an unpublished excerpt from the memoirs of Ambrose Horne
"It's the most confounded conundrum." Professor Carter, head of Egyptian Studies at the Museum of P____, passed the fragile fragment of papyrus to Horne. "In every other image we possess, Imhotep's lance... a representation of his manhood, as I am sure you are aware... is as impressively erect as any man could wish. Only in this particular fragment do we see it in this state As if...."
"As if," Horne said firmly. And then, "poor Imhotep. I hope it was not a lasting affliction."
And so begun an adventure that would convey Ambrose Horne, Victorian England's most erudite eroticist, to the furthest extremes of sexual pleasure... and the darkest depths of primeval perversion; one that would test his powers of deduction as sorely as it would challenge his powers of manhood. It was the Very Strange Case of the Impotent Imhotep.