The Yellow Sign & Other Stories

The Yellow Sign & Other Stories

Robert W. Chambers S.T. Joshi / Jun 17, 2021

The Yellow Sign Other Stories This massive collection brings together the entire body of Robert W Chambers weird fiction works including material unprinted since the s Chambers is a landmark author in the field of horror lite

  • Title: The Yellow Sign & Other Stories
  • Author: Robert W. Chambers S.T. Joshi
  • ISBN: 9781568821269
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • This massive collection brings together the entire body of Robert W Chambers weird fiction works including material unprinted since the 1890 s Chambers is a landmark author in the field of horror literature because of his King in Yellow collection That book represents but a small portion of his weird fiction work, and these stories are intimately connected with the CthThis massive collection brings together the entire body of Robert W Chambers weird fiction works including material unprinted since the 1890 s Chambers is a landmark author in the field of horror literature because of his King in Yellow collection That book represents but a small portion of his weird fiction work, and these stories are intimately connected with the Cthulhu Mythos introducing Hali, Carcosa, and Hastur.Short stories from The King in Yellow, The Maker of Moons, The Mystery of Choice, The Tracer of Lost Persons, The Tree of Heaven, and two complete books, In Search of the Unknown and Police This book contains all the immortal tales of Robert W Chambers, including The Repairer of Reputations, The Yellow Sign, and The Mask These titles are often found in survey anthologies In addition to the six stories reprinted from The King in Yellow 1895 , this book also offers than two dozen other stories and episodes, about 650 pages in all These narratives rarely have appeared in print Some have not been published in nearly a century.A Chambers novel, The Slayer of Souls 1920 , is not included in this short story collection.

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        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 early as 1889 On his return to New York, he succeeded in selling his illustrations to Life, Truth, and Vogue magazines Then, for reasons unclear, he devoted his time to writing, producing his first novel, In the Quarter written in 1887 in Munich His most famous, and perhaps most meritorious, effort is The King in Yellow, a collection of weird short stories, connected by the theme of the fictitious drama The King in Yellow, which drives those who read it insane.Chambers returned to the weird genre in his later short story collections The Maker of Moons and The Tree of Heaven, but neither earned him such success as The King in Yellow.Chambers later turned to writing romantic fiction to earn a living According to some estimates, Chambers was one of the most successful literary careers of his period, his later novels selling well and a handful achieving best seller status Many of his works were also serialized in magazines.After 1924 he devoted himself solely to writing historical fiction.Chambers for several years made Broadalbin his summer home Some of his novels touch upon colonial life in Broadalbin and Johnstown.On July 12, 1898, he married Elsa Vaughn Moller 1882 1939 They had a son, Robert Edward Stuart Chambers later calling himself Robert Husted Chambers who also gained some fame as an author.Chambers died at his home in the village of Broadalbin, New York, on December 16th 1933.


    1. This story has me thinking and wondering. It starts out as one thing, and then turns into something else.What I liked:*The creepy guy that made everyone think of something dead or like a gross worm or something. It made me laugh, but also made me shiver. *The narrator's sweet relationship with his artist model. How it meant more to him than could admit, because he felt he was not a good man, and because of his lost true love.*The imagery of the story, filled with symbolism that I will ponder and [...]

    2. To me, there has always been something lacking in Lovecraft, something which makes it difficult for me to connect with his stories directly, personally. In reading Chambers, I found a distinct human element which Lovecraft cannot seem to approach. Lovecraft's alien horror is often a bit too alien--even his 'everyday' protagonists tend to be rather odd, even unsympathetic. But then Lovecraft was a lifelong loner and shut-in, so perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that his tales owe less to the foibl [...]

    3. Very similar in theme to Chambers' other short story, 'In the Court of the Dragon,' which precedes this one in the collection, The King in Yellow.' Here, a bohemian artist senses malevolence from the figure of the night watchman of the churchyard outside his window. It seems to him, the man looks almost like a corpse himself. He attempts to dismiss his irrational fears, but they only seem to be compounded with the strange and morbid dreams his favorite model has been having, and disturbing tales [...]

    4. First one I've read from this author, and definitely not the last. I was amazed by how the author is able to evoke both laughter and horror, and to place symbols that will stay for a long time in my memory. Masterful. I discovered the short story thanks to True Detective

    5. I picked this up free from Librivox to listen to The Yellow Sign and The Repairer of Reputations, preparatory to listening to the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast discussion of these stories. Imagine my amazement at how detailed, deep, and surprising these stories are. The common thread of the book that links at least some of the stories is that the play The King in Yellow causes madness to anyone who reads it; certainly to anyone who reads that fatal second act (of which it is said that no one e [...]

