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Commentary - A Deeper Reading of "In the Court of the Dragon"
A couple of years ago I wrote an academic artilce where I compared the literary figures of Nidhogg, the Man in the Yellow Suit (from Tuck Everlasting), and the King in Yellow. The most important part of the material I present is that on a critical reading of "In the Court of the Dragon" it is revealed that the King in Yellow does appear in person, as the malevolent church organist. The narrator states that the King in Yellow has been pursuing him into the Court of the Dragon, and we know that Chambers describes the organ player doing this.
Also, some conjecture on the Stranger: the King in Yellow is the Stranger, in similarity to Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death." The Pallid Mask is the King in Yellow's face, and could very well be an example of Hastur dressed up as the himself as per "a form you are more comfortable with" or that his face is so unsettling that the mortals encountering him would in denial percieve his face as a mask, in a futile attempt to escape the dire truth of their situations. Probably the latter. In this case, the King in Yellow acts as the Grim Reaper, again in step with the Red Death.
That Hastur requires a vessel is nonsense from Derleth, he is obviously showing up and personally tending to his desires. Another example of this might be the mysterious appearances of the play on the bookshelves of the protagonists, they keep showing up in places they have no right to be, and at times where the characters of the book will most likely read them.
Question - Haiyore! Nyarko-San!
Recently, an Japanese series named "Haiyore! Nyarko-San!" has been gaining some attention. Originally a series of Light Novels, the work has expanded to audio dramas and even it's own animated series. The basic premise it's a satire of the Cthulhu Mythos (and geek culture in general) :The main protagonist meets with the Outer God Nyarlathotep (she perfers to be called Nyarko), but in the gise of a bubbly hyperactive teenager. Hillarity ensues.
So you may ask "What does this has to do with the King In Yellow?" Well, it turns out one of the main characters is Hastur, though called Hasta in the series as well. Visually appearing to be a young teen in yellow, working for his father at Carcosa Computer Entertainmen. As one can surmise, it's all part of the parody.
I was wondering if such an article on the series (with a focus on the references to the King in Yellow within the series) would be suitable for the wiki?