True Detective’s Literary Backbone: THE KING IN YELLOW (Part 1)

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~post by Joe T. 

(Warning: very minor spoilers below)

So, if you’re anything like some of us at BookPeople, you might just be currently obsessed with the newest HBO drama, True Detective. The series, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, is an eight episode police procedural that involves a ritual murder and the resulting investigation to find out “whodunnit.” Without getting too deep into spoilers, as the episodes have progressed, there have been tantalizing references to a “yellow king”, a location known as Carcosa, and perhaps even a cult of sorts that is involved with the dark events that occur within the show.

As astute and informed viewers might have noticed, or as Michael Hughes of the website IO9 pointed out in his essay, The One Literary Reference You Must Know To Appreciate True Detective, those references come not from the mind of creator Nick Pizzolatto, but are…

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