Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

A God of ancient Egypt, involved in the central Isis and Osiris Myth. He resides in the Underworld, and as the god of cemeteries is a more than normally noticeable Liminal Being, whose image – he has the head of a jackal – has been familiar for many centuries. He appears with some frequency in fantasy, especially Dark Fantasy. He can be found, for example, in Roger Zelazny's Creatures of Light and Darkness (1969) and in Tim Powers's The Anubis Gates (1983). [JC]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.