Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No140: No mask! No mask!
Whilst Lovecraft’s cosmicsm was already firmly developed before he encountered Robert W. Chambers The King in Yellow, that fictional work still had a formative influence on the former writer’s fictive universe; in turn, with the popularisation of Lovecraft, Chambers’ own classic work of ‘Lovecraft-adjacent’ weird fiction has attained wider recognition, with any number of King in Yellow anthologies appearing in recent years (especially in the wake of the hugely-popular Chambers/Lovecaft/Ligotti-influenced True Detective television series, where the issue of masks and unmasking is somewhat central to the plot).
Here, then, is a classic Dave Carson interpretation of the extant fragment of Act 1, Scene 2 of Chambers’ eponymous play, where Camilla confronts The Stranger, precipitatng the apparently sanity-blastng effects of the second Act.