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The King in Yellow

Chambers, Robert W. (Book - 2002)
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A classic and exquisite tome of terror from Robert W. Chambers.
Authors: Chambers, Robert W. (Robert William), 1865-1933
Title: The king in yellow
Publisher: Doylestown, Pa. : Wildside Press, [2002]
Characteristics: 256 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Robert W. Chambers
Notes: "An Alan Rodgers book"--P. [4] of cover
"Originally published in 1895 by F. Tennyson Neely"--T.p. verso
Contents: The repairer of reputations
The mask
In the Court of the Dragon
The yellow sign
The Demoiselle d'Ys
The prophets' paradise
The Street of the Four Winds
The Street of the First Shell
The Street of Our Lady of the Fields
Rue Barree
ISBN: 1587155419
Branch Call Number: FICTION CHAMBERS
Subject Headings: Horror tales, American
Topical Term: Horror tales, American
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A photographic reprint of an early edition, the characters in "True Detective" reference "The Yellow King" but the first four tales are essential to the mythos. Magic and cosmic history blend within the narrative frame of a book that would eventually influence the Necronomicon.

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Jul 18, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Like many viewers last winter, I was initially mesmerized and then a little disappointed by HBO's intense thriller "True Detective." I liked that it had hints of a supernatural element and there were references to a little-known book of weird fiction, "The King in Yellow," a collection of interconnected short stories that came out in the late 19th century and was an influence on Lovecraft. (See the below link for more connections to "True Detective.") The early stories will be of the most interest to fans of the show focusing on the mysterious title character and a play that drives men mad, while the later ones are rather dull and plodding tales set in Europe. Also see the stories of Thomas Ligotti.


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