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Although not signposted as such, Chambers made use of at least two Biblical quotations in The King In Yellow, one obviously and the other much more subtly.

"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God" (sometimes translated as "a terrible thing") is quoted from Hebrews 10:31 (see for The Living God more details); it is the source of the title of A Terrible Thing. The other quotation is a fragment that appears in The Prophet's Paradise in a reference to turning back by the Phantom of the Past, but is taken from Hebrews 10:39, in close proximity to the other, which reads: "We are not those who turn back and are lost. We are the people who have faith and are saved."

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