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"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 Press One 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 Press One 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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"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 Press One 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 Press One 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.

30 review for The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sr3yas

    3.5 Stars Back in 2014 when I was still in college, My friends and I sat down and decided to watch a brand new detective TV show airing on HBO. There were two detectives and ritual murders, two timelines and unknown mysteries. By the time I finished watching a few episodes, I knew I was witnessing one of the best damn TV show ever produced. True detective Season 1. One thing I did not understand while watching the show was the constant reference to the Yellow King and the mysterious lands of Car 3.5 Stars Back in 2014 when I was still in college, My friends and I sat down and decided to watch a brand new detective TV show airing on HBO. There were two detectives and ritual murders, two timelines and unknown mysteries. By the time I finished watching a few episodes, I knew I was witnessing one of the best damn TV show ever produced. True detective Season 1. One thing I did not understand while watching the show was the constant reference to the Yellow King and the mysterious lands of Carcosa. Later on, I found out that the show was referencing to this collection of ten stories published in 1895, by the author Robert W. Chambers. I read the collection, and here we are! Strange is the night where black stars rise, And strange moons circle through the skies, But stranger still is Lost Carcosa. What makes this collection important in horror literature history is the introduction of elements like the enigmatic Yellow King, the yellow sign, and the fictitious horror play named "The King in Yellow". Chambers also used the mysterious Carcosa, an other-worldly city created by author Ambrose Bierce in his short story An Inhabitant of Carcosa (1886), to deepen the daunting quality of the Yellow King mythology. While the Yellow King mythology itself is truly iconic horror invention which fueled even Lovecraft's imagination, the stories that use this mythology in this collection are not too iconic. Out of ten stories presented here, only four mentions The King of Yellow, and out of four, only two are true horror. To be honest, The King in Yellow and other horror stories is a misleading title. It should be The Horrors of King in Yellow and other Romantic stories. Yes, along with horrifying deaths and macabre, this one got romance, love, roses, kisses, Paris, and artists! But here is the weird part, Chambers writes romance much better than he writes horror. His short stories like The Street of the First Shell, The Street of Our Lady of The Fields, and Rue Barrée have not a single ounce of horror in it, but the charm of Paris, lovely prose and romance makes the stories beautiful... which was not what I expected when I picked up a HORROR book. On the horror side of the business, The Repairer of Reputations and In the Court of the Dragon shines. Stories like The Mask, the yellow sign, and The Demoiselle d'Ys try to combine romance and horror, with only The Mask succeeding for me. Even though Chambers tricked me into reading romance, the collection of stories are good, just not iconic. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Evgeny

    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 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 misleading as well: that book makes its appearance only in the first four stories. It actually has a very brief cameo in the second story when the main character, being depressed grabbed a random book from a bookshelf and realizing it was The King in Yellow threw it away in disgust. So let me try to make a quick summary of the stories. As I mentioned above the first four (The Repairer of Reputations, The Mask, In the Court of the Dragon, and The Yellow Sign) belong to horror genre with the moral that reading the second act of The King in Yellow is a Really Bad Idea. I mentioned the influence on horror genre; the one of the fourth story in particular can be seen in later works by other writers. I think the best description of the next story (The Demoiselle d'Ys) would be fantasy romance. The next one (The Street of the Four Winds) defies the qualifications. A story of a cat with gloomy ending would be the best I can come up with. The next (The Street of the First Shell) is about horrors of war which takes place in war-torn Paris. The last two (The Street of Our Lady of the Fields, and Rue Barrée) are romances about love between a young American man and a French woman of lower social standing. The couples are different, but some characters appear in both stories. I would like to mention a romantic scene of the last story when a drunken guy climbs into an apartment of unsuspecting lone woman in the evening. It is romantic, is not it? The best horror story I mentioned - The Yellow Sign - deserves 4.5 stars for its lasting influence if nothing else. The rest of the stories while never boring are really nothing to write home about. Considering the price of the book (it is free from Project Gutenberg) I feel I got my money worth. I can name a lot of much worse ways to spend a couple of evenings than to read this book. Three stars is the rating, nothing more, nothing less.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Char

