The Darker Mask

The Darker Mask

The Darker Mask
by Gary Phillips, Christopher Chambers (Author)
To be released on August 19, 2008.

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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  1. The Cool-Ass Darker Mask Book Signing
    Saturday, August 23
    3-5 PM

    Meltdown Comics
    7522 Sunset Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    (323) 851-7223

    Please join contributors Stephen Barnes, Tananarive Due, Gar Anthony Haywood, Naomi Hirahara, Wayne Wilson, Doselle Young and co-editor Gary Phillips as the crew discuss and sign the Darker Mask: Heroes from the Shadows prose anthology of edgy superhero stories.

    Themed along the grayer areas of superhero fiction, this anthology of 18 original stories nonetheless covers a wide spectrum…Deceptively simple and entertaining while never skimping on serious topics, this tight anthology will satisfy any superhero enthusiast.
    — Publishers Weekly

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