History Literature / TheKingInYellow

9th Jul '17 3:48:09 PM Luigifan
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** The main character of "The Yellow Sign", however, is both [[OhCrap shocked]] and bewildered to see his girlfriend pull out the book out of his shelves, wondering while he desperately and repeatedly tells her to put it down and not to open it, how the hell the book managed to end up in his apartment in the first place as he is well aware how dangerous it is.

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** The main character of "The Yellow Sign", however, is both [[OhCrap shocked]] and bewildered to see his girlfriend pull out the book out of his shelves, wondering shelves; while he desperately and repeatedly tells her to put it down and not to open it, he's also wondering how the hell the book managed to end up in his apartment in the first place place, as he is well aware how dangerous it is.



* SchmuckBait: People keep reading ''The King in Yellow'' even if they've been informed doing so is a bad idea. There's a subtle implication that the play exerts some sort of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings One Ring]]-style influence on people to get itself read.

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* SchmuckBait: People keep reading ''The King in Yellow'' even if they've been informed doing so is a bad idea. There's a subtle implication that [[ArtifactOfDoom the play play]] exerts some sort of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings One Ring]]-style influence on people to get itself read.



* TogetherInDeath: Well, madness but it works out to the same thing. In "The Yellow Sign", after the model he's fallen in love with gets an eye-full of the play and goes bonkers, the artist despairingly picks it up and starts reading.

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* TogetherInDeath: Well, madness madness, but it works out to the same thing. In "The Yellow Sign", after the model he's fallen in love with gets an eye-full of the play and goes bonkers, the artist despairingly picks it up and starts reading.



* TheUndead: "The Yellow Sign". It is linked to the eponymous sign.

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* TheUndead: "The Yellow Sign". It is linked to the eponymous sign.play.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Although [[spoiler: the evil cat is killed]], animal lovers will be pleased to note that [[spoiler: the bunny and the goldfish in "The Mask" are restored to life and the fish are immediately re-homed]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Although [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the evil cat is killed]], animal lovers will be pleased to note that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the bunny and the goldfish in "The Mask" are restored to life and the fish are immediately re-homed]].



In 1999, playwright Thom Ryng wrote a production-length facsimile of the "real" ''King in Yellow'' based on Chambers' short stories (and following the rough plot laid out by Kevin Ross in the ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' RPG). Set on the world of Hastur, the play centers on the last generation of a dying, world-spanning Imperial dynasty; Queen Cassilda must find choose a royal heir before she dies, but one of her kids is an empty-headed socialite, one has joined the ReligionOfEvil, and the last is a hothead who is too young to be crowned.

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In 1999, playwright Thom Ryng wrote a production-length facsimile of the "real" ''King in Yellow'' based on Chambers' short stories (and following the rough plot laid out by Kevin Ross in the ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' RPG). Set on the world of Hastur, the play centers on the last generation of a dying, world-spanning Imperial dynasty; Queen Cassilda must find and choose a royal heir before she dies, but one of her kids is an empty-headed socialite, one has joined the ReligionOfEvil, and the last is a hothead who is too young to be crowned.



* ExternalRetcon: Ryng manages to compromise between the original, extremely ambigiously used name Hastur, which may refer to place just as well as a person, and August Derleth's rather liberal interpretation that Hastur is simply the King in Yellow's true name by making Hastur the name of the planet on which the play is set on, and in the end have the King declare "We are Hastur" to indicate that his presence has overwhelmed the entire world.

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* ExternalRetcon: Ryng manages to compromise between the original, extremely ambigiously used name Hastur, which may refer to a place just as well as a person, and August Derleth's rather liberal interpretation that Hastur is simply the King in Yellow's true name by making Hastur the name of the planet on which the play is set on, and in the end have the King declare "We are Hastur" to indicate that his presence has overwhelmed the entire world.



