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Lost in a Pyramid or the Mummy's Curse

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868).

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“And what are these, Paul?” asked Evelyn, opening a tarnished gold box and examining its contents curiously.
“Seeds of some unknown Egyptian plant,” replied Forsyth, with a sudden shadow on his dark face, as he looked down at the three scar
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ebook, 17 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by NuVision Publications (first published January 16th 1869)
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Peter
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This is a tale about two explorers getting lost in a pyramid in Egypt. To alarm their guide they first burn the wooden coffin of a mummy and then the mummy itself. Well, it was the mummy of an Egyptian sorceress. Will her curse fall upon those desecrated her dead body? Paul's soon to be wife finds some seeds and plants them. Will those ancient seed turn into something? What about Niles, the other explorer, who already planted the seeds? Captivating eerie tale about an Egyptian sorceress and her ...more
Mir
Aug 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: egypt
Wow, Louisa May Alcott wrote a mummy-curse story? Will check it out.
Emily.acg
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-otoño-2020, 2020
4.5
No me suelen gustar los relatos pero este estuvo bueno, ágil, bien escrito y con un buen final xd
Pipi
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good, as short as it is it's nothing too wonderful or anything, but it's ok. ...more
Haizea ✨⭐
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esa mezcla entre romance y maldición ha sido una buena combinación.
Esther
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En un relato muy cortito que me ha gustado pero que no he disfrutado suficiente por la pésima calidad de la traducción que he leído.
No he leído mujercitas, así que, creo es buen momento para hacerlo :)
Alicia Romero
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente relato!
Diana
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
Con romance y tragedia, así me gusta 😈
Paloma orejuda (Pevima)
Pues... sin ser nada del otro mundo, me ha gustado más que los relatos de momias que he estado leyendo últimamente (uno de Poe y otro más moderno).
Nos habla de un hombre que se pierde en una pirámide y regresa con una caja con semillas y una maldición.
Es directo y aunque el final es predecible, cumple con su misión de entretener.

En fin 3 estrellas sobre 5, porque tampoco se le puede pedir más.
JD Sutter
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting and creepy little tale about an Egyptologist. A tad predictable, but still enjoyable. If you like dark stories it's worth a read. ...more
Yibbie
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
A nice little Victorian horror story. The hero, the dashing Victorian gentleman, rescues his professor from the doom of wandering eternally amongst the mummies. On impulse, he brings back a memento pried from long-dead fingers. The heroine, young and thoughtless as befits a Victorian maiden, then tampers with an ancient curse. But surely there is nothing in it?
This is where the sci-fi-ish part of the story starts. It’s really wild, but I’ll let you find out just how material or immaterial the
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Franky
I must admit in my ignorance I never knew that Alcott had written a horror story. This is a very quick read that one can handle in one sitting. "Lost in a Pyramid or the Mummy's Curse" deals with two explorers who are in an Egyptian pyramid who stumble upon a mummy who was an Egyptian sorceress. Within the story, there is an ancient curse and a bit of the supernatural.

This was probably more like a 3.5 stars for me. I actually did enjoy it but I just overall wish that there was more to the story
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Julia
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nö, fand ich doof, vor allem das Ende.
Izzati
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
If beauty could kill...

The short story was beautifully written, but there was nothing out of the ordinary about it. I enjoyed it, but I would have preferred something darker.
Miriam Chiaromonte
Ricordate il famoso romanzo, Piccole Donne, che ha reso celebre L. M. Alcott? Ebbene, dimenticatelo! Questa è un'altra storia - una ghost story dai toni tetri e dall'ispirazione esotica, che vi farà fare un salto nel passato fino all'antico Egitto! Con riferimenti a una materia non usata solitamente nella trattazione di simili ghost story, ossia lo studio delle piramidi e delle mummie, Alcott invita il lettore a immergersi in una narrazione ricca di suspense che, grazie all'utilizzo di elementi ...more
Brit
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listened to this on the Classic Tales Podcast today. It was an entertaining short story. It was predictable but that’s alright, especially when it’s an old story that may (or may not) pre-date tropes. It’s well written and a fun quick listen or read.
Vircenguetorix
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Redescubierto a finales de los años 90, este relato de la célebre autora de "Mujercitas" tiene sobre todo el valor de hablar de maldiciones, momias, pirámides en 1869 cuando el tema no había eclosionado literariamente -que sí, social y artisticamente dándose una egiptomanía- y que sería un pistoletazo de salida ya definitivo para los innumerables relatos que proliferarían sobre momias en el último tercio del siglo XIX.

El relato fuera de eso no tiene gran interés, parece un precursor de los libr
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Kirsten Simkiss
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A classic mummy story. If you've ever seen a mummy movie, you should know never to disturb their rest - and certainly never to take their treasures. Of course, these characters were blissfully unaware of such a danger as they had no such resources to fall back on. Instead, they desecrated a sorceress's wooden casket, stole her treasure, and even burnt her remains for firewood until they were to be rescued. This story is a study in why you should respect the dead, especially in a tomb. ...more
Alejandra RL
Podrían ser tres estrellas, pero la traducción deja mucho que desear.
Es un relato corto gótico, muy al estilo del siglo XIX. Lo que me gustó es el final que la autora le dio a la maldición, definitivamente algo peor que la muerte, una buena venganza por perturbar el sueño eterno de los muertos.
msleighm
Audiobook. (Book: 4; narration: 2).

Luckily it's very short!
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Iza
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Short but interesting.
Deanna
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a cute and interesting short story. Tells of the folly of taking something from the past that is best left alone if not understood.
Cindy DeLong
Kept me interested, but I wasn't expecting such a dark ending. ...more
Sarah
Sad story of a bride that was caught up in a mummy's curse of her husband's. Eerie and romantic- a good October read. ...more
Marcia
Another dark story by Louisa May Alcott. I liked the characters much better than those in "A Whisper in the Dark." ...more
CasS7792
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Letto in italiano sul blog "Duecento pagine" con il titolo "La maledizione della mummia" nella traduzione di Gioacchino Di Maio. ...more
M.D. Fryson
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting short story of flower that carries a curse.
Catherine  Mustread
Listened to this on Classic Tales Podcast. Predictable but entertaining.
Kathy Nealen
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Unusual (for Alcott) creepy horror short story. She must have desired an exotic location.
Michael
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I love that Louisa May Alcott also wrote genre stories. This is a pretty good one that deserves its two titles. The first half is a harrowing survival story about being lost in a pyramid; the second half reveals the creepy result of that exploration.
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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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