    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 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 this book/play risks madness and some of these tales are narrated by the very character that did the reading,- resulting in the fact that the reader is unsure if the events playing out are real or are actually the madness. I enjoyed the ambiguous nature of these tales and my rating of this book is almost entirely based on these 4 stories. I did love the the ghost story, but I won't mention the title of that tale, so as not to ruin it for future readers. To be honest, I did not love the war short but it was okay, and I didn't care for the romance tales at all. All in all, I enjoyed this collection and will no longer be wondering what is being talked about when the word "Carcosa" or the phrase "The Yellow Sign" appears. I won't hide the fact that I was a little disappointed in the last few stories, but that's okay, not every collection is perfect and this is no exception. I think it's worth the time to read it and think about how many horror stories and movies were based on these types of concepts and what kind of mind could have imagined them in the first place. Recommended for fans of classic horror!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Althea Ann

    - The Repairer of Reputations A 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 starts... Our narrator lets us know that after a fall from a horse, he was unjustly confined t - The Repairer of Reputations A 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 starts... Our narrator lets us know that after a fall from a horse, he was unjustly confined to a mental institution for some time, until his doctor realized that it was all a mistake, and released him. However, he still seems to have a strong desire for vengeance against this doctor. He also seems to harbor ambiguous feelings toward his brother, and his brother's vibrant young fiancee. He enjoys spending time with a grotesque and mysterious man who claims to make his living 'adjusting' reputations - dealing with scandals - through a network of informers. Everyone else seems to think this man is insane. Is he? And our narrator himself? It's true that he admits to having read 'The King in Yellow' - the enigmatic work that is reputed to drive every reader mad... -The Mask In the first story, a passing mention is made of a sculpture called 'The Fates,' crafted by a brilliant sculptor who died tragically young. Here, we learn the sad and romantic tale of his death. Not only is the young man a sculptor, but a chemist/inventor, it seems. He has come up with a solution which will turn whatever is placed in it to stone. At first, his experiments create 'stone' lilies and goldfish... but when we discover that he's filled up his home's pool with the solution, it's not hard for the reader to foresee that trouble is soon to come. On top of that, the narrator is, admittedly, in love with the sculptor's wife. Yep. Trouble. -In the Court of the Dragon In the midst of church services, a man suddenly is troubled by the perception of great malice. A malevolent force that no one else can perceive seems to be directed at him. Is it real, or all in his mind? (He has been reading 'The King in Yellow'...) This story works well as part of 'The King in Yellow' collection, but as a stand-alone, I felt like it would leave the reader wanting a bit more development of the ideas... -The Yellow Sign Very similar in theme to 'In the Court of the Dragon.' Here, a bohemian artist senses malevolence from the figure of the night watchman of the churchyard outside his window. It seems to him, the man looks almost like a corpse himself. He attempts to dismiss his irrational fears, but they only seem to be compounded with the strange and morbid dreams his favorite model has been having, and disturbing tales from neighbors... An ill-advised gift hints of doom; and when the artist and his model are oddly compelled to sit down and read 'The King in Yellow,' their fate is sealed. -The Demoiselle d'Ys A hunter, lost on the moors, encounters a strangely old-fashioned young woman out hunting with her falcon, who offers him shelter at her manor. Is she just a lonely and isolated girl or is something uncanny at play? A beautifully eerie and romantic horror tale. -The Prophets' Paradise A series of theatrical-feeling vignettes or tableaux. This one didn't really come together for me... -The Street of the Four Winds A starving artist in a garret encounters a mangy, possibly-stray cat, which he treats with great kindness and affection, which is returned by the grateful creature. (Really, this is one for the cat-lovers... the scene is so very true and touching.) But when he attempts to find the possible-mistress of the cat, the story takes a sharp turn into the uncanny. -The Street of the First Shell This one is arguably not a horror story - except in the sense that war is truly horrific. This piece introduces us to a circle of struggling artists and friends in Paris, and shows how the raging Franco-Prussian war affects their lives, in 1870. -The Street of Our Lady of the Fields [In which I learned that the electric doorbell was invented much earlier than I realized... in 1831!] OK, this story really has nothing to do with doorbells. And again, it's not a horror story at all. It's a poignant, bittersweet piece about the role of women in society, and cultural expectations. A young American student, newly arrived in Paris, assumes (not so strangely, to a modern, American reader) that the young women his new friends associate with are their female counterparts: students, artists, reasonably upper class. Soon, he develops feelings for one of these girls, and does not understand why she responds so strangely. In actuality, the girls are lower-class... basically whores, and the girl who's the recipient of the crush is desperate to grab this one small chance at an innocent happiness, begging the other boys not to tell 'what she really is'... I'm guessing that this piece may be semi-autobiographical, as Chambers himself was an American art student in Paris from 1886 to 1893. -Rue Barrée Another one that might be semi-autobiographical. A group of art students tend to be womanizers, working their way through the available working-class girls of Paris' Latin Quarter. However, one girl, a pianist, who has made herself markedly unavailable, has particularly captured their imaginations due to her cool inaccessibility. (Or, at least, that's how the boys perceive it - from her perspective, it's a necessary self-preservation.) This collection is Chambers' most famous - but he was a popular and prolific author whose output spanned decades. I liked these well enough to pick up a few more of Chambers' books (all free at archive.org and Project Gutenberg!) http://kinginyellow.wikia.com/wiki/In...

