Monday, 29 October 2012

A Mummy Story for Halloween

As Halloween approaches ever closer, another Victorian story to get you in the mood is Lot No. 249 written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  It tells the tale of an Egyptian mummy (the so-called Lot No. 249 of the title) which is magically brought to life and used as a tool of revenge by its 'owner', an Oxford college student.

This short story was written in 1892 and was the first piece of fiction in which a mummy was portrayed  as an evil figure of horror - a genre that grew in popularity within the 20th century.

Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was a keen spiritualist who sought to prove existence beyond the grave.  Commenting on Lord Carnarvon's death, he believed it was due to 'elementals' created by the guardians of Tutankhamun 's tomb.

 Lot No. 249 is one of two short stories that Conan Doyle wrote about Egyptian mummies - the other being The Ring of Thoth written in January 1890 for The Cornhill Magazine.



Image - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Biography

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