Buy New
$16.16
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.95
  • Save: $1.79 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.43
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Hastur Cycle: 13 Tales of Horror Defining Hastur, the King in Yellow, Yuggoth, and the Dread City of Carcosa (Call of Cthulhu Fiction) Paperback – June 14, 2006


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$16.16
$12.16 $15.80
Best%20Books%20of%202014


Frequently Bought Together

The Hastur Cycle: 13 Tales of Horror Defining Hastur, the King in Yellow, Yuggoth, and the Dread City of Carcosa (Call of Cthulhu Fiction) + The Tsathoggua Cycle: Terror Tales of the Toad God (Call of Cthulhu Fiction) + The Nyarlathotep Cycle: Stories about the God of a Thousand Forms (Chaosium fiction)
Price for all three: $41.96

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Series: Call of Cthulhu Fiction
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chaosium Inc.; Revised edition (June 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781568821924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568821924
  • ASIN: 1568821921
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

I love HPL's stories, and his "school," as well.
Pepper
THE HASTUR CYCLE was the first, and one of the best, of the series of "Cycle Books" from Chaosium, publisher of "The Call of Cthulhu" role-playing game.
Doctor Mabuse
I'm 38, so this isn't usually a problem, but it really is very small in this book.
Douglas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Tresca VINE VOICE on October 9, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
After playing the D20 adventure, "Death in Freeport," my interest was piqued in the Unspeakable One and the Brotherhood of the Yellow Sign. As it turns out, both were inspired by Hastur and the Yellow Sign. So I decided to go to the source and read the original stories that helped craft the mythology of the Great Old One known as Hastur and his crazy book, "The King in Yellow."

Briefly, Hastur is both a place and a being. He/it is loosely connected to the cities of Carcosa, Yhtill, and Alar. Hastur and Alar are divided in a battle of succession. Yhtill is a city of the past, while Carcosa is a haunted city of the future. All of the cities are near Lake Hali. The cities are on a planet near the star Aldebaran in the Hyades, a planet with two moons and two suns. The inhabitants may be black or white (sources disagree).

What they all agree on is that the Phantom of Truth appears during the siege between the two cities. The Phantom wears a mask and tells everyone else to wear a mask to avoid the appearance of the King in Yellow, who will ultimately usurp all royal successors thereafter.

So everyone wears a mask, including the jaded and bitter Queen Camilla, her clueless daughter Cassilda, and her two sons Thale and Uoht. The plan is that by wearing masks, everyone will be saved from the King in Yellow's inevitable appearance. But the King in Yellow easily thwarts the Phantom of Truth, and he thereafter declares that everyone must wear a mask as well as the yellow sign, a squiggly three-armed symbol.

Sometimes Hastur is described as the King in Yellow, sometimes he's described as the Phantom of Truth, and sometimes he looks an awful lot like Cthulhu.

Oh yeah, someone transcribed all of this down into a play.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is Chaosium's first volume of Cthulhu Mythos fiction. The Cthulhu Mythos was created by H.P. Lovecraft in a series of short stories published in the 1920's and 30's. In this mythology, the earth was previously inhabited by alien, "godlike" entities who will return "when the stars are right". This volume tracks the history of writing about one of those entities, Hastur. The book covers early sources of Lovecraft's including Bierce, Robert Chambers, and Arthur Machen, Lovecraft's work, and newer stories. I found the quality of these stories to be outstanding, through and through. My only (minor) gripe is that book isn't really a book all about Hastur. The first half does concentrate on Hastur. The second half focusses on a alien race called the Mi-Go. The connection between halves is weak. However, the stories are still excellent.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Mabuse on September 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
The second edition of editor Robert M. Price's fine anthology of science-horror tales of the "Cthulhu Mythos" centers on literary antecedents and descendents of the great H. P. Lovecraft's masterful "The Whisperer in Darkness".

The venerable selections include such memorable classics of the macabre as Robert W. Chambers' "The Yellow Sign" and "The Repairer of Reputations"; Arthur Machen's "The Novel of the Black Seal"; plus a pair of short pieces by Ambrose Bierce. A familiar highlight is the keynote story "The Return of Hastur" by the maligned August Derleth.

My own favorites among the newer stories include James Blish's "More Light", which presents the "actual" text of Chambers' insanity-producing play THE KING IN YELLOW; Karl Edward Wagner's decadent "The River of Night's Dreaming"; and Richard A. Lupoff's sly satire on starry-wisdom New Age sects, "Documents in the Case of Elizabeth Akeley".

Also included are rarities by such members of the "New Lovecraft Circle" as Ramsey Campbell, Lin Carter and James Wade. Most valuable among these is Joseph Payne Brennan's "The Feaster from Afar" from the rare first edition of THE DISCIPLES OF CTHULHU (1976), unavailable for twenty years.

THE HASTUR CYCLE was the first, and one of the best, of the series of "Cycle Books" from Chaosium, publisher of "The Call of Cthulhu" role-playing game. As with such entries as THE CTHULHU CYCLE, THE DUNWICH CYCLE and THE INNSMOUTH CYCLE, the fiction is generously supplemented with informative and enthusiastic annotation by Mythos scholar Robert M. Price, editor of the essential anthologies TALES OF THE LOVECRAFT MYTHOS, NEW LOVECRAFT CIRCLE and ACOLYTES OF CTHULHU and former editor of the journal "Crypt of Cthulhu".
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Another of Chaosium's attempts to create order from the chaotic allusional stew that forms the so-called Cthulhu Mythos. This volume takes a look at the roots and branches of Robert W Chambers' story-cycle The King in Yellow, wherein the eponymous play brings madness and doom to those who read it.

Like with any analogy the stoires vary in quality, but there are some good ones here. "Repairer of Reputations" is Chambers' ambigous and unsettling tale of a futuristic 1920 (it was written in 1895) and is either about a plot to restore America's monarch, or of a man's descent into madness--or both. "River of Night's Dreaming" by Karl Edward Wagner's is a psychosexual story of mental breakdown reminiscent of some of the work of David Lynch. Other highlights are Machen's "The Novel of the Black Seal" and Lovecraft's "Whisperer in the Dark." Robert M. Price's insights and digressions bridge the stories and serve to suggest interpretations or to highlight points of connection.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?