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Would you send a Valentine to your Mummy?

Roger Luckhurst gets to the bottom of a mysterious Valentine’s card sent to an artefact housed in the basement of the British Museum. In True Tales from the Crypt he unwraps the historical truth hidden behind the layers of fearful speculation about the Walter Ingram mummy curse. The story of the British adventurer who brought back a supposedly cursed mummy from Egypt, travelled through Victorian society, praying on the minds of Victorian writers and emerging in popular fiction and film. He speaks to British Museum curator John Taylor and to Walter Ingram’s granddaughter Anne Bricknell.

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