The King in Yellow

The King in YellowRobert William Chambers Naci En Brooklyn En Una Familia De Terratenientes De Origen Escoc S Estudi En El New York Art Student S League Y En Se Traslad A Par S, Donde Convivi Con La Bohemia Art Stica Del Fin De Siglo Cuando Chambers Regresa A Nueva York, Su Vocaci N De Ilustrador Cede A Su Pasi N Por Contar Historias Y Publica Un Primer Libro, In The Quarter , Sobre Sus Experiencias En Par S Le Seguir Un A O Despu S Una Colecci N De Relatos, El Rey De Amarillo, Que Le Convierte En Un Maestro Indiscutible Del Moderno Cuento De Terror, Capaz De Aportar Una Visi N Del Mal, El Horror Y Lo Sobrenatural, Alejada Por Completo Del Monstruo Y El Fantasma G Tico Cl SicoEn El Rey De Amarillo Relatos Macabros Y Terror Ficos T Tulo Que Hace Referencia A Una Obra Imaginaria, El Rey De Amarillo , Cuya Lectura Provoca Estupor, Locura Y Tragedia Espectral, Y De La Que El Necronomic N Lovecraftiano Es Deudor Hemos Seleccionado Los Cinco Relatos De Corte Fant Stico De La Colecci N Original Dejando De Lado Los Que No Lo Son La M Scara, En El Pasaje Del Drag N, El Reparador De Reputaciones, La Demoiselle D Ys Y, El M S Famoso, El Signo Amarillo Obra Maestra Del Cuento Macabro De Suspense, Con Un Final Escalofriante El Volumen Se Completa Con El Creador De Lunas Y Una Velada Placentera, Procedentes De The Maker Of Moons Y El Emperador P Rpura, El Mensajero Y La Llave Del Dolor, De The Mystery Of Choice En Estos Relatos, Precursores De Los Mitos De Chtulhu, Se Respira Una Atm Sfera Eminentemente Pesadillesca, Alucinatoria Y On Rica El Rey De Amarillo Relatos Macabros Y Terror Ficos Invoca Un Mundo De Caos Y Perdici N, Fascinante Y Repugnante Al Tiempo, Que Nos Recuerda Algunas Obras De Meyrink E Incluso Del Propio Kafka

Robert William Chambers was an American artist and writer.Chambers was first educated at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute,and then entered the Art Students League at around the age of twenty, where the artist Charles Dana Gibson was his fellow student Chambers studied at the cole des Beaux Arts, and at Acad mie Julian, in Paris from 1886 to 1893, and his work was displayed at the Salon as ear

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    5 Stars for the wonderful opening story The Repairer of Reputations although i wonder if wonderful is the correct word after all, this is a story that opens with a bizarre, sometimes dire alterna history leading up to a 1920s America where on lookers gather to contemplate terminally dispirited disportment within suicide abetting Lethal Chambers and after this bit of surprising strangeness, the reader is plunged right into the mind of a classic Unreliable Narrator the poor lad struck his head after a fall from a horse and was never quite the same again , complete with insanely grandiose ambitions and malicious thoughts of revenge and devious yet doltish plans for his enemies who are everywhere, simply everywhere with the added bonuses of various books of ill repute, some surreal shenanigans starring a peculiarly malevolent cat, and the creepy Repairer himself all in all, it is a bracing and imaginative bit of darkness on the page and, to me at least, quite wonderful the style is so breezy, the pacing so brisk, the imagination so fertile and so oddly modern, the experience was pure pleasure it is hard to believe that this story was written over a 100 years ago.i also enjoyed the three tales of weird horror that followed, chock full of dread and formless despair good stories interesting and off kilter and pleasingly sinister the big take away is the idea of a monstrous play The King in Yellow that horribly impacts anyone who dares read it, and which is a key element in each of the first four stories here s an excerpt from said monstrous play please don t kill yourself or anyone else after reading Camilla You, sir, should unmask Stranger Indeed Cassilda Indeed it s time We have all laid aside disguise but you Stranger I wear no mask Camilla Terrified, aside to Cassilda No mask No mask hey, take a look at this cover for an edition i wish i owned if you are at all familiar with this author or classic Weird Fiction in general, then you know the drill those first four stories along with Ambrose Bierce s An Inhabitant of Carcosa set the template for much Weird Fiction to come, from H.P Lovecraft to Clark Ashton Smith to Karl Edward Wagner and beyond the names, the places, the idea of fell books of unhealthy influence, creeping dread, hysterical romanticism, humans viewed as repulsive insects this story cycle s place at the beginning of it all is well known.it is also a well known