Anthology Review: The Yellow Sign (Chilling Horror Short Stories)

Title: The Yellow Sign (Chilling Horror Short Stories)

Author: Robert W. Chambers

Genre: Short Story, Horror, Historical-fiction

Pages:  12 (56-67)


It has taken me a while to sort through all my thoughts for The Yellow Sign, and unfortunately, I don’t think that will ever happen. The story was originally written in 1895 and seems to be a little easier to read than other works of the time. While there were some phrasing and terminology that took me a moment to decipher, it was still a wonderfully written piece with more hard details than poetic ramblings. Don’t get me wrong, I love poetic writing but this story was definitely better without it.

The main character of this short story did very little to impress me, his thoughts and opinions made me dislike him and ramblings. While there were no long passages of useless thoughts, there were still mentioned details that seemed to add no real depth to the story at all. There’s mentions of mysterious and/or tragic past lovers, mentions of The King in Yellow, and supposed tragedy befalling people he knew who read the work. Doing some research, I’ve found that The King in Yellow is a play that the author mentions in some of his other short stories as well, but have found very little to do with the content of the mentioned work. While The Yellow Sign was a bit disturbing, I found it less enjoyable because I didn’t understand the importance of The King in Yellow and the obvious pull it had on the plot.


Overall, The Yellow Sign was an interesting story that left me with some chills but nothing more. I would recommend this one to any classic literature lover or anyone familiar with The King in Yellow. Otherwise, I don’t think many readers will find this tale as frightening as it may have been when originally published and the tales of The King in Yellow were a bit fresher in the public mind.



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