- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions (5 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840226447
- ISBN-13: 978-1840226447
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The King in Yellow (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) Paperback – 5 May 2010
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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1. 'The Repairer of Reputations' - My rating (5/5) - The book starts off fantastically strong with this story, which mixes horror, madness, intrigue and sci-fi. Chambers sets his story 25 years in the future (for him, 1920). He gives a fascinating quick history of world events, of the appearance and suppression of the horrifying book known as 'The King In Yellow' and the story then begins on the day that the first Government Lethal Chamber is being unveiled in New York (Suicide has just been declared legal). Society is rather more utopian, world conflicts have been resolved and it is against this backdrop that we start to see the creeping evil that the book can bring. This is an amazing story, and everyone who's a Lovecraft, or horror fan, should check it out. It's also snappily written, and full of quirky detail.
2. 'The Mask' - My rating (4/5) - An interesting story which, again, involves the book, and also a strange scientific discovery.
3. 'The Court Of The Dragon' (3/5) - This story of a man stalked by a mysterious figure is good, but not as innovative as the first two tales.
4. 'The Yellow Sign' (3/5) - One of the most famous stories in the book. 'The King In Yellow' features prominently here. This is a good story, and my rating is more about personal taste - I like Lovecraft for his science-based horror, and dislike Poe for his more traditional graveyard-Gothic style. This is more Poe than Lovecraft.
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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.Read more ›
The next three stories- The Mask, The Court of the Dragon and The Yellow Sign- all worth the effort, all feature in some way The King in Yellow. (Four stars)
Demoielle D'Ys- a unoriginal but not unpleasant little ghost story (Three stars)
The Prophets Paradise- meaningless rubbish or work of genius? I go for the former (One star)
Street of the Four Winds- a sinister tale about a cat (Three stars).
Street of the First Shell- kind of sums up the collection- passages of fine writing mixed with tedium (more of the latter). Three stars.
Street of Our Lady of the Fields and Rue Barrie- unreadable sentimental tosh. One star each (And I'm being generous).
This book is definitely worth buying, particularly at this price, but don't feel you have to read all the stories, especially the last two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Came with a different cover than pictured, the cover was plain brown with no illustrations.
The printing quality was also poor, some pages were printed at an angle and some... Read more
The King in Yellow is a great book, well worth reading. But the illustrations in this edition are rubish, Poor quality and irrelavant to the text. Get the free version instead.Published 7 months ago by P. Cooper
dull, overdone writing, semi-incoherent plots, and while the king in yellow premise could be great it rarely features and is handled poorly so a waste all round really.Published 10 months ago by Tom
The third star is just for the first story, which is great - some cracking concepts, and it's good to read something that was 'the original' rather than all the stuff that's... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ms. IM Burton