disappointment only those first four could be classified as Weird Fiction a fifth, The Demoiselle d Ys , is an elegant, wispy ghost story romance and is also quite traditional following that is The Prophet s Paradise a collection of bits of ambiguous prose poetry, or impenetrable fable, or snatches from a larger tapestry never completed, or something the remaining four tales each fancifully titled after certain streets have barely a whiff of horror about them and so have met a chilly reception over the years from Weird Fiction enthusiasts they are all about living the lifestyle of a bohemian art student abroad in bohemian Paris bohemian Latin Quarter think Trilby minus Svengali they are about romance, art, naive americans, lack of money, enticing but sometimes tragic whores, some bloodshed at least in one story , a sad and lonely ending in another story , some unbearable lightness of being what it feels like to be young and artistic and ready to enjoy life in a bustling and sometimes violent big city these stories were slim, rather quaint, rather witty, and quite vibrant i particularly enjoyed The Street of the First Shell , which plunges the reader into a you are there now account of the milieu itself and then what it feels like to suddenly find yourself in the middle of a bloody, confusing battle full of heretofore unexperienced chaos, terror, and death overall this is an unusual and surprisingly quirky collection of stories all of them were interesting and a couple really sang.

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    ejmbersova zbirka pri a Kralj u utom do ivela je drugu mladost zbog emitovanja popularne HBO serije True Detective Seriju sam pratila, ali ne mogu da ka em da li je bolja serija ili knjiga, pre svega jer je re o potpuno razli itim proizvodima, a drugo jer se ne mo e re i da je serija ekranizacija ejmbersovih pri a i ideja, ve pre da je poslu ila mo da kao inspiracija scenaristi serije koji je od ejmbersa pozajmio par motiva.Zbirku Kralj u utom ini 10 pri a, i kao i na ve inu drugih italaca i na mene su daleko ve i utisak ostavile pri e sa po etka zbirke koje odi u tom lavkraftovskom atmosferom strave i u asa Me u njima posebno izdvajam prvu pri u Majstor za reputacije u okvire koje je poseban utisak na mene ostavila Smrtonosna dvorana dr avna ustanova u kojoj bezbolna smrt eka onoga koji vi e ne mo e da podnese tuge ovog ivota Osim ove, jo bih izdvojila pri e U Zmajevom sokaku i uti znak Zapravo centralni motiv ovih pri a jeste drama u dva ina pod imenom Kralj u utom, koja na itaoce destruktivno uti e, uni tavaju i im zdrav razum zbog ega je prakti no i zabranjena u tom zami ljenom ejmbersovom svetu.Sa druge strane, kroz pri e sa kraja zbirke autor prenosi atmosferu boemskog ivota mladih umetnika iz Latinske etvrti u Parizu Mo e se re i da nemaju gotovo nikakvih dodirnih ta aka sa pri ama sa po etka, mada na momente i kroz njih provejava dah nekog nespokojstva ili uznemirenosti, ali dalje od toga autor ne ide Me utim, daleko od toga da su ove pri e lo e ili nezanimljive Ovde bih istakla kao najzanimljiviju pri u Ulica prve granate.Kao zaklju ak mogu da istaknem da su prvih pet pri a pravo malo remek delo natprirodne knji evnosti, i da e sigurno svi koji vole Lavkrafta u ivati i u ovim pri ama a da je druga polovina zbirke jednostavno razli ita i druga ija, pa na itaoca ostavlja slabiji utisak.I na kraju, jednostavno moram da uputim posebne pohvale uz standing ovation na ra un ekipe iz Kluba knjige i umetnosti Gavran iz Smedereva Ovi mladi ljudi su se odva ili na veoma hrabar i smeo poduhvat, a to je da se srpskoj itala koj publici predstave jednim ovakvim prvencem Prevod je besprekoran, prelom teksta na najvi em nivou, a na samom kraju zbirke je i odli na i veoma pou na recenzija Dejana Ognjanovi a, autora romana Na ivo i Zavodnik Ocena 4

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    Can art drive a person insane Could there be a book, or a film, or a piece of music that vibrates against the cortext in a certain way, or opens great gulfs of revelation so profound and so shattering that you could never be exposed to it without being changed forever If the truth of such a piece got out, wouldn t anyone and everyone want to be exposed to it, scoffing and thinking that they, above all else, would be well equipped to handle any dangers, and yet feeling inescapably drawn to find out just what it is that makes such a thing work so potently on the human psyche Of course, these vistas, this mind altering vibration, could never, ever be described They could only be experienced And having had the experience, you would have to dissemanate it to others