The King in Yellow

The King in Yellow

Book - 2005
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"A series of vaguely connected short stories having as a background a monstrous and suppressed book whose perusal brings fright, madness, and a spectral tragedy, [yet] achieves notable heights of cosmic fear in spite of uneven interest and a somewhat trivial and affected cultivation of the Gallic studio atmosphere made popular by Du Maurier's 'Trilby.'"--Introduction.
Publisher: [Rockville, Maryland?] :, Wildside Press, LLC,, [2005]
ISBN: 9781557423689
Branch Call Number: SS CHAM
Characteristics: 189 pages ; 23 cm


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JCLMattC Oct 20, 2019

Highly influential to the likes of Lovecraft, Chambers' strange tales are perfect for Halloween reading.

Jul 20, 2019

Being such an influence on Lovecraft, I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, I was a bit underwhelmed. However, this is an abridged version. Only four of the original twelve stories are included. I plan to read a full edition to better judge this work.

Jun 29, 2015

Be advised that the book is printed with an exceedingly small font size (like 4 to 6 point) and will be extremely difficult to read for anyone with vision problems or who is middle-aged or older with the usual need to wear reading glasses. This is baffling and frustrating. Why would anyone print a book with such tiny letters? It's a very very thin book too, so there doesn't seem to be any point in trying to save space.

It is also not well-laid out, with each story beginning immediately after the last with no formatting to clearly separate them into chapters. I'm choosing not to read it and instead have requested a copy from a different publisher through Link Plus in hopes of a better reading experience.

Jul 18, 2014

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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