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Cassilda's Song by Joseph S. Pulver

Cassilda's Song

by Joseph S. Pulver (Editor)

Other authors: Allyson Bird (Contributor), Nadia Bulkin (Contributor), Chesya Burke (Contributor), Selena Chambers (Contributor), Nicole Cushing (Contributor)12 more, Helen Marshall (Contributor), Anya Martin (Contributor), Maura McHugh (Contributor), S. P. Miskowski (Contributor), Ursula Pflug (Contributor), Lynda E. Rucker (Contributor), Ann K. Schwader (Contributor), Lucy A. Snyder (Contributor), Molly Tanzer (Contributor), E. Catherine Tobler (Contributor), Damien Angelica Walters (Contributor), Mercedes M. Yardley (Contributor)

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An great anthology of stories inspired by and / or set in Robert W. Chambers 'King in Yellow' Mythos. A notable feature of this collection is the theme that each writer is a women and the focus generally leans towards Cassilda, one of the other characters in the Carcosa / KIY Mythos. Every story in this collection is good, even the least among them is still a solid tale, and a few of them rise above to the level of excellence. A definitive recommendation to fans of The King in Yellow, or anyone who enjoys weird fiction. ( )
  michaeladams1979 | Oct 11, 2018 |
Here's an intriguing premise for an anthology. This collection of jauniste tales is written by a wide assortment of contemporary authors, but they are all women, whom editor Joe Pulver calls "the Sisters of the Yellow Sign." Cassilda, Queen of Carcosa, is thus referenced in the book title and becomes or overshadows a central character in many of the stories.

The quality of the work here is consistently high. In addition to displacing perspective from Chambers' precedent masculinity, the writers often vault away from his whiteness (as in "Yellow Bird," "In the Quad of Project 327," and "Pro Patria!") and even his human species (i.e. the canine protagonist of "Old Tsah-Hov"). These are all standout contributions, and so is Selena Chambers' quasi-scholarly and meta-literary "The Neurastheniac."

In keeping with the general trends of work inspired by The King in Yellow of Robert W. Chambers, there is no narrative continuity that joins these pieces together, just themes, motives, and mechanisms. Corruption, towers, masks, artistry, compulsion, dual suns, black stars, multiple moons, the indecipherable sign, the dreadful play, the ruined city, and the fathomless king are all brought forth in passage after passage.
3 vote paradoxosalpha | Aug 22, 2018 |
A collection of tales surrounding the King in Yellow, Hastur, and Carcosa. Little in the way on entropy or decay is mentioned, which I thought was a slightly glaring omission. There seemed to be a lot of description and involvement of the theatrical aspect and in particular the King in Yellow. As with all anthologies, there's a feeling of getting a music album. Some of its good, some very good and some just awful. Overall, worth looking at, but not one that I think I'd be keeping. ( )
  aadyer | Nov 2, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pulver, Joseph S.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bird, AllysonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bulkin, NadiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burke, ChesyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chambers, SelenaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cushing, NicoleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marshall, HelenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, AnyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McHugh, MauraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miskowski, S. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pflug, UrsulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rucker, Lynda E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schwader, Ann K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snyder, Lucy A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tanzer, MollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tobler, E. CatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walters, Damien AngelicaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yardley, Mercedes M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Santiago, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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