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Grammar Ghoul Press – Shapeshifting 13 #47: If It Weren\’t for the Pharaohs

I dipped the jar into the rancid liquid, trying not to barf in it.\’You have to bring back proof\’, they\’d said, as if the body — drained of its vital fluids — wasn\’t enough.Curse the Pharaohs and their transgressions …


It\’s been forever since I checked out a Grammar Ghoul prompt but the name (Shapeshifting) and the idea behind the current set of prompts drew me in. I provided above 39 words as directed. While the photo was an inspiration, it made me think of my favorite film, The Abominable Dr. Phibes. For those uninitiated in the fabulous nature of this movie, suffice it to say that there is gruesomeness afoot that involves variations of the 10 Biblical plagues of Egypt, also known as the Curse of the Pharaohs, which include the curse of blood. In that segment, a very unfortunate Terry-Thomas is drained of all his blood, which of course differs from the Biblical account of all the waters of Egypt turning to blood. You get the idea, right?

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4 Comments on “Grammar Ghoul Press – Shapeshifting 13 #47: If It Weren\’t for the Pharaohs

    1. You’d think they would, huh? After all, it seems that photography would be like magic to the Pharaohs 🙂 However, there’s something sort of Mafioso about bringing back such tangible evidence …

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