It'll be seventeen, never-before-published short stories covering a wide range of periods in the Phantom's long history. The press release promises "high adventure and intrigue in the African jungle, on the high seas, and in the city."
The authors are Craig Shaw Gardner, Jim Alexander, David Bishop, Mike Bullock, Ron Fortier, Steven Grant, Clay & Susan Griffith, CJ Henderson, Nancy Kilpatrick, Len Kody, Howard Mackie, David Michelinie, Will Murray, Mike Oliveri, Martin Powell, Ed Rhoades, Trina Robbins, and Dan Wickline. I'm familiar with a few people on that list, but I'm especially interested in reading stories by three of them. Mike Bullock is the new, current writer of The Phantom comic and I'm interested in getting more of his perspective on the character. Ron Fortier has a strong history of writing modern versions of classic pulp characters. I've reviewed some of his previous work for Comic World News. And Dan Wickline is a talented writer who's making a name for himself by writing the last couple of 30 Days of Night mini-series, but is also doing enough other stuff so as to not get labelled exclusively as a horror guy.
There will also be interior illustrations by Ruben Procopio and an Introduction by Valerie Falk, daughter of the Phantom's creator Lee Falk.
In similar news, one of the authors in this collection, CJ Henderson, is also writing an original novel for Moonstone based on Kolchak: The Night Stalker. I'm not as familiar with that character, so I'm not quite as excited, but prose books from Moonstone is a good trend. They've got a lot of great properties that I'd love to see developed into book series.