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Dark Masques

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  10 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
1/2 good writing, 1/4 excellent writing, 1/4 total crap.
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
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.
Brittany Buchanan
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.
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.
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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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