I’d love to identify a short story I read in an anthology that must’ve been printed in the 80s or 90s.

The main character is a museum curator and she’s working late studying a statue of an Egyptian god. She learns that the recent attacks of vandalism were perpetrated by the night watchman who wants to destroy “heathen” artefacts. There’s a confrontation and she’s saved somehow by the god.

  • Is the curator attacked and tied up or immobilised in some way by the night watchman? I have a vague memory of a story along these lines. – John Rennie Aug 9 '19 at 6:50
  • @JohnRennie I don't remember, but there's definitely a confrontation between them and she calls on the god who's statue she's studying. – thsutton Aug 11 '19 at 23:04
  • This sounds like a combination between The Red Pyramid and Aru Shah and the End of Time... But those are both standalone books, so that can't be right! – voldemortswrath--inp.repl.co Aug 15 '19 at 0:26

This sounds a little like The Night at the Museum.

The 2006 film is based on a 1993 children’s picture book and according to Wikipedia a junior novelisation also exists.

On his first night at the job, he wakes up to find all of the dinosaur skeletons have vanished. He finds nothing looking around the museum, Central Park, and at the planetarium next door. Eventually Hector discovers that the dinosaurs come alive every night, and rather than keep the museum safe from the world outside, his job is to keep the world outside safe from the dinosaurs inside.

In the film version IIRC, the current guard is planning to rob the museum and leave the new guard to take the fall.

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    Whilst somewhat similar I don't think this matches that well. IIRC the night watchman doesn't vandalise at all, either the new or the old one(s). And it's not Egyption gods but actual Egyptian mummys. – TheLethalCarrot Aug 6 '19 at 15:22
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    Not to mention that the protagonist (and viewpoint character) is the night watchman, not a curator. – DavidW Aug 6 '19 at 15:25
  • @TheLethalCarrot honestly I didn't think it was a super match myself. But it shares the general gist and I've seen worse matches actually be right before. And if not, hopefully it will inspire someone else by association. – Jontia Aug 6 '19 at 15:25
  • Aye it's always worth a try, it just doesn't seem that close to me but we shall see! – TheLethalCarrot Aug 6 '19 at 15:26
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    Thanks for the suggestion. There are a few similarities but the story I'm trying to find is pretty much just the single short episode and just the three characters -- the curator, the watchman, and the god. – thsutton Aug 6 '19 at 23:31

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