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The King in Yellow, a book of short stories by American writer Robert W. Chambers. The book is named after a fictional play with the same title which recurs as a motif through some of the stories. The first half of the book features highly esteemed weird stories, and the book is described by S.T. Joshias a classic in the field of the supernatural. There are ten stories, the first four of which mention The King in Yellow, a forbidden play which induces despair or madness in those who read it.

The first four stories are macabre in tone, centering, in keeping with the other tales, on characters that are often artists or decadents. The first and fourth stories are set in an imagined future 1920s America, whereas the second and third stories are set in Paris. These stories are haunted by the theme: “Have you found the Yellow Sign?”

The weird and macabre character gradually fades away during the remaining stories, and the last three are written in the romantic fiction style common to Chambers’ later work. They are all linked to the preceding stories by their Parisian setting and artistic protagonists.

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The King in Yellow and The Call of Cthulhu By Robert W. Chambers H. P. Lovecraft The King in Yellow is a book of short stories by Robert W. Chambers, first published by F. Tennyson Neely in 1895. The book is named after a fictional play with the same title which recurs as a motif through some of the stories. The first half of the book features highly esteemed weird stories, and the book is described by S.T. Joshi as a classic in the field of the supernatural. There are 10 stories, the first four of which, "The Repairer of Reputations", "The Mask", "In the Court of the Dragon" and "The Yellow Sign", mention The King in Yellow, a forbidden play which induces despair or madness in those who read it. "The Yellow Sign" inspired a film of the same name released in 2001. The Call of Cthulhu is a short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, in February 1928. Cthulhu Mythos scholar Robert M. Price claims the irregular sonnet The Kraken, written in 1830 by Alfred Tennyson, is a major inspiration for Lovecraft's story, as both reference a huge aquatic creature sleeping for an eternity at the bottom of the ocean and destined to emerge from his slumber in an apocalyptic age. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .



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A macabre classic 14 juin 1998
Par john.kilby@cableol.co.uk - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Robert W. Chambers' "The King in Yellow" is a book within a book. Or, more properly, it's a collection of macabre short stories with a common theme; a fictional two-act play that brings decadence, hallucinations, and madness to any reader.
The stories within this collection, published in 1895, are set in a fictional militaristic 1920s in both the USA and Europe. The tales stand free of each other, and are told from a number of different perspectives, by socialites, soldiers, and artists. Each tells how the lives of the narrator and colleagues have been affected by reading "The King in Yellow", a controversial play that has been denounced by the church and suppressed by governments. After coming into contact with it, their lives are tragically affected. Some find themselves hounded by shadowy agents, while others become confused and delusional. Others are driven to act out the play's sad and decadent events, while some simply go insane.
The substance of the play itself is only alluded to, or hinted at in brief extracts. It is clearly a tragedy, but the motivations and actions of its central characters, including the mysterious King in Yellow himself, are not clear. Like many authors of macabre tales, Chambers was content for our imaginations to do the work, and this book is more powerful for it.
(And by the way, if the central theme of a forbidden book that induces insanity is familiar to you, you've probably read some of the Mythos tales of H.P.Lovecraft. In fact, I doubt that too many people come to read "The King in Yellow" by any other route; Chambers' book is clearly stated as a strong influence on Lovecraft's work.)
To be honest, I was shocked to find myself reading a book that was over a HUNDRED years old, an activity I had assumed was reserved for crusty academics and lovers of classical literature. But, more pointedly, I was surprised to find that "The King in Yellow" is a highly readable volume, full of entertaining, colourful and disturbi! ng tales with a very modern feel to them.
The only downside I found was that the final few stories lose the central theme. I found myself wondering if these thinner, romantic tales, were more representative of Chambers' other work, and were, in effect, "fillers". But perhaps I missed the point? It is only this that stops me from awarding five stars to this impressive book.
Overall, if you've had a bellyful of today's crop of relentless gore and explicit sexuality, take a literary Alka Seltzer by checking out the "King in Yellow".
It's a classic, and I'm not talking Jane Austen.
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Excellent collection... 8 juillet 2011
Par Preston Halcomb - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This collection of stories by Robert Chambers is an excellent companion to anyone who enjoys the Cthulhu Mythos and wants to delve into some of the inspiration for Lovecraft's fiction. Reading these stories was very much like stepping through a doorway into another dimension. The characters were well written and the plot was filled with madness and lurking horror. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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A Must-Have for Lovecraft fans 25 décembre 2004
Par J. W. Kennedy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
HP Lovecraft was heavily inspired by Chambers' wierd tales from _The King in Yellow_. (He stole the name and vague concept of Hastur from it.) The frustrating thing about RW Chambers is that he COULD write very well, but for some reason he usually didn't. At his best he could weave an atmosphere of terrifying hallucinatory brilliance. At his worst he was hokey, sentimental, sappy, and tiresome. Half of his original _The King in Yellow_ consists of dopey romance stories that will infuriate the wierd fiction fan. Not so here. This Dover collection has only the best tales from _The King in Yellow_, as well as a number of other chilling morsels picked from Chambers' large body of later (mostly forgettable) work.

