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The Goosebumps book in which a mummy returns, but not the one from the last mummy adventure.

A year has passed, and Gabe is once again visiting his uncle Ben and cousin Sari in Egypt, where Ben has finished excavating the pyramid. Or he's excavated another pyramid; it's unclear. Anyway, Ben's colleague, Dr. Fielding, urges him not to open up the inner chamber due to it being explicitly cursed. Dr. Fielding proceeds to act shady for the entire book. Could he know more than he's letting on? Well, at least the heroes can trust the beautiful journalist from the Cairo Sun who is obviously only taking a professional interest in the happenings.

This book was loosely adapted in to the ninth episode of season 1 of the TV series, with a novelization based on the episode being released as book 4 of the Goosebumps Presents series.


It was reissued in the Classic Goosebumps line in 2010 as a companion release to Slappy New Year!.

The book provides examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch: When Ben's team breaks the second seal into Prince Khor-Ru's tomb, he looks into the chamber and says they've made a big mistake... then happily adds that it's because they underestimated the value represented by the tomb, which is worth so much more than they expected.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Once again, Ben's mummy hand is key to victory, though it's integrated somewhat better into the story.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: This book has an explicitly supernatural antagonist, while the last one just had an amoral human.
  • Crystal Prison: Gabe receives an amber pendant holding a scarab. Inverted with Nila's identical pendant, which is empty. Except at night, when she turns into a scarab and crawls inside in order to keep herself alive. She ends up being reverted to a scarab when Khor Ru destroys her pendant.
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  • Horrible Judge of Character: You'd think Ben would be wary after trusting Ahmed, but nope, he totally trusts Nila.
  • Mummy: Naturally. The group's goal is to find a dead one, but he ends up coming back to life. Which he isn't happy about.
  • Pseudo Crisis: Chapter 3 ends with a mummy walking out of the pyramid, staggering towards Gabe, his uncle and cousin. The start of the next chapter reveals it's just one of Ben's friends, who'd been shooting a commercial for Sticky Bird Bandages at the pyramid that day and agreed to hang around and help Ben play a little prank on Gabe and Sari.
  • Red Herring: Turns out Dr. Fielding is on the level. It's Nila who is the villain.
  • Series Continuity Error: The events of the first book are constantly said to have happened last summer, when it actually took place over Christmas vacation. This was fixed in the Goosebumps Classics reprint. Additionally, Gabe claims he is older than Sari when the previous book said she was two months older. This one wasn't fixed.
  • Uncertain Doom: It's said repeatedly that the bite of a scarab is instant death. The book ends with Gabe feeling a pinch or bite from something... after it was noted that Nila's scarab form had escaped earlier. No direct sequels have been made since, leaving it up in the air as to whether he was killed or if it was Sari just playing another prank like she did earlier.

The episode provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: Fielding is cut out.
  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: Instead of Gabe being pinched, the episode ends with The Summoner sneaking into Gabe's suitcase, following him home.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book, Khor Ru backed off after attacking Nila, as he just wanted to rest. In the episode, he goes after Gabe even when Nila is taken care of.
  • All There in the Manual: The Goosebumps Presents book reveals that Gabe's last name is Sadry.
  • Un-Installment: This book was adapted while the first book was not. While no explanation has been given, it's likely to the darker nature of the original book and the sequel taking place mostly in the one location made it easier to adapt on their budget.