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Product Details

  • Series: Masques (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Gauntlet Press; Sgd Ltd edition (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188736885X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887368858
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,498,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Williamson (Frights of Fancy) died in 2005, he left behind a treat for horror fans, the fifth volume of his beloved Masques anthology series, a gathering of 28 original tales and one reprint that run the gamut from scary to humorous. Among the standouts are Thomas Sullivan's homage to drive-in passion, "Phantom of the Rainbow"; Barry Hoffman's indictment of teachers' retirement plans, "Disappearing Act"; Richard Christian Matheson's brutally succinct "Making Cabinets"; Tim Waggoner's poignantly psychological "Waters Dark and Deep"; and Thomas Monteleone's brilliantly odd TV fantasy, "How Sweet It Was." Other contributors include Poppy Z. Brite, Judi Rohrig, Ray Bradbury, Jack Ketchum and P.D. Cacek. Not every selection is a winner, but the good far outweighs the bad, making this a fitting coda to Williamson's long career. (Oct.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jerry Williamson's Masques is back, and fans of the series will be glad to hear that the series is as strong as ever, with Volume V serving up twenty-nine stories that run the gamut from good to great, all providing a satisfying reading experience. Editor Williamson has provided a winning mix of new and established authors, artfully arranging the tales for maximum impact.

Standout stories include:

"Recall" by Ray Garton, wherein a businessman is forced to reassess his values; "A Thousand Words" by Judi Rohrig, a tale of a photographer who suffers to perfect her art; "How Sweet It Was" by Thomas M. Monteleone, a story which focuses on the power of childhood memories and on insidious influence of television on young minds; and "Waters Dark and Deep" by Tim Waggoner, a claustrophobic tale in which the heroine realizes that although "pressure makes diamonds," it can also utterly crush things as well.

Sadly, this is the last Masques to be edited by the late Jerry Williamson, who indicated in his introduction that this would have been his last volume at any rate. Hopefully, someone as protective and knowledgeable of the field as Williamson (maybe co-editor Gary Braunbeck, whom Williamson certainly held in high esteem) will pick up the torch that Williamson so ably held aloft these past decades, carrying this important and memorable anthology series into a bright future.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the fifth volume of the legendary MASQUES anthologies and, sadly, it will be the last MASQUES volume to be edited by the late Jerry Williamson, who fell ill after editing the majority of the contents and died shortly thereafter. Gary Braunbeck has picked up the torch and completed the editing of this stunning anthology, which contains stories from the most skilled darkscribes working today. There are twenty-eight never-before-published stories and one tale published only once previously by Playboy in this hefty antho, and there's not a clinker in the bunch. The range and tone of these stories are breathtaking, cutting a wide swath through the dark landscape of terror. You'll find a disturbing tale from my literary idol, Richard Matheson, that will bring to mind his decades earlier Twilight Zone contributions. His story, "Haircut", describes an old-fashioned barbershop on a day when something very strange occurs. Poppy Z. Brite turns in a beautifully wrought thriller, "Wandering the Borderland", in which the arcane secrets of death are revealed. There are chilling ghost stories by Christopher Conlan and the late, great Ray Russell, and a truly grisly tale of violence and retribution from Joe Nassise. Tomb faves Tom Monteleone and Judi Rohrig both turn in superb stories that will have you looking over your shoulder for days! Even the late J. N. Williamson wrote a short piece for this volume, and I'm very glad he did. There are so many good stories included herein that you will just have to read them all for yourself. There will be two editions available when this volume is published later this summer, the Numbered Edition and the Lettered Edition, both of which are going to sell out prior to publication, mark my words.Read more ›
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the year's best horror anthologies with twenty eight new chilling horror thrillers and one reprint from 1985 Playboy magazine ("The Black Wench" by Ray Russell). Each of these well written tales will grip the reader as few short story collections do. The compilation runs the gamut from strange happenings in normal environs to ghost stories to the grisly and finally visits to death in the arcane, tombs, and a few other creepy locales. A who's who of dark side authors like Tom Piccirilli, Richard Matheson, Poppy Z. Brite, Christopher Conlan, Joe Nassise, and the editors, etc. contribute top tales. There are no losers in the first MASQUES V to be published in almost fifteen years. Horror genre readers will agree that MASQUE V is a fitting tribute to editor J. N. Williamson who passed away before the compilation was printed.

Harriet Klausner
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