True Detective: I Figured it All Out.


The answer was right in front of our faces. The whole time.

It’s very simple. The fact that you are reading this means you already know the answer, too.

You see, True Detective itself—the TV show—is The King in Yellow. A carrier wave for the original play that drives its readers insane. Only it’s been updated for our age, when few people actually go to plays anymore. And even fewer read them.

But just about everyone watches TV.

Are you feeling me?

The first symptom of the madness is an insatiable curiosity about things like, well, a certain King in Yellow. Thinking about him much? I’ll bet you have been. Trying to decipher his symbols? Finding yourself lost in speculation about who he is and what he does and just what is the meaning of twin suns and black stars and spirals and lattices of sticks?

That’s how it starts. And once it starts, you can’t make it stop.

Has he stepped into your dreams yet? If not, don’t worry. He will.

Welcome to Carcosa, motherfucker.

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Michael Hughes
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Michael M. Hughes is a writer and performer. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    February 20, 2014

    2/17/14-Well, I can honestly say after watching last night’s episode of HBO’s new series TRUE DETECTIVE that major elements of my 2010 screenplay THE KING IN YELLOW, plot devices and noir police characters have been scooped! I’m more than a little perplexed/frustrated about the many ways in which this affects our fledgling production. G.C.KIRKLAND at DARKHAUS SOUND&FILM, INC.™
    Thanks to Michael Hughes detailed article about TRUE DETECTIVE, The King in Yellow, and Carcosa, Tony Scalzo’s (FASTBALL) song ‘LOST CARCOSA’ is trending big on the Internet! Written exclusively for our cursed indie film THE KING IN YELLOW.

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    February 22, 2014

    Uhhh…..Videodrome ? Snow Crash ?

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