Plastic Wax Factory Vol 03 40 - THE KING IN YELLOW

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    This numbered edition Throw Pillow, designed by William King, comes with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. Made from 100% spun polyester, filled with a soft faux down insert, and closed with a concealed zipper. No matter which way you turn it, this double-sided pillow is the perfect accent to any living space.

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    THE KING IN YELLOW. 1) Play formerly thought to have been written in the late 19th century by an unknown playwright (possibly named Castaigne) who later attempted suicide. New evidence suggests that the first two scenes were the work of Christopher Marlowe, the author of Doctor Faustus. John Croft and William Shakespeare made an abortive attempt to finish it, but Shakespeare's scruples intervened. The Shakespeare/Croft section was destroyed in a house fire in 1666, and the homeowner accidentally bound the Marlowe section into a book of his wife's poetry. "Castaigne" rediscovered it in 1891 and completed the play, possibly while staying at the Broadalbin Hotel in New York. Some details of the play remain unclear, such as whether it was originally in French (as Le Roi en Jaune) or English, or whether the first publication was in 1890 or in 1895. After its appearance, the government and churches denounced it, and the city of Paris banned the play. Since then, other editions have been published secretly. Publications, some in the original tongue and others translated, have appeared in London, Edinburgh, Chicago, Zagreb, Budapest, Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Belgrade, Sofia, Bucharest, and Sarajevo. Daniel Mason Winfield-Harms translated a French edition into English in 1930 in Buffalo before his unfortunate death. The Cassilda Press edition of 1919 is the only one on which we have reasonably complete bibliographic data. Though it contains much contradiction and allegory, The King in Yellow is a dangerous work which leads the imaginative and unstable to madness. The first act is relatively bland, but this only allows the second, more horrible act to have a greater impact. Fragments of the play have turned up among the work of other authors, such as the late playwright Charles Vaughan (1902-66). It may be that the play is in actuality one of Kenneth Grant's "akashic grimoires" which exist on a higher plane and maybe perceived subconsciously by authors who then record them. The less mystical authorities insist that a work called the "Yellow Codex" served as the source for all of these poets. Unconfirmed reports of the play's performance continue to circulate, though most of these have never been completed. During my research into this topic, I have found two different versions of this play, each having its own interpretation of its various elements. A synopsis of both is included herein, in the interest of completeness. Which one is truly correct is unknown; evidence from one performance suggests that The King in Yellow is different for every reader or member of the audience. A. The two act play begins on another world in the city of Yhtill, under the stars of Aldebaran and the Hyades. The majority of the play concerns the intrigue in the royal court between the claimants to the throne of Yhtill—the Queen, Thale, Uoht, Cassilda, Aldones, and Camilla. Cassilda, the Queen, was selected by her father over Aldones. For revenge, he now convinces Uoht to forge documents with the Queen's seal and Camilla to arrest him for doing so. Thale, the third child who has joined the priesthood, witnesses these events with the High Priest Naotalba. The royal family hears of a mysterious stranger who wears a Pallid Mask and the horrid Yellow Sign who comes to Yhtill at about the same time as a strange ghostly city appears across the Lake of Hali. The royal family questions this figure, but they learn nothing. At a masked ball, the figure reveals that he wears no mask and has come to announce the end of the dynasty. Camilla goes mad, and the queen tortures the Stranger to death. At the same time, she orders the death of the prisoners, inadvertently killing her son Uoht who is imprisoned with them. Madness sweeps the land, and the sounds of invasion are heard. The dreaded King in Yellow appears in Yhtill as the mysterious city on the lake's far side disappears. The King states that Yhtill has passed away and now only the city of Carcosa lies on the shore of the lake. He slays both Aldones and Thale, proclaiming the death of both rationality and irrationality and his own eternal rule. B. The setting is the city of Hastur, which has been at war with its neighbor Alar for countless years. The children of the ruling queen, Uoht, Thale, and Camilla, pester their mother, Cassilda for the crown so that the dynasty might continue, but she puts off giving it away. Cassilda then learns that a figure wearing a pallid mask and bearing the Yellow Sign has been seen in Hastur. Counseled by the high priest Naotalba, she calls this stranger into the palace. The stranger, named Yhtill, offers the queen a chance to break free from the domination of the King in Yellow, who dwells in Carcosa across the Lake of Hali and rarely interferes in the works of humans. By wearing the Pallid Mask, all those in the city may throw off the dread of the Yellow Sign as he has. Believing what the stranger has told her, the queen holds a masquerade at which each person wears the Pallid Mask. When the time comes to unmask, Yhtill reveals that he wears no mask, and has come from Alar to wreak vengeance upon Hastur's people. This outrage does not go unnoticed by the King in Yellow, who comes to bear away Yhtill. The King promises Cassilda that he will allow the victor of the war between Hastur and Alar to rule the world, but on one condition: that the people of Hastur and their descendants wear their Pallid Masks for all time. As the play ends, the King in Yellow departs, leaving the courtiers in despair. 2) An avatar of Hastur, or possibly Nyarlathotep, who is the title character of this play. The King in Yellow usually appears as a gigantic human dressed in tattered yellow robes, occasionally with wings or a halo. It usually appears in places of depression and madness wearing the Pallid Mask, which conceals the hideousness of its appearance. Worship of this being has increased dramatically in recent years, and many artists and intellectuals have fallen under the King's sway. Some say that the King might have been human in the past, and that another might some day take his place. A tale has been heard of a king in Carcosa whose speech was so horrific that it may have led to battle. Whether this was the King in Yellow is unknown. The Plastic Wax Factory, purveyors of intricate and fine molten effigies. All your gods, demons, monsters and creatures of the abyss to Leech Lords of the Cthulhu mythos, witches, warlocks, and lunatic residents of asylums the world over still murmuring their arcane incantations. Plus the odd tome, sigil, place of interest and manifestations of magical mumblings amongst the cursed. All are represented here in glorious molten plastic wax, set alight and melted into puddles of primordial grotesquerie. Recommended for the mad and delirious and those fine folks from Leeds, Hull and Scarborough.

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