Chambers' supernatural fiction was a powerful influence on such later writers as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith, all of whom incorporated the names of places and supernatural characters from Chambers' writing. Chambers' best known writing in this genre is his collection of connected stories The King in Yellow, which tells of encounters with a book called (naturally) "The King in Yellow" that drives each of its readers mad.
Here's a beautiful cover from the "Neely's Prismatic Library" edition of The King in Yellow. Several other Chambers books were published in equally lovely editions by Neely's.
I'll write more about Robert W. Chambers in the future, but today I'd particularly like to call your attention to one of his Civil War stories, "Pickets", published in the collection "The Haunts of Men". When I was preparing this article, I found that an Oscar-winning movie had been based on it in 1954. The movie, "A Time Out of War" was the first student film to win the Academy Award.
It's the story of soldiers, Union and Confederate, stationed on opposite banks of a river, and the temporary truce they negotiate. I hope you enjoy it.
Read Robert W. Chambers' story "Pickets", from his collection The Haunts of Men:
- Google Books
- The Internet Archive (archive.org)
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