barbarian, Kull the Conqueror, Red Sonja and his Hyborean A ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brian Lumley is one of my favorite authors and this book just adds another reason. It goes places that you never imagined leaving questions unanswered and leaving the reader longing for more. IMO this is one of his best.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of Lumley's best!!!

Khai begins life in ancient Egypt as the son of Pharaoh Khasathut's chief architect. Believing Pharaoh to be a god, Khai is stunned to learn that the supposedly great and wise leader is a shriveled, ancient fossil of a man whose chief desires are to deflower young virgins and achieve eternal life through the powers of his black magicians. When Khai dares to raise a hand to Pharaoh, he is condemned to be a slave.
Escaping, Khai flees to neighboring Kush where he earn
Jason Gusman
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lumley's first novel is considered his best by people for good reason. Lumley puts a neat spin on how the pyramids were built. Khai lives in Egypt. His father holds a good job with the Pharaoh as his head architect. But after Khais' family is killed for trying to protect his younger sister from being enslaved to the Pharaoh's harem, Khai is sentenced to work his life building the pyramids for the Pharaoh. Khai escapes and flees to the neighboring land of Kush. There he becomes a general and fear ...more
Coeruleo Luna
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book was not easy to find, but was worth the difficulty. the story itself starts a bit slowly, but progresses until it truly is a page turner that is hard to put down. i have always been a big fan of lumley's writing, and of ancient egypt and other ancient cultures, so a lumley book set in ancient egypt was a sure thing for me. i love this sort of horror that makes you squirm and feel uncomfortable. the horror here is truly horrific, obscene and delightfully disturbing. a clash of cultures ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Honestly I think I would have liked Khai of Khem more if the blurb hadn't promised me a very different story. I won't quote the dust jacket, because you can click on the cover and read that yourself. Basically only about 5-10 pages were spent in modern day London, and no one was interested in the technological wonders Khai saw there. Otherwise it was a very straight telling of Khai's betrayal by the Egyptian Pharaoh, his escape from Egypt and his returning as an invader to defeat him. The story ...more
Aug 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Otro pal baul de los abandonos. Madre mia que mieLda de libro. Entre que el autor se dedica a torear al lector como le da la gana. Ahora te cuento la vida de este, ahora escena con la reina, ahora escena con el amigo del otro... No tiene ni pies ni cabeza. Aparte de eso, Lumley se dedica a sacar toda la parafernalia sangrientaguarraasquerosa que tenía, porque tiene cada escena que ya no es que de miedo, sino asco asqueroso... Lo siento, pero es que la de la cámara nupcial me dejó con los ojos co ...more
Andy Strutt
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Khai of Khem by Brian Lumley
Reviewed by Andy Strutt

Another absolutely superb novel from the master of horror. Follow Khai as he battles the evil alien Pharaoh and his perverted horrors.
The story was gripping and I could not put it down until I had finished it. There were so many twists and turns it made my head spin.
As usual the characters, even the protagonist himself all have a dark side. You cannot help but feel as if you are in their shoes.
Superb read and highly recommended.
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Mejor de lo que esperaba, pues afortunadamente la mezcla de presente y pasado (o futuro, según cómo se mire) es mínima, sino inexistente. En resumen, una fantasía inspirada en un Egipto anterior al Antiguo Egipto (sí, sí, tal cual), entretenida pero, para mí, bastante intrascendente. Bastante previsible en ciertos aspectos, un poquito ingenua en otros... y sin comentarios sobre el final sobrenatural.
Christopher Ryan
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It started off slow, and I started to wonder if the hype surrounding the novel was misplaced. But it picked up around part three, and the rest of the story was great. It is one of the few books that contains battle scenes during which I didn't get completely bored. And although the ending wasn't what I expected, I was still a huge fan.
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fairly good book. The story feels as though it starts off slow in the first chapters. But, it's a great fast paced read all through the middle. The ending does feel a bit mechanical and awkward, but the quality of the rest of the work leaves this easy to forgive. Overall the book is a great read and has some of those classically-disturbing elements you would expect from Brian Lumley.
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Feb 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
The worst book I ever read.
Fredrick Danysh
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
A time hopping adventure set in ancient Egypt the Khai of Khem has a man searching for his lost love. He has been condemned to be a slave for opposing an evil leader.
Analisa Rocha
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
really amazing story i was hooked from the first page. <3
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Brian Lumley was born near Newcastle. In 22 years as a Military Policeman he served in many of the Cold War hotspots, including Berlin, as well as Cyprus in partition days. He reached the rank of Sergeant-Major before retiring to Devon to write full-time, and his work was first published in 1970. The vampire series, 'Necroscope', has been translated into ten languages and sold over a million copie ...more
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