Behind the Mask - Tales from the Id

Behind the Mask - Tales from the Id

by Wile E. YoungJenna M. Pitman Stephen Herczeg and others

Paperback Publication Date: 01/05/2018

RRP  $44.00 $39.75

Come closer. Take off your mask. No, wait... leave it on. I'd like to see who you're pretending to be, or who you think you are. There'll be time enough to find out who you really are later... much later. Like when you've seduced me to your bed, or lured me to my death, or... but wait You're not planning any of those things, are you? Why, you're just frightened; hiding behind that rubber skin for fear of being mocked or hassled; or to blend in. Well now, let's peek at who you really are, shall we? Oh... Oh, it's you? But I thought-


22 short stories with one common theme; masks.

From the editor Steve Dillon:

"So, why masks? I've always been a lover of masks and have collected them and worn them for as long as I can recall. One of my school paintings was a self-portrait which, having completed it and deemed it too ugly, I painted a clown-mask over the top of it. Whether or not that resonates with readers of this introduction, I think it's safe to suggest we all use masks of one sort or another, both to protect us from ourselves, as well as to prevent our detection by others, or project a different image of who we are. We hide behind them, gain strength and courage from them, deflect judgement with their use so we can 'fit in, ' and so on. "For this anthology, I hoped for memorable, dark, frightening stories. Tales of psychological or supernatural horror with a mask of some sort that was central to the story. I'd originally thought of theatrical masks, or clowns such as Jimmy Stewart's character Buttons in 'The Greatest Show on Earth.' But, of course, masks can also be devised using cosmetic surgery, whether that's to hide behind, or for transformation, beautification or gender-identification. Masks are also used extensively in role-play, acting, disguise, and as part of a concealment by religious or traditional costume. Without offering any spoilers here, this anthology contains great examples of each of the above types of masks, and some I hadn't even considered... enjoy "

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is one of America's greatest and best-loved writers.

Known as the father of the detective story, Poe is perhaps most famous for his short stories particularly his shrewd mysteries and chilling, often grotesque tales of horror he was also an extremely accomplished poet and a tough literary critic.

Poe's life was not far removed from the drama of his fiction. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by a foster family. As a young man, he developed problems with gambling, debts, and alcohol, and was even dismissed from the army.

His love life was marked by tragedy and heartbreak. Despite these difficulties, Poe produced many works now considered essential to the American literary canon.

Paul Kane

Paul Kane has published six collections of poems and a dozen other books, most recently Welcome Light (2016) and Renga: 100 Poems (2017). His work appears in journals and anthologies in the US, Australia, and the UK, and has been translated into French, Italian and Chinese.

Kane has received a Fulbright award, Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, grants from the Mellon Foundation, a residency from the Bogliasco Foundation, and an honorary doctorate from La Trobe University for his contribution to Australian culture. He has taught at Yale University and Monash University (Australia), and is currently Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Vassar College.

In 1980, he married Tina Kane, a textile conservator who worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and who, after a two-year illness with ALS, died in Australia in 2015. Kane divides his time between homes in Warwick, NY, and rural Australia.

Ramsey Campbell

The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell as "Britain's most respected living horror writer". He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature.

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