"For her eyes, I must have azure from skies untroubled by a cloud — the skies of dreamland. For her lips, roses from the palaces of slumberland, and for her brow, snow-drifts from mountains which tower in fantastic pinnacles to the moons; — oh, much higher than our moon here, — the crystal moons of dreamland. She is—very—beautiful, your mistress."
- The King in Yellow, by Robert Chalmers
About the book:
One of the most celebrated examples of weird fiction in history, The King in Yellow (1895) is a series of short stories that combine a dark gothic opacity with dreamlike connections and themes of half-consciousness and semi-lucidity. Some stories seem connected in universe, with repeated references to a play entitled "The King in Yellow", and a malevolent symbol dubbed The Yellow Sign. Others lack these shared touchstones, but still feel similar in tone and intent. In short, the book is a marvellous dreamscape, and would go on to influence H.P. Lovecraft (the father of modern horror) in his Dreamlands cycle.
About the author:
Robert W. Chalmers was a late 19th century Brooklyn author, and is regarded as one of the most prominent writer in the history of weird fiction.
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About Teaser Tuesdays:
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading! Everyone is welcome to play!
How it works:
1. Grab a book from your collection
2. Select 2 sentences (yes, we cheated this week) that make an interesting teaser (avoid spoilers please!)
3. Post the sentences, along with author and book title in the comments of this post
This month's reading theme is DREAM which comes courtesy of the National Year of Reading 2012 program!