    6. With the Yellow Sign alone I was more than prepared to give this 5 stars but the rest of this book with the exception of two or three other stories are utter CRAP!The cave girl story is not amusing. "Lets rope in a professor and tell him they are cave girls." Little does he know they are really actresses.But we shall let it pass as professor Smith continually states AHEM! inbetween small hands, blue eyes, beautiful woman, small waist, etc.

    7. This book is a slog. Chambers had moments of transcending beauty with his weird fiction, such as the creation of The King In Yellow. Then he writes a bunch of romantic stuff that is sooooooo hard to read. After I got through The King In Yellow and The Mystery Of Choice portions, it took me forever to finish the book. The good portions are worth the slog, but the slog is there. Reader be warned.

    8. “Não leia este livro!”Essa frase é incansavelmente repetida por alguns dos personagens das histórias presentes em “O Símbolo Amarelo e Outros Contos”. Eles leram o livro fictício (o roteiro de uma peça de teatro) “O Rei de Amarelo” ficaram loucos. E as atitudes advindas dessa loucura (misteriosa e inexplicável) são ingredientes para contos de terror cósmico que inspiraram ninguém menos que H. P. Lovecraft, por exemplo. Escrito por Robert W. Chambers, o livro homônimo traz [...]

    9. The ancient city of Carcosa first appeared in Ambrose Bierce's short story "An Inhabitant of Carcosa." Thanks to the Cthulhu Mythos, however, most horror fans know of it as the setting for an imaginary play called The King in Yellow, which drives its readers mad and is connected somehow to a supernatural entity of the same name. There is also a symbol known as the "Yellow Sign," which leaves the viewer susceptible to some sort of mind control. According to the works of H.P. Lovecraft's successor [...]

    10. 3.75 stars, rounded up to a 4finitely a keeper!The other night I picked up Joseph Pulver's A Season in Carcosa, read the intro and then realized I'd never read The King In Yellow, so I probably needed to hold off for a bit. When I finished The Yellow Sign and Other Stories, I realized that Chambers had borrowed Carcosa from Ambrose Bierce's short story "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" so I guess I have to go grab The Heritage of Hastur to read that one. Lucky for me, I own a LOT of Chaosium volumes. T [...]

    11. A truly eerie story. Highly recommended to people interested in subtle horror, especially fans of Lovecraftian horror, who I'm sure will love this.

    12. Robert W. Chambers was a successful magazine illustrator who turned to fiction writing. There is no clear reason known for the switch, other than writing came easily for him and paid better than illustration. H.P Lovecraft, although an admirer of Chambers’ fiction, grouped him among those who are “…equipped with the right brains and education, but wholly out of the habit of using them.” He wrote around eighty now forgotten romantic novels, interspersed with exercises in short supernatura [...]

    13. Chambers' writing can be dreadful - and I have little doubt that two-thirds of this anthology is unreadable rhodamine rubbish - but The King in Yellow makes it all worth it. Love the stories that make it up, love the entire idea behind it, love the image of Lost Carcosa where there are strange moons and black stars; and, most of all, love the malevolent organist's stare of hatred at the beginning of In the Court of the Dragon, a scene that has stayed with me from the first moment that I read it. [...]

    14. Promises the entire wierd fiction of Chambers, and doesn't disappoint. It's important to remember that Chambers isn't a Lovecraftian or a Mythos writer. In his introduction, Joshi braces us for an onslaught of syrupy, repetitive adventure/romance, and thus prepared, it's really enjoyable. I made it almost the entire way through before deciding I'd had enough - like a too-rich dessert, you can't complain once you've had your fill.

    15. Did not finish.What a disappointment.To be honest I'd never heard of this author until I did a bit of research after thoroughly enjoying the first season of True Detective. I wanted to know more about The King in Yellow and Carcosa so I Googled it and discovered that it was based on Chambers work.It was hard to find a copy which included The King in Yellow stories and this is what I found.After reading the relevant stories I feel like I know nothing more than what the show and Google told me. Th [...]

    16. This is an odd reading experience. Those coming at it because of an interest in weird fiction will enjoy the front end a lot more than the back; the writing isn't any worse, but the weirdness declines.

    17. The King in Yellow set is great and deserve all the praises it got. The other stories in the collection felt a bit lacking, I may have to return to this collection sometime in the future.

