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The King In Yellow
by Robert William Chambers is a key work in the Carcosa Mythos, a fictional universe which writers have been contributing to for more than 120 years; an interlocking set of stories, poems, and even a play about a fictional city called Carcosa, that can never quite be seen directly. Carcosa shows up first in a story by the American writer Ambrose Bierce, An Inhabitant of Carcosa
, and is the central theme of the ten tales in The King in Yellow
The first four stories in The King in Yellow -- The Repairer of Reputations, The Mask, In the Court of the Dragon and The Yellow Sign -- mention The King in Yellow, a forbidden play which induces despair or madness in those who read it.