  5. 3 out of 5

    mark monday

    ƸӁƷ 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 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ 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 after a fall from a horse and was never quite the same again), complete with insanely grandiose ambitions and malicious thoughts of revenge and devious yet doltish plans for his enemies - who are everywhere, simply everywhere! with the added bonuses of various books of ill repute, some surreal shenanigans starring a peculiarly malevolent cat, and the creepy Repairer himself. all in all, it is a bracing and imaginative bit of darkness on the page. and, to me at least, quite wonderful. the style is so breezy, the pacing so brisk, the imagination so fertile and so oddly modern, the experience was pure pleasure. it is hard to believe that this story was written over a 100 years ago. i also enjoyed the three tales of weird horror that followed, chock-full of dread and formless despair. good stories. interesting and off-kilter and pleasingly sinister. the big take-away is the idea of a monstrous play ("The King in Yellow") that horribly impacts anyone who dares read it, and which is a key element in each of the first four stories. here's an excerpt from said monstrous play (please don't kill yourself or anyone else after reading): Camilla: You, sir, should unmask. Stranger: Indeed? Cassilda: Indeed it's time. We have all laid aside disguise but you. Stranger: I wear no mask. Camilla: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask! if you are at all familiar with this author or classic Weird Fiction in general, then you know the drill. those first four stories (along with Ambrose Bierce's "An Inhabitant of Carcosa") set the template for much Weird Fiction to come, from H.P. Lovecraft to Clark Ashton Smith to Karl Edward Wagner and beyond. the names, the places, the idea of fell books of unhealthy influence, creeping dread, hysterical romanticism, humans viewed as repulsive insects... this story-cycle's place at the beginning of it all is well-known. it is also a well-known disappointment. only those first four could be classified as Weird Fiction. a fifth, "The Demoiselle d'Ys", is an elegant, wispy ghost story/romance - and is also quite traditional. following that is "The Prophet's Paradise" - a collection of bits of ambiguous prose poetry, or impenetrable fable, or snatches from a larger tapestry never completed, or something. the remaining four tales (each fancifully titled after certain streets) have barely a whiff of horror about them and so have met a chilly reception over the years from Weird Fiction enthusiasts. they are all about living the lifestyle of a bohemian art student abroad in bohemian Paris' bohemian Latin Quarter. think Trilby minus Svengali. they are about romance, art, naive americans, lack of money, enticing but sometimes tragic whores, some bloodshed (at least in one story), a sad and lonely ending (in another story), some unbearable lightness of being... what it feels like to be young and artistic and ready to enjoy life in a bustling and sometimes violent big city. these stories were slim, rather quaint, rather witty, and quite vibrant. i particularly enjoyed "The Street of the First Shell", which plunges the reader into a you-are-there-now account of the milieu itself and then what it feels like to suddenly find yourself in the middle of a bloody, confusing battle full of heretofore-unexperienced chaos, terror, and death. overall this is an unusual and surprisingly quirky collection of stories. all of them were interesting and a couple really sang.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ademption