    18. Much as I hate to agree with S. T. Joshi (the editor of this volume, and an unbearably snobbish critic, one of those who give literary critics a bad name), his assessment of Chambers's writing, expressed in Joshi's introduction, is essentially accurate. Chambers's early works and a single later work (represented in this volume by the half dozen stories from _The King in Yellow_, another half dozen from _The Mystery of Choice_, and the title tale from _The Tree of Heaven_) are brilliant, both art [...]

    19. "The Yellow Sign" is a short story by American writer Robert W. Chambers, published in the novel “The King in Yellow”. The collected story’s which I now am determined to read follow a connected theme of a forbidden play “The King in Yellow” which induces despair in those who read it causing them to go insane. I have been reading a lot of H.P . Lovecraft lately and as The King in Yellow was deeply admired by Lovecraft and said to be one of the most important works of American supernatur [...]

    20. The Yellow Sign is classic para-Cthulhu Mythos content. Focusing on a non-extant piece of literature/play, "The King in Yellow," the stories and poems in The Yellow Sign revolve around those who have read the play or been exposed to it. While none of the classic Cthulhu Mythos entities make an appearance – save for Hastur whose implicit inhabitation of Caracosa on the Lake of Hali is a recurrent callback – the mood is sufficiently brooding and the content sufficiently dark to put Chambers in [...]

    21. I kept hearing about this TV show 'True Detective' that featured 'The King in Yellow', and while I still have not watched the show, I was inspired to re-read the stories by Robert Chambers. They are great, and I think I enjoyed them more having read them 10 some odd years after my first encounter with them. In 'The Repairer of Reputions', I especially liked the misshapen hyper-intelligent dwarf who is at war with his cat, and the government sponsored suicide chambers set in what to Chambers was [...]

    22. Collection of weird stories, really weird in this case not in the same sense of Lovecraft's, but because Chambers had some potential to write good, interesting stories /novels and what he did in this collection was not what I had expected.When I first heard of him, it was in a book by Lovecraft. Of course I thought: "Oh, Lovecraft used to read this guy, so, let's give it a try" I had especially expected The King in Yellow to be the best story here in fact, that may be so, as they're not that int [...]

    23. Este libro fue rarisimo. Realmente no soy muy fan del horror clásico como Lovecraft o Poe (lo sé, maldiganme), así que creo que esta es la razón principal por la que no apreció tanto esta historia. Supongo que tiene que ver con que los sucesos desconocidos ocurren repentinamente sin que sepas como y cuando, porque de repente ya están allí, acechándote. Pero tal parece que en esta historia pudieras decir que ese algo ya venia por ti, pero por alguna razón escogiste no hacer nada. O tal v [...]

    24. this book is as thick as 3 other chaosium books. has ALL the weird stuff from chambers. really classic weird fiction, stuff that inspired hp lovecraft with some of his own stories. collects much more than just the original 'the king in yellow' stories with mentions of hastur, my favorites aside from those are stories from 'in search of the unknown' and 'police!!!" which are well told short stories involving various weird fauna in remote areas of the new world and the fates that befall those who [...]

    25. I originally picked this up because I wanted to read about the mythology behind "The King in Yellow." I'm still intrigued, even after having read that set of stories twice. The others in the book ranged from a bit silly to very interesting, and after finishing I rather felt Chambers had been given the short end of the stick in terms of the little attention paid to him as an important author of weird fiction (especially in comparison to Lovecraft, for example). Chambers remains a master of ambigu [...]

    26. This author was mentioned in a review of some Lovecraft book on some other website, so I picked it up out of curiosity. Well, I can see why Lovecraft fans would like this guy, but most of the stories in this anthology just did not do it for me. There were a couple of chilling reads here and there, most notably the title story which is very disturbing indeed. But overall, I felt like I was reading one of the hundreds of lesser authors who wrote around the same time as Lovecraft yet were nowhere n [...]

    27. I like the way the first block of stories reference the fact that reading the King in Yellow drives people mad. And what is the title of those stories? The King in Yellow.I bet the author thought himself a ladies man and yet someone else always gets the girl. Seems to happen to his main character all the time.Each collection of stories definitely have a theme, some more loosely than others. Mostly creepy known ghosts and monsters. Only a couple try for a fantastical creature that to me meant Lov [...]

    28. While not every story in this collection of smaller volumes is fantastic, all of them contain elements of greatness and the truly wonderful ones contain great moments of oddity and old-school horror. If you haven't heard of Robert Chambers, he fits somewhere between Poe and Lovecraft with a slightly more romantic bent (some of his novels, not included here, were indeed romances). Also, if you were wondering all about that Yellow King and Carcossa stuff mentioned in Season 1 of "True Detective", [...]

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