Cassilda’s Song (2015)

CASSSILDA’S SONG is on the final ballot for the 2016 World Fantasy Award:
* Anthology: Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., ed., Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers’ King in Yellow Mythos (Chaosium Inc.)
* Short Fiction: Selena Chambers, “The Neurastheniac” (Cassilda’s Song, ed. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. Chaosium Inc)

“2015 was a good year for horror and weird fiction anthologies. Cassilda’s Song is an able demonstration of why. It’s also a pleasant, if macabre, signal that the field is flourishing. […] … this is top shelf stuff.”
– Laird Barron in his review for “Locus”



Cassilda’s Song is a collection of weird fiction and horror stories based on the King in Yellow Mythos created by Robert W. Chambers—entirely authored by women. There are no pretenders here. The Daughters of the Yellow Sign, each a titan of unmasked fire in their own right, have parted the curtains. From Hali’s deeps and Carcosa’s gloomy balconies and Styx-black towers, come their lamentations and rage and the consequences of intrigues and follies born in Oblivion. Run into their embrace. Their carriages wait to take you from shadowed rooms and cobblestones to The Place Where the Black Stars Hang.

The 1895 release of Chambers’ best-remembered work of weird fiction was salted with nihilism and ennui, and ripe with derangement, haunting beauty, and eerie torments. Poe’s influence was present in the core tales and one could easily argue Chambers may have been influenced by the French Decadents and the disquieting transfigurations of the Symbolists. All this and more can be said of the works collected in this anthology. Carcosa, accursed and ancient, and cloud-misted Lake of Hali are here. The Hyades sing and the cloud waves break in these tales. The authority of Bierce’s cosmic horror is here. The talismantic Yellow Sign, and the titular ‘hidden’ King, and The Imperial Dynasty of America, will influence and alter you, as they have the accounts by these writers. Cassilda and other unreliable narrators, government-sponsored Lethal Chambers, and the many mysteries of the mythical Play, are boldly represented in these tributes to Chambers.

Have you seen the Yellow Sign?

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“…one of the most consistently excellent anthologies that I have read in the last couple of years.” – Laird Barron

“An anthology dedicated to the King in Yellow. Pulver’s third major tribute anthology in recent days and probably the best. Selena Chambers, Maura McHugh, and S.P. Miskowski set the pace for a sleeper anthology of 2015.” – Laird Barron

“This whole book will become a historic hive of Chambers whence these sometimes scarred but stinging Queens of Carcosa arc and soar…” –  Des Lewis

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Table of Contents

Black Stars on Canvas, a Reproduction in Acrylic by Damien Angelica Walters
She Will Be Raised a Queen by E. Catherine Tobler
Yella by Nicole Cushing
Yellow Bird by Lynda E. Rucker
Exposure by Helen Marshall
Just Beyond Her Dreaming by Mercedes M. Yardley
In the Quad of Project 327 by Chesya Burke
Stones, Maybe by Ursula Pflug
Les Fleurs Du Mal by Allyson Bird
While The Black Stars Burn by Lucy A. Snyder
Old Tsah-Hov by Anya Martin
The Neurastheniac by Selena Chambers
Dancing The Mask by Ann K. Schwader
Family by Maura McHugh
Pro Patria! by Nadia Bulkin
Her Beginning is Her End is Her Beginning by E. Catherine Tobler & Damien Angelica Walters
Grave-Worms by Molly Tanzer
Strange is the Night by S.P. Miskowski

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Glorantha‘s Michael O’Brien talks to Joe Pulver, editor of the Chaosium anthology Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers King in Yellow Mythos, in contention for two World Fantasy Awards later this month (“Best Anthology” and “Best Short Story” for ‘The Neurastheniac’ by Selena Chambers).

Cassilda’s Song has been described as “featuring a who’s who of not just the top women writing weird fiction today but some of the very best authors and stories of the year period”.

You can listen to the interview here.

MOB also chats with Selena Chambers, author of the 2016 World Fantasy Award nominated short story ‘The Neurastheniac’, found in the Chaosium anthology Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers King in Yellow Mythos, itself in WFA contention for Best Anthology later this month.  (Interview with Selena Chambers)

Laird Barron (in his Feb 2016 review of Cassilda’s Song in Locus) said, “2015 was a good year for horror and weird fiction anthologies. Cassilda’s Song is an able demonstration of why. It’s also a pleasant, if macabre, signal that the field is flourishing…. The table of contents is exceptional not for the fact that it’s composed entirely of women, but rather for the high level of quality.”

About Selena Chambers’ tale in Cassilda’s Song, Barron writes, ” — Gorgeous, intricately layered, and extremely strange, this piece may be the blue ribbon exhibit in an exemplary batch …this is top shelf stuff.”

In addition, MOB also talks with illustrator Steve Santiago, creator of the extraordinarily striking cover image for the Chaosium anthology Cassilda’s Song. A life long fan of horror, science fiction and fantasy, Steve uses mixed media and photo manipulation in his art to incredible effect. (interview with Steve Santiago)

You can see more of Steve’s work at his artist website:

Cassilda’s Song has been nominated for two 2016 World Fantasy Awards. The WFA awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, held October 27-30, 2016 in Columbus Ohio.

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Microphones of Madness reviews “Cassilda’s Song”


3 responses to “Cassilda’s Song (2015)

    • Hello Ashley,
      I’m sorry for replying so late – wordpress hid your question from me.
      The anthology that Mr. Pulver has been editing was by invitation only.

      Best regards,
      Lady Loveacraft (page admin)

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