You wouldn t even have to try If you had the presence of mind to warn your friends against it, even that warning would plant the seed of gnosis, and before you could say Tears shall dry and die in dim Carcosa , they would be turning those mouldering pages, their eyes soon wide, staring into nothingness, but seeing.what It s the idea of the King in Yellow that s so powerful and sticks with you long after you ve finished Robert Chambers s odes to the play that nobody s ever read and remained untouched Throughout the first four stories of this book, you ll get tantalising glimpses of the first act of the play, which is apparently harmless The second act is what shakes everyone to their very foundation, and Chambers wisely does not give us a taste, for anything he could say would pale in comparison to what we might imagine, even if that imagining is but the faintest dark inkling The first story in this series, The Repairer of Reputations , is one of my favourite short stories, rivalling, I think, the best of Poe and many other writers It s strange and electrifying set in New York of 1920 twenty five years after this book was written , and the future depicted is very odd indeed The USA seems to have become a fascist state, and the tale begins on the eve of the opening of the first Suicide Chamber, little gas chambers to be set up all over the country where people will be permitted to cleanly destroy themselves if life becomes too difficult for them In just a few pages, Chambers paints a sharp and eloquent picture of this altered, would be future new York, and it is here, among the clean streets and pristine boulevards, that our narrator resides He s just recovered from an injury falling from his horse, he says , and during his convalescence had little better to do than to read the now infamous The King in Yellow He believes he s made a sterling recovery, but his friends are convinced that he s not a well man Throughout the story he rails against comrades and family, secretly plotting to undermine the order of things with the mysterious and bizarrely freakish Mr Wilde Their Reputation Repair service is designed to make them a good deal of moneybut to what end Well, you simply have to read the story to find out Then read it again to pick up on the little details you might have missed the first time It s really good stuff definitely an unsung classic of the highest order.The next few stories also deal with the play The King in Yellow in one way or another The Mask is my second favourite tale, and its romantic and tragic and haunting, and set around the time when the play first emerged into the world You may need to read the ending twice to realise what is going on Just remember that anyone who has claimed to have read the play has perceptions that should not wholly be trusted.While I don t think Chambers ever manages to equal the glory of the first two tales, he does come pretty close at times The Court of the Dragon is a short little piece with some extremely evocative writing The Yellow Sign is a little of a standard horror, but it still makes sense in the context of the play and the maddening effects it has apparently had on the world From this point, things move into other territory as the concept of the play is abandoned and we get stories of mysterious love, possible time travel, war torn France and even a very short and effective ghost story The last of these is The Street of the Four Winds , and it s really very good The image of the young artist taking in this cat and trying to find out where it belongs is evoked so well that I found the story imprinted forever in my memory.This book has had a quiet, profound influence on many things, I feel The most obvious would be H P Lovecraft and his Necronomicon, but the idea of books that rend the mind is a potent one that s burrowed into the literary conscious and has even showed up in a number of movies, too One might even say that something like Borges s Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius is a perfect extension and elucidation of this very idea In a way reading The King in Yellow makes me sad, because it seems that Chambers, upon receiving some literary success, became rather neutered and churned out a lot of average schlock that s of little consequence, even if perhaps fun to read If nothing else and it is many things , The King in Yellow is proof that the best work is produced in times when there can be no room for complacency and no substitute for the fire of strange passions, and and that the contentment of a fine house and back patting acolaides are seldom the elements that conspire to create great works.