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4th Jul '17 10:15:50 PM SantosLHalper
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Chambers' {{utopia}}n, reformed United States in the far-off year of our Lord... ''1920''.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Chambers' {{utopia}}n, "[[CrapsaccharineWorld utopian]]", reformed United States in the far-off year of our Lord... ''1920''.
3rd Jun '17 4:18:49 AM Andariel
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-->'''Cassilda:''' Indeed, it's time. We have all laid aside disguise but you.

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-->'''Cassilda:''' Indeed, it's time. We all have all laid aside disguise but you.
21st Nov '16 4:05:15 PM valar55
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* JerkassGenie: In the last scene, the King in Yellow answers the surviving characters prayers, but always in ways that pointedly do not profit them.

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* JerkassGenie: In the last scene, the King in Yellow answers the surviving characters characters' prayers, but always in ways that pointedly do not profit them.



* ReligionIsMagic: The priests of the Cult of the King in Yellow are shown capable of becoming invisible at will.

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* ReligionIsMagic: The priests of the Cult of the King in Yellow are shown to be capable of becoming invisible at will.



* VestigialEmpire: Ythill apparently once covered a better part of the planet, but a dozen rulers later it's rare for anyone to even leave the capital city.

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* VestigialEmpire: Ythill apparently once covered a the better part of the planet, but a dozen rulers later it's rare for anyone to even leave the capital city.
14th Nov '16 10:47:08 AM DracMonster
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* TogetherInDeath: Well, madness but it works out to the same thing. In ''The Yellow Sign'', after the model he's fallen in love with gets an eye-full of the play and goes bonkers, the artist despairingly picks it up and starts reading.

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* TogetherInDeath: Well, madness but it works out to the same thing. In ''The "The Yellow Sign'', Sign", after the model he's fallen in love with gets an eye-full of the play and goes bonkers, the artist despairingly picks it up and starts reading.
14th Nov '16 10:45:07 AM DracMonster
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* TogetherInDeath: Well, madness but it works out to the same thing. In ''The Yellow Sign'', after the model he's fallen in love with gets an eye-full of the play and goes bonkers, the artist despairingly picks it up and starts reading.
2nd Nov '16 12:52:09 AM PaulA
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Creator/HPLovecraft cited this book as an influence, and it's the direct[[note]]Chambers himself got it from a short story by Creator/AmbroseBierce, "Haïta the Shepherd", in which it's just a shepherd's god[[/note]] source of Hastur's name. According to Lovecraft's friend and fellow writer AugustDerleth, the actual performance of ''The King in Yellow'' is a summoning ritual for an EldritchAbomination.

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Creator/HPLovecraft cited this book as an influence, and it's the direct[[note]]Chambers himself got it from a short story by Creator/AmbroseBierce, "Haïta the Shepherd", in which it's just a shepherd's god[[/note]] source of Hastur's name. According to Lovecraft's friend and fellow writer AugustDerleth, Creator/AugustDerleth, the actual performance of ''The King in Yellow'' is a summoning ritual for an EldritchAbomination.
20th Sep '16 11:45:47 PM PaulA
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You might be looking for the RaymondChandler short story of the same name (in which the lead refers to ''this'' book).

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You might be looking for the RaymondChandler Creator/RaymondChandler short story of the same name (in which the lead refers to ''this'' book).
12th Aug '16 2:17:43 PM margdean56
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** A ShoutOut in the other direction occurs in Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's {{Darkover}} series, which uses ''lots'' of the names from the book -- mostly for Darkovan mythical/historical characters, occasionally for places.
1st Aug '16 6:15:55 PM PaulA
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** The book itself is a StockShoutOut among CosmicHorrorStory fans. References to it range from the fiction of Creator/HPLovecraft to appearance in Music/BlueOysterCult[='=]s "ETI."
** MarionZimmerBradley used a number of names from the book, including Hastur, Cassilda, Camilla, Hali, and Carcosa, in her ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' series.
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