Carcosa Collection

Legends & Lore

“But where does imagination end and reality begin? What is this twilight, this half world of the mind that you profess to know so much about? How can we differentiate between the powers of darkness and the powers of the mind?”

Dr. Karswell in Night of the Demon

The Truth is Out There

Here in the galleries of the Carcosa Collection… you enter the realm of imagination.  Just like Rod Serling would invite his viewers to step into fictitious worlds of the Twilight Zone, Night Gallery and more... consider this a version of that invitation!

Enter of your own free will… and take in the dreamlike and nightmarish beauty of the displays… just as they may take you in. Tread carefully and stay to the dimly lit paths.

Here are some premises for playing in this online realm:

The actual owner of the Carcosa Collection is unknown. The Keepers are just as mysterious. 

The custodians that work for the keepers are the only front line contact with the outside world. The custodians maintain the collection, prepare for auctions, and answer questions… (Asking the wrong questions – it is said some people have found out the custodians also act as removers of irritants or become potential repairers of reputations). Those who have had any inkling of the true keepers and owner are… no longer amongst us. Perhaps you may find traces of such individuals amongst some of the darker corners in the galleries.

For queries regarding the Carcosa Collection, Castaigne the Chief Custodian will endeavour to respond in as timely a fashion as possible. Note, however, that the time between one world and another is sometimes askew. If you receive an answer to your question before you ask it, do not be troubled – know you are in the shadowlands bordering on the Kingdom of Carcosa.

The Carcosa Collection is primarily based on the work of Robert W. Chambers’ tales in his book, The King in Yellow. In addition, works of fantastic fiction from many writers and artists may inspire some of the items you may see on display.

The entire canon regarding the King in Yellow involves concepts of metafiction, fantasy crossing over to reality, and the breakdown of telling what is true from false - in ways that predated Lovecraft, Borges, and Eco. In fact, it was the play described by Chambers, “The King in Yellow”, that was one of the direct inspirations for the creation of the Necronomicon by Lovecraft (unless of course, you do believe that is real too).

So, note that the Carcosa Collection is dedicated to bringing works of fiction into physical reality for use in the mystery arts i.e. creating illusions that emulate the stories. It is for promoting the art as an art, as much as trying to bring mystery back to the field of magic, mentalism and related areas. In addition, it is to demonstrate that there are ways to help the artists in multiple fields to collaborate, share and do charitable works together… without having to lie and steal from others as some in the magical business have.

Of course, this entire enterprise may be a fiction. Just as the stories suggest about metafiction… perhaps this is all an elaborate hoax to have people believe the relics and artifacts offered within this collection are real. Perhaps they are as only real as the King in Yellow, Necronomicon, the Book of the Nine Gates, the Shining Trapezohedron, Rascar Capac, Hob’s Lane Martians, living Zuni fetish warriors, and so on. However, things do not really need to be real to have immense power and effects in the so called real world. One just has to read the works of P. K. Dick and see we are already in the realm of virtual and unreal worlds blending into our own.

If you really want to know more.... read if this is a HOAX or not elsewhere on the site.


Tome Tribute

"They say foul beings of Old Times still lurk in dark forgotten corners of the world, And Gates stll gape to loose, on certain nights, Shapes pent in Hell."

From Unaussprechlichen Kulten

Credits and Copyrights

Carcosa Collection and Website Bruce Ballon © 2010-2015 , Web Design Luke Shield and Bruce Ballon, Art / Graphics / Photos by Steve Lines and Bruce Ballon, music clip by Ennio Morricone

The Book

Thought of the Eon

There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.

-Jorge Luis Borges