    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 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 Yellow. (view spoiler)[For example, the sculpture above the Lethal Chamber in "The Repairer of Reputations" is sculpted by Boris in "The Mask." (hide spoiler)] The structure of four of the stories is exactly the same. (view spoiler)[A character goes about his life and encounters a book entitled or about The King in Yellow. He feverishly lists off the mythological incantation ("Carcosa, Hali, the King in Yellow"). Then the "surprise" is revealed. Dun dun DUN: he discovers he is already dead or insane, or he was talking to someone who died a long long time ago. Repeat 5 times. (hide spoiler)] I would recommend "The Repairer of Reputations" as an antiquated but still prescient sci-fi horror story. "The Mask" is also worth a read since structurally it slightly departs from the rest. The introduction by B.F. Beiler is amusingly critical. Beiler relates that Robert Chambers was the Dan Brown of his day, and that Chambers will be obscure in future because so many copies were lying around that book store owners and librarians tossed them once demand subsided. Beiler summarizes Chambers' novels and stories, and on the balance finds very little worth reading besides The King in Yellow. I am inclined to disagree, and find that even The King in Yellow could be skipped in favour of Bierce's An Inhabitant of Carcosa. Seriously, read that last one.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Mark McLaughlin

    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 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 marvelous, and you'll find yourself thinking about them long after you've finished the book. (Personal footnote: I love this book so much, I once wrote a story for an anthology based on THE KING IN YELLOW. That story, "Glove," is reprinted in my collection, BEACH BLANKET ZOMBIE.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    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 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 Demoiselle d'Ys" and a few others -- not necessarily horror stories per se, although a few trended in that direction, but vaguely disturbing and decadent. The linking thread between the first few stories is "The King in Yellow", a fictional verse play, the mere reading of which can drive one mad. (Fans of H.P. Lovecraft or of True Detective will recognize the play; or at least some of the names and imagery.) The second half is a series of tenuously-linked stories set in Paris, mostly about young Americans who've come there to paint nekkid ladies and who find themselves falling in love, to better or worse effect. I felt that to properly appreciate them I really should've been drinking cheap wine and smoking filthy cigarettes. Especially considering its vintage, it's still quite a readable book, although I thought the first half much stronger than the second.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Randolph

    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 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 THE one story I never get tired of re-reading. The rest of the stories in this book are good but not masterpieces.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Printable Tire

    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 know 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 cares anything about anymore. "The King in Yellow" stories are an anomaly of an otherwise mediocre literary career. What is baffling is that they are very awesome exceptions. I must agree with everyone, from fellow reviewers here to the gentleman in the introduction, that Chamber's greatest works are "The King in Yellow" stories from which everything else he wrote pales in comparison. "The Yellow Sign" is the first and best example of how these stories operate. A cynical, unreliable narrator is going about his business (heeding romance, fearful visions) when he randomly picks up a copy of "The King in Yellow" and goes totally insane. It is the randomness of the inclusion of this play in the stories that makes them so frightening. There seems to be no design to the play being there, but instead of coming off as a half-assed plot point (as probably indeed it was), the ramifications are so abrupt and shocking they become truly chilling. Next to "The Yellow Sign," "The Repairer of Reputations" is another great example. It contains all sorts of neat stuff: a crazy jerk of a narrator, a strange deformed man with an angry cat, secret societies, and it all takes place randomly in a future 1920s where people go to suicide machines. The suicide machines really add nothing to the plot, nor does the story gain anything by taking place in the future: and yet, somehow all these random pieces, like the best Philip Dick story, work together. "The Mask" is another story with a similar twisted, meandering edge to it, though here Chambers is shifting to his more comfortable romantic topics, a conceit which will befuddle or amuse you in the following stories in the collection, depending on your tastes. Nonetheless it is still a good story, and worth reading. Too often, Chambers other stories fall into the "delusional dream" scenario- they are fine to widdle away the time, but disappointing after the stories that preceded them. What they lack is the great risk-taking and adventurous delving into unanswerable delirium that the best stories have up the wazoo. They can also, as is the case with "A Pleasant Evening," seem more like the pastoral narratives of a, well, pleasant evening walk around New York City, with a supernatural element thrown in to make it all a bit more enticing. I did, however, much enjoy two "lesser" works in this collection: "The Maker of Moons" and "The Messenger." Both read like swell old horror movies you might catch on the tube at 2 am on a Saturday night, rife with cardboard heroes, occult agents and ancient curses. They are really fun adventure stories to read. I am really into stuff that reminds me of The Shadow, Fu Manchu, secret occult societies, crime, mad monks and wizards and etcetera. Stories where any ancient supernatural phenomena can be taken out with one good blast from a very modern shotgun. In other words, good pulpy goodness. Oddly, this collection ends with three stories that are much more lighthearted than anything that came before, and center on a young pup working for a Zoological society and all the wacky misadventures he goes on discovering "extinct" animals and his various botched romantic conquests. They are reasonably entertaining, and yet they were still very slow going for me- the only thing of interest I gleamed from them was that Darwin's journals are used to support the existence of many crazy animals. If these journals are real, I guess Darwin (like Freud, a supposed symbol of scientific rationalism) had his wacky side I never knew about. The last story of these three was entirely too silly for me, and leaves an odd taste of bad comedy wafting around a book that when first opened exhumed such chilly vapors. I was happy to read all of it, but I might for once recommend reading only the first several or so stories in this collection if you want to get poorly departed and forgotten Chambers' bestest stuff.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mattia Ravasi