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    Along the shore the cloud waves break,The twin suns sink beneath the lake,The shadows lengthenIn Carcosa.Strange is the night where black stars rise,And strange moons circle through the skiesBut stranger still isLost Carcosa.Songs that the Hyades shall sing,Where flap the tatters of the King,Must die unheard inDim Carcosa.Song of my soul, my voice is dead Die thou, unsung, as tears unshedShall dry and die inLost Carcosa.Cassilda s Song in The King in Yellow, Act I, Scene 2 I probably shouldn t open a review with lines from a play that has such ill effects on people, but the excerpts from the play were my favorite parts I have done homework for this review, which I now share with you In about 1887, Gustave Nadaud writes a poem called Carcassonne available online here about a man dying before he sets eyes on the city of his heart s desire This inspires Lord Dunsany to write a short story of the same name included in A Dreamer s Tales , William Faulkner to write a short story of the same name available in These Thirteen , and, apparently, Ambrose Bierce to write a short story called An Inhabitant of Carcosa available in Can Such Things Be Bierce s story in turn inspires Robert W Chambers to write a collection of short stories called A King in Yellow a review of which you are now reading , in which the first four interlocking stories follow the repercussions of a fictional play also called A King in Yellow set in the theoretically still fictional Carcosa Which in turn inspired H.P Lovecraft to do something I haven t finished researching yet Which has apparently spawned a whole cottage industry of books about the king in yellow and Carcosa just judging by what I m seeing on , here So this is a literary iceberg we re standing on.The Repairer of ReputationsThe first story stars a Mr Hildred Castaigne, convalescing from a concussion, poor man The story shines in the first part for the sheer what on earth am I reading reaction it provokes, but half that reaction comes from the fact that the book was written in 1895 and describes a utopia complete with a nasty little bit of racism imagined in 1920 The other half comes from Mr Castaigne, view spoiler who is really not a very trustworthy gentleman hide spoiler

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    This is a hard book to give a rating.There are things that made me wanna stop the book than to continue But I stand firm and continue my path unfortunally the last two stories were too much for me I read and skipped several paragraphs at time because it was too damn boring without any purpose or interest But there are some cool stories.First of all, if you would like to try reading Robert W Chambers start with the first four short stories novellas These are the beginning of Weird Fiction as later Lord Dunsany, HP Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson, Robert E Howard, Arthur Mchen or Clark Ashton Smith made it so popular.That s no coincidence that HP Lovecraft used some elements in it s Mythos and he said about Robert Chambers Very genuine, though not without the typical mannered extravagance of the eighteen nineties, is the strain of horror in the early work of Robert W Chambers, since renowned for products of a very different quality The King in Yellow, a series of vaguely connected short stories having as a background a monstrous and suppressed book whose perusal brings fright, madness, and spectral tragedy, really achieves notable heights of cosmic fear in spite of uneven interest and a somewhat trivial and affected cultivation of the Gallic studio atmosphere made popular by Du Maurier s Trilby The most powerful of its tales, perhaps, is The Yellow Sign, in which is introduced a silent and terrible churchyard watchman with a face like a puffy grave worm s A boy, describing a tussle he has had with this creature, shivers and sickens as he relates a certain detail Well, sir, it s Gawd s truth that when I it im e grabbed me wrists, sir, and when I twisted is soft, mushy fist one of is fingers come off in me and An artist, who after seeing him has shared with another a strange dream of a nocturnal hearse, is shocked by the voice with which the watchman accosts him The fellow emits a muttering sound that fills the head like thick oily smoke from a fat rendering vat or an odour of noisome decay What he mumbles is merely this Have you found the Yellow Sign A weirdly hieroglyphed onyx talisman, picked up in the street by the sharer of his dream, is shortly given the artist and after stumbling queerly upon the hellish and forbidden book of horrors the two learn, among other hideous things which no sane mortal should know, that this talisman is indeed the nameless Yellow Sign handed down from the accursed cult of Hastur from primordial Carcosa, whereof the volume treats, and some nightmare memory of which seems to lurk latent and ominous at the back of