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Dark Masques

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  128 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews

Enter a shadowy realm where nothing—and no one—is as it appears. A place hidden from view, nestled in the darkest recesses of your mind, awaiting the perfect moment to reveal itself—only to scare you blind. In this collection of unforgettable horror stories, discover the terrifying truth as told by today’s greatest masters of the macabre
Mass Market Paperback, 508 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Pinnacle
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Randolph Carter
Above average collection of stories that were apparently from a semi-regular publication called appropriately Dark Masques; probably something like Charles Grant's Shadows anthologies. The usual range of stuff including the ubiquitous King and Campbell stories (do these guys ever get up from the typewriter?). This book must be fairly popular because it has been reprinted multiple times since 1995 when it first appeared. This reprint is a mmpb from 2012.

I had a lot of "around the campfire" fun wi
Martin Mcgoey
Jul 29, 2011 Martin Mcgoey rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
1/2 good writing, 1/4 excellent writing, 1/4 total crap.
Lake Lopez
Jan 02, 2015 Lake Lopez rated it it was amazing
This collection contains some truly horrific gems. "The Man Who Drowned Puppies" and "Fish Story" were quite appealing. Stephen King's "Popsy" is here and still reads well after all these years. I especially liked James Kisner's, "The Litter." Wish that writer was still with us.
Jan 17, 2011 Waven rated it really liked it
This is one of the better short fiction "horror" genre anthologies I've read, with a good and varied selection from authors both well-known and obscure. Most of the stories are not gory (more suspense than slasher, with few exceptions), and some have also been collected in science fiction anthologies, which helps indicate the range of material found in Dark Masques. Most of the stories are good and several are quite good, with a better ratio of quality than often found in such collections. I was ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Kendra rated it did not like it
This is the first horror anthology I regret buying. One or two of the stories were okay but the rest were mundane/not scary/poorly written.
Dec 06, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies
I thought this title was really fun. I really wanted to go with 3 and a half stars since there were a few drab stories in the book. A decent percentage of the book was worth the time. There were stories worthy of adapting to film for either TV or theaters. I do recommend this book to the horror reader that likes a taste of the ghoulish style.
Sep 22, 2015 Serena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, horror
While this book did have a few redeeming qualities, due to a lack of editorial contribution I would not recommend.

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Brittany Buchanan
Nov 01, 2013 Brittany Buchanan rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection. Some were great and others, well, not so great. I have tried to read this collection cover to cover, but I still skip the ones I don't enjoy.
Nov 14, 2011 Quinn rated it it was ok
Laced with the talent of a hundred boring writers, and the reception of a thousand bored readers. Even The King couldn't inspire me beyond a slight yawn as a critical response.
Apr 10, 2013 Chichi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I was a it disappointed with the short stories. Some were ok, others...meh.
My best was The Near Departed by Richard Matheson an that was only because it made me laugh.
Steve Schlutow
Most of these short stories were not very good. I'd say only a quarter of them were entertaining.
Jennifer Farr
Jan 27, 2013 Jennifer Farr rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
I read this a few years ago and forgot. I enjoyed most of the short stories.
Darlene Grant
Feb 23, 2011 Darlene Grant rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sharon Bishop
Shelves: read-in-2011
Some good creepy stories!
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Gerald Neal Williamson (April 17, 1932 - December 8, 2005) wrote and edited horror stories under the name J. N. Williamson. He also write under the name Julian Shock.

Born in Indianapolis, IN he graduated from Shortridge High School. He studied journalism at Butler University. He published his first novel in 1979 and went on to publish more than 40 novels and 150 short stories. In 2003 he received
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