I just finished a new collection of stories from the folks At Moonstone. TALES OF ZORRO edited by Richard Dean Starr with an afterword by Isabel Allende.
Seventeen new stories by various authors and an introduction by Guy Williams, Jr. His father, Guy Williams, Sr., is my Zorro. I remember watching the Disney series during my childhood. I knew nothing about the character at the time other than it was a wonderful series full of action and adventure.
I had no idea of the Johnston McCulley stories, the number of movies based on them. That was of course the infancy of television, three channels, four occasionally. I was just beginning to read a lot.
I have read the first McCulley story, THE CURSE OF CAPISTRANO, in the 1998 Tor book published under the title of THE MARK OF ZORRO and Isabel Allende’s novel, ZORRO, which gave the character a back story. Other than that, no fiction until this collection. There have been a few new novels over the years, but I never read them. It would be nice if someone published McCulley’s stories in a nice set of mass market paperbacks(Pulp Adventures, Inc, published a two volume set of stories that are kind of high priced on the secondary market for us regular Zorro fans).
This new collection has some nice stories. One by Peter David, COLORS SEEN BY CANDLELIGHT, has Zorro rescuing a young girl being held for ransom that will grow up to be one of our greatest poets. Other fine stories by Max Allan Collins, Ed Gorman(with a couple of co-writers), and a number of other well known authors. Interior illustrations by Ruben Procopio and a wonderful cover for the trade paperback by Douglas Klauba complete the set.
A fine group of stories for any fans of Zorro. There are a few inconsistencies sprinkled throughout, to be expected with different writers working with the same characters. Nothing worth nitpicking about though. Worth a look.