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Comprises "The Yellow Sign," the main awful tale from The King in Yellow, the vintage horror assortment by way of Robert W. Chambers featured on HBO's hit television sequence real Detective
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Large, and long, its nails are chipped and grimy like those of a labourer, and though swollen with rheumatism the fingers are decorated with a profusion of rings such as a tinker or a Moslem might wear. I shake my head. He waits, then with a small gesture of resignation withdraws one for himself and closes the case. ‘I do not like your manner with me, Swift,’ he says, taking a taper from the fire and lifting it to the cigar. ‘I am sorry for that,’ I reply. ’ Drawing back on his cigar he lets the smoke coil slowly from his nostrils.
Steadying himself with a hand upon the shoulder, he places the saw against the ribs and begins to cut. The teeth bite into the bone with a wet, splintering rasp, small flecks of meat and bone scattering before it, spattering the aprons we each of us wear. When he is done he lifts the sternum and ribs away, exposing the organs nestled in their broken cage of bone; grey, blue, black. Extending a hand he touches the heart, his thin fingers lingering upon the bluish muscle. ‘It does not beat,’ he says.
That woman, she was in the play,’ I say, not sure whether it is a question or a statement. ‘She was,’ May says. His breath is hot. ’ I nod, and May chuckles. Chifley too has seen me looking at her. ‘Your prentice is learning your habits, de Mandeville,’ he declares. There is laughter then, but also the look in Chifley’s eye as he laughs, the chill of his appraisal. THE KNOCK COMES unexpectedly, loud in the empty house. As the door opens, there is the noise of the street, a voice, the words inaudible.