The Corsair of CarcosaFor: hoshi_ryoFrom: vulgarweedRating:
Crowley, Aziraphale, Hastur, The Them, Randolph Carter, Dream, Cassilda the CatFandoms:
Good Omens/The King in Yellow/The Cthulhu Mythos/SandmanSummary:
Forbidden literature is forbidden because stories can change the world. For good and for ill.Prompt:
“Aziraphale gets his hands on a rare copy of the play The King in Yellow.
Reading and its consequences ensue.”Author's Notes:
“The King in Yellow” doesn't really exist – it's a sinister play that's alluded to and plays a role in the events of four Robert W. Chambers short stories: The Repairer of Reputations
, The Yellow Sign
, The Mask
, and In the Court of the Dragon
. H.P. Lovecraft was an admirer of Chambers who alluded to these stories in his own, and the KIY cycle has been adopted pretty thoroughly into the Cthulhu Mythos (by August Derleth more than HPL himself). So I incorporated a lot
of elements from Lovecraft stories, particularly “The Cats of Ulthar” and “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath,” to the point where it wound up being pretty much a crossover. Sandman,
also – all things that take place in the Dreaming come under the rule of Morpheus. (There are also allusions to a couple other Neil Gaiman works, and shoutouts to several other writers as well.) I hope it all holds up as a story despite this patchwork, and I especially hope you enjoy it, hoshi_ryo
!( The Corsair of Carcosa )
Happy Holidays, hoshi_ryo
, from your Secret Writer!