This massive collection brings together the entire body of Robert W Chambers weird fiction works including material unprinted since the 1890 s Chambers is a landmark author in the field of horror literature because of his King in Yellow collection That book represents but a small portion of his weird fiction work, and these stories are intimately connected with the CthThis massive collection brings together the entire body of Robert W Chambers weird fiction works including material unprinted since the 1890 s Chambers is a landmark author in the field of horror literature because of his King in Yellow collection That book represents but a small portion of his weird fiction work, and these stories are intimately connected with the Cthulhu Mythos introducing Hali, Carcosa, and Hastur.Short stories from The King in Yellow, The Maker of Moons, The Mystery of Choice, The Tracer of Lost Persons, The Tree of Heaven, and two complete books, In Search of the Unknown and Police 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 King in Yellow 1895 , this book also offers than two dozen other stories and episodes, about 650 pages in all These narratives rarely have appeared in print Some have not been published in nearly a century.A Chambers novel, The Slayer of Souls 1920 , is not included in this short story collection.
The Yellow Sign Other Stories This massive collection brings together the entire body of Robert W Chambers weird fiction works including material unprinted since the s Chambers is a landmark author in the field of horror lite
This story has me thinking and wondering It starts out as one thing, and then turns into something else.What I liked The creepy guy that made everyone think of something dead or like a gross worm or something It made me laugh, but also made me shiver The narrator s sweet relationship with his artist model How it meant to him than could admit, because he felt he was not a good man, and because of his lost true love The imagery of the story, filled with symbolism that I will ponder and will cause [...]
To me, there has always been something lacking in Lovecraft, something which makes it difficult for me to connect with his stories directly, personally In reading Chambers, I found a distinct human element which Lovecraft cannot seem to approach Lovecraft s alien horror is often a bit too alien even his everyday protagonists tend to be rather odd, even unsympathetic But then Lovecraft was a lifelong loner and shut in, so perhaps I shouldn t be surprised that his tales owe less to the foibles of [...]
Very similar in theme to Chambers other short story, In the Court of the Dragon, which precedes this one in the collection, The King in Yellow 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 n [...]
First one I ve read from this author, and definitely not the last I was amazed by how the author is able to evoke both laughter and horror, and to place symbols that will stay for a long time in my memory Masterful I discovered the short story thanks to True Detective
I picked this up free from Librivox to listen to The Yellow Sign and The Repairer of Reputations, preparatory to listening to the H.P Lovecraft Literary Podcast discussion of these stories Imagine my amazement at how detailed, deep, and surprising these stories are The common thread of the book that links at least some of the stories is that the play The King in Yellow causes madness to anyone who reads it certainly to anyone who reads that fatal second act of which it is said that no one ever d [...]
With the Yellow Sign alone I was than prepared to give this 5 stars but the rest of this book with the exception of two or three other stories are utter CRAP The cave girl story is not amusing Lets rope in a professor and tell him they are cave girls Little does he know they are really actresses.But we shall let it pass as professor Smith continually states AHEM inbetween small hands, blue eyes, beautiful woman, small waist, etc.
This book is a slog Chambers had moments of transcending beauty with his weird fiction, such as the creation of The King In Yellow Then he writes a bunch of romantic stuff that is sooooooo hard to read After I got through The King In Yellow and The Mystery Of Choice portions, it took me forever to finish the book The good portions are worth the slog, but the slog is there Reader be warned.
N o leia este livro Essa frase incansavelmente repetida por alguns dos personagens das hist rias presentes em O S mbolo Amarelo e Outros Contos Eles leram o livro fict cio o roteiro de uma pe a de teatro O Rei de Amarelo ficaram loucos E as atitudes advindas dessa loucura misteriosa e inexplic vel s o ingredientes para contos de terror c smico que inspiraram ningu m menos que H P Lovecraft, por exemplo Escrito por Robert W Chambers, o livro hom nimo traz 10 contos, sendo os 4 primeiros ambientad [...]
The ancient city of Carcosa first appeared in Ambrose Bierce s short story An Inhabitant of Carcosa Thanks to the Cthulhu Mythos, however, most horror fans know of it as the setting for an imaginary play called The King in Yellow, which drives its readers mad and is connected somehow to a supernatural entity of the same name There is also a symbol known as the Yellow Sign, which leaves the viewer susceptible to some sort of mind control According to the works of H.P Lovecraft s successor August [...]
3.75 stars, rounded up to a 4finitely a keeper The other night I picked up Joseph Pulver s A Season in Carcosa, read the intro and then realized I d never read The King In Yellow, so I probably needed to hold off for a bit When I finished The Yellow Sign and Other Stories, I realized that Chambers had borrowed Carcosa from Ambrose Bierce s short story An Inhabitant of Carcosa so I guess I have to go grab The Heritage of Hastur to read that one Lucky for me, I own a LOT of Chaosium volumes This c [...]
A truly eerie story Highly recommended to people interested in subtle horror, especially fans of Lovecraftian horror, who I m sure will love this.
Robert W Chambers was a successful magazine illustrator who turned to fiction writing There is no clear reason known for the switch, other than writing came easily for him and paid better than illustration H.P Lovecraft, although an admirer of Chambers fiction, grouped him among those who are equipped with the right brains and education, but wholly out of the habit of using them He wrote around eighty now forgotten romantic novels, interspersed with exercises in short supernatural fiction that c [...]
Chambers writing can be dreadful and I have little doubt that two thirds of this anthology is unreadable rhodamine rubbish but The King in Yellow makes it all worth it Love the stories that make it up, love the entire idea behind it, love the image of Lost Carcosa where there are strange moons and black stars and, most of all, love the malevolent organist s stare of hatred at the beginning of In the Court of the Dragon, a scene that has stayed with me from the first moment that I read it.
