Today I am interviewing Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson, editors of the new superhero anthology, Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions.
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DJ: Hey Tricia and Kyle! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourselves?
Tricia Reeks: I am the founder of Meerkat Press and the editor of Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology. I recently transplanted from Atlanta to a mountainside in Asheville, North Carolina where me, my husband and my two ferocious French bulldogs do our best to stay out of the way of the bears and wild-turkeys. I am a lover of great stories and can’t complain that my job at Meerkat Press is finding them!
Kyle Richardson: Hey there, DJ. Thanks for having us. Officially, I have three titles that I’m grateful for: father, husband, and struggling writer (a joyful emphasis on the struggling part). I’m an American Canadian, I think long walks on the beach are best done with steampunk goggles on, and I didn’t don an editor’s cap until Tricia approached me with a unique opportunity: she’d stocked up on too much red ink and needed someone to help her use it all.
DJ: What is Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions about?
Tricia: I think Kyle said it best in a line from his intro: “It’s a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask.”
Kyle: It’s a look at the human side of the superhero genre—as imagined by twenty talented short-fiction authors.
DJ: What were some of your influences for creating Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions?
Tricia: Kyle suggested superheroes and I ran across Kelly Link’s “Origin Story,” which was such a touching view of the normal struggles of two people, Bunnatine and Biscuit, who happened to have superpowers. That story had a big impact on the focus of the stories we chose.
Kyle: A love of illustrated superhero fiction—and a desire to show how it feels when skilled prose authors take a crack at it. Continue reading