This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. The story concerns a man from the ancient city of Carcosa who awakens from a sickness-induced sleep to find himself lost in an unfamiliar wilderness. Carcosa was subsequently borrowed by Robert W. Chambers as the setting of his fictional play, The King in Yellow , and features heavily in many of the stories in the book of the same name.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about An Inhabitant of Carcosa , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about An Inhabitant of Carcosa. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of An Inhabitant of Carcosa. Jun 12, Mir rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories. I need to research a little to be sure, but I suspect this is one of the first if not the first view spoiler [ghost story told from the point of view of the ghost hide spoiler ].
It is not frightening, but imbued with sadness and confusion. View all 7 comments. It was an OK short story. Audiobook in Portuguese. Jun 19, Samadrita rated it liked it Shelves: novellas-short-novels-short-stories , spookfest , in-by-about-america. Dear Mr Bierce, you ought to thank the True Detective makers. View all 5 comments. Now, first of all, whenever Carcosa is mentioned, the discussion inevitably turns to True Detective. Despite the plagiarism accusations some of which, I think, are pretty reasonable and founded , it's still a good series overall, and Cary Fukunaga 's vision as a director created the most interesting and intense atmosphere not seen in television for a while.
The show's mystical aspects then led me to explore Robert W. Chambers 's The King in Yellow which I didn't finish, but I'm planning o Now, first of all, whenever Carcosa is mentioned, the discussion inevitably turns to True Detective. Chambers 's The King in Yellow which I didn't finish, but I'm planning on revisiting it soon , and I spotted a reviewer mentioning Bierce's short story. I've actually read this before. That makes me itchy to revisit the collection, because An Inhabitant of Carcosa is great.
It's short only three pages in my edition , but I feel like it doesn't need any more. It's succinct, to the point, without extra padding, and even within the word count it managed to creep me out and showcase the most gorgeous prose. Bierce's imagery of a grey desolate place with dead trees and grass that "bent to whisper its dread secret to the earth" is wonderful. A classic example of a short story that skillfully creates a creeping sense of trepidation and anxiety.
The mood immediately made me think of the bleak ending of Lucio Fulci 's The Beyond View 2 comments. Feb 09, Quirkyreader rated it it was amazing. A good story with a good twist. Sep 14, Alex Bright rated it liked it. I know Lovecraft was influenced by this, but I wonder if Dickens was, too? It was good, but I expected more.
Feb 18, Ruby Tombstone [With A Vengeance] rated it liked it Shelves: creepy-kooky-and-or-spooky , short-stories , yellow-king , rockin-the-classics. May 10, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: horror. For a more classic ghost story, the feel of it reverberates through so much literature afterwards.
The King in Yellow, anyone? The longing and confusion and sense of such great loss was palpable. Aug 03, Nada Elfeituri rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories , fantasy , horror. It irritates me to no end that authors who are capable of such spellbinding prose often produce it in such short bursts.
This can hardly even be called a short story, I've seen book reviews that were longer. Instead this is a teaser, a tantalizing glimpse which was thankfully later built upon by other writers.
I read this, yes, because I watched True Detective, and it amazes me how this short yet powerful tale eventually led to that show. And this, really, is what writing and literature should It irritates me to no end that authors who are capable of such spellbinding prose often produce it in such short bursts.
And this, really, is what writing and literature should be, taking a creation and building on it, expanding it until it exists on it own. Oct 06, rahul rated it liked it. Direct me, I beseech you,to Carcosa.
A tale related to a medium regarding a man who finds himself in a strange alien seeming environment, surrounded by aged and crumbling tombstones in a barren apocalyptic landscape. After a while he discovers that he is in fact dead, casting no shadow he stumbles across his own grave twisted amongst the roots of an ancient tree. Super short! Not bad. Aug 23, Fernando Suarezserna rated it it was amazing. A really short read min , the origin story of the city of Carcosa, a city that was further explored by Lovecraft.
As a reader, you have to take on account that you've probably seen this small plot no spoilers many times over and over, as this is an old story, but the style makes it more than worth it.
I discovered the short story thanks to True Detective. Too many short stories to rate individually. So a total rating should do. Many of the stories were perfect old school horror. The others just seemed a little rushed and simple.
Stereotypical too. Like the ones a granny would tell her grandchild. Plus, I started reading this book because I wanted to read something in the style of Poe, Chambers, or Lovecraft. But excluding some stories, like the "Citizen of Carcosa" that did not happen. Still a very good book to read before y Too many short stories to rate individually. Still a very good book to read before you go to sleep. Oct 06, Viji Bookish endeavors rated it liked it. I didn't die.. I just fell into a long,long sleep..
True,there is my death date on that stone.. But that's just another date.. One on which I started a journey, Different from my earthly endeavors.. Some stories touch our heart,without much attempt.. This is one such.. Not a great one,just average.. But it did the trick for me.. Not getting a perfect score due to the weak translation and editing, which makes the stories actually harder to read in Greek than in English.
THE DEEP ONES: "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" by Ambrose Bierce
An Inhabitant of Carcosa
The first-person narrative concerns a man from the ancient city of Carcosa who awakens from a sickness-induced sleep to find himself lost in an unfamiliar wilderness. A man from the city of Carcosa , contemplating the words of the philosopher Hali concerning the nature of death, wanders through an unfamiliar wilderness. He does not know how he came there, but recalls that he was sick in bed. He worries that he has wandered out of doors in a state of insensibility.