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The King in Yellow

The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
By: (1865-1933)

The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers is a collection of interconnected short stories that combine elements of horror, romance, and decadence. The eponymous play within the stories is said to drive anyone who reads it mad, and its presence looms ominously throughout the collection.

The stories themselves are beautifully written, with an eerie and unsettling atmosphere that lingers long after the book is finished. Chambers creates a world that is both enchanting and terrifying, filled with mysterious characters and otherworldly occurrences. The themes of madness, forbidden knowledge, and the power of art are woven throughout each story, creating a sense of unease that is palpable.

While some readers may find the nonlinear structure and open-ended conclusions frustrating, others will appreciate the ambiguity and dreamlike quality of the narratives. The King in Yellow is a classic work of weird fiction that has influenced generations of writers and artists, and its impact can still be felt today.

Overall, The King in Yellow is a haunting and atmospheric collection that is sure to appeal to fans of horror, fantasy, and classic literature. Chambers' prose is rich and evocative, drawing the reader into a world that is both alluring and dangerous. This is a book that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933) studied art in Paris in the late 80’s and early 90’s, where his work was displayed at the Salon. However, shortly after returning to America, he decided to spend his time in writing. He became popular as the writer of a number of romantic novels, but is now best known as the author of “The King In Yellow”. This is a collection of the first half of this work of short stories which have an eerie, other-worldly feel to it; but the stories in the second half are essentially love stories, strongly coloured by the author’s life as an artist in France.

Only the first half of the collection of stories is presented here: the earlier stories are all coloured by the background presence of a play, “The King In Yellow” itself, which corrupts those who read it, and opens them to horrible experiences and to visions of a ghastly other world, lit by dark stars and distorted skies. This half of the collection is completed by a few very short pieces and two rather strange and beautiful stories of love and time, loneliness and death.

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Reviewer: - July 17, 2015
Subject: Excellent Narration
Very well done

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