MASQUES V edited by Jerry Williamson & Gary A. Braunbeck. Colorado Springs, C: Gauntlet Pres; 2006. 1st edition hardcover.
This will be the last book in the acclaimed Masques series, edited by Jerry Williamson. Before Williamson fell ill he assembled 90% of the contents. Gary Braunbeck is co-editing Masques V. A number of authors have provided stories as a tribute to Jerry, including Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Ray Garton, Poppy Z. Brite, Jack Ketchum, Richard Christian Matheson, William Nolan, Tom Monteleone, Gary Braunbeck and Barry Hoffman. Clive Barker is providing the cover art (and signing).
Masques V was a labor of love for Jerry Williamson, who died on December 8th, 2005. As his health began to fail him, he was overwhelmed by well-known authors who without hesitation submitted stories as a tribute to Jerry. In a note to those whose work will appear in Masques V co-editor Gary Braunbeck stated, "I think this will serve as a fine testament to Jerry's memory."
Table of Contents for Masques V:
Introduction - J.N. Williamson,
"Wandering the Borderlands" -- Poppy Z. Brite,
"Haircut" -- Richard Matheson,
"Recall" -- Ray Garton,
"Ghosts in Autumn" -- Christopher Conlon,
"The Black Wench" -- Ray Russell,
"FYI" -- Mort Castle,
"Phantom of the Rainbow" -- Thomas Sullivan,
"Just A Little, Just Enough" -- Sharon Cullers,
"The Net' -- Jack Ketchum and P.D. Cacek,
"Disappearing Act" -- Barry Hoffman,
"Stirrings" -- Kealan Patrick Burke,
"The Sheets Were Clean and Dry" -- Lucy A. Snyder,
"Saintkiller" -- Joe Nassise,
In A Hand Or Face -- Gary A. Braunbeck,
"Moths in Damp Grass" -- Tracy Knight,
"A Thousand Words" -- Judi Rohrig,
"Making Faces" -- Tom Piccirilli,
"For Whom We Mourn" -- Geoff Cooper,
"Atomic Possums" -- George Ibarra,
"Mr. Handlebars" -- Mark Powers,
"In the Empty Country" -- Ron Horsley,
"Action Figures" -- John Maclay,
How Sweet It Was -- Tom Monteleone,
"Waters Dark and Deep" -- Tim Waggoner,
Making Cabinets -- Richard Christian Matheson,
"King Charlie" -- William F. Nolan,
Intent To Deceive -- Ed Gorman,
*"The Beautiful Shave" -- Ray Bradbury,
Outcry -- J.N. Williamson.
Issued in a SIGNED/LIMITED edition (signed by Jerry Williamson and all contributors except Matheson, Bradbury, and the late Ray Russell). All stories are original EXCEPT for the late Ray Russell.
Fine in fine dj.