StoryBundle's proud to feature The LGBT+ Bundle, a collection of award-winning and award-nominated LGBT focused books to celebrate Pride Month. Our curator Melissa Scott talks about how she put the bundle together:
First, no novels in which being queer means you're evil, nor any in which it's a doomed and tragic fate. There are places for the latter, but this is June and Pride Month, and I want to share books that celebrate queerness. I've also decided to focus on small press offerings, as they are more likely to be overlooked than books from the mainstream houses. I've tried to pick newer novels, and to reintroduce some older writers, and in general to include books and writers who you might not have seen yet. Unfortunately, this didn't narrow things down very much at all.
In the end, I went with books I loved, books that showed me new facets of the LGBT+ experience, books that made me feel proud of being queer and an SF/F fan. This is an admittedly eclectic group — you'll find historical fantasy, contemporary werewolves, superhero adventures, Victorian adventure, a YA ghost story, secondary world fantasies, a noir-inflected war between Heaven and Hell, and a couple of short story collections that individually span just as wide a range — but they are all written by authors at the top of their game. Six Spectrum and Lambda Literary Award finalists and winners are included in the group, and Riley Parra has been turned into a web series by Tello Films (and will debut in July, just after our bundle ends!). You'll also find a diverse group of characters, worlds where the rules of sex and gender are profoundly different from our own, and stories that will hold you entranced until the very last word.
You can click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews, a preview and a personal note from our curator!
Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman
"Berman has created a creepy, kitschy, lusty atmosphere particularly when the narrator's abilities to tap into a ghost's past are harnessed that should appeal to mature horror fans."– School Library Journal
Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett
"Astrology as destiny! It's not just an inspired choice for creating a fantasy world which differs significantly from our own. It's not just a brilliant method for devising a crime and motives that can't exist in our world. It's an approach that casts a tremendously revealing light on our own beliefs, behaviors, and perceptions."– Locus
Death by Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
"Mathey and Lynes are equals in every way, although their talents lie in different directions. This not only makes them believable as lovers, it also makes them perfectly compatible crime-solvers."– Strange Horizons
The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories by A.C. Wise"Wise's inventive sense of weirdness and wonder comes to the forefront in this intense, graceful collection of stories in which plot plays second fiddle to quietly immersive world-building, longing and obsession are the forces of beauty, and grimness leads not to depressive dystopia but to desperately hopeful and brave, if still unsettling, solutions. Wise brings the reader's empathy to characters striving to find something profoundly real in the midst of artifice." – Publishers Weekly
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles
"From a macabre butterfly obsession to a demented Pied Piper to the very human enemy bent upon destroying our Mr. Caldwell, KJ Charles has mined the depths of imagination to come up with another outstanding novel to add to her body of work. One of the best I'll read in 2015."– The Novel Approach
Wonder City Stories by Jude McLaughlin
"[...]the main characters are ones usually relegated to side characters or tokens in other 'verses: people of color, LBGTQ+ of nearly every stripe, old and middle-aged and disabled, people with body types you won't see on the covers of most comics to this day, black and Hispanic and Asian and other so-called minorities. A majority are women. So. Superheroes for the rest of us."– Amazon reviewer
The Marshal's Lover by Jo Graham
"Based upon the real life of Maria Versfelt (aka Ida St. Elme) – courtesan, actress and writer – Graham's latest entwines history, romance and a delicious dollop of fantasy. Sexy and dashing."– Kirkus Reviews
The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones
"Jones has written an excellent, quiet novel about intellectual women, compelling in its intimacy and personal scale without ever being claustrophobic. The Mystic Marriage has the confidence to take its time. Its measured pace won't be for everyone, but for me? It's really very nearly perfect."– Liz Bourke, Tor.com
Trafalgar and Boone in the Drowned Necropolis by Geonn Cannon
"Adventure and romance mingle with magic in Cannon's strange but eminently readable second novel following the archaeological meanderings of its Jazz Age heroines."– Publishers Weekly
Riley Parra Season One by Geonn Cannon
"Geonn has way of writing characters that makes them believable, loveable, and exactly like the best friend you always wished you had. I can't wait to read more about Riley Parra."– AJ, Amazon Review
Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff
"Deft humor, hints of romance, and well-constructed suspense leaven the occasional sturdy earnestness, while the rejection of toned hotties as the embodiment of supernatural power in favor of women whose lives have prepared them with the wisdom for their new role is refreshing."– Publishers Weekly
Out of This World by Catherine Lundoff
"If I had to sum up Lundoff's collection Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories in a single word (which would be a totally unfair thing to require me to do) it would be "versatile." This volume touches base on a broad variety of genres and subgenres yet succeeds in being a unified stylistic whole. There is everything from steampunk horror to hard-boiled alien invasion to magical police procedural, each story both drawing lovingly from its literary inspirations and turning them upside down."– Heather Rose Jones, Author
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 beats $15, you get Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman, Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett, Death by Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold, The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories by A.C. Wise, The Marshal's Lover by Jo Graham, Trafalgar and Boone in the Drowned Necropolis by Geonn Cannon and Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff!
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