Book three in our 'Things in the Well' series:
"Behind the Mask - Tales from the Id"
The lead story for Masks is 'Sex, Death and Starshine' by Clive Barker, so we've set the bar high.
Physical or otherwise, masks are used to protect us from ourselves, or prevent our detection by others. We hide behind them, gain strength and courage from them, deflect others'
judgement with them, and so on.
theme is memorable, dark, frightening (psychological
or supernatural horror mostly) and a mask of some sort is central to every story. We weren't interested in torture-porn, gore-for-gore sake, or stories
that are supportive of bigotry of any kind, or present abuse or self-harm in a
positive way. We were
thinking theatrical masks; clowns - for example Jimmy Stewart's character
Buttons in 'The Greatest Show on Earth;' cosmetic surgery (consensual or
otherwise, but please no body horror or torture porn without a great story that
justifies it; face make-up, whether that is to hide behind, or for
transformation such as gender-identification; roleplay; acting; Jeckyll and
Hyde scenarios; it could extend to concealment by religious or traditional