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Robert William Chambers (1865-1933) nació en Brooklyn en una familia de terratenientes de origen escocés. Estudió en el New York Art Student’s League y en 1886 se trasladó a París, donde convivió con la bohemia artística del fin de siglo. Cuando Chambers regresa a Nueva York, su vocación de ilustrador cede a su pasión por contar historias y publica un primer libro, «In the...more
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Patrick
This is one of many books I've purchased because the cover is cool and I've never heard of it or the author before. I read it concurrently with The Sketchbook of Washington Irving, which turned out to be a very appropriate pairing. From the Introduction (which I would recommend reading afterwards, as the stuffy though astute editor might turn you off from the ensuing book) I gleam that Chambers was one of a million forgettable, forgotten writers of copious crap in an olden age nobody really know...more
Oscar
‘El Rey de Amarillo. Relatos macabros y terroríficos’ es una recopilación que recoge cuentos de tres libros de Robert W. Chambers (The King in Yellow, The Maker of Moons y The Mystery of Choice), siendo los pertenecientes a ‘El Rey de Amarillo’ los mejores. Estos fueron precursores del llamado horror cósmico y los Mitos de Cthulhu, e influyeron en parte en la obra de H.P. Lovecraft. Si los personajes de Lovecraft enloquecen al leer el Necronomicón, los de Chambers lo hacen al adentrarse en las p...more
Mike
Jul 26, 2013 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone

The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories is a collection drawn from four books of short stories: The King in Yellow (1895), The Maker of Moons (1896), The Mystery of Choice (1897), and In Search of the Unknown (1904). These twelve stories are certainly dated and might not be counted among the best short fiction ever written, but they all have their moments. There is an excellent Introduction which tells the reader about Robert Chambers and each of the tales.

While there may be flaws in the sto...more
Randolph Carter
Outside of Poe and Lovecraft, "The Yellow Sign" may be the most influential horror story ever written. It is the bridge between Gothic, Decadent, and Modern in horror. Unfortunately Chambers killed a lot of other trees. One of the most popular authors of his time, he is almost forgotten except for the slim little volume known as "The King In Yellow." He wrote mainly unreadable sappy romances and unadventurous adventures. Lovecraft agonized over Chamber's wastage of his talent.

The Yellow Sign is...more
Brucifer
I was inspired to re-read The King in Yellow thanks (of course) to it having been namedropped and popularized by the TV show True Detective. This time I opted for the Dover edition, which contains only the 5 supernatural stories from the original King, plus a selection of other "horror" tales (actually a mix of horror, science fiction, and fantasy) from later in Chambers' career. My overall impression--though I applaud editor E.F. Bleiler for having provided readers with a wider representation o...more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
The free kindle version I read had several of his King in Yellow stories, and some other forgettable ones. The King in Yellow stories are various tales about people who encounter a mysterious book which contains a play called "The King in Yellow." This play makes people insane, or draws supernatural entities to them. and has a habit of just popping up everywhere.

Unfortunately the stories just aren't that good as horror, and it took H.P. Lovecraft to expand upon the concepts enough to make them...more
Juancho
Impresionante Robert W. Chambers. Una colección de relatos imprescindibles para todos aquellos a quienes les guste el género de terror.
Dani V martín
Aunque sea sólo por El Reparador de Reputaciones o El Signo Amarillo, es imprescindible.
Michele
Not as horrifying as I was led to expect, but still quite good for its time and I did enjoy it. Contemporary readers not yet inured to such things by, say, Stephen King or Dean Koontz probably found it a lot more disturbing. The atmospherics are good (though not quite as good as Lovecraft) and one or two of the stories -- particularly the ones with unreliable narrators -- are pretty creepy. Read it for its influence on later writers and because it has a place on horror canon, but don't expect to...more
Luis Chapu
Interesante, bueno, pero no tanto... Capaz porque los relatos de Lovecraft y Stephen King me dejaron el listón muy alto para el género del horror, o mas probablemente porque fue escrito para gente de otra época con miedos de otra época.
Lizzy
I actually agree with Lovecraft that this is overwritten, but the seeds are all there for great horror.
Dave
The first half I quite liked, the second half not so much. The book consists of short stories that, at least in the first half, revolve around a forbidden book and the results of reading said book. The second half deals with other short stories revolving around war, which deal more with loss and love. Honestly, as I read a free text version on the Kindle, I wasn't sure if I had gotten an unrelated book tacked onto the end of the text file or if it was honestly part of the book.
Matias
El reparador de reputaciones, El hacedor de Lunas y La señal amarilla son narraciones que deben leer. Las otras a pesar de ser buenas me parecieron muy melosas. Aún así es una lectura recomendada si sos fanático de Lovecraft y querés saber más sobre sus influencias y fuentes de inspiración.
Janice Walker
Free Google edition. Horror stories are not usually my choice of genre, but these are interesting stories, if strange.
Myrna
Excelente todo él.. El rey de Amarillo,oscuro y fascinante.
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Robert William Chambers was an American artist and writer.

Robert 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 École des Beaux-Arts, and at Académie Julian, in Paris from 1886 to 1893, and his work was displayed at the Salon as early...more
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