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The King in Yellow is a classic collection of outstanding horror fiction by Robert W. Chambers. Some of the tales include references to a play known as "The King in Yellow" which has given the fictitious play a spot on the I Wish This Were Real bookshelf with The Necronomicon, among others. No true fan of horror should be without a copy of this collection. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933) was an American author as well as an artist. His best known work is the collection The King in Yellow. His work ranged from fantasy, horror, and science fiction to romance and historical fiction. --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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