The King in Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers

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Robert William Chambers (1865-1933) was an American illustrator and writer, best known for The King in Yellow, his influential and odd collection of ten macabre and French short stories first published in 1895. The title refers to a fictional play featured in four of the stories, and to a mysterious and malevolent supernatural entity within that play who may very well exist outside of it. It is whispered that the play leaves only insanity and sorrow in its wake; it tempts those who read it, bringing upon them hallucinations and madness...

Influencing the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Raymond Chandler, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and Nic Pizzolato (creator and writer of HBO's True Detective), and described by critics as a classic in the field of the supernatural, The King in Yellow – with its dashes of fantasy, mystery, mythology, romance, and science fiction – is a staple of the early gothic and Victorian horror genres.



We’ve used the original 1895 F. Tennyson Neely text for our edition of The King in Yellow, cross-referenced with two additional print editions: 1902 Harper & Brothers and 1962 Ace Books. Various spelling discrepancies between the three editions (chiefly British versus American spellings) were inconsistent and perplexing enough that we opted to go with American spellings throughout the entirety of our text (except a quote or two), with additional nips and tucks for readability, but only if our edits did not forsake the author’s original intention or connotation.




Publisher ‏ : ‎ Heathen Editions; Illustrated edition (December 15, 2017)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 260 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1948316013

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1948316019

Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.9 ounces

Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.5 inches