all men s minds Soon they hear the rumbling of the black plumed hearse driven by the flabby and corpse faced watchman He enters the night shrouded house in quest of the Yellow Sign, all bolts and bars rotting at his touch And when the people rush in, drawn by a scream that no human throat could utter, they find three forms on the floor two dead and one dying One of the dead shapes is far gone in decay It is the churchyard watchman, and the doctor exclaims, That man must have been dead for months It is worth observing that the author derives most of the names and allusions connected with his eldritch land of primal memory from the tales of Ambrose Bierce Other early works of Mr Chambers displaying the outr and macabre element are The Maker of Moons and In Search of the Unknown One cannot help regretting that he did not further develop a vein in which he could so easily have become a recognised master In my opinion, the four first stories are excelent linked horror stories as Lovecraft said before The rest are not that interesting nowadays To me they are boring with the exception of The Demoiselle d Ys.Imagine this to understand what I think of the stories A man is walking and finds a woman in a house where he talks with her As the day night advances he fell in love with her but it s late he got to get home and promise to return At least five or six pages of talks images and such As he passes a church he talks to a priest and the priest says that there is no one alive in that house It existed a family there but they died insert method of choice The man frights himself and died The end In my experience this is the typical gothic story.There are similar story arcs in epic fantasy A boy usually , orphan, is found by a powerful magician knight seer or such and says that he is destiny to save the world country woman from a powerful evil, that no one can defeat But this boy who had no training in magic war turns to a warleader best magician, and fights an undefeated evil lord magician and lives to tell the tale, unscathed He and his powerful, beautiful, amazing wife Oh well, I am getting sidetracked here.ReviewSo, the four stories are linked to a book called The King in Yellow try imagining Necronomicon There exists also a powerful evil entity and a terrible Yellow Sign Two of the stories are in a nearby alternative future America Circus 1920 and two other stories are set in Paris The first story The Repairer of Reputations Hildred, our main character in the first tale is one of the first attempts of an unnreliable narrator and as the story progress we get hints that he is delusional and had a broken mind And this is what interests me, because the plot itself is not important He thinks that he is the last Heir to the The Imperial Dynasty of America but his cousin is the way.The main protagonist reads a book called The King In Yellow, which is represented as a universally censored play which deeply disturbs him This supposedly book makes people going insane and noone can read from end to end It s legal and exist the Government Lethal Chambers in each city, were people can commit suicide, after reading part of this play The second story The Mask is also connected to the first the damned book and the land of Carcossa and its straightforward with 10 pages Maybe Yeovil Genevieve comes from this tale In the Court of the Dragon is a fast paced story about a man who has been followed by an church organ player As he tries to escape through Paris he awakes in the church all began Suddendly it seems, a dream upon a dream, he awakes in Carcossa dying And now I heard his voice, rising, swelling, thundering through the flaring light, and as I fell, the radiance increasing, increasing, poured over me in waves of flame Then I sank into the depths, and I heard the King in Yellow whispering to my soul It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God The Yellow Sign is the last tale and what a tale it is A tale about a painter and his muse As the story progress we see the interaction between those two characters and a man by the churchyard that spooks them As she gives him something she discovers the Yellow sign it seems that all come to light I am sure I wished to do so, but Tessie pleaded with me in vain Night fell and the hours dragged on, but still we murmured to each other of the King and the Pallid Mask, and midnight sounded from the misty spires in the fog wrapped city We spoke of Hastur and of Cassilda, while outside the fog rolled against the blank window panes as the cloud waves roll and break on the shores of Hali The house was very silent now and not a sound from the misty streets broke the silence Tessie lay among the cushions, her face a gray blot in the gloom, but her hands were clasped in mine and I knew that she knew and read my thoughts as I read hers, for we had understood the mystery of the Hyades and the Phantom of Truth was laid.Then as we answered each other, swiftly, silently, thought