Some Words with a Mummy is a satirical short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
Doctor Ponnonner invites the narrator to his home to take part in a mummy unwrapping.
It was first published in American Review: A Whig Journal in April 1845.
The narrator is invited to take part in the unwrapping and autopsy of a mummy. The scientists find the body in a surprisingly good condition. As the title suggests, the mummy is very much alive, due to his special genes and the unusual way he was embalmed.
But it is not a horror story! Actually, Allamistakeo is a very sophisticated and polite mummy, having a lofty conversation with the men gathered there.
The story starts hilarious, and it is overall quite funny, though I quickly got bored as the company tried to impress the mummy. The ending is great.
“This story is a satire of two things. First the popular interest in Egyptology and mummies during the time that this story was written. Secondly the prevailing thought that in the West humanity had reached the height of civilization and knowledge due to the scientific and industrial revolutions.” (Wikipedia)