The King In Yellow
Read it if you dare!
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Publisher: SelfMadeHero Writer/ artist: INJ Culbard
the first season of True Detective, The King In Yellow was described by HP Lovecraft as “one of the greatest weird tales ever written” after he first read Robert W Chambers’s disturbing short story collection. Now after adapting several Lovecraft classics for SelfMadeHero, Ian Culbard has turned his attention to Chambers.
First published in 1895, the book is composed of 10 interlinked stories, and Culbard concentrates on the first four: “The Repairer Of Reputations”, “The Mask”, “The Yellow Sign” and “In The Court of The Dragon”, which, with its hallucinatory visions of the otherworldly Yellow King himself, brings the book to an intriguing, cosmic conclusion. The quartet take place in 1890s Paris or the fictional future of a 1920s New York. With a number of characters alluded to in more than one story, they follow a familiar pattern as the unsuspecting protagonists cross paths with malevolent individuals after sampling the text of The King In Yellow, a fictional play that dooms anyone who reads it to a sticky end.
Culbard deftly leaves the pictures and the dialogue to tell the story, with his deceptively simple figurework meshing brilliantly with the muted colour palette to create an eerie, unsettling atmosphere that will stay with you long afterwards. Let this enthralling work cast its sinister spell over you. Stephen Jewell
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