HorrorBabble's complete, dramatic telling of Robert W. Chambers' classic collection, The King in Yellow. The book comprises 10 individual tales, several of which are thematically linked by a controversial play with which the novel shares its title.
Narrated by Ian Gordon and Jennifer Gill
Music: "Relentless Part Three" by Glen Alexander
Other music by Ian Gordon
'The King in Yellow' is arguably one of the most important pieces of twentieth century horror, going on to inspire writers such as H.P. Lovecraft. The first four stories are the ones that deal with the genre and display a level of cosmic horror and existential dread (via a play whose second act drives the reader to madness) that Lovecraft would later use in his stories. The highlight for me was 'The Yellow Sign' which I found to be genuinely scary. The others are of different genres ranging from war to romance but you might as well check then out.
This audiobook is a great way to experience the story either for the first time or for revisiting it. The narrators give a strong performance without over or under performing (something that's taken for granted until you listen to someone who reads like they're reading the phonebook) making it an easy listen that's never boring. The level of dread is conveyed excellently throughout.
If you're a fan of early horror literature or want a better understanding of the genre's history you should definitely check this out.