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The King in Yellow The King in Yellow: The COMPLETE Collection of Short Horror/Occult Stories By Robert W. Chambers The King in Yellow

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Robert William Chambers, May 26, 1865 – December 16, 1933, was an American artist and fiction writer, best known for his masterpiece, a book of short stories entitled The King In Yellow, published in 1895. The King in Yellow (1895) – short stories.


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  • Broché: 200 pages
  • Editeur : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 février 2014)
  • Collection : Classic Robert W. Chambers
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1495472108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495472107
  • Dimensions du produit: 25,4 x 17,8 x 1,1 cm
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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.
27 internautes sur 27 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
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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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.
31 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A Pioneer Author of the Macabre 20 juin 2002
Par orvuus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Most of the other reviews here rightly criticize
the syrupy romance of Chambers and the thin
character development in this book. They also
entirely miss the point. This book was published
in 1895, and between Poe and Ambrose Bierce the
literature of fantasy and the macabre had not
developed greatly. This book should simply be
enjoyed for what it is -- a flawed book with
some rather sinister and chilling stories.
A better purchase would be "The King In Yellow And
Other Stories," which collect this and other works.
18 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The King in Yellow is a classic of horror 30 août 1997
Par larryloc@ioc.net - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The King in Yellow is a group of thinly connected short stories all dealing with the effect of a two act play titled "The King in Yellow". The play will show up in the lives and libraries of the victums as if it has a dark soul and will of its own.

All that find this work are blasted in a horrific cosmic game of tag that is some of the darkest fiction in weird literature.

Published in 1895 by a young art student who wrote most of it while living in Paris, the King in Yellow and the early work of Robert W. Chambers were an influence on the work H. P. Lovecraft. Some feel that The King in Yellow is the source of the Necronomicon.

For more information on the work of Robert W. Chambers see: [...]

Larry Loc
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