Pharos the Egyptian (1899) by Guy Boothby


Guy Boothby (1867-1905) was born in Australia but spent most of his career in England. A professional writer, his most famous work is the Dr Nikola series – a sequence of five novels about a criminal mastermind determined to take over the world with the help of the occult. Boothby was tremendously prolific. His writing career took up only the last decade of his tragically short life, but during this time he produced over fifty novels.


Presented here is one of a handful of overtly supernatural novels written by Boothby. First published in 1899, it is typically late-Victorian in its concerns about contamination by a foreign other from the fringes of occidental Empire – in this case the eponymous Pharos, a grotesque Egyptian with a talent for mesmerism, who harbours an astonishing and deadly secret. Also included are three of Boothby’s best-known ghost stories, taken from his collection The Lady of the Island (1904).

Pharos the Egyptian [Kindle]

Pharos the Egyptian [Epub]

Pharos the Egyptian [PDF]

The text of Pharos the Egyptian is from Project Gutenberg. The text of the extra stories are from ebooks at Adelaide.

2 thoughts on “Pharos the Egyptian (1899) by Guy Boothby

  1. cmikolj Carol M.

    Many thanks for giving us the chance to read this author once again. I had read (and enjoyed) the Dr Nikola series before and come across a few other works by Boothby. Pharos was a little slow in places, becoming more of a travelogue sometimes; and Pharos’ secret is pretty obvious from the outset. However, it was an enjoyable read and Boothby’s description of the final scene is cinematic in its vividness. Compare this with his own story ‘A professor of Egyptology’ which covers similar ground and, being shorter, maybe packs more of a punch.

    1. stylesofdying Post author

      Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I should emphasise that, on this occasion, there wasn’t much work involved as the text was taken from the Project Gutenburg and ebooks @ adelaide websites, so was already decently proofread. Honestly, we’re spoilt by the internet nowadays!

      I agree Pharos is slow in places, certainly compared to Dracula (for example) which is from the same period and has similar themes. I thnk it makes up for it in atmosphere though, especially in the London sections.


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