The King In Yellow
by Robert W. Chambers
I've already mentioned my interest in HBO's True Detective, and like many folks watching the show I saw the article pointing out "the Yellow King's" literary heritage. I've already read most of H.P. Lovecraft's works, so another set of creepy stories along those lines sounded pretty appealing.
The King In Yellow is a funny collection, though. The first four tales are full of Lovecraftian darknesses, featuring the titular play which drives anyone who reads it insane. The rest of the stories are more mundane, culminating in two longer romance stories set among art students in Paris. It's a jarring contrast to the insidious science fiction of the first four stories.