Though his later novels took a turn toward political and romantic matters, Robert W. Chambers' early works mined a unique vein of the horror genre that has come to be known as "weird" fiction. Though he soon abandoned his literary ambitions in this direction, his early works gained a large following, including admirers such as H.P. Lovecraft, who regarded the horror novel In Search of the Unknown as one of the best works in the genre.
Once a promising up-and-comer in the field of horror fiction, the tumult of World War I prompted Robert W. Chambers to turn his attention to more realistic matters of love, politics, and social clashes. His novel Barbarians follows a torrid romantic entanglement that develops amongst a group of political operatives living abroad.
This classic tale of bravery in the face of almost unimaginable odds is a must-read for fans of historical fiction with a strong action-adventure bent. Intrepid protagonist Michael Cardigan has a steadfast belief in the right of the American colonies to achieve the independence they so desperately desire. He'll lay his life on the line for his patriotism—will his sacrifice be enough?
The follow-up to Chambers' remarkably popular bestseller Cardigan, The Maid-at-Arms begins a century after America's Revolutionary War has been settled. The young nation has forgotten the struggles of its birth and is now facing an entirely different—but no less daunting—set of challenges. Against this backdrop, an unlikely hero emerges.
In this thoroughly entertaining story collection, the renowned Dr. Percy travels the world searching for unique animal specimens—and keeps an eye on attractive examples of the fairer sex, as well. Will his dedication to these dual quests ever pay the dividends he's looking for? Equal parts romantic farce and fantastical science fiction, Police!!! is a rollicking read with something for everyone.
What if you were involved in the theft of one of the legendary jewels of all time—and you didn't even know it? That's exactly what happens to the innocent damsel at the center of Robert W. Chambers' The Dark Star. She prays for a strong, silent savior to extract her from the mess she's in—but will she recognize and call upon her own wit and spunk before it's too late?
Gender roles in the American Revolutionary War period were not exactly a bastion of progressiveness. However, even during a time when most women were encouraged to shrink from conflict and follow the lead of any man in the vicinity, there were a few iconoclastic females who broke this mold. The defiantly independent heroine at the center of The Hidden Children steadfastly refuses to be held down by social conventions she sees as useless....
Though his original area of literary interest was horror in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft, world events in the political arena influenced author Robert W. Chambers to tackle more topical subjects. In the thrilling action-adventure tale The Crimson Tide, an intrepid activist in New York fights back against an encroaching wave of Bolshevism.
Fans of H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain series of novels will love Robert W. Chambers' gripping tale The Slayer of Souls. An innocent young girl has fallen into the hands of a marauding horde of evil shamans who worship a god known as Erlik. Will she be able to escape in time to alert the world to the nefarious plot her captors have cooked up?
In the early twentieth century, the trends of rampant alcohol consumption, salacious dance crazes, and frolicking flappers threw traditional sexual mores into a tailspin. In the hilarious romantic farce The Younger Set, author Robert W. Chambers project the anxieties of this tumultuous early twentieth century onto an older generation, mercilessly lambasting the pretensions and hang-ups of the Victorian era.
Craving a truly creepy read? Cuddle up with The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers, a collection of spine-tingling horror stories that are woven together by a fictional play called The King in Yellow. This legendary literary creation is said to engender madness or ill fortune in all of those who read it, and many of the characters who populate the stories in this collection have been affected by the curse attached to the play.
Renowned author Robert W. Chambers dabbled in virtually every literary style under the sun, garnering acclaim from top writers and critics along the way. The story collection A Young Man in a Hurry brings together some of Chambers' most engrossing shorter pieces.
In the early years of his literary career, author Robert W. Chambers focused on weird horror, earning the admiration of his peers, including the great H.P. Lovecraft. Later he turned his attention to high-society drama and romance, but his treatment of these seemingly trivial topics is freighted with the same intensity and intrigue that characterized his previous work. The Danger Mark follows the ups and downs of an orphaned twin whose hedonistic...
Robert W. Chambers' engaging spy tale In Secret brings together a dizzying array of ideas and insights, but somehow weaves them together into a harmonious and wholly unique tapestry. The fast-paced story is brimful with memorable characters—an eccentric cryptographer, a rugged hero struggling with his demons, and a pair of star-crossed lovers whose tragic fate may already be sealed.
Stephen Siward and Sylvia Landis first lay eyes on one another during an innocent conversation about a hunting dog. Though both are smitten, there are formidable obstacles that stand in the way of their future together. Is it possible to make this true love last?