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There was once a play with the power to drive the reader mad… or to transport him into a bizarre world of Carcosa, and the King in Yellow. Banned, burned, yet never totally destroyed, the play lives on, eating away the fabric of society and rotting the veneer of civilization… and we have prepared a special copy just for you!

Celaeno Press is delighted to announce a new anthology based on the King in Yellow Mythos, entitled In the Court of the Yellow King. Published in fall 2014, the volume is edited by Glynn Owen Barrass.

Now with seven Honorable Mentions in Ellen Datlow’s Full recommended list Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven:

  • Glynn Owen Barrass: “Future Imperfect”
  • Ted E. Grau: “MonoChrome”
  • Laurel Halbany “Light’s Fade”
  • Gary McMahon: “The Yellow Film”
  • Willie Meikle “Bedlam in Yellow”
  • Christine Morgan: “The Viking in Yellow”
  • Peter Rawlik: “The Sepia Prints”

“Nigredo,” by Cody Goodfellow has also been included in Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven, and two of the stories—Willie Meikle’s “Bedlam in Yellow” and Christine Morgan’s “The Viking in Yellow”—have received The Occult Detective Awards.

Cover of first edition of The King in Yellow

Cover of first edition

In 1895 a collection of ten short stories by author Robert W. Chambers was published under the title The King in Yellow. It featured amongst other tales four interconnected stories: “The Yellow Sign”, “The Repairer of Reputations”, “The Mask” and “In The Court of The Dragon.”
These tales are linked together by three main plot devices:

  • A mysterious and cursed play in book form, banned since its release, called ‘The King in Yellow.’
  • A supernatural entity mentioned in the play also called ‘The King in Yellow.’
  • A mysterious symbol called ‘The Yellow Sign’ which is connected with the play and the King in Yellow.

Those that read the play often end up insane or possessed by evil. Many suffer their minds being blasted by the horrible tale the play reveals, or haunted and hunted to death by the play’s monstrous avatars. Those that find the Yellow Sign suffer just as terribly as those that read the play.

Over the decades since Chambers collection first appeared, many other authors have written stories featuring his creations, adding to the rich canon of King in Yellow tales. If you haven’t read them already, books such as Peter A Worthy’s Rehearsals for Oblivion: Tales of the King in Yellow (Act I), and Joseph S. Pulver’s A Season in Carcosa are fine examples of what beautiful madness can be formed from a writer’s imagination.

And now we have invited some of the best authors in the genre to bring their own special madness to new interpretations of the King in Yellow, including (in alphabetical order):

  • Glynn Owen Barrass: “Future Imperfect”
  • Tim Curran: “Penumbra”
  • Cody Goodfellow: “Nigredo”
  • T.E. Grau: “MonoChrome”
  • Laurel Halbany: “Lights Fade”
  • CJ Henderson: “Yield”
  • Gary McMahon: “The Yellow Film"
  • William Meikle: “Bedlam in Yellow”
  • Christine Morgan: “The Viking in Yellow”
  • Edward Morris: “Who Killed the King of Rock and Roll?”
  • Robert M Price: “The Mask of the Yellow Death
  • Peter Rawlik: “The Sepia Prints”
  • Brian Sammons: “A Jaundiced Light at the End”
  • Lucy A. Snyder:”The Girl with the Star-Stained Soul”
  • Jeffrey Thomas: “Grand Theft Hovercar”

The cover is by award-winning artist Daniele Serra.

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