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SUPER STORIES OF HEROES & VILLAINS

Claude Lalumière, ed

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George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards rampage through unrecorded history! Mike Mignola’s Hellboy battles the fiendish Nuckelavee! Can Camille Alexa’s Pinktastic prevent the end of the world? Will Jonathan Lethem’s Dystopianist cause the end of the world? In these twenty-eight astounding Super Stories, choose your side in the never-ending battle of good versus evil!

SUPER STORIES OF HEROES & VILLAINS

by Claude Lalumière, ed

ISBN: 9781616961039

Published: 2013

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and eBooks

George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards rampage through unrecorded history! Mike Mignola’s Hellboy battles the fiendish Nuckelavee! Can Camille Alexa’s Pinktastic prevent the end of the world? Will Jonathan Lethem’s Dystopianist cause the end of the world? 

In these pages, you’ll find the exploits, machinations, and epic mêlées of these superpowered aliens, undead crusaders, costumed crime fighters, unholy cabals, Amazon warriors, demon hunters, cyberpunk luchadores, nefarious megalomaniacs, daredevil sidekicks, atavistic avatars, adventuring aviators, gunslinging outlaws, love-struck adversaries, and supernatural detectives.

In these twenty-eight astounding Super Stories, join larger-than-life heroes and villains in the never-ending battle of good versus evil!

Claude Lalumière is the author of The Door to Lost Pages and Objects of Worship and has edited ten anthologies, including Lust for Life, Tesseracts Twelve, and Witpunk. He is the co-creator of Lost Myths, an online archive of cryptomythology.

Visit the Claude Lalumière website. 

Introduction: “The Return of the Super Story”

“Übermensch!” by Kim Newman
“A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows” by Chris Roberson
“Trickster” by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due
“They Fight Crime!” by Leah Bobet
“The Rememberer” by J. Robert Lennon
“The Nuckelavee: A Hellboy Story” by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
“Faces of Gemini” by A. M. Dellamonica
“Origin Story” by Kelly Link
“Burning Sky” by Rachel Pollack
“The Night Chicago Died” by James Lowder
“Novaheads” by Ernest Hogan
“Clash of Titans (A New York Romance)” by Kurt Busiek
“The Super Man and the Bugout” by Cory Doctorow
“Grandma” by Carol Emshwiller
“The Dystopianist, Thinking of His Rival, Is Interrupted by a Knock on the Door” by Jonathan Lethem
“Sex Devil” by Jack Pendarvis
“The Death Trap of Dr. Nefario” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
“Man Oh Man—It’s Manna Man” by George Singleton
“The Jackdaw’s Last Case” by Paul Di Filippo
“The Biggest” by James Patrick Kelly
“Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke” by Win Scott Eckert
“The Zeppelin Pulps” by Jess Nevins
“Wild Cards: Prologue & Interludes” by George R. R. Martin
“Wild Cards: Just Cause” by Carrie Vaughn
“Bluebeard and the White Buffalo: A Rangergirl Yarn” by Tim Pratt
“The Pentecostal Home for Flying Children” by Will Clarke
“Pinktastic and the End of the World” by Camille Alexa
“The Detective of Dreams” by Gene Wolfe

“Editor Lalumière has put together an impressive best-of anthology for modern superhero fiction, with works from SF royalty like George R. R. Martin and Kelly Link, hit comics creators Kurt Busiek and Mike Mignola, and wonderful but lesser-known writers. The satisfying and varied stories range from J. Robert Lennon’s deeply sad “The Rememberer,” about a super-powered storyteller. who can never forget, to Benjamin Rosenbaum’s brilliant and lighthearted “The Deathtrap of Dr. Nefario,” in which a familiar crime-fighter calls his therapist from a routine death trap. Also of note are Paul Di Filippo’s “The Jackdaw’s Last Case,” starring Franz Kafka as a superhero, and Busiek’s hilariously cynical “Clash of Titans (A New York Romance),” about a marketing man encouraging the rivalry between a superhero and his villainous ex-girlfriend to increase tourism. There are a few missteps: Gene Wolfe’s “The Detective of Dreams” is out of place, and Rachel Pollack’s Wonder Woman-inspired “Burning Sky” detours so far into sexual fantasy that it entirely loses the plot. Even so this is by far the best superhero anthology around, and a must-read for comic book fans.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Super Stories of Heroes & Villains is a fantastically presented anthology full of great stories. There are a lot of anthologies out there dealing with superheroes, but this is the best one I’ve run across. From pulp to steampunk, all the bases are covered. There’s a lot to love here.”
Comic Book Therapy

Super Stories of Heroes & Villains is filled with smart, imaginative, inspired stories taking place in a variety of versions of the superhero genre.”
Fanboy Comics

“Not only are the stories fine in their own right, but they will provide a certain illumination you can take back with you when you’ve returned to the 8-paneled page.”
Nexus Graphica

“If the capes-and-cowls genre ever hopes to find a foothold in the mainstream, it desperately needs a champion, and we think Lalumière would be a great nominee for the position.”
Super Hero Novels

“Super Stories of Heroes & Villains was one helluva ride to read! From origin stories, romance gone wrong, to aliens from outer space and lets not forget philandering ‘heroes’ – there is a little bit of something of everything to turn your head…. Hats off to the editor for compiling a really great collection that any fiction fan would greatly enjoy!” 
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