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1865 - 1933
Robert W. Chambers is today mostly remembered for his short story collection The King in Yellow, a landmark work in the field of supernatural fiction. He wrote a total of some eighty-seven books, but he only returned to horror in a few of these. His oeuvre consisted mostly of romance novels and historical adventures, which made him one of the most popular authors of his day, but which now have fallen, with him, into obscurity. The King in Yellow has influenced the whole genre of fantastic fiction; authors who were admittedly influenced by it include H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Abraham Merritt and August Derleth, and more recently James Blish, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Karl Edward Wagner, Lin Carter, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Richard L. Tierney. E.F. Bleiler has called it "the most important book in American supernatural fiction between Poe and the moderns."




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