The Darker Mask

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Gary Phillips, Christopher Chambers
Macmillan, Aug 19, 2008 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

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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. Read full review

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CHRISTOPHER CHAMBERS is the author of Sympathy for the Devil and A Prayer for Deliverance.   He is currently working on a historical novel titled Yella Patsy's Boys, about the African-American experience during the American Revolution.   GARY PHILLIPS is the author of the Ivan Monk series and the Martha Chainey series, as well as Bangers and the Perpetrators.  His short fiction appeared most recently in Los Angeles Noir and Hollywood and Crime.  He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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