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The King in Yellow
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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Oh the sin of writing such words, words which are clear as crystal limpid and musical as bubbling springs words which sparkle and glow like the poisoned diamonds of the Medicis! Oh the wickedness the hopeless damnation of a soul who could fascinate and paralyze human creatures with such words words understood by the ignorant and wise alike , words which are more precious than jewels more soothing than Heavenly music, more awful than death itself.

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JillyMann
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My next venture.... has anyone read it?

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Bookwomble
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This book is chiefly known for its opening quartet of stories of eldritch horrors and macabre dystopias. Some works contain only those four, which may well satisfy the majority of readers who (like myself) are drawn to it due to the thread it weaves through the works of others, most famously H.P. Lovecraft. However that does the author a disservice. Chambers collected these stories together and intended them to be read as a complete work. 👇👇

Bookwomble Doing that, you appreciate the arc he takes from the futurist dystopia of The Repairer of Reputations, with its claustrophobic feeling of paranoia, through the subsequent alchemical and supernatural tales, onto the fifth story, a folkloric fairytale, a short set of prose poems, and so gradually into the historical world of everyday reality, with its wars and romance, comedy and pathos. An expert writer who deserves recognition for more than horror 1y
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Bookwomble
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A previous owner, not before 9 Nov 79 according to the bus ticket bookmark, appears to have got to the penultimate story, "The Street of Our Lady of the Fields", and then put the book aside, not to finish it. I wonder if something happened on that bus journey? Did they meet some old friend or lover and forget the book? Did the preceding story of war trigger a trauma memory in a veteran, who felt unable to read further? The mysteries of old books!

Centique Excellent post! You‘ve got me feeling all whimsical about it now 😊 Really cool little bit of history you found. 1y
BookaholicNatty Love this!!!! 1y
saresmoore 🧐 1y
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Bookwomble @Centique @BookaholicNatty I like it when I find little tokens like this, inscriptions, newspaper clippings and, occasionally, notes and letters. It gives a sense of how other lives might have been touched by an author, and ties a thread, even if tenuous, between me and them. 1y
BookaholicNatty @Bookwomble that is like an amazing thing to be in there for thhhattt long 1976!!!! Craziness! 1y
Bookwomble @BookaholicNatty This is my second bus ticket find. My other one is dated late '50s- early '60s, and had th e bus company infield on so they I could identity it as a Liverpool company which ceased trading in the mid-60s. I got a very different vibe off that ticket. 1y
Bookwomble @BookaholicNatty I pulled the other books and see I got my dates wrong! The book was published '56 and the bus company folded '69, so the previous owner probably read it between those two dates. Interestingly (I realise I may be stretching the definition of that word by now), flipping the pages I found a second set of tickets indicating they gave up 2/3 of the way through. 1y
saresmoore That is so intriguing. It makes me want to read a short story collection inspired by real-life book ephemera. 1y
Bookwomble @saresmoore I've had that thought, too ☺ 1y
saresmoore *whispers* Open a Word document/blank journal and just start typing/writing... 😬 1y
Bookwomble @saresmoore Ha, ha! 😂 1y
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Bookwomble
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My late afternoon: Books, music, cocktails and nibbles 📖🎶🍸🍡😊

MrsLee One needs to know, what is in that beautiful cocktail ? 1y
Bookwomble @MrsLee It was (past tense!) A gimlet: two thirds gin, one third Rose's lime cordial, slice of lime 🍸 Nibbles: silverskin onions 😊 1y
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Bookwomble
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Reading the non- horror stories in the King in Yellow in the garden while eating my breakfast (tea, and toast and Marmite) when I was joined by a mother blackbird preparing breakfast (worms) for her children ☺

saresmoore I love the morning birds! I confess, though, since I‘ve never eaten or even seen Marmite, I may now associate it with worms... 1y
Bookwomble @saresmoore Ha,ha! Many people would associate Marmite with worms! ? Their marketing is all about "love it/hate it" - obviously, I'm in the love camp ? 1y
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TrishB
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#bodakyellow #aprella
I‘m taking @Cathythoughts definition of ‘undead creature‘ and this cover for the tagged book!
It is true, you learn something new every day!

Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻😱💛💛 ( there‘s something about being “ yellow bellied “ too. Isn‘t there ! This is getting very interesting...) or else I‘m getting carried away , ( has been known to happen ) 😬🤦🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1y
Reviewsbylola Love it! 💛💛 1y
rohit-sawant I was about to post this, too! 🙌🏻 1y
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Cinfhen Interesting thought @Cathythoughts I guess your name really suits you 😘😘 1y
TrishB @rohit-sawant how weird is that! 1y
emilyhaldi 🙌🏻🙌🏻dying to know if you've given the song a listen yet?? 🙃 1y
TrishB @emilyhaldi no, been in work all day and my head phones were in another bag! 1y
Kalalalatja What a creepy cover! 1y
TrishB @emilyhaldi my daughter just played me it.....I can honestly say it‘s not my thing...... 1y
Aleida Love this cover 1y
emilyhaldi Lol @TrishB it's definitely not for everyone 🙃 but now you know!! 1y
TrishB @emilyhaldi she laughed when I said play it for me! 1y
Mdargusch Great cover! I‘m with you- this song 🙉 1y
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Bookwomble
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"The Demoiselle d'Ys" is tangentially connected to Chambers' King in Yellow stories by the character names Hastur and Jeanne d'Ys ('jaundice'). Otherwise, it's a modern folktale styled somewhat after the Breton laïs, and which put me in mind of both Dunsany's "The Curse of the Wise Woman" and Warner's "Kingdoms of Elfin".

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Bookwomble
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There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:
The way of the eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.

- "The Demoiselle D'Ys"

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Bookwomble
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Litsy doesn't hold the edition I have, the Ace 1965 edition pictured here. In addition to the macabre stories featuring the mysterious play, "The King in Yellow", it contains several non-genre stories.
Contents:
The Repairer of Reputations
The Mask
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 Barrée

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 🥂 1y
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Anton
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The first and last stories in this collection were the strongest (the first was particularly unnerving) but they were all good. I can definitely see why Lovecraft was inspired by them — the idea of a work of literature (in this case a play) that drives its reader insane is right up his alley. I‘m glad the references to the Yellow King and Carcosa in True Detective put this book on my radar, even if the result was a few sleepless nights. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Anton
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After finishing a re-watch of True Detective season one, I decided it was time to finally read The King In Yellow. My version only has the four stories that have the King as a recurring theme (there are copies that have a few more) but that‘s what really interested me anyway. First story was really good, second was okay, hoping to finish the others this week.

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PaulaCappaAuthor
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Chambers short story The Messenger is a FREE read, audio too, at Reading Fiction Blog. What an exciting shortie by a master writer of mystery/suspense. This is literary horror, also known as quiet horror, at its finest. PaulaCappa.wordpress.com #readingfiction #bookaddict #reading addict #bookclubs #backtoreading #gothic #gothicfiction.

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catsuit_mango
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Breakfast tea number two because I was not feeling so well after breakfast and ended up having a nap on the sofa. Starting the day over with #bookandtea

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PagesOfKate
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Hello, my name is Kate and I like to buy cheap books. It's been 3 hours since my last purchase.
#bookaholicsanonymous #badcovers #Riotgrams

Cathythoughts 😀👍🏻 2y
Jess7 This cover is haunting! Haha! I have to stop looking at it. 🤣 2y
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kylienoele
King in Yellow | Robert W Chambers
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K: (The) King in Yellow- Robert Chambers

Y: (The) Yellow Wallpaper- Charlotte Perkins

L: (The) Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe- C. S. Lewis

I: IT- Stephen King

E: Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

This was more difficult than I thought it would be. I know The Yellow Wallpaper is technically a short story, but apparently I haven't read too many books that start with 'Y' 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

rohit-sawant The King in Yellow! 😍 2y
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Josh_G
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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Mehso-so

This starts off strong and then peters out about halfway through.

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Leannr
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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Mehso-so

Started this little number on a dreary day in Dublin. The cover looks almost like a sun, hopefully it will bring a bit of sunshine!

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PirateJenny
King in Yellow | Robert W Chambers
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The entire premise of this collection is that there is a #cursedbook so terrible it drives anyone who reads it to commit terrible acts. It's wonderful and creepy and somewhat pulpy. #PiratesLife #WhatAWayToLive

CrowCAH What a neat concept! Love the cover art, too; really eerie and moody. 2y
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AdaChivers
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Not really Spring here, autumn (not really), and hot af but I'm joining the #springcleaningreadathon because of reasons!

Mdargusch That candy looks good. 😋 2y
AdaChivers @Mdargusch it's a brazilian milky chocolate that I eat since childhood and is really good! 2y
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AdaChivers
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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I couldn't afford the gorgeous book sleeves I ser here and on Instagram, with shipping costs and custom taxes... So, I asked a friend to make me some! And I love them! #booksleeves

LeahBergen Those are great! 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Love the interior colors and the roll-over tops! Cute! 2y
AdaChivers @elkeo she made the tops like that so I can put longer books inside the sleeve un rolling them! Great idea, right? 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon Yes! The one I recently bought was too short, so it's brilliant! (edited) 2y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ #ProtectYourBooks 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @AdaChivers Your friend may need to go into business - we all want taller #booksleeves! Tagging some gals @LectricSheep @tpixie I was chatting with about sleeves and forgot yours were custom-made 🙁 2y
AdaChivers @elkeo she has a little online shop, but as me, she livros in Brazil! I'll try to get her to join litsy! 2y
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AdaChivers
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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Not really a party, because I forgot to get prepared, again, but a #litsypartyofone anyway...

