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The King in Yellow


I read it and reread it, and wept and laughed and trembled with horror which at all times assails me yet'. With its strange, imaginative blend of horror, science fiction, romance and lyrical prose, Robert W. 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. Dare you read it? This collection has been called the most important book in American supernatural fiction between Poe and the moderns. H. P. Lovecraft, creator of the famed Cthulu mythos, whose own fiction was greatly influenced by this book stated that The King in Yellow 'achieves notable heights of cosmic fear'. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Unmasked, if not forgotten

by savobaron158 on Jul 29, 2010

This was really the seminal example of what came to be known as supernatural thrillers or esoteric fiction. But its elegant style and understated weirdness has never been done better. Lovecraft is the lovechild of Chambers. Who or what is the King in Yellow will only be answered when he is unmasked by future refugees from the reality studio. Highly recommended.


Weird & Chilling Classic

by fenn138 on May 17, 2007

For fans of Lovecraft, Machen, Bloch and other masters of weird fiction. A classic.

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