on thought, the shadows stirred in the gloom about us, and far in the distant streets we heard a sound Nearer and nearer it came, the dull crunching of wheels, nearer, nearer and yet nearer, and now, outside the door it ceased, and I dragged myself to the window and saw a black plumed hearse The gate below opened and shut, and I crept shaking to my door and bolted it, but I knew no bolts, no locks, could keep that creature out who was coming for the Yellow Sign And now I heard him moving very softly along the hall Now he was at the door, and the bolts rotted at his touch Now he had entered With eyes starting from my head I peered into the darkness, but when he came into the room I did not see him It was only when I felt him envelop me in his cold soft grasp that I cried out and struggled with deadly fury,but my hands were useless and he tore the onyx clasp from my coat and struck me full in the face.Then,as I fell,I heard Tessie s soft cry and her spirit fled to God,and even while falling I longed to follow her,for I knew that the King in Yellow had opened his tattered mantle and there was only Christ to cry I could tell , but I cannot see what help it will be to the world As for me I am past human help or hope As I lie here, writing, careless even whether or not I die before I finish, I can see the doctor gathering up his powders and phials with a vague gesture to the good priest beside me, which I understand ConclusionThe four first stories are worthwhile but the rest are not that good They are romantic stories with some supernatural horror elements IF you can call that horror Since all these stories are free try reading them for yourselves If you enjoy weird fiction, lovecraft and the rest of the gang try reading them As I said, the book Necronomicon was based on King of Yellow no doubt about it.Now an excerpt from itCamilla You, sir, should unmask.Stranger Indeed Cassilda Indeed it s time We have all laid aside disguise but you.Stranger I wear no mask.Camilla Terrified, aside to Cassilda No mask No mask He mentioned the establishment of the Dynasty in Carcosa, the lakes which connected Hastur, Aldebaran and the mystery of the Hyades He spoke of Cassilda and Camilla, and sounded the cloudy depths of Demhe, and the Lake of Hali The scolloped tatters of the King in Yellow must hide Yhtill forever, he muttered, but I do not believe Vance heard him Then by degrees he led Vance along the ramifications of the Imperial family, to Uoht and Thale, from Naotalba and Phantom of Truth, to Aldones, and then tossing aside his manuscript and notes, he began the wonderful story of the Last King.

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    The Repairer of Reputations The Mask In the Court of the Dragon The Yellow Sign The Demoiselle D Ys The Prophets Paradise The Street of the Four Winds The Street of the First Shell The Street of our Lady of the Fields Rue Bar e 3.2Before Algernon Blackwood, Robert E Howard, Ray Bradbury, Thomas Ligotti and many , there was Robert W Chambers But the one who was influenced the most by Chambers was H P Lovecraft Some basic ideas from the myth of The King in Yellow were used by Lovecraft almost intact How the creator of Cthulu managed to maintain his well known originality is a whole other story Chambers uses haunting atmosphere to create cosmic horror and he does it well Not all his stories focus on horror, though Therefore, the reader might get distracted from the atmosphere that was built at first, especially with the last three stories My personal favorites are Demoiselle D Ys and The Prophets Paradise with the latter being an excellent example of the surrealistic absurd literature that would flourish later in the 20th century.Overall, a pretty interesting collection of stories with its ups and downs.

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    Kitab Sar Kral isimli benim bilmedi im bir karakter etraf nda toplanan gotik yk ler derlemesi oldu unu tahmin ederek alm t m ok yan lmamakla birlikte kitap bundan daha fazlas ym , okuyunca anlad m ncelikle Gotik edebiyat merakl lar bence ok sevecektir T r n duayenlerinden Poe ve Lovecraft da birer yk s ile yer al yor Kitap Poe nun me hur K z l l m n Maskesi hikayesi ile ba lay p Lovecraft n Karanl kta F s ldayan isimli insan n kan n donduran yk s ile kapan yor Asl nda Sar Kral Robet W Chambers taraf ndan yarat lan bir tiyatro metni ve tabiiki kurmaca Ger ekte b yle bir metin yok t pk Lovecraft n Necronomicon u gibi Kitap o unlukla Chambers n Sar Kral isimli bu tiyatro oyununa g ndermeleri olan hikayelerinden olu uyor yleyse Poe, Ambrose Bierce ve Lovecraft n bu kitapta ne i i var diye sorabilirsiniz Asl nda bu derleme kitap bir yandan da gotik edebiyat n geli imini g steriyor Yazarlar kronolojik s ra ile yer al yorlar kitapta ve birbirlerini nas l etkilediklerini hiyaleleri s ras yla okurken ok net bir ekilde g rebiliyorsunuz T r n merakl lar na iddetle tavsiye ederim.