    (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 (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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    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 sto 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 have to give the author credit for projecting forward 5, 10, or 25 years and creating a background to serve a story. He seems to do this most for the five stories that were part of the original “The King in Yellow”. As the Editor writes in his Introduction, Chambers borrowed liberally from the work of Ambrose Bierce using the short story “An Inhabitant of Carcosa” as a backdrop for many of these stories. Later, H. P. Lovecraft borrowed from (and expended on) the concepts in the story to construct the Cthulhu Mythos in many of his own stories. Such “borrowings” were not uncommon; I had always known that Bierce and Lovecraft had borrowed from each other over many years. Horror is a funny thing. What serves one generation as the most terrifying of imagery may seem tame to another. In some of these stories there seems to be little of it, but the fantastic does enter into all of them. In many of the stories the protagonist is a young man who may not end up as well-rewarded or as happy as he desires to be. Chambers applies irony and sarcasm in several of the later stories to discomfort the protagonist. The final three tales were all originally chapters with the one book. The Editor has given them their titles. In one way or another they all involve Professor Farrago of the Bronx Zoo. While the Professor himself does not sally forth (unlike Doyle’s Professor Challenger), his young associate does. He invariably falls under the sway of any good-looking lass within two or three lines. I found the last two of these tales to be the most humorous. While there is undoubtedly historical importance with these stories (the Editor says that all of the emerging pulp writers seem to have known the book), my modern standards they are not exceptional or even very good. But, they are interesting even if only for the contrast and passage of time. As collected, it’s more than a Two (2.0), but probably less than a Three (3.0) for most people. To be fair, if the book consisted of only the stories I found most satisfying I’d be giving it a solid Three (3.0) or even a half-star more (3.5). Two and One-Half (2.5) Stars rounded up to Three (3.0). Note: E. F. Bleiler was a scholar of detective, fantasy, and science fiction. As an editor and bibliographer he was responsible for many well-regarded collections of genres and even single authors (like this one). In addition, he wrote two novels both published in 2006. The Yellow Sign A painter and his beautiful (and younger) model get caught up in the supernatural. Each has dreams about the other and a mysterious figure from the nearby churchyard. Once it is discovered that they have the Yellow Sign, their fate is sealed, but they will leave an enduring mystery to those who find them. The Repairer of Reputations This story uses the device of the sane madman to provide our point of view. But is our protagonist sane or mad? He is certainly unreliable. Here lies fantasy, deception, jealousy, and madness. As a story that tries to evoke terror, it is possibly my favorite in this collection. It is also one where the author has invented one of his more interesting “future histories”. Is there greatness within you? The Demoiselle d’Ys A sentimental tale that supposes the ability to step not into a land that has elements from the past, but the past itself. A little slice of Eden that suffers a similar fate. Perhaps a bit too gushy, but sweet. The Mask Like many contemporary stories, this one has an amazing scientific breakthrough which is explained only obliquely. This plus the trio of youthful artists serves to create a story of loss and pain. The final “horror” comes from the realization that the properties of the science were so misunderstood. In The Court of the Dragon A man goes to church and finds that what once seemed good is now harsh, bad, and twisted. He cannot bear the changes and flees only to discover that he is pursued across all of Paris by evil. When he awakes in the church he believes that he has only fallen asleep and had a bad dream. Instead he has seen a foreshadowing of his future…. (All five stories are from the “The King in Yellow”.) The Maker of Moons This was another of my favorite “horror” stories in this collection. Two well-off young gentlemen help a Secret Service agent