Promises the entire wierd fiction of Chambers, and doesn t disappoint It s important to remember that Chambers isn t a Lovecraftian or a Mythos writer In his introduction, Joshi braces us for an onslaught of syrupy, repetitive adventure romance, and thus prepared, it s really enjoyable I made it almost the entire way through before deciding I d had enough like a too rich dessert, you can t complain once you ve had your fill.
Entertaining pre Lovecraftian tales of horror and intrigue
Did not finish.What a disappointment.To be honest I d never heard of this author until I did a bit of research after thoroughly enjoying the first season of True Detective I wanted to know about The King in Yellow and Carcosa so I Googled it and discovered that it was based on Chambers work.It was hard to find a copy which included The King in Yellow stories and this is what I found.After reading the relevant stories I feel like I know nothing than what the show and Google told me The Yellow S [...]
This is an odd reading experience Those coming at it because of an interest in weird fiction will enjoy the front end a lot than the back the writing isn t any worse, but the weirdness declines.
The King in Yellow set is great and deserve all the praises it got The other stories in the collection felt a bit lacking, I may have to return to this collection sometime in the future.
Read as a stand alone, might be better in the full volume of The Yellow King.
Much as I hate to agree with S T Joshi the editor of this volume, and an unbearably snobbish critic, one of those who give literary critics a bad name , his assessment of Chambers s writing, expressed in Joshi s introduction, is essentially accurate Chambers s early works and a single later work represented in this volume by the half dozen stories from _The King in Yellow_, another half dozen from _The Mystery of Choice_, and the title tale from _The Tree of Heaven_ are brilliant, both artistica [...]
The Yellow Sign is a short story by American writer Robert W Chambers, published in the novel The King in Yellow The collected story s which I now am determined to read follow a connected theme of a forbidden play The King in Yellow which induces despair in those who read it causing them to go insane I have been reading a lot of H.P Lovecraft lately and as The King in Yellow was deeply admired by Lovecraft and said to be one of the most important works of American supernatural fiction it was on [...]
The Yellow Sign is classic para Cthulhu Mythos content Focusing on a non extant piece of literature play, The King in Yellow, the stories and poems in The Yellow Sign revolve around those who have read the play or been exposed to it While none of the classic Cthulhu Mythos entities make an appearance save for Hastur whose implicit inhabitation of Caracosa on the Lake of Hali is a recurrent callback the mood is sufficiently brooding and the content sufficiently dark to put Chambers in his rightfu [...]
I kept hearing about this TV show True Detective that featured The King in Yellow , and while I still have not watched the show, I was inspired to re read the stories by Robert Chambers They are great, and I think I enjoyed them having read them 10 some odd years after my first encounter with them In The Repairer of Reputions , I especially liked the misshapen hyper intelligent dwarf who is at war with his cat, and the government sponsored suicide chambers set in what to Chambers was a science [...]
Collection of weird stories, really weird in this case not in the same sense of Lovecraft s, but because Chambers had some potential to write good, interesting stories novels and what he did in this collection was not what I had expected.When I first heard of him, it was in a book by Lovecraft Of course I thought Oh, Lovecraft used to read this guy, so, let s give it a try I had especially expected The King in Yellow to be the best story here in fact, that may be so, as they re not that interest [...]
Este libro fue rarisimo Realmente no soy muy fan del horror cl sico como Lovecraft o Poe lo s , maldiganme , as que creo que esta es la raz n principal por la que no apreci tanto esta historia Supongo que tiene que ver con que los sucesos desconocidos ocurren repentinamente sin que sepas como y cuando, porque de repente ya est n all , acech ndote Pero tal parece que en esta historia pudieras decir que ese algo ya venia por ti, pero por alguna raz n escogiste no hacer nada O tal vez ni siquiera t [...]
this book is as thick as 3 other chaosium books has ALL the weird stuff from chambers really classic weird fiction, stuff that inspired hp lovecraft with some of his own stories collects much than just the original the king in yellow stories with mentions of hastur, my favorites aside from those are stories from in search of the unknown and police which are well told short stories involving various weird fauna in remote areas of the new world and the fates that befall those who are lucky enough [...]
I originally picked this up because I wanted to read about the mythology behind The King in Yellow I m still intrigued, even after having read that set of stories twice The others in the book ranged from a bit silly to very interesting, and after finishing I rather felt Chambers had been given the short end of the stick in terms of the little attention paid to him as an important author of weird fiction especially in comparison to Lovecraft, for example Chambers remains a master of ambiguity and [...]
This author was mentioned in a review of some Lovecraft book on some other website, so I picked it up out of curiosity Well, I can see why Lovecraft fans would like this guy, but most of the stories in this anthology just did not do it for me There were a couple of chilling reads here and there, most notably the title story which is very disturbing indeed But overall, I felt like I was reading one of the hundreds of lesser authors who wrote around the same time as Lovecraft yet were nowhere near [...]
I like the way the first block of stories reference the fact that reading the King in Yellow drives people mad And what is the title of those stories The King in Yellow.I bet the author thought himself a ladies man and yet someone else always gets the girl Seems to happen to his main character all the time.Each collection of stories definitely have a theme, some loosely than others Mostly creepy known ghosts and monsters Only a couple try for a fantastical creature that to me meant Lovecraftian [...]
While not every story in this collection of smaller volumes is fantastic, all of them contain elements of greatness and the truly wonderful ones contain great moments of oddity and old school horror If you haven t heard of Robert Chambers, he fits somewhere between Poe and Lovecraft with a slightly romantic bent some of his novels, not included here, were indeed romances Also, if you were wondering all about that Yellow King and Carcossa stuff mentioned in Season 1 of True Detective , this will [...]