The King in Yellow (part 1)

Robert W. Chambers (1865 - 1933)

Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933) studied art in Paris in the late 80's and early 90's, where his work was displayed at the Salon. However, shortly after returning to America, he decided to spend his time in writing. He became popular as the writer of a number of romantic novels, but is now best known as the author of "The King In Yellow". This is a collection of the first half of this work of short stories which have an eerie, other-worldly feel to it; but the stories in the second half are essentially love stories, strongly coloured by the author's life as an artist in France.

Only the first half of the collection of stories is presented here: the earlier stories are all coloured by the background presence of a play, "The King In Yellow" itself, which corrupts those who read it, and opens them to horrible experiences and to visions of a ghastly other world, lit by dark stars and distorted skies. This half of the collection is completed by a few very short pieces and two rather strange and beautiful stories of love and time, loneliness and death. (summary by Peter Yearsley)

Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction, Detective Fiction, Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Repairer of Reputations - Part One Peter Yearsley
Play 02 The Repairer of Reputations - Part Two Peter Yearsley
Play 03 The Repairer of Reputations - Part Three Peter Yearsley
Play 04 The Mask Peter Yearsley
Play 05 The Court Of The Dragon Peter Yearsley
Play 06 The Yellow Sign Peter Yearsley
Play 07 The Demoiselle D'YS Peter Yearsley
Play 08 The Prophet's Paradise Peter Yearsley
Play 09 The Street of the Four Winds Peter Yearsley