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The king in yellow, and other horror stories (original 1970; edition 1970)

by Robert W. Chambers

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Title:The king in yellow, and other horror stories
Authors:Robert W. Chambers
Info:New York, Dover Publications [1970]
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This is a classic of the weird fiction genre; H.P. Lovecraft counted it among his most important influences. And it was legit...boring as hell.

Maybe I'm being heretical but in all honesty, the stories Chambers wrote about artists in Paris interested me 100 times more than the King in Yellow mythos. The work focusing on the siege of Paris is worth three stars because of its finely-wrought and horrific depiction of war-induced famine. In fact The King in Yellow portion is worth maybe a star and a half on its own.

Chambers was not a bad writer but his horror/weird fiction was not to my taste at all. ( )
  ElleGato | Sep 24, 2018 |
This came before Lovecraft. It it worth reading if you are interested in the development of fantastic writing. If you are looking for insight into to HBO series, True Detective, forget it. I think TD uses images from the King in Yellow because The Great Old Ones are too obvious. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
This is a rather odd collection. It is not a reprint of Chambers' original book The King in Yellow, which mixed the title story and some other horror or fantasy stories with realistic stories of Parisian life. Rather it takes the horror and fantasy stories from the original book and adds later horror, fantasy, and even comic science fiction stories by Chambers. It also includes a severe introduction by E.F. Bleiler which gives a very dismissive account of Chambers' vast output of popular light fiction and somewhat more favorable accounts of his other books that could be classed as sf, horror or fantasy. I agree with his relatively favorable account of the Fu Manchu-like Slayer of Souls. Bleiler does stress the great influence of The KIng in Yellow on the next generation of fantasy and horror writers (A. Merrit, Robert E. Howard etc.) , though he wrote too soon to know that some names from it were incorporated in the background mythology of Marin Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels. ( )
  antiquary | Apr 27, 2017 |
I might have given this more stars, but it feels like it simply didn't follow through to the end. The last stories are romances of some sort with no relation to the King and no apparent plot. But the first half of the book is very much worth reading. ( )
  pshaw | Apr 7, 2016 |
- 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 sur ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486437507, Paperback)

A treasured source for Lovecraft, Howard, and others, this collection endures as a work of remarkable power. Includes all the stories from The King in Yellow — "Yellow Sign," "Repairer of Reputations," "Demoiselle d'Ys," and others — plus stories from other sources, including three early sci-fi fantasies from In Search of the Unknown. 12 total.

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A treasured source for Lovecraft, Howard, and others, this collection endures as a work of remarkable power. Includes all the stories from The King in Yellow ? Yellow Sign, Repairer of Reputations, Demoiselle d'Ys, and others ? plus stories from other sources, including three early sci-fi fantasies from In Search of the Unknown. 12 total.… (more)

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