You should get hold of this collection just for "The Repairer of Reputations," which ranks as a superior masterpiece of surreal paranoid delirium. It's one of the top 5 wierd stories of all time, and actually BETTER than anything by Lovecraft.
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Five (or Six) Vague Weird Stories, plus Forgettable Extras 16 décembre 2013
Par J. Whelan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Robert W. Chambers wrote a lot of books, but his first, published in 1895, is the only one remembered - mainly by fans of weird horror, and mainly for its first half. The best material tends to come first; so a bored reader can probably safely skip whatever follows his loss of interest. My own suggestion would be to read not much further than "The Street of the Four Winds". The volume is divided into roughly 3 sections:

[I] THE KING IN YELLOW: A set of 5 inter-connected tales of the weird, prefaced by the poem "Cassilda's Song". They revolve around a handful of mysterious references, to such things as "The Lake of Hali", "Carcossa", "Hastur" (these drawn from earlier tales by Ambrose Bierce) and a play entitled "The King in Yellow", which is said to drive mad those who read it. These stories tap into fear of unknown mainly by making little or no sense -- at least, I could make little sense of them; and if anyone else has succeeded better than I, I have never seen their explanations. Still, I somewhat enjoyed the riddle, along with the creepy atmosphere. The stories are

- [1] "The Repairer of Reputations": A madman in a future New York plans to become King, with the aid of a deranged blackmailer, and a mysterious cult.
- [2] "The Mask": A sculptor finds a means of transforming living objects into stone.
- [3] "In the Court of the Dragon": After attending church, a man finds himself stalked by a sinister organist.
- [4] "The Yellow Sign": An artist & his model are vaguely menaced by a repulsive gravedigger.
- [5] "The Demoiselle D'Ys": A man falls asleep on a French moor & wakes to find himself in a mythic past.

The tales that come closest to standing on their own as horror are numbers [1], [3] and [4] above. I still recommend reading all five, since they form a unit.

[II] THE PROPHET'S PARADISE: An interlude of brief poems, neatly dividing the book's 2 main sections. I got nothing out of them, but they are short and painless. If there is any connection to the preceding or succeeding tales, I could not discern it.

[III] STREET STORIES: A set of 4 romantic tales set in Paris. If you read this for horror, then you probably can skip them all, except possibly the first. If there is any connection to THE KING IN YELLOW set, then I could not discern it. Each tale gets successively duller (and longer). The stories are:

- [1] "The Street of the Four Winds": On a street of the damned, where the 4 winds blow all wicked things, a stray cat summons a morbid artist to a rendezvous with his dead lover. The only one of the last 4 with a substantial horror element.
- [2] "The Street of the First Shell": Set in wartime Paris.
- [3] "The Street of Our Lady of the Fields": Artists in Paris.
- [4] "Rue Barrée": More artists in Paris. The title means "barred street" in French, but is also the name of the female love interest.
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Darkly Beguiling 7 septembre 2010
Par Larry Dugan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Any collection of Robert W Chambers's "King in Yellow" stories is a rare and welcome gift, and the best of those stories--"The Yellow Sign," "The Repairer of Reputations," and "In the Court of the Dragon"--are included in this volume. Curiously, however, others are omitted in favor of tales that, though quite good, simply don't seem to be part of the KIY cycle. The missing stories, in this reviewer's opinion, are as follows: "The Prophet's Paradise," "The Street of the Four Winds," "The Street of the First Shell," "The Street of Our Lady of the Fields," and "Rue Barree." Had the current volume included these tales, I would have given it the highest possible marks. Still, it is an excellent collection that I highly recommend to anyone interested in the work of the inestimable and terribly underrated Robert W. Chambers.
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