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kindle ´ Rehearsals for Oblivion Act I Ï Paperback read ¿ peter a. worthy ô ➵ [Reading] ➷ Rehearsals for Oblivion Act I By Peter A. Worthy ➪ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk This first volume in a comprehensive set of weird fiction and poetry focuses on one of thFigures a mythos created by Robert W ChambersCover art by Tim Wils Rehearsals For Oblivion is a little known collection set in a world where The King In Yellow a fictional play created by turn of the century writer RW Chambers lurks under the surface to corrupt the worldThis book is a well chosen collection of views from all over the world about the infamous play and how it has affected people's lives There's a wide variety of settings and people involved in the stories and even references to other works of ChambersThere are a couple stories that I'm not uite sure what they have to do with The King In Yellow but frankly the story The Peace That Will Not Come which is probably the best non Chambers King In Yellow piece I've ever read

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This first volume in a comprehensive set of weird fiction and poet A pretty good collection of short stories and poems from a wide variety of writers This is definitely one of the better collections adding to Chamber's Universe featuring the King in Yellow and CarcosaRather bizarrely it includes two stories by John Scott Tynes Ambrose and Broadalbin but not the third one in the trilogy Sosotris which is frustrating because I should like to have read Sosotris

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Rehearsals for Oblivion Act IRy focuses on one of the genre’s most mysterious and intriguing This Goodreads page could use some work Mental note to self fix this one up if I get Librarian statusThis is the second King in Yellow themed anthology I’ve read with the other being 'In the Court of the Yellow King' Yes I know ‘A Season in Carcosa’ is the famous one I will take it off my shelf and read it one day I promise Though I have at least read its introduction which happens to name drop this volume ‘Rehearsals for Oblivion Act One’The reason for that name dropping was its inclusion of several stories which Joseph S Pulver Sr and Robert M Price had intended for an anthology called ‘The Pallid Mask’ in the 90s that never came to fruition Such are the swings and roundabouts of small press publishingThus ‘Rehearsals’ is a book for nerds of a particular stripe presumably a tattered yellow one and features several names which will be familiar to its target audience including Pulver Price Schwader and Tierney There were also a number I’d never heard of Oh and Will Murray That guy gets about a bit what with writing Doc Savage novels and suchlikeMy initial inclination was to call this ‘worthwhile but inessential’ though after consideration even ‘worthwhile’ feels like overstating There’s frankly nothing here that rises much above ‘okay’ The handful of short poems make for nice interludes but are only a glance at the tip of an iceberg as far as that material is concerned The stories have some cool ideas but none of them approach Chambers’ subtlety and strange beauty in their execution Several lean far too hard on extremes of sex and violence for their impact which of course is not at all what Chambers was going for If you’re Clive Barker you can make that work spectacularly but these people aren’tStill I liked some of the experimentation and less obvious nods to Chambers ‘Broadalbin’ by John Scott Tynes is a claustrophobic hotel horror story crossed with a 1930s New York gangster yarn and also the name of the cemetery in which Chambers was buried ‘The Purple Emperor’ by Will Murray is a strange story of telephone clairvoyants and also the name of a Chambers storyUnsurprisingly several stories concern themselves with an attempt to stage the play itself one of which involves a reasonably clever interweaving with Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ and another which is a near laughable attempt at a Sherlock Holmes story as told by WatsonAs for my favourites ‘Ambrose’ by again John Scott Tynes was a surprising dream like fantasy story and not at all horrific on the surface Of course one can always find horror if one thinks beyond the surface Ask Thomas Ligotti And presumably it was named for Ambrose Bierce who first wrote of CarcosaThe most interesting of the bunch to me though was ‘Yellow Is the Color of Tomorrow’ by Ron Shiflet For one it actually uses Chambers’ alternate history 1920s setting which has been criminally underutilised in both anthologies I’ve read thus far It also features some amusing thinly veiled jabs at HP Lovecraft’s expense It’s not an ambitious tale at a mere 8 pages and I still feel it suffered from making the violence too explicit but it was the strongest tale here for my moneyThe past is a foreign country and reading this book a decade on from its 2006 publication it’s hard to even find a record of Dimensions Books’ existence online let alone a peep about the intended seuels Clearly Pulver’s taken up that torch well and truly however so one need not lament the lack of an ‘Act II’ Perhaps it’s for the best considering reading Act II never ends well in this mythos