Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® - Imprisoned with the Pharaohs

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® - Imprisoned with the Pharaohs

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"The pyramids by moonlight. They have a ghoulish menace which one just doesn't see by daylight."

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre®: Imprisoned with the Pharaohs lets you hear this eerie tale of Egyptian mystery as it might have been dramatized for radio in the 1930s. Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® presents HPL's story with a huge cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Troy Sterling Nies. Click here for more information about our other Lovecraft stories in the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® series. It's like a movie you can enjoy with your eyes closed.

In 1924, Lovecraft ghost-wrote this story for the celebrated magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. 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?

In addition to the full radio drama on CD, you'll get these carefully made props from the story to enhance your listening experience:

• 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

All of these great extras are complemented by the fantastic artwork of illustrator Darrell Tutchton in the style you've come to know and love from other episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre®. The CD edition includes a free MP3 download of the show.

Or Download Now. You can skip the props and CD, and download a high-quality MP3 of the show right now and be enjoying it in just a few minutes. It's available as a single audio file or a collection of multiple chapter files. It's eco-friendly, with no shipping or tax charges!

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Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
Roger Schumacher
Enjoyed this adaptation

Interesting take on this one. I felt they rushed the scenes under the pyramids with Houdini but the set up was really well done and flushed out. Good atmosphere and the soundtrack added much to the story.

My Favorite DART

I must say this is now my favorite Dart edition. And as a German I am thankful that the German archeologists actually speak German and not a German sounding gibberish. Absolutely fabulous production. Thank you very much for this experience.


Ancient Egypt’s great monuments and elaborate burial practices have cast long shadows over one strand of Western horror tales, notably after the rediscovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922, and the “Mummy’s Curse” tales the media helped circulate subsequently. Lovecraft’s foray into this region in 1924 (and despite being ghost-written for Houdini, the story always felt more Lovecraft than Houdini to me), captures nicely the mood of the horror options here, with his own twist, naturally. This DART adaptation necessarily expands upon the one-person narrative of the story considerably. Those changes work well in the main, except where much of the Cosmograph variety show segment takes too long, and adds little to the whole. Moving the timeline up to the eve of the Great War in July-August 1914, from Lovecraft’s 1910 setting, adds an extra note of suspense, possibly influenced by the Indiana Jones pulp-style movies. The props in the full CD version are of the normal HPLHS high-quality, including a handy map in “The Egyptian Gazette” newspaper. I was intrigued to spot that old perambulator, Mr. Ardath Bey, listed as a guest at the same hotel as Prof. Nate Ward in the same news cutting, although I thought his Egyptian travels had begun only in 1921, as reported on film in 1932. A letter, Cosmograph tickets, and a set of Egyptian postcard props are available to freely download from the main HPLHS website for this DART episode too, don’t forget. Splendid fun!

Chris Dingsdale

Okay so its not Lovecrafts best story nor a mythos tale but for me at least the original text oozes charm, atmosphere and pulp adventure. So enjoyable, its a delight from start to finish.

DART's adaptation possibly even improves on the original story and just works perfectly in this format!

The story and cast additions and changes never detract from the story and the radio / audio format is perfect for that final act ramping up the atmosphere and conveying the isolation of the characters 'Under the Pyramids' (so to speak...).

The whole package wth the props is just so much damn fun.

Settle back in the armchair. I'd reccomend bourbon (on the rocks) as your sole travelling companion........

Christopher P Crossley
Harry Houdini himself!

I love the mix of history and the fantastical! Harry Houdini and Bess were fun characters...and I really enjoy the continued inclusion of Professor Nate Ward and Charlie Tower. It really makes these radio dramas seem like a living breathing world.