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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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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765318512, Paperback)

Expanding on the concept behind Byron Preiss's Weird Heroes from the 1970s, George R. R. Martin's Wild Card series, and Michael Chabon's McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, The Darker Mask is a collection of original prose stories recalling the derring-do of the beings we call Superheroes and the worlds they fight to save.  But unique to The Darker Mask stories is that these plots and characters color a literary universe outside of what has been predominantly white, idiosyncratic, and male in previous homages to pulp.  This is the stuff of urban legends, new mythos, and extraordinary folks who might live in a soon-to-be-gentrified ghetto, the dreary rust-belt of the city, or in another dimension.  The Darker Mask offers an eclectic mix of popular fiction writers exploring worlds gritty, visceral, and fantastic.
Including stories by: Walter Mosley, L. A. Banks, Naomi Hirahara, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Tananarive Due and Stephen Barnes, Mike Gonzales, Gar Anthony Haywood, Ann Nocenti, Jerry Rodriguez, Reed Farrell Coleman, Doselle Young, Mat Johnson, Peter Spiegelman, Alexandra Sokoloff, Christopher Chambers, Gary Phillips, Victor LaValle, and Wayne Wilson.

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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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