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The Darker Mask : Heroes from the Shadows…

The Darker Mask : Heroes from the Shadows [Anthology]

by Gary Phillips (Editor, Contributor), Christopher Chambers (Editor, Contributor)

Other authors: L.A. Banks (Contributor), Steven Barnes (Contributor), Lorenzo Carcaterra (Contributor), Reed Farrel Coleman (Contributor), Tananarive Due (Contributor)13 more, Michael A. Gonzales (Contributor), Gar Anthony Haywood (Contributor), Naomi Hirahara (Contributor), Mat Johnson (Contributor), Victor LaValle (Contributor), Walter Mosley (Contributor), Ann Nocenti (Contributor), Jerry A. Rodriguez (Contributor), Alexandra Sokoloff (Contributor), Peter Spiegelman (Contributor), Jamie Stafford-Hill (Cover artist), Wayne L. Wilson (Contributor), Doselle Young (Contributor)

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"The Darker Mask is a collection of original prose stories offering new interpretations of the beings we call superheroes. Unique to this book are characters and stories that color a universe beyond those found in previous homages to pulp. These are tales of extraordinary folks who have been ignored, marginalized, stereotyped. They may lurk in the shadows of a soon-to-be-gentrified ghetto, the dreary rust belt of the city, or in another dimension or planet entirely. But they are heroes, nonetheless."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)



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I started reading this over a year ago, on a flight home for Christmas, and the thing about short story books is they're easy to put down and come back to a long time later. Overall I thought the collection was kind of uneven but it opens and closes very strong, two of my three favourites are the opening and closing stories - "Dream Knights" and "Housework" - and then in between I really liked "Henchman", among others. I really loved the premise of this collection, and I definitely recommend it. ( )
  rrainer | Apr 30, 2013 |
Can't wait to get to this collection of superhero stories written by "genre" authors and compare it to [book:Who Can Save Us Now?], written by "literary" ones.
  donp | Nov 17, 2008 |
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Phillips, GaryEditor, Contributorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chambers, ChristopherEditor, Contributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Banks, L.A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, StevenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carcaterra, LorenzoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coleman, Reed FarrelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Due, TananariveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gonzales, Michael A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haywood, Gar AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hirahara, NaomiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, MatContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
LaValle, VictorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mosley, WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nocenti, AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rodriguez, Jerry A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sokoloff, AlexandraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spiegelman, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stafford-Hill, JamieCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Wayne L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Young, DoselleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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