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In the mid nineties I received a short story anthology as a gift. I believe it was either a Weird Tales anthology, or White Wolf. My favorite story was called Mask of the Silver King, (I think, I may be a little off.)

It was a fantasy story about a child and his older brother coming of age. The child's older brother becomes a criminal, and the younger child becomes a musician (I think) and somehow rises to power and becomes a god like creature known as the Silver King. I cannot find the story for the life of me, and I am hoping that someone here may be able to help.

The only other detail that I can remember is that (I think) Tanith Lee's "The Sombrus Tower" was in the same anthology.

Any help at all is appreciated!

  • This (or another binding) is the Weird Tales anthology. There's no story with a similar title there, but maybe one of the titles rings a bell? Mysteries of the Faceless King, perhaps? – user56 Jul 19 '11 at 23:55
  • @Gilles 9 of 14 pages from Mysteries of the Faceless King are available on Google Books – rintaun Jul 20 '11 at 2:03
  • @rintaun Thanks! For some reason Weird Tales 290 doesn't turn up when I search for “faceless king”, only Weird Tales 291. It's definitely a match. – user56 Jul 20 '11 at 12:14
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Looking up “The Sombrus Tower” on ISFDB shows that it was published in Weird Tales in 1980 and collected in a Weird Tales anthology. The closest match for a title in this anthology is “The Mysteries of the Faceless King” by Darrell Schweitzer. The extract readable on Google Books shows that it's a good match for what you remember.

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    Thank you! The Mysteries of the Faceless King is the story I was looking for. I have been looking for this story off and on for years, thank a million. – Real John Connor Jul 22 '11 at 20:27

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