io9 has a great article today detailing all the King in Yellow and Lovecraftian influences in HBO’s True Detective. It is definitely worth a read: The One Literary Reference You Must Know to Appreciate True Detective.
“In A Season in Carcosa readers will find the strange and mysterious places of heart and mind that spring from madness, and those minds and the places touched by it are the realms that are mined. Chambers’ legacy of the worms and soft decay that spring from reading the King In Yellow play stir both new and established talents in the world of weird fiction and horror to contribute all new tales that pay homage to these eerie nightmares.”
Buy it here: A Season in Carcosa.
I also recommend reading Thomas Ligotti’s non-fiction book The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. Cohle’s philosophy strikes many as straight out of that book. And if there was a real book that could drive people insane, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race would probably be it.
Buy it here: The Conspiracy Against the Human Race.
From Amazon: “Should the human race voluntarily put an end to its existence? Do we even know what it means to be human? And what if we are nothing like we suppose ourselves to be? In this challenging philosophical work, celebrated supernatural writer Thomas Ligotti broaches these and other issues in an unflinching and penetrating manner that brings to mind some of his own imperishable horror fiction. For Ligotti, there is no refuge from our existence as conscious beings who must suppress their awareness of what horrors life holds in store for them. Yet try as we may, our consciousness may at any time rise up against our defenses against it, whispering to us things we would rather not hear: Religion is a transparent fantasy, optimism an exercise in delusional wish-fulfillment, and even the quest for pleasure an ultimately doomed enterprise.”