POETS Day! Henry Vaughan and The Yellow King

Ben Sears

Ben Sears is a writer and restaurant guy in Birmingham, Alabama. He lives quite happily across from a creek with his wife, two sons, and an obligatory dog. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog, The Columbo Game.

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  1. Jaybird

    I absolutely loved the first season of True Detective. I thought that the hints toward the Cthulhu universe were absolutely captivating and I couldn’t *WAIT* for the payoff.

    Which was a fizzle.

    This was a universe with Cthulhu cults but, yeah, no Cthulhu.

    At least Rust ended up optimistic at the end.

    As a huge fan of Colin Farrell, I was really excited about Season 2. It fizzled out somewhere around the bus hostage scene.

    I bought the blu-rays for Season 3 but haven’t cracked them. You’re the first person I’ve read that has watched it.

    Inspired by True Detective, I also bought the Chambers book and read it and was surprised to find that it… well, it’s not what it says on the tin. The King in Yellow shows up in a couple of short stories and… well, that’s it. There are a ton of other short stories that aren’t as haunting as the one that mentions this cursed play a couple of times.


    I suppose that we can’t blame him. He didn’t know that he was creating a genre.Report

    • Ben Sears in reply to Jaybird

      So, the book is a fizzle? I feel both robbed for having bought and vindicated for not having read it.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Ben Sears

        There’s like 10 short stories and the first one is AMAZING and the next three short stories take place in the same universe as the one where the play exists… but then, after that?

        The next six short stories could have been written by anybody. Suitable for your spinster aunt to read on holiday.

        I’d suggest reading the first one. It’s worth it. After that? Well… how do you feel about Victorian short stories?Report

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