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    In 1986 Robert Chambers killed a young woman in Central Park in New York The media called Chambers the Preppie Killer.This Robert W Chambers is not the same guy Robert W Chambers died in 1933 and, as far as I know, didn t kill anyone Just so we re clear on that.The first four stories or so in this collection are loosely related, in that there s this connecting theme of a fictional drama called The King in Yellow Those who get their paws on it and read it wind up going crazy These stories are great I enjoyed the shit out of them.The rest of the stories did not follow along the same theme and it took me a while to realize that Like an embarrassingly long time Like I sat there wondering how the fifth story related to the first four I didn t realize that they wouldn t all be related in some way, so after my mind was blown by the actual King in Yellow stories, I was disappointed in the other stories Though, in reality, had I read those other stories separately I would have really enjoyed them as well Latin Quarter, Paris, bohemians I love that stuff But it wasn t what I wanted with this read I am reading spooky stuff for Halloween month, and while the first four stories fit my theme so well, the rest left me feeling cold and a little sad.That being said, The Street of the First Shell is a wonderful story What I will say about Chambers is he was incredible at writing atmospheric fiction I felt like I was with every character he wrote, I felt like I was in every circumstance Even in the stories I didn t care for, I felt like I was making a connection to Chambers words.He was a romantic writer, who also wrote some macabre Personally I would have enjoyed of the macabre, but then I m like the Queen of Death over here, so y know.I would say if you can read The Repairer of Reputations, The Mask, In the Court of the Dragon, and The Yellow Sign, do so I don t think you ll be disappointed They re incredible and slightly freakish and I can see how Lovecraft would be influenced by them And then read The Street of the First Shell because it s just a really good story Very powerful.The others can probably be skipped Unless you want the romantic, flowery Chambers Phooey.

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    Camilla You, sir, should unmask.Stranger Indeed Cassilda Indeed it s time We have all laid aside disguise but you.Stranger I wear no mask.Camilla Terrified, aside to Cassilda No mask No mask The King In YellowI came to this by way of the HBO show True Detective, which is pretty cool although not anywhere near as clever as it thinks it is, and which features references to the Yellow King and to a ruined city called Carcosa Robert Chambers was the first guy to write about the Yellow King, in the first four stories in this 1895 book And they re pretty cool I liked the first and last ones the best Repairer of Reputations and The Yellow Sign El says not to bother reading the rest of it, so I didn t.The King in Yellow here is a play, and if you read past the first act of the play you go nuts And these stories are weird, macabre fiction in the grand American tradition that reaches back to Poe if we re being honest, past him and back to that master of horror Jonathan Edwards.Carcosa is mentioned here, and that in turn is a crib from the short story An Inhabitant Of Carcosa by Ambrose Bierce, which shares themes with his well known An Incident At Owl Creek Bridge Bierce doesn t really do it for me.And later on Lovecraft will borrow the King in Yellow for his story The Whisperer in Darkness 1930 The idea of fiction spilling over into life, like The King in Yellow does, is one that Lovecraft took about as far as anyone else has, so you can see why he grabbed onto it his Necronomicon almost exists at this point, so carefully has it been insinuated So True Detective is part of a long conversation here, and my friend Liz pointed out over brunch that we re seeing the creation of a myth, like Faust an idea fun enough that people want to pick it up and play with it and make it theirs It s a meme Outside of the specific myth of the King in Yellow, the broader idea of entertainment that will kill you is increasingly ubiquitous David Foster Wallace plays with it in Infinite Jest, and there s the 1991 Japanese novel Ring, better known for its movie adaptations, and Cronenberg s 1983 Videodrome, and etc It is not an example of a tulpa, a thing created by force of imagination a la Slenderman That is a silly idea and it doesn t exist It is not, in other words, possible that by producing and consuming enough stories about stories that drive the consumer insane, we might inevitably, eventually produce a story that will actually drive us insane That s ridiculous.Anyway, I ll write about this later but my wife wants me to watch a movie with her.

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