Mini: Houdini Trapped Beneath the Pyramids

The History of Egypt Podcast

A tale of terror and tombs. In 1924, Weird Tales magazine published “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs” (aka “Under the Pyramids”). A short story in which Harry Houdini, world-famous escape-artist, illusionist, and advocate of rationalism, came face-to-face with horrors beyond his comprehension. The tale is work of horror, ghost-written by H.P. Lovecraft. It is a fun story, worthy of the genre.

Logo image: The statue of Khafra / Khephren in Cairo’s old museum (Photo Dominic Perry).


  1. Story Part One: 00:01:40.
  2. Story Part Two: 00:38:39.
  3. Commentary: 01:18:50.


  • H.P. Lovecraft, “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs,” Weird Tales magazine at WikiSource.
  • R. Emrys and A. M. Pillsworth, ‘Harry Houdini Versus Cosmic Horror: “Under the Pyramids”’,, <> accessed 12.27.2023.
  • D. Harms, Cthulu Mythos Encyclopedia: A Guide to the Horrors Created and Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft (3rd edn, Chelsea, 2012).
  • S. T. Joshi and D. E. Schultz, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia (2001).
  • H. P. (Howard P. Lovecraft, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft (2014).
  • D. Norris, ‘Lovecraft and Egypt: A Closer Examination’, Lovecraft Annual (2016), 3–45.

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