J. N. Williamson's Illustrated Masques

Title: J. N. Williamson's Illustrated Masques
Author: Stephen King. Edited by Mort Castle and David Campiti
Artists: Jose Pimentel, Tim Vigil, Mark Evans, Ted Naifeh, Matt Thompson, Mike Okamoto. Cover Art by Clive Barker
Publisher: Gauntlet Press
ISBN: 978-1-934267-23-3 and/or 1-934267-23-6 ?
Publication Year: August 2011
State: Lettered Edition 1/52
Issue Price: $1,500
Comments: Signed by both Stephen King and Clive Barker

From Gauntlet Press: "The Masques series of anthologies, published from 1984 to 2006 and edited by J. N. Williamson, presented superlative work by established and emerging horror writers, including Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Charles Grant, Ray Russell, Charles Beaumont, Tom Monteleone, Robert Bloch, F. Paul Wilson, Ramsey Campbell, Richard Christian Matheson, Paul Dale Anderson, and Robert R. McCammon. "Scare me!" was editor Williamson's principal guideline. The books won critical, popular, and international success, with editions published in Spain, Germany, Italy, and France.

In 1992, Mort Castle and David Campiti, working with J.N. Williamson, produced two 48-page issues of J.N. Williamson's Masques, presenting Masques stories in "graphic album" format. The "deluxe comics" (perfect bound) were published by Innovation Books, a comic book publisher. Illustrators included Mark Evans, Ted Naifeh, Mike Okamoto, Tim Vigil, Jose Pimentel, and Matt Thompson.

But the "comic book boom" was going bust -- and the "graphic novel" still had to await Art Spiegelman's winning the Pulitzer for Maus and Alan Moore's Watchmen being named one of the top "100 Novels of the 20th Century" by Time Magazine to become legitimate. Few copies of J.N. Williamson's Masques were printed, far fewer comics stores were around to sell them, and within a year, the publisher Innovation itself was gone from the scene.

Now, J. N. Williamson's Illustrated Masques triumphantly returns in a 112-page, beautifully produced collectible from Gauntlet Press.

- All original art digitally restored.
- New prose features from Mort Castle, David Campiti, and original Masques publisher John Maclay.
- A brand new, 16-page story: F. Paul Wilson's macabre masterpiece "Soft."
- A "continuity cover" by Clive Barker, "The Skull Tree," previously the cover image for the fifth and final edition of Masques "

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