Imprisoned with the Pharaohs

Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Co-author: Harry Houdini
Published: 1924
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,748 / 32 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,971
Added to site: 2010.07.01
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Genres: Short Story, Horror
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onument that the famed tomb of Perneb was found--more than four hundred miles north of the Theban rock valley where Tut-Ankh-Amen sleeps. Again I was forced to silence through sheer awe. The prospect of such antiquity, and the secrets each hoary monument seemed to hold and brood over, filled me with a reverence and sense of immensity nothing else ever gave me.

Fatigued by our climb, and disgusted with the importunate Bedouins whose actions seemed to defy every rule of taste, we omitted the arduous detail of entering the cramped interior passages of any of the pyramids, though we saw several of the hardiest tourists preparing for the suffocating crawl through Cheops' mightiest memorial. As we dismissed and overpaid our local bodyguard and drove back to Cairo with Abdul Reis under the afternoon sun, we half regretted the omission we had made. Such fascinating things were whispered about lower pyramid passages not in the guide books; passages whose entrances had been hastily blocked up and concealed by ce

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2011.08.03
Tina
****.

Interesting novella. It purports to be a report of the experience of Harry Houdini in Egypt. Although he constantly reminds us that most of what he remembers was probably a dream or hallucination, itís really quite creepy, and certainly would give anyone with claustrophobia nightmares! Good read - fast-paced and atmospheric.


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