Out of the Dark Volume Two: Diversions


Published in 1999 by Ash-Tree Press.

Robert William Chambers’ The King in Yellow (1895) has long been recognised as a landmark work in the field of the macabre, and has been described as the most important work of American supernatural fiction between Poe and the moderns. Despite the book’s success, its author was to return only rarely to the genre during the remainder of a writing career which spanned four decades.

When Chambers did return to the supernatural, however, he displayed all the imagination and skill which distinguished The King in Yellow. He created the enigmatic and seemingly omniscient Westrel Keen, the ‘Tracer of Lost Persons’, and chronicled the strange adventures of an eminent naturalist who scours the earth for ‘extinct’ animals – and usually finds them. One of his greatest creations, perhaps, was 1920’s The Slayer of Souls, which features a monstrous conspiracy to take over the world: a conspiracy which can only be stopped by supernatural forces.


Introduction – Hugh Lamb
Out of the Depths
Un Peu D’Amour
Grey Magic
In Search of the Great Auk
The Death of Yarghouz Khan
The Sign of Venus
The Third Eye
The Seal of Solomon
The Bridal Pair
In Search of the Mammoth
Death Trail
The Case of Mr Helmer


This edition, and the previous Out of the Dark Volume One: Origins, were combined into a single volume when HarperCollins republished the collection in 2018.

The cover art for In the Dark was done by Hugh Lamb’s son, Richard.

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Paperback – Published in 2018 by HarperCollins

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