The King in Yellow, Deluxe Edition (Hardcover)

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If you were presented with a book of stories based upon a banished play that was known to induce audience insanity and despair, would you choose to indulge? If I were to mention that a mere glimpse of the first page of Act II is alluring enough to draw in the reader, would you test the pages? Even if it meant the demise of your very core and mental constitution? Knowing my love and admiration for H.P. Lovecraft, I was recently presented a copy of such a collection, with said disclaimer proceeding. With great anticipation, I hurried home to tear into the pages of The Yellow King, and further fuel my obsession with Lovecraftian lore. Never before have I opened the pages of a book that had H.P.’s stamp of approval printed on the dust cover: “Altogether one of the greatest weird tales ever written.” – H.P. Lovecraft

Robert W. Chambers, a successful American author in his time and noted as the greatest influence upon Lovecraft’s style and motif originally released the four tales found in this collection back in 1895. These stories continue to be heralded as some of America’s most influential and time transcending tales. Pushkin Press presents us with a nicely packaged hardcover collection of these tales, individually inviting and unsettling, collectively woven together and connected by a golden thread of mysterious underlying themes. This collection is haunting. Chambers’s method of suggestion and hint dropping leaves the reader wanting to know more; a need to decipher the proposed concepts, needing to understand what is happening on the pages of this book, and how the themes are connected.

“The Repairer of Reputations” is a strange tale of mental instability, contending with the struggle of ego over paranoia. “The Mask” is a story of love and art forged in dreamlike experiments of trust and science. In “In the Court of the Dragon” we find a character struggling to save his soul from a sinister organ player. Paranoia sets in as an artist trys to work under the ever-present albeit distant eye of the creepy church watchman in "The Yellow Sign."

From one Alex to another, I thank you for placing this in my hands!

— Alex Byron

If you were presented with a book of stories based upon a banished play that was known to induce audience insanity and despair, would you choose to indulge? If I were to mention that a mere glimpse of the first page of Act II is alluring enough to draw in the reader, would you test the pages? Even if it meant the demise of your very core and mental constitution? Knowing my love and admiration for H.P. Lovecraft, I was recently presented a copy of such a collection, with said disclaimer proceeding. With great anticipation, I hurried home to tear into the pages of The Yellow King, and further fuel my obsession with Lovecraftian lore. Never before have I opened the pages of a book that had H.P.’s stamp of approval printed on the dust cover: “Altogether one of the greatest weird tales ever written.” – H.P. Lovecraft

Robert W. Chambers, a successful American author in his time and noted as the greatest influence upon Lovecraft’s style and motif originally released the four tales found in this collection back in 1895. These stories continue to be heralded as some of America’s most influential and time transcending tales. Pushkin Press presents us with a nicely packaged hardcover collection of these tales, individually inviting and unsettling, collectively woven together and connected by a golden thread of mysterious underlying themes. This collection is haunting. Chambers’s method of suggestion and hint dropping leaves the reader wanting to know more; a need to decipher the proposed concepts, needing to understand what is happening on the pages of this book, and how the themes are connected.

“The Repairer of Reputations” is a strange tale of mental instability, contending with the struggle of ego over paranoia. “The Mask” is a story of love and art forged in dreamlike experiments of trust and science. In “In the Court of the Dragon” we find a character struggling to save his soul from a sinister organ player. Paranoia sets in as an artist trys to work under the ever-present albeit distant eye of the creepy church watchman in "The Yellow Sign."

From one Alex to another, I thank you for placing this in my hands!

— From Alex Byron

Description


A beautiful gift edition of this cult classic of supernatural fiction.

The weird tales in this slim volume are all linked by a play, the second act of which reveals truths so terrible and beautiful that it drives all who read it to despair: The King in Yellow.

These four macabre, uncanny and unsettling stories are some of the most thrilling ever written in the field of weird fiction, and since their first publication in 1895 have become a cult classic, influencing many writers from the renowned master of cosmic horror H.P Lovecraft to the creators of HBO's True Detective.

About the Author


Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933) was an American author and artist. He was a prolific writer and enjoyed great success during his lifetime, with an output comprising works of romance, adventure and science fiction, as well as some books for children. However, it is principally for his weird and supernatural stories, and in particular this collection, which is regarded as one of the most important works of American supernatural fiction, that he is remembered today.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781782273769
ISBN-10: 178227376X
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Pages: 160
Language: English
 

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