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Masques IV: All-New Works of Horror and the Supernatural

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  7 ratings  ·  3 reviews
For the timid soul leafing through such a book as this for the first time....only four or five of these tales show human beings dying 'on camera,' so to speak -- though people are about to perish in approximately seven others. According to the rule that in good fiction, main characters are drastically changed by the end of the work, Masques IV is definitely on safe ground. ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Maclay & Associates
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Robert Beveridge
There's something about horror stories. Everyone has one good one in them, but with the exception of a handful of writers (Ellison, Kathe Koja, a few others) whose work is consistently well above the bar, you're more likely to come up with a writer whose work is usually medicore, but who every once in a while lets fly with something so wonderful that the whole world needs to know about it. And thus the continuing popularity of the horror story anthology; the quest to try and find all these truly ...more
Kevin Lucia
So, yeah. Read most of this on the beach, today. Anyway - nice collection. Not necessarily in the same league as Shadows or Whispers or the Karl Edward Wagner collections, but still pretty tight. The best stories are:

Chet Williamson's ``The Pack''
Gahan Wilson's ``Sea Gulls''
F. Paul Wilson's ``Please Don't Hurt Me''
Bruce Boston's ``Animal Husbandry''
Ed Gorman's "The Coming of Night, the Passing of Day"
Graham Masterton "The Heart of Helen Day"
Kristin Kathryn Rusch's "Children"
Darrell Schweitzer's
A must read for all those who don't know where else to turn to discover amazing writers, deliciously macabre and scary 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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