Russian photographers made a nocturnal climb to reach the summit of one of Earth’s most mysterious and enduring monuments
THE GREAT PYRAMID at Giza, close to the magical chaos of Cairo, has looked mockingly back across history for forty centuries. From the scribes of Ancient Greece and Rome to Victorian occultists, 20th century Pyramidologists and 21st Century robots, many have tried to fathom the meaning and probe the secrets of this incredible feat of mathematics, astrology and engineering. Vadim Makhorov, Vitaliy Raskalov and friends took a rather more direct approach and just climbed up it. Something that has been banned by Egyptian authorities since the 1980s but is allegedly made possible by guards for the right bribe. The photographers have since apologised. However, their images need no apology. A spectacular glimpse of the magic Egypt has always enshrined within its tombs, temples and long dead cities. Beautiful!
Houdini produced a magnificent tale of supernatural terror in 1910 when he found himself kidnapped by a tour guide and thrown down a deep hole near the Great Sphinx, which is close to the three main pyramids. While attempting to find his way out, Houdini discovered a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and a vast ceremonial cavern populated with nameless things with human bodies and animal heads – finally encountering the true deity that inspired the construction of the Sphinx. The story was actually written by H.P.Lovecraft for Weird Tales magazine (Imprisoned with the Pharaohs) leading many to speculate that Houdini simply made the story up. In the same way that many have claimed the Necronomicon is just a fabrication of weird science fiction. Check out the Anti-FAQ by Colin Low for more on this point.
The Great Pyramid features in the novel God Seed – a near future Cyberpunk adventure where British documentary film-maker Adam Kyle is dragged halfway across the world, and beyond, in a desperate struggle to stop minions of the Cthulhu Mythos from tearing down the boundaries of the Quantisphere and unleashing the horrors of the Outer Chaos. The novel features the human avatar of the Messenger Nyarlathotep and takes Kyle into the heart of this monstrous creature’s power and madness.
Crazed Gods and Monsters aside, the photograph of the view from the top of the Great Pyramid is a reminder of the epic power wielded by men and women who were themselves considered gods by the people around them. What humans can do when there’s a will.
By David J Rodger
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Adam Kyle, acclaimed documentary film-maker, is in England, embedded within a group of corporate mercenaries. It’s to be yet another feather in his cap. But when the operation goes terribly wrong, Kyle finds himself battling for his life, his sanity, and maybe even his very soul as a new and dramatic story unfolds, dragging him across the globe…and beyond.
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