Over the past week, we've been looking at references from True Detective to the book The King in Yellow published in 1895. But, the world The King in Yellow was building actually began years before that, with another book published in 1893.
TRUE DETECTIVE SPOILERS (and literary analysis) ahead, people.
After True Detective's references to The King in Yellow were laid out in this article, the book surged up the bestseller list. But, some commenters pointed out that The King in Yellow actually also references another earlier book, Ambrose Bierce's Can Such Things Be: