Regular readers may remember that last year my story "Mission Gold" led off Tales of Zorro, an anthology of stories about Zorro, Johnston McCulley's great champion of human rights in early California. The masked, cloaked figure of justice is one of literature's truly brilliant creations, and being asked to write a story about him (and, in the process, getting to meet Guy Williams, Jr., son of the Disney TV Zorro [the only real filmed Zorro, in my opinion] and to handle one of his father's screen swords]) is a double honor I'll never forget.
The book came out last year in trade paperback, and it includes stories by luminaries such as Elizabeth Massie, Max Allan Collins, Loren D. Estleman, Peter David, Nancy Holder, Greg Cox, and more, along with an introduction by Williams and a foreword by Isabel Allende.
Now I have in my hand a copy of the limited edition, and it's a beautiful piece of work. In addition to being signed by all the above, except Allende (but including interior artist Ruben Procopio [who, incidentally, is a fine sculptor--I have his Mighty Mouse maquette standing in a place of honor here at the ranch], trade paperback cover artist Douglas Klauba, editor Richard Dean Starr and publisher Joe Gentile), it's numbered and held in a gold-stamped slipcase. It's the first anthology of Zorro short fiction ever published, and contains many fine stories, and it would be an asset to any book collector's library.
Like the Phantom book I wrote about a few days ago, it's from Moonstone, a publisher that manages to scoop up licenses for a lot of beloved popular characters (Buckaroo Banzai, Kolchak, the Green Hornet, Doc Savage, Honey West, Johnny Dollar, and so many more--just go look at the website).
If you want to spend a little more for something super-limited, there's also a lettered edition limited to 26 copies. Some of those are available, as are copies of the 300-copy numbered edition. The lettered one comes with a litho signed by the contributors, and an original sketch by Ruben Procopio, so each copy is truly one of a kind.
Either one is a treasure, so take a look.