locate and defeat evil in the woods of upstate New York. The editor mentions that this has long been regarded as one of Chambers’ best-liked stories and that many of the elements (black magic, government agents, Oriental evil/threats) were re-used to great effect by Sax Rohmer in his Fu Manchu novels. Of course the story can’t be so straightforward: the protagonist meets a girl who is thought to be the daughter of the agent (who once lived in China, which is how he knows of this ancient evil). If you like a bit of the Byzantine in your plots, then this will appeal to you. A Pleasant Evening A sketch-artist is called on to create illustrations of the animals in the Central Park Zoo before they get relocated to the Bronx Zoo. While sketching he also captures an intriguing and beautiful woman. Later he is told by the Art editor to make a sketch of a woman’s corpse to verify that her ring is of a different design than that of a missing heiress. The artist is then caught up in a supernatural solution to a betrayal and a tragedy. Cross-hatching required. (Both of these stories are from the collection, “The Maker of Moons”.) The Messenger This is one of the more inventive tales (at least as regards creating a local mythos) in the collection. There are references to “The Purple Emperor” which was another story in the original collection, but that doesn’t detract from the story too much. This is also one of the more overtly violent stories with a massive blood trail and mass grave. Having more than one “Black Priest” made it necessary to concentrate in order to keep track of which one was being discussed. The Key to Grief A man survives being caught and “noosed” only to escape across an impassable stretch of ocean to reach the Island of Grief. There he finds a woman who speaks her own language and is as carefree as she is beautiful. Months later a child is born who casts a white shadow (the device of the white shadow is use din several stories). From this point, the story moves from happiness to despair to grief, indeed. (Both of these stories are from the collection, “The Mystery of Choice”.) The Harbor-Master This time the young assistant is sent to investigate (and purchase if real) two living examples of the great auk. The owner lives in a remote cove along with his live-in nurse. Well, it turns out that the owner is an invalid who is hot-tempered and quarrelsome, whereas the nurse is a beautiful slip of a thing who bears the brunt of his voice and attitude. The auks are real and the protagonist arranges for their transport while staying with the owner. When all is ready the entire household moves on to the cargo boat and set out to reach the mining settlement. But all their plans go astray when the “Harbor-Master” overturns the vessel. It seems that a dunk in seawater can do wonders for an older man’s constitution. In Quest of the Dingue Now the young man is Secretary to the Zoological Gardens at the Bronx Zoo, but Professor Farrago has resigned his post, leaving it to be filled by Professor Smawl of Barnard College. The self-same stony-faced spinster and her youthful (and pretty) associate Professor Van Twiller join the secretary and his guide on an expedition beyond the Hudson Mountains to find living examples of the Dingue and the Mammoth. While woo is being pitched, there is a fierce battle for primacy in making these discoveries. But one should always be care of what one wishes for… I’m fairly certain that I have read this story before, as the passage, “…that the wealthy and eminent specialist who attended her insisted on taking her to the Riviera and marrying her”, is familiar to me. Is the Ux Extinct? We meet up again with the same young man who is now from both the Bronx Zoo and the Smithsonian. (He is the same fellow as someone identifies him as the discoverer of the great auk and the mammoth.) He stakes a seemingly reckless stand defending the right of a pretty (and young) Countess to speak before a major International Assembly on the existence of the Ux. He himself has a monster feather that is supposed to be from the bird and he learns that the lady has her own “proofs” that shall overcome all doubters. The story draws on the historically accurate fact that the Prince of Monaco was a serious biologist. Like the other stories from the original volume, there is a zany humor at work in this story. And, while the Countess is revealed to have a Count, the women of Java are found to be frolicsome and hospitable. (All three tales are from the collection “In Search of the Unknown”.)

