The Beyond Weird Bundle - Curated by Robert Jeschonek
Something doesn't feel quite right. The world around you seems a little…off. Things turn strange and fluid, as if you're trapped inside a dream…but you aren't. Something about you might have changed in a fundamental way that you sense but can't understand.
This is what weird fiction at its best feels like. It's more about unsettling dread than outright terror. It's more about the mysterious influence than the in-your-face threat. It's more about questioning the nature of reality than wondering what's about to jump out of the shadows at you.
Those are some of weird fiction's key characteristics…but there's much more to it than that. Those feelings of disorientation and dislocation, of foreboding and discomfort, are often found across the genre of weird fiction…and beyond. It is this strange territory that we've set out to explore in this bundle, diving deep into the works of a gallery of authors who've mastered the ways of weird and reached into the shadowy realms beyond.
Let Ramsey Campbell, impresario extraordinaire of dark fiction, throw you headfirst into the realm of weird horror with an H.P. Lovecraft flavor. Superstar Kelly Link will guide you through tales of weird fantasy laced liberally with magic, and the bizarre fables of master craftsmen Will Ludwigsen and Charles Payseur will make your head spin. Unique trips through diverse cultures await in the dazzling stories of Craig Gidney and Mia Tijam, while screenwriter Philip Fracassi will drive you down some of the darkest roads you've ever traveled. Renowned author of Gothic-tinged weird, Elizabeth Hand, will turn her personal muse loose in beautifully horrific ways, as Jeffrey Thomas dumps a bucket of weird science fiction all over your concept of social constructs and civilization. Then there's a book about a pinstriped finger cruising through multiple alternate realities, a novel that's as much a twisted metaphor for literary trends and tropes as it is a work of the young adult weird fiction tradition.
By the time you're done with the tour, you will have a deeper understanding of weird fiction's many outposts and byways…and perhaps you'll have a greater desire to explore that intricate universe and what lurks beyond it more thoroughly.
Just remember, feeling off-balance and worried when traveling these weird worlds isn't unusual. Experiencing the unexpected and losing your grasp of reality are not uncommon.
And let's face it, that's pretty much how things work in the reality we call home, as well.
– Robert Jeschonek
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For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous), you'll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.
If you pay at least the bonus price of just $20, you get all four of the regular books, plus six more books for a total of 10!
This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, .mobi) for all books!
It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.
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StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.