The Hastur Cycle
The stories in this book evoke a tracery of evil rarely rivaled in horror writing. They represent the whole evolving trajectory of such notions as Hastur, the King in Yellow, Carcosa, the Yellow Sign, the Black Stone, Yuggoth, and the Lake of Hali. A succession of writers from Ambrose Bierce to Ramsey Campbell and Karl Edward Wagner have explored and embellished these concepts so that the sum of the tales has become an evocative tapestry of hypnotic dread and terror, a mythology distinct from yet overlapping the Cthulhu Mythos. Here for the first time is a comprehensive collection of all the relevant tales.
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Hastur is by far the most intriguing being in the broad universe of the Cthulhu Mythos. This is a fantastic collection of very good stories, with a wide range of styles. Included are some very early ... Read full review
Excellent read for anyone interested in the Hastur-Carcosa-King-In-Yellow Cycle. Plus those turned this way by the True Detective series. The Ambrose Bierce piece's are well written and a good place to historically get some background, yet undoubtably the Robert W. Chambers pieces are a MUST read! Whereas Karl Edward Wagner's story is one of the best reads in the whole collection. Brilliant atmosphere!
BUT when it comes to really understanding The King In Yellow play, you really need to read James Blish's work here. I think really the next stories from Lovecraft to Wade can be a bit of a distraction from the central Hastur Mythos that centres around the play. Since these stories revolve around Yuggoth (the planet), the Mi-go etc. I actually would recommend Derleth's piece too, the Cthulhu connection does seem to be a progression. Brennan's story is good. But then again, we almost have the best till last with Lin Carter's work!
For anyone interested in an audio-visual treatment of the Hastur Cycle and H. P. Lovecraft, check out egodeathfilms.wordpress.com
And as for thee,
we tell thee this; it is a fearful thing
to fall into the hands of the living god.
HA¤TA THE SHEPHERD Ambrose Bierce
AN INHABITANT OF CARCOSA Ambrose Bierce
THE YELLOW SIGN Robert W Chambers
THE RIVER OF NIGHTS DREAMING Karl Edward Wagner
MORE LIGHT James Blish
THE NOVEL OF THE BLACK SEAL Arthur Machen
THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS H P Lovecraft
DOCUMENTS IN THE CASE OF ELIZABETH AKELEY Richard A Lupoff
THE MINE ON YUGGOTH Ramsey Campbell
PLANETFALL ON YUGGOTH James Wade
THE FEASTER FROM AFAR Joseph Payne Brennan
TATTERS OF THE KING Lin Carter