The King in Yellow

The King in Yellow

by Robert W. Chambers
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The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Song of my soul, my voice is dead;//
Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed//
Shall dry and die in//
Lost Carcosa.//

With this song, taken from the fictitious drama of "The King in Yellow", the collection of early horror stories by the same title opens. The first four stories are connected by the theme of this fictitious drama which drives those wo read it insane as well as by a mysterious and malevolent supernatural also entity known as "The King in Yellow".
The other stories in the book do not follow the macabre theme of the first four, and most are written in the romantic fiction style which characterise Chanbers' later work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496078759
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933) was an American author and artist. He was a prolific writer and enjoyed great success during his lifetime, with an output comprising works of romance, adventure and science fiction, as well as some books for children. However, it is principally for his weird and supernatural stories, and in particular this collection, which is regarded as one of the most important works of American supernatural fiction, that he is remembered today.

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King in Yellow 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall I liked it. A collection of short stories, the first several of which have a common theme where the play The King in Yellow, which supposed has the power to drive it's readers mad, appears. The supernatural, science fiction and horror aspects I quite enjoyed. The last few didn't have that common theme. I liked the first stories better than the latter. Even though it was quite obvious where the stories were headed they were entertaining. I'm not sure if I've read some of them before or if those plots have been used in other stories/media. The last couple of stories revolved around late 19th century Paris and rather than any supernatural events they were more like romances. The Repairer of Reputations came out in 1895 but was set in 1920. The projections bothered me a little simply because I had to remind myself that it was written 25 years before it was set. Outside of the setting, the story is about a man recently released from a doctor's care who is under the impression he has a divine rite to rule America as King and seeks the assistance of a sick recluse who advertises he can influence reputations. 4 stars The Mask is the story of a sculptor who discovers the formula with the ability to turn living things into perfectly sculpted stone. This ends in tragedy for the sculptor and those around him. 5 stars In the Court of the Dragon involves the mental deterioration and hullucinations of a man in church in Paris. 3 stars The Yellow Sign surrounds an artist, the model he falls in love with and the creepy church yard guard. Of course it comes to a bad end. 4 stars The Demoiselle D'ys was my favorite of the stories involving a man who gets lost in the moors gets found by a pretty young woman out enjoying falconry. 5 stars The Prophets' Paradise was a series of little scenes that, quite frankly, didn't seem to have much of a narrative. It seemed more like just some random ramblings, stuff someone might write as an exercise to get started rather than something you would publish. 0 stars The Street of the Four Winds was a little short story of a man who befriends the cat of a neighbor, then follows it home. This was the last of the stories I actually liked. 4 stars. The Street of the First Shell took place in Paris during a siege by the Germans. I kept waiting for the supernatural twist but it never came. It was more of a romance than anything. The expectation may have influenced my enjoyment of this story somewhat. 2 Stars The Street of Our Lady of the Fields was a once again a romance, but done better than the previous story. Involving art students and the women they are involved with. 3 stars Rue Barree was another little romance story set in Paris involving some of the same characters of the previous story. I didn't enjoy this one as much as Our Lady of the Fields. 1 star The eBook was formatted well with no obvious errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Chambers had stuck with the horror genre all the way through instead of the tonal whiplash of switching to  war story and Bohemian romance schlock, this would have garnered at least three stars.  The Bohemian stories were such a slog to get through that I almost gave up on finishing, and I honestly can't remember the last time I  did that. If you MUST get this book, read the horror stories and ignore the rest.
hailrobonia More than 1 year ago
Lovecraft and the Call of Cthulhu corpus make many references to Chamber's "the King in Yellow", and this book is worth checking out. Not as overtly supernatural/pulp as Lovecraft's stories, this is still an interesting and creepy story of mysterious madness.
Steash More than 1 year ago
An excellent read if you like this genre. Not to be overlooked. Brilliantly creepy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes off well then falters and wobbles all over the plaxe.
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Google scanned copy of expired copyright classic. First few paages are scanned, then the text begins. Unfortunately their ocr leaves a lot to be desired and the text is barely readable. Low rating for the file, not the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Missing pages.
Ryan Clouston More than 1 year ago
For whatever reason this copy would not download for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a good version at all. Avoid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not understand anything in this book! :-(