Monday, August 4, 2008

The Malignant Mummy

PLUS: A bonus “True Ghosts of History” mummy tale quickie from the Aug-Sept 1949 issue of Adventures into Unknown Worlds #6



7 comments:

Absinthe said...

I've actually heard the legend that a cursed mummy brought the Titanic down... although it could never be proved. Very cool stuff.

Anonymous said...

I HEARD THIS STORY TOO ABSINTHE YEARS AGO BUT I CANT REMEMBER WHERE. I THINK MAYBE IT WAS SOME OLD RIPLEYS BOOK OR SOMETHING. DO YOU REMEMBER HOW YOU HEARD IT?

Emby said...

The story of a mummy sinking the Titanic is total hogwash. The ship's manifest lists everything on board the doomed vessel, and there is no mention of any sort of mummy thereon.

In fact, the story of a cursed "Egyptian princess" was concocted by an English journalist named T. William Stead, who spun the story around a sarcophagus lid he saw in the British Museum. Not a mummy, just a wooden "mummy board". Stead was not only a newspaperman, but also an avid spiritualist. When he was traveling to America at the behest of President Taft, he entertained his fellow passengers with the "cursed priestess of Amun-Ra" mummy story, finishing just after midnight on April 13, 1912.

When the Titanic sank, T. William Stead was among those who perished.

100 percent true. Look it up.

Karswell said...

Titanic Curse story here for those interested:

http://www.geocities.com/titanicandco/curse.html

And also, coincidently another mummy makes news today, here:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20080804/sc_livescience/greekmummyfoundinleadcoffin

Chuck Wells said...

Okay, it's unlikely that a mummy curse sunk the Titanic, but that whole "Bismarck-being-done-in-by-sea-serpent" gaff is probably just intended to piss off the Brits.

The Vicar of VHS said...

Well, I know for a FACT that the Hindenburg was brought down by Mothra, and I can prove it.

I just need a few days to get the artifacts back from where they're on loan in the Duke's curiosity gallery...

Karswell said...

>that whole "Bismarck-being-done-in-by-sea-serpent" gaff

You may be right Chuck. Same can be said for John Cobb's disasterous boat accident on Loch Ness in '52 while attempting to clinch the fastest man on water record. This accident is now attributed to a simple boat wake, but many then and now still claim that he hit Nessie.

>Well, I know for a FACT that the Hindenburg was brought down by Mothra

Ha ha, it is also believed that treacherous Mothra air currents were responsible for Evel Knievel's foiled Snake River Canyon Jump.