The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories

The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories Every story of The King in Yellow has something riveting about it so perfectly realized they became the model for much of twentieth century horror fantasy New York PressOne of the most important work

Every story of The King in Yellow has something riveting about it so perfectly realized, they became the model for much of twentieth century horror fantasy New York PressOne of the most important works of American supernatural fiction since those of Poe, The King in Yellow was among the first attempts to establish the horror of the nameless and the unimaginable A t Every story of The King in Yellow has something riveting about it so perfectly realized, they became the model for much of twentieth century horror fantasy New York PressOne of the most important works of American supernatural fiction since those of Poe, The King in Yellow was among the first attempts to establish the horror of the nameless and the unimaginable A treasured source used by almost all the significant writers in the American pulp tradition H P Lovecraft, A Merritt, Robert E Howard, and many others it endures as a work of remarkable power and one of the most chillingly original books in the genre.This collection reprints all the supernatural stories from The King in Yellow, including the grisly Yellow Sign, the disquieting Repairer of Reputations, the tender Demoiselle d Ys, and others Robert W Chambers finest stories from other sources have also been added, such as the thrilling Maker of Moons and The Messenger In addition, an unusual pleasure awaits those who know Chambers only by his horror stories three of his finest early biological science fiction fantasies from In Search of the Unknown appear here as well.

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The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories

  1. Robert William Chambers was an American artist and writer.Chambers was first educated at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute,and then entered the Art Students League at around the age of twenty, where the artist Charles Dana Gibson was his fellow student Chambers studied at the cole des Beaux Arts, and at Acad mie Julian, in Paris from 1886 to 1893, and his work was displayed at the Salon as early as 1889 On his return to New York, he succeeded in selling his illustrations to Life, Truth, and Vogue magazines Then, for reasons unclear, he devoted his time to writing, producing his first novel, In the Quarter written in 1887 in Munich His most famous, and perhaps most meritorious, effort is The King in Yellow, a collection of weird short stories, connected by the theme of the fictitious drama The King in Yellow, which drives those who read it insane.Chambers returned to the weird genre in his later short story collections The Maker of Moons and The Tree of Heaven, but neither earned him such success as The King in Yellow.Chambers later turned to writing romantic fiction to earn a living According to some estimates, Chambers was one of the most successful literary careers of his period, his later novels selling well and a handful achieving best seller status Many of his works were also serialized in magazines.After 1924 he devoted himself solely to writing historical fiction.Chambers for several years made Broadalbin his summer home Some of his novels touch upon colonial life in Broadalbin and Johnstown.On July 12, 1898, he married Elsa Vaughn Moller 1882 1939 They had a son, Robert Edward Stuart Chambers later calling himself Robert Husted Chambers who also gained some fame as an author.Chambers died at his home in the village of Broadalbin, New York, on December 16th 1933.

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  1. This is a collection of short stories from an American writer who is not widely known these days He is also credited with having influenced some horror writers including H.P Lovecraft This collection mentions horror in its title this is misleading as only first four stories can be qualified for this genre Some blurbs mention the stores have common theme of fictional book The King in Yellow present in them think about it as a small and much less harmful version of Lovecraft s Necronomicon this is [...]

  2. I finished reading The King In Yellow and I m feeling pretty good about myself I feel satisfied that I ve finally read this horror classic and I feel somewhat enlightened about the HBO show True Detective.The KiY consists of a total of 8 stories 4 horror, 1 ghost, 1 war and two romance y type tales The horror tales were my favorites of the collection, most especially The Repairer of Reputations These shorts were loosely connected by a play in book form titled The King in Yellow Anyone who reads [...]

  3. The Repairer of ReputationsA re read.This story is wonderfully weird and disturbing on several levels Set in a future 1920, the world has made several steps toward peace and stability I m not sure I like them, and I m also not so sure the author does, either The introductory segment drags on a bit, reminding me a bit in style of Edward Bellamy s Looking Backward 1888 Then, the story really startsOur narrator lets us know that after a fall from a horse, he was unjustly confined to a mental instit [...]

  4. Just read Ambrose Bierce s An Inhabitant of Carcosa instead Really Read it It is brief, timeless, and creepy three things Robert Chambers tries too hard for in The King in Yellow The King is Yellow is gimmicky copycat weirdness.The King in Yellow is a sub collection of the first five stories of this book The five short stories have a mythology and structure taken from Bierce s short story Chambers stories also share slight interconnections beyond the concepts of Carcosa, Hali, and the King in Ye [...]

