Category: Horror Stories

  • The Ceremony by Arthur Machen

    From her childhood, from those early and misty days which began to seem unreal, she recollected the grey stone in the wood. It was something between the pillar and the pyramid in shape, and its grey solemnity amidst the leaves and the grass shone and shone from those early years, always with some hint of…

  • The Prophets’ Paradise by Robert W. Chambers

    “If but the Vine and Love Abjuring BandAre in the Prophets’ Paradise to stand,Alack, I doubt the Prophets’ Paradise,Were empty as the hollow of one’s hand.” The Studio He smiled, saying, “Seek her throughout the world.” I said, “Why tell me of the world? My world is here, between these walls and the sheet of…

  • The Mask by Robert W. Chambers

    Camilla: You, sir, should unmask.Stranger: Indeed?Cassilda: Indeed it’s time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.Stranger: I wear no mask.Camilla: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!The King in Yellow, Act I, Scene 2 I Although I knew nothing of chemistry, I listened fascinated. He picked up an Easter lily which Geneviève had…

  • The Street of the Four Winds by Robert W. Chambers

    “Ferme tes yeux à demi,Croise tes bras sur ton sein,Et de ton cœur endormiChasse à jamais tout dessein.” “Je chante la nature,Les étoiles du soir, les larmes du matin,Les couchers de soleil à l’horizon lointain,Le ciel qui parle au cœur d’existence future!” I The animal paused on the threshold, interrogative alert, ready for flight if…

  • The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

    The King in Yellow is a book of short stories by the American writer Robert W. Chambers. The book is named after a play with the same title which recurs as a motif through some of the stories The King in Yellow The Repairer of Reputations The Mask In the Court of the Dragon The…

  • The Repairer of Reputations by Robert W. Chambers

    “Ne raillons pas les fous; leur folie dure plus longtemps que la nôtre…. Voila toute la différence.” Toward the end of the year 1920 the Government of the United States had practically completed the programme, adopted during the last months of President Winthrop’s administration. The country was apparently tranquil. Everybody knows how the Tariff and…

  • The Street of the First Shell by Robert W. Chambers

    “Be of Good Cheer, the Sullen Month will die,And a young Moon requite us by and by:Look how the Old one, meagre, bent, and wanWith age and Fast, is fainting from the sky.” The room was already dark. The high roofs opposite cut off what little remained of the December daylight. The girl drew her…

  • The Demoiselle d’Ys by Robert W. Chambers

    “Mais je croy que jeSuis descendu on puizTénébreux onquel disoitHeraclytus estre Vereté cachée.” “There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: “The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the…

  • In the Court of the Dragon by Robert W. Chambers

    “Oh, thou who burn’st in heart for those who burnIn Hell, whose fires thyself shall feed in turn;How long be crying—’Mercy on them.’ God!Why, who art thou to teach and He to learn?” In the Church of St. Barnabé vespers were over; the clergy left the altar; the little choir-boys flocked across the chancel and…

  • Rue Barrée by Robert W. Chambers

    “For let Philosopher and Doctor preachOf what they will and what they will not,—eachIs but one link in an eternal chainThat none can slip nor break nor over-reach.” “Crimson nor yellow roses norThe savour of the mounting seaAre worth the perfume I adoreThat clings to thee.The languid-headed lilies tire,The changeless waters weary me;I ache with…

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