The 2023 Pride Bundle:
We're back with another queer-themed bundle to celebrate Pride! This year, we have a total of seventeen books on offer, with five in the main bundle and another twelve in the bonus. It's a big bundle, but it was still hard to narrow it down: every year, there are more and more writers out there who are creating intelligent, nuanced, and queer SF/F.
Because this is for Pride, we looked for books that depicted queerness in all its aspects. You'll find profoundly hopeful work as well as darker themes, but what you won't find is stories in which being queer means you're evil, nor any in which it's a purely doomed and tragic fate. Instead, these are stories that showcase the myriad ways that queerness manifests — the many ways that we have chosen to be.
You can read more about the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book!
The Unbalancing by R. B. Lemberg
[STARRED REVIEW] "Lovingly crafted with a deep and rewarding world full of complex characters who are often LGBTQIA+ and/or neurodiverse, this is an outstanding novel from a rising star in fantasy fiction."– Booklist
The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia
[STARRED REVIEW] "Naseem Jamnia's brilliant and insightful novella, The Bruising of Qilwa, explores questions of identity and belonging in a nuanced medical mystery. . . . Jamnia has built an intricate, multi-layered world full of magic and queerness."– Shelf Awareness
Boys, Beasts & Men by Sam J. Miller
[STARRED REVIEW] "Highly recommended for any reader interested in speculative fiction that concerns itself with queer themes, particularly messy or emotional ones."– Booklist
Martha Moody by Susan Stinson
"This 'speculative western' first came out in 1995 but was just reissued. The first sentence is magnificent in the way it's a microcosm of the whole book, as well as a glimpse at the way Stinson writes so beautifully about fat bodies: 'I was crouched next to the creek baiting my hook with a hunk of fat when I heard a rustling on the bank upstream.'"– Alison Bechdel, Elle Magazine
Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
"Fire Logic is a delightful, feminist fantasy epic featuring a ragtag bunch of misfits, swashbuckling, romance, and some weird elemental magic."– Bustle
Our Fruiting Bodies by Nisi Shawl
"Nisi Shawl's Our Fruiting Bodies is a wilderness of untamed magic to explore, ever changing underfoot, beauty thorned and fertile with meaning, nurtured by the most talented of keepers. Shawl trusts their readers to be attuned to the mysteries of the imagined, rather than sated by formula or convention."– Indrapramit Das, author of The Devourers
We're Here - The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2021 by L.D. Lewis and series editor Charles Payseur
"With this lovely anthology, Lewis and Payseur collect 15 speculative shorts that range widely in tone and genre, but all circle themes of love and identity...There's something here for any reader of speculative fiction to admire."– Publishers Weekly
Uncommon Charm by Kat Weaver and Emily Bergslien
"An enchanting and poignantly subtle story told with deft humor and thoughtful absences, where the initiation into mysteries is both esoteric and deeply personal."– Caitlin Starling, author of The Death of Jane Lawrence
Night Sky Mine by Melissa Scott
"Mature, balanced, absorbing work, with a richly detailed, enchanting backdrop: something of a breakthrough in overall technique, and Scott's best so far."– Kirkus Reviews
The Silences of Ararat by L. Timmel Duchamp
"Duchamp tells the story in straightforward style, using a setting only slightly removed from the here-and-now and characters many of us will recognize as drawn from some of our neighbors. The magical component, while crucial to the plot, doesn't divert attention from the relevance of the story to the world we see on the nightly TV news. Not always a comfortable read—nor is it meant to be—but well worth tracking down."– Asimov’s On Books by Peter Heck
Queer Weird West Tales by Julie Bozza
"a varied and entertaining set of stories … Bound to be something for everyone to enjoy."– Matt the Womble, Runalong the Shelves
The Feast of Panthers by Sean Eads
"…If you love history with a twist, I highly recommend "A Feast of Panthers," an incredible story with paranormal aspects that are at times gruesome and frightening…"– Queer Sci Fi
The Dragon Eater by J. Scott Coatsworth
"The only thing wrong with this book is that it ended. Scott Coatsworth has produced an adventure that is a rich mélange of science fiction and fantasy, creating the world of Tharassas and its denizens with vivid detail... It's going to be hard to wait for book two. Five stars."– Ulysses, Liminal Fiction
Perishables by Michael G. Williams
"Stephen Colbert meets Stephen King."– Book Nerd's Brain Candy
Unfinished Business by Catherine Lundoff
"And we are here in October where the weather and season turns; the nights darken as we start to feel more comfortable at home rather than wandering in the dark. Like many of you at times like this, I love to hear tales of ghosts and the things that go bump in the night. Queen of Swords Press has just launched a new series of mini-collections of short stories and novella collections. In Unfinished Business, this starts with the work of Catherine Lundoff and provides a smart, scary and progressive set of horror tales – perfect for a dark and stormy night."– Runalong the Shelves Book Blog
In the Deep by Kelly Jennings
"…as gritty and complex as the first novel-length adventure… // Strongly reminiscent of C.J Cherryh at her best."– Gwyneth Jones, author of the Aleutian trilogy, winner of the World Fantasy, Clarke, Dick, and Tiptree awards
Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price is $20 or more, you get The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia , Boys, Beasts & Men by Sam J. Miller, Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks, Our Fruiting Bodies by Nisi Shawl, We're Here - The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2021 edited by L.D. Lewis and series editor Charles Payseur, Night Sky Mine by Melissa Scott, The Feast of Panthers by Sean Eads, The Gusty Deep by Lee Morgan, The Dragon Eater by J. Scott Coatsworth, Perishables by Michael G. Williams, Unfinished Business by Catherine Lundoff and In the Deep by Kelly Jennings!
Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!
Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.
Easy delivery. It's super convenient to get these ebooks onto your reader of choice—just download and sync. Better yet, if you have a Kindle or Kindle-enabled tablet or smartphone, we can send the books directly to your device. No computer required.
Missed our previous bundles? Check them out here.