The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth

Edited by Rebecca Buchanan and the Editorial Board of Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Foreword by Inanna Gabriel

Price: $14.99 (paperback)
Publication Date: 18 August 2011
Place of Publication: Asheville, North Carolina
ISBN: 1466223278 / 9781466223271
Pages: 192 pp
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.5″x8.5″

He was Creation’s First Storyteller. To soothe a wrathful Goddess, ibis-headed Thoth spun tales of honor and greed, love and treachery, Gods and princes and pirates. Entranced, charmed, Her rage cooled, the Goddess returned to heaven. Order was restored.

And so it is in His name that we dedicate this collection. Here, modern Pagans and polytheists continue that ancient tradition, weaving stories of creation and loss, death and rebirth, humor and courage, transformation and destruction. From the banks of the Nile to the icy north, from modern-day Kansas to far future alien worlds, these tales sing of the grace and glory of the Gods, and Their place in our lives.

Additionally, nonfiction essays explore the place of Thoth in ancient Egyptian theology and literature; the contemporary Pagan romance publishing scene; and the use of the Green Man and the Fool as archetypes in modern fiction. A select timeline lists important polytheist and Pagan works of fiction, from ancient times through the modern era.

In His name: Thoth, Thout, Tetu, Techu, Zehuti, Tehuti, Djehuty. The Scribe of Ma’at. The Lunar Librarian. Lord of Divine Words. Creation’s First Storyteller.

The Scribing Ibis is the latest devotional anthology in Neos Alexandria’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina series, a collection of books dedicated to the Gods of Greece, Egypt, Rome, and the surrounding regions. It is also the first in a new line of anthologies featuring contemporary Pagan/polytheist fiction.

[Read the Patheos interview with editor Rebecca Buchanan!]

It can be purchased in paperback format from our online store and Amazon and and Barnes and Noble. It will be available in a variety of ebook formats from Smashwords shortly. If possible, though, we would ask you to purchase it through Createspace since that will give Bibliotheca Alexandrina a higher portion of the royalties without changing the price for you. Why does that matter? Because all of the proceeds from The Scribing Ibis – as well as many of the other volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina series – will be used to help promote the revival of the worship of the ancient Gods, with a portion of the proceeds given to a worthy charitable organization in their name.  So, not only will you be getting a wonderful book featuring stories about Thoth, Ker, Maaemo, Loki, Ares, Baron Samedi, and many others – but your money will be going to do good work and help the revival of ancient polytheistic religions.

ATTENTION Librarians, Teachers and Retailers: The Scribing Ibis is also available at reduced cost for academic institutions, lending libraries (public and private) and retailers. Check our online store, or email with any questions.

We are rebuilding the Library of Alexandria one book at a time!


“Thoth” by KS Roy — ii

Dedication — v
The Fires of Thoth by Teresita Garcia — vi
Foreword: Blessed Be the Mythmakers by Inanna Gabriel — viii
Introduction by Rebecca Buchanan — x

Birth by Erynn Rowan Laurie — 1
Persephone’s Travels by John Drury — 3
The Story of Philemon and Baukis by Amanda Sioux Blake — 7
The Gallisenae by Jhenah Telyndru — 9
Balbilla’s Reply by Michael Routery — 22
Sinikka Journeys North by KA Laity — 28
Power of the Gods by Steven Gepp — 37
Corrupting Influence by Brandon Cracraft — 47
Anything for a Tale by Melia Suez — 62
Yewberry by Alison Leigh Lilly — 66
Like Herding Cats by Gerri Leen — 73
Unlock by Ashley Horn — 80
Aunty Zee by Diotima Sophia — 84
Godwin’s Law by Jason Ross Inczauskis — 88
Crossroads by Rebecca Buchanan — 103
Reunion by P Sufenas Virius Lupus — 105
Over the Rainbow by Eric Scott — 117
Mother Blood Sky by JD Revezzo — 128
The Myth-Shifter by Star Foster — 131
The Resurrection of Samhain by Quincy Allen — 135

Appendix A: The Nature and Functions of Thoth in Egyptian Theology by Edward P. Butler — 143
Appendix B: A Pagan’s Inspirational Romance by Mary K Wilson — 158
Appendix C: The Green Man and the Fool: Pagan Archetypes in the Fiction of Laurie R King by Literata — 162
Appendix D: Select Timeline of Pagan and Polytheist Literature, and Related Texts by Rebecca Buchanan — 168

Our Contributors — 173
About Bibliotheca Alexandrina — 179

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