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For some, Mardi Gras is a celebration. For others, it's a dangerous game.

Masks is a collection of 11 short stories by authors from various writing backgrounds. Each story takes a unique look at the celebration of Mardi Gras, from the bright and beautiful party culture to the dark and dangerous mysteries behind the fun. The collection includes stories in the historical
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Published March 31st 2020 by Filles Vertes Publishing
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Candace Robinson
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If youre looking for a book full of mystery and intrigue, then this is it! I love reading anthologies because I can read the versatile stories between the authors with a common theme. This one being Mardi Gras! Which! Ive never read a book centered around that so it was pretty cool! Each tale had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how the story was going to end. There are murderers, there are ghosts, there are crimes, there are kisses, theres a Louisiana setting, and there is lots ...more
Gerardo Delgadillo
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MASKS is a quite an engaging short story collection, set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Some of its tales are historical, others happen now, and all of them have a common element: Surprising twists!

MASKS is an anthology worth reading--give it a try!
Myra
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Serial killers.
Voodoo priestesses.
Spooky New Orleans crypts.
Ancient rituals.
Haunted theaters.
Deadly bird-beaked masks.
Malevolent spirits.

This short story collection is the exact mix of intrigue and pleasure I would expect from a Mardi Gras themed book. I was impressed with the variety--from classic Mardi Gras pleasures set in New Orleans (like king cake and beads) to the darker side of the holiday (rituals and mystery on the riverside of Silverwood). There's something for everyone.

I knew a few
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Emma Katherine
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Opinions: I don't often read short story anthologies, but I'm not entirely sure why. Perhaps Masks raises the bar too high for others! To say that I loved this book is an understatement. I was on the edge of my seat from the eerie and uncanny plots, checking the house because of the murderous and spooky personages, and reading as slowly as possible to make each story last as long as I could. I love the originality of each story; not only are they all centered around Mardi Gras, a holiday seldom ...more
Siobhan
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have a love-hate relationship with short stories. I either finish with a feeling of awe due to reading such a wonderful story in so few words, or I find myself disappointed because there wasnt enough to sustain me. With Masks, we have a mixed bag. Some I really liked; some I was not crazy about.

The Sin Exchanged (Ginger Root) by C. Vonzale Lewis was a police thriller mixed with the supernatural. The supernatural took a backseat for most of the story, but it certainly played an interesting
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Nancy H
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love reading anthologies. They give me a chance to explore authors who might be new to me within a general book theme. This anthology didn't disappoint! Each story brought its own flair to the Mardi Gras theme, with its own unique twists. Whether you like to envision scenes and their specific details for yourself, have more information given, or anywhere in between, this grouping of stories is the right mix. From voodoo to graveyards, detectives to demons, downtown NOLA to the outskirts, this ...more
Donna
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this anthology! Its filled with creepy little mysteries and they all take place during Mardi Gras!! Plus I love to read anything that takes place in New Orleans!!! I ordered the paperback and am excited to have this on my shelf!!! This is definitely a must read if you like mysteries with a paranormal flare!!! ...more
Stingy Strawberries
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 This short story collection is binge-worthy. The combination of stories was perfect. One of my favorites included, The Sin Exchange. It was atmospheric, twisty and dark. It had my heart going. It was so well written I felt like I was watching a movie. It was The Axeman Among US that took me back in time. It was a Stand By Me for 1918. It was an awesome mix of memorable characters, history and horror with a sprinkle of humor and romance. Ashes to Ashes was another unique 5-star read. It's ...more
Christina
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An anthology with a great mix of scare levels, from the mysterious to the terrifying! I tend to stay with the somewhat spooky and mysterious instead of the truly scary stories. While some stories are set in current times and others are historical, they all connect well to the theme of the anthology. This would be a good book to read while stuck inside during quarantine. Solve mysteries with the characters, hide under your covers, and lose yourself to the atmospheric prose!
Marlena Frank
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A fantastic group of tales that explore the myth, mystery, and malice of Mardi Gras. Every story in this anthology is steeped in mystery and magic, from theater ghosts to supernatural investigations, from Civil War mysteries to cursed bloodlines and ghost tours, this anthology has an incredible mix of voices and styles!

One of my favorites was Celebration Game by Candace Robinson. This story features an escape room with a terrifying twist that had me riveted. Lets just say somebody in the room
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Apr 03, 2020 is currently reading it
I received a complimentary copy from Candace Robinson! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing; None edition (March 31, 2020)
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Genre: Dark Short Story Anthology
Print Length: 266 pages
Available from: Amazon
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Kattie
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I actually only read one story from this book, The Celebration Game by Candace Robinson. It was an interesting take on a horror escape room. A group of friends meets for an escape room on the first day of Mardi Gras every year. In such a short story you get so much! Sex, fear and even gargoyles. How fun!
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