  13. 3 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 ar 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 loosely woven around the idea that anyone reading the book, "The King in Yellow", is led to madness or some horrific event. The really beauty of this, in my opinion, is that the references to the book itself are so obscure, that the reader really doesn't know exactly what the book is about! This just added to the mystery and atmosphere of psychological horror, leaving you to ponder what exactly these people are reading....... As I stated earlier, there were some stories in here that I really didn't like much at all, but this collection was worthwhile solely for the ones focusing on the King. Those stories are ones that I will definitely be re-reading in the future. Recommended!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jose

    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 L 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 Lake of Hali often find their place in Cthulhu mythos, and further 'fear of the unknown' stories it inspired (including True Detective). Fictional again. Book in a book in a book. Bookception :)

  15. 3 out of 5

    Bradley

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyell Gold

    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 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 was a very popular novelist in his day), but he has chosen the stories that he feels are a cut above the rest, that are worth reading and preserving. I also referred back to the intro when reading some of the later stories for reasons I will mention again below. One of the expectations I had when starting this book was that I would find stories similar to H.P. Lovecraft's; Chambers is cited as an influence on Lovecraft, and they'd become linked in my mind because of the similar notions of hapless humans living in a world ruled by horrible great powers. The book starts very strongly with the story "The Yellow Sign," probably the closest story to fulfilling that expectation in the whole volume. As you move along through time with the stories, the horror element diminishes. Often you will read characters exclaiming on the horror and the terror of something they've seen--a familiar device to anyone who knows Lovecraft's work, but Chambers is usually unable to follow through as Lovecraft was. The reveals fall flat and at the end of many stories, I was left unsatisfied--not only for the lack of a Lovecraftian italicized horrific reveal, but also because Chambers' story construction is often weak, leaving me wondering what the point of the story was at all. Returning to the intro, I saw Bleiler's note that he included some of the stories not because of their overall quality necessarily, but because they held some strongly-written scenes that he quite liked. He emphasized Chambers' skill with description, and when I went back and read the stories in this light, I appreciated them much more. The two strong points of this collection are the human relationships and the descriptions. "On the silver shoal the waves washed and washed, breaking like crushed opals where the sands sang with the humming froth." That's from a random page I opened to in the collection. This kind of stuff is all through his stories, and if you grow impatient with the stories themselves, just stop and marvel at the words. The last three stories are taken from a chaptered novel about a biologist encountering strange and wonderful and sometimes extinct creatures, and are meant to be more humorous than horrible. His narrator in these stories is a very strong character and when I stopped expecting horror from his stories, I enjoyed them quite a bit. There's a lot to like here, and I think the key to appreciating it is to let go of any expectations you have upon picking up the book. Chambers is very good at some things and not so good at others, and if you can appreciate the good and chuckle away the bad, you will enjoy this collection quite a bit.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Icebrand

    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 th 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 book-within-a-book that made me wonder about the context and want to read more. The fifth story completely avoids the King In Yellow story but is a fairly interesting romance story with its own spooky flavor. After this point, the other stories are neither about "The King in Yellow," nor horror stories. They're obnoxious, pining romances between a bunch of interchangeable libertine French painters and their characterless objects of affection. If I had known this before reading the book, I likely would have stopped after "The Mademoiselle d'Ys" and been satisfied. I would still recommend other people do so. But I don't feel like I can justify giving a higher rating to a book whose title was a lie. I would, personally, have gone with "The King in Yellow, Another Horror Story, And Unrelated Garbage". The spooky bits were pretty neat though. In fact I feel I should give extra credit to the fact that the book wasn't oversaturated with them; by the end I still wanted to read more about black stars hanging in the sky and strangers wearing no mask.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Sesana

    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 more than brief glimpses of. I'd say this is probably what makes the reputation of the book. Thes 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 more than brief glimpses of. I'd say this is probably what makes the reputation of the book. These are followed by a wistful, traditional ghost (or, perhaps, time travel) story, and an odd bit of prose that might be an allegory that only the author had a key to, or fragments of a larger work, or a bit of inspired nonsense, but is absorbing nevertheless. The last four stories are completely and entirely different. Instead of horror, they're a fairly realistic look at the lives of American art students in late 19th century Paris's Latin Quarter. One of the stories is set during the 1870 siege of Paris, but there's no action aside from that. And honestly? They're right up my alley. If I had known these stories were in here, I would have been even more eager to read the book as a whole. But if you aren't interested in the lives of 19th century Parisian students? You might want to stop after The Prophet's Paradise.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    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 ROOM The Clown turned his powdered face to the mirror. "If to be fair is to be beautiful," he said, "who can compare 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 ROOM The 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 mask?" "Who can compare with him in his white mask?" I asked of Death beside me. "Who can compare with me?" said Death, "for I am paler still." "You are very beautiful," sighed the Clown, turning his powdered face from the mirror. After these shorts are a series of stories that I found so dreadfully boring that I skipped the last quarter of the book ... and still I'm more than happy to give it four stars. It came from Project Gutenberg, it's free, and it has some amazing stuff at the beginning, so I can't fault it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    (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 more 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 (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 more 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's no lovingly-described Big Scary Monster, and the horror comes from the slowly-dawning realization that one's own mind and perceptions can't be trusted anymore. Though the language takes a bit of time to truly immerse oneself into, it's still fabulous, both on the readerly level and on the meta-level of observing and analyzing just how Chambers managed to pull it off.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    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 instea 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 of late Victorian romance about Bohemians in Paris.. The stories don't go anywhere and don't have any effect on you except in contrast to the great stories that begin the book. So I highly recommend the first four or five stories; I really enjoyed them. Then when you notice that you're not interested anymore, the good stuff is past, and just put the book down. I stayed with it, alas.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Draganov

