“Under the Pyramids” was ghost-written by Lovecraft for Harry Houdini, the first of several small (but lucrative) jobs. They had even planned to collaborate on a book called “The Cancer of Superstition,” but Houdini died before it could be completed. Lovecraft’s continued association with Houdini could have changed the course of Lovecraft’s career, but we cannot know for sure. (And we covered speculation yesterday.)
Today’s story has elements both in and out of harmony with Lovecraft’s usual subject matter. It contains horrible revelations of an expected sort, but it’s also notable in that it allows the protagonist to survive with sanity intact. Lovecraft used a great deal of “artistic license” to punch up Houdini’s supposedly true adventure in Egypt, but as it was about Houdini himself, it would be difficult to structure the story differently.
Your assignment today is 200 words or less on any aspect of today’s reading – your choice. What do you think of Houdini’s tale?
Note: Assignments will be shorter this week to accommodate work on the final project.
Reading: Under the Pyramids
Task: 200 words or less on any aspect of today’s story