Imprisoned With The Pharaohs, the tale on which HP Lovecraft famously acted as ghost-writer for Harry Houdini, is the latest full-cast audio play from the incredibly talented team from the HP Lovecraft Historical Society.
In the tale, Houdini visits Cairo hoping to tease out the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. He gets more than he bargained for as he runs afoul of a gang of dubious bedouins who plunge him headlong into a terror filled adventure beneath the pyramids. Will Houdini be able to make the most difficult escape of his storied career, or will he join the untold legions of the dead waiting in the darkness?As ever, the play is presented in the style of a 1930s radio drama and, if you purchase the CD, comes complete with an impressive array of the period props that the HPLS is understandably famous for.
This collection of prop replicas includes:
- a newspaper clipping from the Egyptian Gazette (Cairo's English language newspaper at the time) reporting on the disappearance of a senior official from the Cairo Museum of Antiquities
- a handwritten Egyptian postcard from Harry Houdini himself to tycoon Charlie Tower
- the playbill from the Houdini vaudeville show at the American Cosmograph theater in Cairo
- an archeological analysis of the purported Sarcophagus of Nitocris at the Cairo Museum
If you're a fan of the HPLS's CDs, then you might want to check out another new addition to their catalogue: The Miskatonic University Monograph: The Curious Sea Shanty Variants of Innsmouth, Mass, which comes with a "companion compact disc features fourteen songs, performed by professional singers and boisterous shantymen with traditional accompaniment".
You can listen to samples on the site.
The "scrimshawed megladon shark's tooth, carved by an Innsmouth sailor" - aka the Tooth of Dagon - is also available. (NB. it's actually a cast replica of a real megalodon shark tooth fossil)