Long before the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 or Boris Karloff’s film portrayal of “Imhotep” ten years later, legends of the Mummy enthralled readers of the Western world. The Gothic horror tales collected in this anthology reflect the Victorian fascination with Egypt’s oldest inhabitants.
In Curse of the Mummy, four master storytellers of the nineteenth century share gripping tales of cursed plunder and injudicious flirtations with eldritch magic.
THE MUMMY’S FOOT by Théophile Gautier
from Musée des familles, Vol. VII (1840)
AFTER THREE THOUSAND YEARS by Jane G. Austin
from Putnam’s Magazine, Vol. II (1868)
LOST IN A PYRAMID, OR THE MUMMYʻS CURSE by Louisa May Alcott
from The New World Magazine, Vol. I (1869)
LOT NO. 249 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
from Harperʻs, Vol. LXXXV (1892)
This anthology has been newly compiled, edited and typeset by Fox Editing for the Supernatural Fox Sisters’ Supernatural History Series. These works were collected from various digital and print editions in the public domain and are presented unabridged. The original spellings have been retained, while some archaic punctuation has been lightly modernized.
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About the Author
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Little Women is loosely based on Alcott's childhood experiences with her three sisters.
Table of Contents
The Mummy’s Foot by Theeophile Gautier 1
After Three Thousand Years by Jane G. Austin 17
Lost in a Pyramid, or the Mummy’s Curse by Louisa May Alcott 35
Lot No. 249 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 49
The Authors 93