  5. The stories in THE KING IN YELLOW are beautiful and wicked, and are required reading for true horror enthusiasts THE KING IN YELLOW is also the title of a book within this book in these stories, anyone who reads the fictional book of the same name goes mad This concept is what inspired H.P Lovecraft to come up with the concept of the NECRONOMICON a book that drives the reader insane The stories are in this collection are told in a somewhat leisurely fashion, but stick with them They re truly mar [...]

  6. 5 Stars for the wonderful opening story The Repairer of Reputations although i wonder if wonderful is the correct word after all, this is a story that opens with a bizarre, sometimes dire alterna history leading up to a 1920s America where on lookers gather to contemplate terminally dispirited disportment within suicide abetting Lethal Chambers and after this bit of surprising strangeness, the reader is plunged right into the mind of a classic Unreliable Narrator the poor lad struck his head aft [...]

  7. There s something disquieting about reading a science fiction story written in the late 1890s and set in the fabulous future of 1920.This was a bit of an odd one a short story collection, but the stories themselves were two disparate halves kind of welded together The stories in the first section for which the book is best known were fabulous in the literal sense of the word , to one degree or another, including the aforementioned SF story The Repairer of Reputations , The Yellow Sign , The Demo [...]

  8. Outside of Poe and Lovecraft, The Yellow Sign may be the most influential horror story ever written It is the bridge between Gothic, Decadent, and Modern in horror Unfortunately Chambers killed a lot of other trees One of the most popular authors of his time, he is almost forgotten except for the slim little volume known as The King In Yellow He wrote mainly unreadable sappy romances and unadventurous adventures Lovecraft agonized over Chamber s wastage of his talent.The Yellow Sign is probably [...]

  9. This is one of many books I ve purchased because the cover is cool and I ve never heard of it or the author before I read it concurrently with The Sketchbook of Washington Irving, which turned out to be a very appropriate pairing From the Introduction which I would recommend reading afterwards, as the stuffy though astute editor might turn you off from the ensuing book I gleam that Chambers was one of a million forgettable, forgotten writers of copious crap in an olden age nobody really knows or [...]

  10. I m guessing this is the same collection I ve read The Restorer of Reputations or whatever is a great and fascinating horror story with a nice twist and a good amount of atmosphere to it, but the rest of it is far from horror That said it s all fairly amazing, except for a severe lack of good and snappy endings, but it doesn t reach the levels of other masters of the genre HP above all of course The best stories are actually the love ones, with the very last one being particuarly touching.

  11. The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories is a collection drawn from four books of short stories The King in Yellow 1895 , The Maker of Moons 1896 , The Mystery of Choice 1897 , and In Search of the Unknown 1904 These twelve stories are certainly dated and might not be counted among the best short fiction ever written, but they all have their moments There is an excellent Introduction which tells the reader about Robert Chambers and each of the tales.While there may be flaws in the stories, I [...]

  12. Had this been only the first four or five stories out of the ten , I would have rated this four stars easily, and I feel like my two star rating is a bit punitive I might come back and re score it a 3 or even a 4 when I don t feel as deceived.The first four stories are horror stories concerning a book called The King in Yellow, a play which has an effect on its readers, causing strange visions and erratic behavior They contain some really interesting imagery and tantalizing glimpses into the boo [...]

  13. THE KING IN YELLOW and OTHER HORROR STORIES is a collection of stories based upon the book The King in Yellow , and then some stories at the end that quite frankly didn t seem to have anything in common with the earlier ones I have to admit that the horror stories were my absolute favorites to the extant that even though I didn t care at all for some of the later ones, I m still giving this collection a solid four stars based on the strength of the tales I DID like.The horror tales are are loose [...]

  14. The King in Yellow is a medieval play infamous for inducing madness and despair among its readers, a monstrosity denunciated by pulpit and press, the one its author shot himself for bringing forth.It is fictional.This book contains concatenated weird macabre and amazing short stories, built around the above mentioned infamous and forbidden play.They are fictional too.It would be probably safe to tag above collection as proto lovecraftian since passing references to the Yellow King, Hastur and La [...]

