I’m reading a little-known book written in 1895, The King in Yellow, a free public domain ebook on kindle, and it’s linked to the True Detective television series in the most interesting ways. The story is set in a future world of 1920 and centers on a book/play that makes people mad/insane after they read it . . . Kind of that century’s Ring-horror vehicle. The writing is modern and mesmerizing and the characters are fully formed and the atmosphere is filled with dread. I highly recommend it.
‘What is “The King in Yellow” about? (“There are so many things which are impossible to explain”). The title refers to a book within our book, actually to a play in two acts, and to a supernatural character within that play who we suspect also exists outside of it. We know very little of the contents of the play, but discover that it drives the reader insane and damns his soul. Yet the book is said to be beautiful, expressing the “supreme note of art”. As such, the device is a perfect one for the Decadent time in which it was created, suggesting the flowers of evil, the admixture of life and decay, beauty and malevolence.’
If you want to read more about the link between True Detective and The King in Yellow, please click this link HERE.
Please give this old, musty thriller a chance. You’ll be delighted and surprised at how modern it is.
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