edited by J.N. Williamson and Gary A. Braunbeck
This will be the last and the biggest book in the
acclaimed Masques series (469 pages), edited by Jerry Williamson.
After Williamson fell ill he asked Gary Braunbeck to step in and
complete the project for him. A number of authors have provided
stories as a tribute to Jerry, including Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson,
Ray Garton, Poppy Z. Brite, Jack Ketchum, Richard Christian Matheson,
William Nolan, Tom Monteleone, Gary Braunbeck and Barry Hoffman.
Clive Barker is providing the cover art (and signing all editions),
along with a fronticepiece for the Lettered edition only.
The Lettered edition has a second, alternate version of Ray Bradbury's story, along with a hand written note telling the origin of the story. Richard Christian Matheson also provides three early drafts of his story with handwritten corrections. Matheson and Bradbury are signing only the Lettered edition, and Jerry Williamson signed both the Numbered and the Lettered before he passed away.
Masques V was a labor of love for Jerry Williamson, who died on December 8th, 2005. As his health began to fail him, he was overwhelmed by well-known authors who without hesitation submitted stories as a tribute to Jerry. In a note to those whose work will appear in Masques V co-editor Gary Braunbeck stated, "I think this will serve as a fine testament to Jerry's memory."
Table of Contents
Introduction J.N. Williamson
Lettered Edition Only:
"The Beautiful Shave" (First draft) Ray Bradbury
Those ordering through Gauntlet will receive a free chapbook, which will consist of new short stories from four of the contributors of Masques V. They are:
"In the House of the Hangman One Does Not Talk of Rope,"
by Gary A. Braunbeck
Masques V will come in two editions:
"Masques V is a bulky volume collecting twenty-nine
horror stories by both established genre masters and newcomers...the
tales are all fine examples of good storytelling, up to the expectations
of any Masques fan... You'll be entertained, pleasantly scared and
cuddled by a bunch of skilled narrators. Furthermore, you'll find
reasons for making some serious thinking about the world and the
truths of human life."
"You'll be entertained, pleasantly scared and cuddled by a bunch of skilled narrators"
"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."
"The range and tone of these stories are breathtaking, cutting a wide swath through the dark landscape of terror... This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a piece of horror history."
"Horror in the small press is flourishing... Perfect timing for a new collection from this landmark series. Jerry Williamson has assembled an impressive lineup again."