The King in Yellow

The King in Yellow


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I cannot forget Carcosa where black stars hang in the heavens; where the shadows of men's thoughts lengthen in the afternoon... I pray God will curse the writer, as the writer has cursed the world with the beautiful, stupendous creation, terrible in its simplicity, irresistible in its truth - a world which now trembles before the King in Yellow.

The four uncanny and terrifying tales contained between these covers are all linked by their reference to a certain notorious play, a cursed, forbidden play that has spread like a contagion across the world, a play in which the second act reveals truths so terrible, and so beautiful, that it drives all who read it to lunatic despair: The King in Yellow.

These stories are some of the most thrilling ever written in the field of weird fiction. Since their first publication in 1895 they have become cult classics, influencing many writers from the renowned master of cosmic horror H. P. Lovecraft to the creators of HBO's True Detective.

Contains: ‘The Repairer of Reputations’, ‘The Mask’, ‘In the Court of the Dragon’, ‘The Yellow Sign’

Title:The King in Yellow
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    The King in Yellow Reviews

  • Bill Kerwin

    As all those addicted to weird tales have known for years, The King in Yellow is one of the seminal books of modern horror fiction. It inspires, and continues to inspire. It prompted H.P. Lovecraft to...

  • Jamie

    I've only recently discovered this whole King in Yellow mythos and learned of its profound influence on Lovecraft and others in the genre. The four stories here make up the core of this mythos, each f...

  • Mir

    Well, that was different.I mean, both different from other books and different from what I expected. "The King in Yellow" is a fictional book that the characters in various stories read. We readers of...

  • Joseph

    The term "weird fiction" could have been coined to describe “The King in Yellow”. First published in 1895, and recently reissued in a deluxe "gift edition” by Pushkin Press, it features elements...

  • Sam Quixote

    This edition of Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow collects four of the original ten stories, omitting those standalone tales that don’t have anything to do with the King in Yellow “storylin...

  • Gavin Hetherington

    I spent a week reading books from Buzzfeed's 'Books That Traumatised Readers' list to see if the books really were that traumatising. You can check it out here:

  • Faith  Cantrell

    The first time reading this book, it came upon the form of all ten stories, in a first edition copy given to me by my Grandmother. I seem to return every ten years or so, to peek into the worlds belon...

  • REMEMBER UKRAINE NOW ReadingReindeer

    Review: THE KING IN YELLOW DELUXE EDITION (Pushkin Press) by Robert W. ChambersI first read this short collection 18 months ago, in April 2016, in an earlier edition, and I fell in love with the weird...

  • Alex (The Bookubus)

    This is a wonderful collection of four short stories that is clearly very influential in the horror/weird fiction genres but not nearly as celebrated as it should be, so it's great to see this Deluxe ...

  • Matt Herzog

    CARCOSA TIME, BABYYYI'll be the first person to admit that, like many, the only reason I picked up this book is because I'm an absolute fanatic for season one of True Detective (JUST season one, jesus...