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The King in Yellow

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Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,202 / 209 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 15,039 1631

A collection of weird fiction short stories, connected by the theme of a terrible play (to which the title refers) which drives those who read it insane.

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"It was worth something to you," I ventured.

"No," he replied, laughing, "my pleasure in finding it was my reward."

"Have you no ambition to be rich?" I asked, smiling.

"My one ambition is to be the best armourer in the world," he answered gravely.

Constance asked me if I had seen the ceremonies at the Lethal Chamber. She herself had noticed cavalry passing up Broadway that morning, and had wished to see the inauguration, but her father wanted the banner finished, and she had stayed at his request.

"Did you see your cousin, Mr. Castaigne, there?" she asked, with the slightest tremor of her soft eyelashes.

"No," I replied carelessly. "Louis' regiment is manoeuvring out in Westchester County." I rose and picked up my hat and cane.

"Are you going upstairs to see the lunatic again?" laughed old Hawberk. If Hawberk knew how I loathe that word "lunatic," he would never use it in my presence. It rouses certain feelings within me which I do not care to explain. However, I answered him

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
R Stephan

Utter insanity, great horror. WP says the book influenced Lovecraft. I had to stop because I thought it repeated itself, but will take it up again.





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