Beware the curse of the mummy is something that doesn't just come from horror movies. The famed story about what happened to Howard Carter and is men still have people that believe he was cursed and not just a scientific theory.
- 1699 was when the first horror story involved a mummy's curse. ("Life: Strange But True.")
- Some tombs and mastaba (early tombs) were engraved with actually curses, but there is no theory that they actually worked.
- The tomb of Ankhtifi contains the warning: "any ruler who... shall do evil or wickedness to this coffin... may Hemen not accept any goods he offers, and may his heir not inherit".
- Lord Carnarvon was the first victim of "Tutankhamun's curse."
- In 1869, The author of "Little Women," Louisa May Alcott wrote a short story about mummies and curses that was called, "Lost in a Pyramid: The Mummy's Curse."
- The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed that there was a deadly fungus that grew in enclosed tombs and once they were released from the air, that's why people died suddenly. He believed that was a way that the dead got back at grave robbers.
- Legends about the "Curse of the Pharaoh's" started around the 7th Century.(GizaPyramid.com)
- According to research there was no curse found inscribed in the tomb when Carter and his men opened it.
- Curses written in tombs according to sources were rarer after the Old Kingdom.
So that's just some things that surround mummy curses from stories written about them and facts about supposed curses through the ages.