Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask is a multi-author collection with stories by award-winning authors Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Rosson, Kate Marshall, Chris Large and others. It is partially, a prose nod to the comic world—the bombast, the larger-than-life, the save-the-worlds and the calls-to-adventure. But it’s also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask.
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  • Colorado Review | Nicholas Litchfield – “Presenting a full range of strong, articulate, varied voices, distinctive troubled characters, and thought-provoking narratives, Behind the Mask stands out as a mighty collection of supremely imaginative and innovative tales.” – Full Review
  • Register Guard | Brian Juenemann – “The variety of approaches to the collections theme is impressive. The characters may have amazing abilities, but their problems and challenges frequently remain in the realm of the human.” –  Full Review
  • Publisher’s Weekly – “Reeks and Richardson have pulled together a treasure trove of 20 stories . . . exploring the lives of superheroes when they’re not saving the world. . . . There is nary a miss in this diverse and thoughtful collection, which will have readers considering what it means to be human.”  – Full Review
  • Library Journal | Jennifer Funk – “Verdict: Fans of superhero fiction will find that these imaginative stories, with their original perspectives, make for a thoroughly worthwhile compilation.” – Full Review
  • Kirkus Reviews – (starred review) “A momentous, readable collection, its sole downside being that there are only 20 superhero stories.” – Full Review
  • San Francisco Book Review – “These stories take the tropes that we know all too well and turn them on their ears, lampooning and embracing the cliches in equal measure, humanizing larger-than-life characters with a deft hand.” – Full Review
  • New Pages – “Delightfully Entertaining” – Full Review
  • RocketStackRank – (4/5 stars) “… an exceptionally high quality anthology. …” – Full Review
  • Mad Scientist Journal – “Behind the Mask is a solid anthology, filled with well-written and -edited stories that fans of the super hero genre will enjoy.” – Full Review
  • Stitch Media Mix – “I have so many positive feelings about Behind the Mask.” – Full Review
  • Words on the Page – “I highly recommend tracking down a copy.” – Full Review
  • SuperheroNovels.com –  “[Richardson] and Reeks have done a great job picking 20 stories that play to familiar strengths of the genre like transformation, self-identity, secret identities and the responsibilities that come with extraordinary power.” – Full Review
  • John DeNardo, SF Signal – “Short fiction readers should seek out . . . Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology,” 2017 Speculative Fiction Continues to Deliver – Full Article
  • A Dragon in Space – “. . . this anthology is a beautiful gem, with a lot of original content in the growing theme of superpowered people, whether they are superheroes or supervillains.” – Full Review
  • Words on the Page – “I was pleased to find the majority of these stories worked for me. . . . I highly recommend tracking down a copy.” – Full Review
  • Inky Reviews – (4.5/5 Stars) “Masterfully-written, this compilation lets us peek inside these people’s ordinary lives, and shows us that they may not be as different as we think. . . . Absolutely recommend it!”” – Full Review
  • Shomeret: The Masked Reviewer – “In this world where cynicism and noir are popular, I feel that superheroes are the antidote.   I found that hopeful vision in those particular stories of Behind The Mask which makes me glad that I read them.” – Full Review

 

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About the Author
Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged, the fourteenth installment of which is Kitty Saves the World. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her at www.carrievaughn.com

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