Lmstraubie If you have a book and a comfortable place to read it's a party! 2y
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Camsmom2010
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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Snow Day today means reading and some baking! ❄📚🎂

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reader_of_the_pack
Der Knig in Gelb | Robert W. Chambers
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Pickpick

Ein mysteriös-schauerlicher Band in der Romantik verwurzelter Erzählungen. In der Nachrecherche zur Serie "True Detective" entdeckt, frage ich mich, wie mir dieser moderne Klassiker der Gothic Novel entgehen konnte.

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DuckOfDoom
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The first stories were all about the Yellow Sign, and always the "King in Yellow", a book that was forbidden and said to make people who read it go mad, had a part in it.
The last three stories did not, and I do not understand why they are part of the book. They bored me, and it was difficult to hold my attention, as I am often #serialreading in the train to university

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DuckOfDoom
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers

A #litsyconfession: I have a problem with scary stuff. It freaks me out.
And now I need your advice: for an #AllHallowsRead, can you recommend something mild, maybe more on the mystery side?

Maike Mh maybe sth like 3y
jpmcwisemorgan I'm not a big fan of scary. There are a lot of paranormal romance/mystery. Charlaine Harris, the author of series True Blood is based on, has a series with a psychic and Victoria Laurie has at least one paranormal series. This way you get some mystery and something "spooky" without the scary. 3y
Varshitha Me too.. but I am diving right in.. Started Shining.. my first horror book😉 3y
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I-read-and-eat I love Karen Maitland's medieval mysteries. They are not very scary but just a little spooky. I am not good with scary either. My personal favourite of her is 3y
Foxyfictionista What about something enchanted? Like The Night Circus? 3y
DuckOfDoom @Maike @jpmcwisemorgan @I-read-and-eat @Foxyfictionista Thanks for the suggestions. I will look what the bookstore has to offer, or order all of them 📚 3y
jpmcwisemorgan @DuckOfDoom There are a lot of cozy mysteries out there, some with a paranormal bent. If you're ok with ebooks you might be able to find some for free or cheap. That way you can test them out for not a lot of money. 3y
DuckOfDoom @jpmcwisemorgan I think my mother has a lot of them, i tried the true blood series for my self, so maybe i will raid her bookshelf. 3y
Libby1 Maybe something just a bit creepy like We Have Always Lived in a Castle? Or Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None? I can't read scary stuff either but I enjoyed both of these books. 3y
Kirstin Have you read The Thirteenth Tale? A little spooky but more mysterious than anything. 3y
Bookworm54 You could maybe go with the classics? They aren't scary in the way modern horrors are. Frankenstein and Dracula are both great, and then there are things like Carmilla. You can sometimes get Penny Dreadful volumes very cheap on kindle (they have several classic stories in each volume) so they might be a place to start ☺️ 3y
silverlocusts A good collection of Poe, Washington Irving, or Hawthorne might do the trick 3y
moranadatter Heather Blake writes cozy mysteries about witches. They're seasonally appropriate, but not scary. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa How about youngish and odd, but only a tiny scary. Something like 3y
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Larkken
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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I dunno about the rest of you, but Matthew McConaughey never did anything for me before he played fragmented, pessimistic, intense Rust Cohle. Maybe it's that Texas is growing on me, but he's totally my #mancrush in all his flawed glory. #octphotochallenge (image is a gif from deviantart that I love: http://www.deviantart.com/art/True-Detective-Rust-Cohle-Gif-Animation-448578006)

Texreader That art nails him! 3y
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kylienoele
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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This was an excellent read! #booktober
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 🌝

Kirstin Yes! Loved this too! 👍 3y
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DuckOfDoom
The King in Yellow | Robert William Chambers
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So thanks to Litsy i dowloaded the #serialreader app. I think it is a cool concept because classics are often not easy to read and one issue ist just long enough that i can read it in the bus in one day!
I choose to read the King in Yellow because it is referenced in one of my favourite board games, Arkham Horror and i just stumbled upon the title 😀

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ElizaTodd
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A collection of short stories I own! I personally recommend The King in Yellow to everyone, it's so good! #shortstories #day29 #septphotochallenge #somethingforsept

[DELETED] 1418060470 I adore The King in Yellow. Decadence at its best. 3y
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