In this collection of dreamlike short stories, set in Paris and New York, Robert W. Chambers weaves a tapestry of horror, science fiction, and romance, entwined with the menacing thread of The King in Yellow, a play so terrifying and disturbing that to experience it instantly engulfs one in madness and despair. The ruthless heir to a lost kingdom; ...
In this collection of dreamlike short stories, set in Paris and New York, Robert W. Chambers weaves a tapestry of horror, science fiction, and romance, entwined with the menacing thread of The King in Yellow, a play so terrifying and disturbing that to experience it instantly engulfs one in madness and despair. The ruthless heir to a lost kingdom; a sculptor with a horrifying secret; stalking demons; decadent art students; doomed lovers - the shadow of The King in Yellow looms over them all. Also available in the Classics by Roads series: Dracula, Bram Stoker, ISBN 9781909399341 Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad ISBN 9781909399013 Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, ISBN 9781909399334 Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne, ISBN 9781909399273 Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence, ISBN 9781909399280 Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, ISBN 9781909399082 Notes From Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ISBN 9781909399099 The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford, ISBN 9781909399266 The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle, ISBN 9781909399051 The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde, ISBN 9781909399006 The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli, ISBN 9781909399303 The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, ISBN 9781909399020 The Thirty-nine Steps, John Buchan, ISBN 9781909399242 The Trial, Franz Kafka, ISBN 9781909399297 What is Art? Leo Tolstoy, ISBN 9781909399259 Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, ISBN 9781909399075 Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, ISBN 9781909399068 Emma, Jane Austen, ISBN 9781909399495 Venus in Furs, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, ISBN 9781909399556"
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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.
May 17, 2007
Weird & Chilling Classic
For fans of Lovecraft, Machen, Bloch and other masters of weird fiction. A classic.
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