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The Yellow Sign and Other Stories by Robert…

The Yellow Sign and Other Stories

by Robert W. Chambers

Other authors: S. T. Joshi (Editor)

Series: Call of Cthulhu Fiction (6023)

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While looking past the blatant racism and misogyny that is often pressed to simply be accepted as "of the time", Chambers' characters are completely wooden and never develop or learn. Some of the scenic descriptions are pure poetry, but lack any real essence of horror, inciting little to no fear. ( )
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"Chambers is like Rupert Hughes and a few other fallen Titans — equipped with the right brains and education, but wholly out of the habit of using them." Such was H. P. Lovecraft's rather harsh judgment of Robert W. Chambers shortly after discovering him in 1927.
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This book contains all the immortal tales of Robert W. Chambers, including "The Repairer of Reputations", "The Yellow Sign", and "The Mask". These titles are often found in survey anthologies. In addition to the six stories reprinted from The Yellow Sign (1895) this book also offers more than two dozen other stories and episodes, about 650 pages in all. These narratives rarely appear in print. Some have not been published in nearly a century.
This is a complete collection of Robert W. Chambers' short weird fiction --- his published horror, science fiction, and fantasy/supernatural, as well as some self-conscious whimsy. The writing can be facile and out of fashion, of interest to collectors and those desiring to comprehend the writer. But other stories are as delicate and durable as those wrought by Lord Dunsany, and worthy of every reader's time.
A Chambers novel, Slay of Souls (1920) is not included in this short story collection.
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