    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.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Димитър Цолов

    Втората половина на сборника хич не ми хареса - разказите за лИбовните трепети на некви Хамерикански художници в Париж ... едва ли ще са вдъхновили чичА ви Лъвкрафт ...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ronald

    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 c 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 character, after reading the play, embarks on an insane, criminal plot. In another story, a female character, after reading the play, accidentally falls into a fluid which turns things into marble. After she turns into a marble statue, her lover, in despair, kills himself. These stories, with its tropes of the Imaginary Book and The Object Which Causes Madness, has had an influence on horror and fantasy. The frustrating thing is that these stories could have been upped a level. The plot mechanics and prose could be improved. Though concerning the prose, it does have its moments. "Have you seen the Yellow Sign?"

  25. 3 out of 5

    Daniel

    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: " 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: "Repairer of Reputations"--perhaps the 'must-read' of this anthology--; "The Messenger", deliciously pulpy; and "Is the Ux Extinct", which is silly and a lot of fun, especially given how dismal and serious weird fiction can be.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Still

    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. 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 have a good time. The band sucked. The booze was doctored. I woke up with a hangover.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zeinab

    بعد از دیدن فصل اول سریال "کارآگاه حقیقی" و تحت تاثیر داستان فوق العاده جذاب و فلسفه پشت اون، به شدت به دنبال ارجاعات و داستان های الهام بخش خط سیر اتفاقات سریال بودم. در این گشت و گذارها به کتاب پادشاه زردپوش برخوردم و متاسفانه متوجه شدم ترجمه ای از اون هنوز در بازار موجود نیست. به دلیل ضیق وقت و کمی تنبلی و البته تا حدی دشوار بودن زبان کتاب، از خوندنش به زبان اصلی طفره رفتم اما عطش خوندن داستان های این کتاب هم چنان در من شعله می کشه. کتاب به تازگی توسط بردیا بهنیافر ترجمه شده و از سوی انتشارات بعد از دیدن فصل اول سریال "کارآگاه حقیقی" و تحت تاثیر داستان فوق العاده جذاب و فلسفه پشت اون، به شدت به دنبال ارجاعات و داستان های الهام بخش خط سیر اتفاقات سریال بودم. در این گشت و گذارها به کتاب پادشاه زردپوش برخوردم و متاسفانه متوجه شدم ترجمه ای از اون هنوز در بازار موجود نیست. به دلیل ضیق وقت و کمی تنبلی و البته تا حدی دشوار بودن زبان کتاب، از خوندنش به زبان اصلی طفره رفتم اما عطش خوندن داستان های این کتاب هم چنان در من شعله می کشه. کتاب به تازگی توسط بردیا بهنیافر ترجمه شده و از سوی انتشارات نگاه به چاپ رسیده. حتما به زودی کتاب رو خواهم خوند و اگر بتونم ریویویی هم براش خواهم نوشت.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Андрій Гулкевич

    Цікава збірка оповідань від малознаного автора, однак який є одним із перших, хто писав готичні твори. У значній мірі він вплинув на творчість Говарда Ловкрафта, який запозичив ряд речей із Короля у Жовтому. У певній мірі здалося, що навіть король жахів Стівен Кінг, міг бути під впливо цього твору, оскільки сутність Короля у жовтому дещо нагадує Рендалла Флеґґа чи Багряного короля. Раджу цю збірку оповідань шанувальникам Е. По, Г. Лавкрафта, А. Бірса та С. Кінга.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adelina Genova

    http://knigozavar.com/kralyat-v-jalto/ „Кралят в жълто“ е от книгите, които те психират с това, което не може да бъде видяно в тях. С онова, което преднамерено е оставено от автора в сенките, за да бъде извлачено оттам от съзнанието на читателя и само да се засели в тъмните и особено податливи на влияния кътчета, осеяни с мини от изначална праисторическа уплаха. http://knigozavar.com/kralyat-v-jalto/

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    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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