  15. I ve heard about this book for twenty some years now, ever since reading James Blish s short story More Light in the out of print collection Alchemy and Academe Finally I got my hands on it and had a chance to read through the origin of the King in Yellow mythos.The introduction to this volume, by E.F Bleiler, is worth reading, as it sets the expectations well for what you re about to read Bleiler is no fan of most of Chambers work and makes no secret of it I was surprised to learn that Chambers [...]

  16. A classic of weird horror, The King in Yellow is a collection of short stories Well, the first four stories are weird horror classics Related only by the existence and influence of the play The King in Yellow, the second act of which will inevitably drive mad any who read it, they re a set of nicely atmospheric set What will really linger in your mind is the concept of the play, which we never get than brief glimpses of I d say this is probably what makes the reputation of the book.These are fo [...]

  17. I never realized until recently that Lovecraft admired and tried to emulate a few of this author s horror feel, that his stories are the godfather of the Cthulhu mythos Strangely enough, the prose is fluid and compelling in a way that Lovecraft couldn t match Of course, it isn t Lovecraftian prose, but the weight of the mythos that draws so many fans, but it was a pure delight to see spark that lit the fire for generations of horror fans around the world.

  18. The first four short stories Fantastic The third one of four In the Court of the Dragon was probably my favorite piece of late 19th century horror fiction, well served and set up by the two stories that came before After the four short stories came some very quick vignettes Ultra short stories Only a few lines each, but effective and interesting An example THE GREEN ROOMThe Clown turned his powdered face to the mirror If to be fair is to be beautiful, he said, who can compare with me in my white [...]

  19. Read via Project Gutenberg, not this edition Chambers, along with Lovecraft, is one of the grandpappies of the contemporary horror genre, and these are his masterwork a series of connected short stories and novellas about a mysterious play also called The King In Yellow that drives a reader mad The play itself is never than vaguely described the stories are about the effects it has on the minds of those who read it, and their subsequent actions This is precisely the type of horror I love there [...]

  20. What a disappointing book The first four or five stories in the book are very effective horror stories that sort or revolve around a play called The King in Yellow To read this, in several of the stories, drives the reader mad Those stores kind of relate to one another, in tone and in the way the horror works out, and I thought I was in for a real treat But the stories that comprise the second half of the book don t relate to or mention the King in Yellow or the yellow sign, and are instead kind [...]

  21. I liked the stories, connected with the Yellow King very much, as well as those with mystical feel, but the last three were kind of boring to me, so between four stars in the first half of the book and two in the second one my average and final rating is three stars.

  22. The first set of stories, all connected to the King in Yellow, are quite fascinating, but when you go further on reading the last three, which make up a huge part of the book, the collection changes its tone to become almost unbearably uninteresting Such a shame Of course, this review concerns the whole book, but the outcome would be certainly different if we were to appraise only the King in Yellow stories.

  23. One of the first things I did with my ereader was to download free, public domain works _The King in Yellow_ was one of them.This is a curious collection of stories In the universe of these stories, there is a two act play, titled _The King in Yellow_ which has been denounced and even banned for its deleterious effect on those who read it Sometimes a few lines of the play are given The play is a curious mixture of science fiction and the 19th century Decadent movement So in one story, one charac [...]

  24. A short take I read this nearly a year ago, and yet, flipping through it now and perusing the odd paragraph, many of these stories, along with their eerie plots and weird doings, come back to me and remind me of the great satisfaction I experienced in these pages I am fascinated by the fact that King in Yellow stands out as an odd entry among Chambers large career of now forgotten prose Whatever compelled him to pen these stories, I am so glad that we can enjoy them, today.Some favorites Repaire [...]

  25. Inspired by the HBO series True Detective I broke down read this in the last half of October 2014.It was almost Halloween and I always read H P Lovecraft his spawn when the leaves on the trees start changing colors Lovecraft was allegedly a Chambers devotee, so I felt it incumbent upon me to give it a try.Made it through King and a couple of others but finally gave it all up.Also read a few tales by Ambrose Bierce before going back to Lovecraft to wrap up the scary season.To sum it up I did not [...]

  26. The first few stories of the collection are riveting and eerie I thoroughly enjoyed the madness, picking this up after hearing about the literary references in True Detective The fun tapers off and becomes kind of tedious by the end of the book There were some good surprises and fun, scary narrative Enjoyed those parts.I d give the first half of the book five stars and the second half two So, three and a half stars total.

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