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New Tales of the Yellow Sign [Kindle Edition]

Robin D. Laws
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Book Description

In the dying years of the 19th century, a book changed the world—or worlds. A slim, sinister text called The King in Yellow drove those who read it to madness. Despite suppression by anxious authorities, it spread through global culture, and history itself, like a virus. Now the contagion bears hideous fruit.

Disturbing, dissonant and riddled with negative capability.

- Simon Rogers, Pelgrane Press

New Tales of the Yellow Sign expands the classic horror mythos of weird tales pioneer and Lovecraft precursor Robert W. Chambers into new vistas of unease and imagination. Over the course of eight troubling stories, writer and visionary game designer Robin D. Laws lures you into diseased timelines, impossible pasts, and the all-too-terrifying present.

Poison and beauty lie before you, in any color you want.

– Kenneth Hite, author, Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales

Sterilize your suicide chamber, harken to the remorseless clicking of your black box, and whistle for the monstrous creature that lives in your basement. The pallid mask awaits.

All of these New Tales of the Yellow Sign orbit lost Carcosa, black star points poked through the white scrim of consensus reality by the force of Chambers’ book. But each swings past on its own trajectory, a mix of styles and concerns in counterpoint to Chambers’ unified “Gallic studio atmosphere” of the Yellow Decade. Each story launches itself in fugue from one (or more) of Chambers’ originals, passages that Laws plays adagio or largo on different instruments, plays for modern dancers and not Victorian wallflowers.

– Kenneth Hite, from his Foreword

The novels of author and game designer Robin D. Laws include Pierced Heart, The Rough and the Smooth, and The Worldwound Gambit. Robin created the GUMSHOE investigative roleplaying rules system and such games as Feng Shui, The Dying Earth, The Esoterrorists and Ashen Stars.

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  • Print Length: 176 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Literary Journey August 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
New Tales of the Yellow Sign is a collection of short stories by Robin D. Laws inspired by the King in Yellow, a play that induces madness and despair, created by the late Robert W. Chamber. Robin Laws is known mostly as a RPG designer but with this book, Robin shows why he should be considered an author first and foremost. I should point out that I am usually not a fan of stories inspired by the great works because they almost always fail to recreate the fantasy and wonder of the originals. With these stories, I was pleasantly proven wrong. Though they use the play as a device to tell the story, they benefit from just simply being amazing stories. They are all well written and though connected by their relation to the King in Yellow, they all stand separately. All the stories are written in different literary styles and different time periods, but are all wonderfully crafted stories.

I acquired my copy, signed from GenCon, but have spent the last two nights staying up late just letting myself happily enter into despair and madness as I let Robin D. Laws take me on a fantastic literary journey.

If you love, weird fiction or supernatural horror, you need to purchase this book. It is cheap on the Kindle or you can wait for a paperback copy in September, but just get it. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Interwoven Tales April 8, 2014
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The author does a superb job creating stories from Chambers' world. But they are more than pastiches because a lot of them are great stories whether you're an habitue of The King in Yellow or not. He does a great job also with making the stories speak in their own unique voices as well.
The first five are my favorites with 'Distressing Notification' being at the top. The only one I really did not care for was the last story. It didn't seem to connect at all with the other stories or the source material. It's possible that I just missed the connection.
All in all, great stories at a great price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disquieting & Dreamy September 20, 2013
By Marcus
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Nice takes on Hastur Mythos. Even the weaker stories have a rough charm and manage a stylish tip of the hat to original stories by Chambers. A couple of truly shining gems also included. Iä!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delirious, demented, wonderful July 31, 2013
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I have.long been a fan of Robert W. Chambers's tales of the King in Yellow. Laws's short, horrifying tales fulfill the creepy promise of that older work. Plus, GUMSHOE rocks.
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More About the Author

Robin D. Laws designed the GUMSHOE investigative roleplaying system, including such games as The Esoterrorists and Ashen Stars. Among his other acclaimed RPG credits are Feng Shui and HeroQuest. Recent highlights of his nine books of fiction are New Tales of the Yellow Sign, Blood of the City and The Worldwound Gambit. As Creative Director of Stone Skin Press he has edited such fiction anthologies as The New Hero, Shotguns v. Cthulhu, and The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop's New Fables. Upcoming projects include Hillfolk, the first game using the DramaSystem RPG rules for riveting personal conflict. With longtime collaborator Kenneth Hite he recently launched a new podcast, Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff.

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