The King in Yellow: Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural
- Author: Robert W. Chambers
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd.
- Published: May 2010
- ISBN-10: 1840226447
- ISBN-13: 9781840226447
- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 2010
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With its strange, imaginative blend of horror, science fiction, romance and lyrical prose, Robert Ww. Chambers' THE KING IN YELLOW is a classic masterpiece of weird fiction. This series of vaguely connected stories is linked by the presence of a monstrous and suppressed book which brings fright, madness and spectral tragedy to all those who read it. An air of futility and doom pervade these pages like a sweet, insidious poison. 179p.
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Beware of the BookThese stories date from the late 19th century and thus may lack the same punch to today’s jaded readers who are used to the bloody tales of Clive Barker, Stephen King and Dean Koontz. However, Mr. Chambers’s stories provide the vague sense of creepiness and the occasional subtle chill that one might find in some of Poe’s works. The 19th century was a time of great flux and change, especially in technological advances. But, as always, human endeavors often outstripped radical changes in thought. So, while the works of Robert Chambers display cynicism and mysticism blended with spurts of scientific curiosity, they also reveal the attitude typical of the men of his time—a casual superiority towards anything foreign and a distaste of anything truly different. Thus they serve as a spotlight on the manners, mores and morals of the times as much as genuine horror.