About Mummy Tombs

James M Deem Biography

I grew up watching old mummy movies on Chiller Theater—and was engaged by their scary plots. I never gave a thought to the history and science behind mummies, though. Only later, when I saw my first bog body in the British Museum (his name is Lindow Man) did I decide to write a book. I hope you enjoy reading the information I have put together for you.

I was born in Wheeling WV, but I have also lived in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, and New York. I have been an educator for 30 years. I earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Kansas and  a master's degree and doctorate in education from the University of Michigan.

At the start of my career, I taught high school students in rural Kansas and Michigan. For almost thirty years I instructed college students from Detroit to New York City how to read and study better.

A lifelong writer (I wrote my first real story in the fifth grade), I won a Hopwood Award for writing at the University of Michigan in 1975. In 1988, my first two children's books were published. Since then, I have published over two dozen books, all but one for children and young adults.

My wife is a retired school librarian. We currently live in southern Arizona and are the parents of four children.

My Books 

Bodies from the Ice

a book about melting glaciers and the bodies discovered there


Bodies from the Ash

a book about ancient Pompeii and the human remains (turned into plaster casts) found there


Bodies from the Bog

an award-winning look at the life and times of the bog people with many rare photos included


How to Make a Mummy Talk

a tour of mummies (both natural and human-made) around the world


Faces from the Past: Forgotten People of North America

a book about the facial reconstruction of historic remains found in North America


If you'd like to know more about me and the books I've written, please visit my author website at www.jamesmdeem.com.