The Twisted Folklore Histories Bundle - Curated by Mike Allen:
Every culture, every people has their own myths and monsters, their own magics and unfathomable mysteries, and when the storytellers of today take these bedrock elements of their heritage and frame them in new ways — whether it be alternate realities or histories, collisions with modernity, or futuristic extrapolations — the results astound. Some new twists lead to frightening places. Others unleash surprising and glorious light.
Spanning folklore from Africa to Southeast Asia, from all corners of the American continents, from Eastern Europe, Japan, the Philippines, and more, the Twisted Folklore Histories StoryBundle gathers a bevy of award-winning and award-nominated authors, some well established, some rising talents, all masters of their craft. Their perspectives encompass home countries and diasporas, gritty realities and mind-bending flights of fancy. As curator I'm thrilled by the breadth and depth of treasures I get to offer you.
To find out more about the twelve books in this bundle, click here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book!
A Feast of Sorrows by Angela Slatter
"Slatter's prose is reminiscent of oral storytelling; there is a sense that these stories are legends that have been handed down from generation to generation. But the women who star in them feel like real people, not mythic figures, and are agents unto themselves, with a variety of flaws and skills that shape them into fascinating characters."– Publishers Weekly, starred review
Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap
"Where Yap consistently dazzles is her unsentimental, tender, evocative and brutal examination of the life and interiority of young women and girls: the innate monstrousness of growing up in the shoes marked 'woman'. A masterclass collection."– Tamsyn Muir, author of Gideon the Ninth
Dance on Saturday by Elwin Cotman
"Karen Russell's cover blurb praises Cotman as 'a synthesizer … of lewd dialect and high lyricism.' I'll speak instead of Cotman's high dialect and lewd lyricism, of how his fashioning of character voices is superbly disciplined, lit from within, while his lyricism is the realm of bawdy jokes and opacity, a kind of literary trolling."– Amal El-Mohtar, New York Times Book Review
Chasing Whispers by Eugen Bacon
"Described as Afro-irrealist speculative fiction, Bacon's newest story collection makes a lasting impression, delivering unique takes on body horror, technological advances, and existential dread."– Booklist, starred review
Blood Mountain by Brenda S. Tolian
"Along the face of Tolian's mountain: real horrors exist beside sudden, lavish declarations. Angsts and awes, polished and raw. A mosaic of mountain songs that penetrate all the way to the beating, blood heart. A tremendous knotting of setting, mood, and mind."– Josh Malerman, New York Times best selling author of Bird Box and Goblin
Black Cranes by Lee Murray and Geneve Flynn
"The beauty of this collection is in the diversity of the voices and the individuality and uniqueness of each story coming together in one book."– Tor Nightfire
The Twice-Drowned Saint by C. S. E. Cooney
"Cooney's prose is delicious and her writing reminds me in the best ways of Terry Pratchett. Fun, easy to read, and still manages to stab you in the heart. Highly recommended!"– The Southern Bookseller Review
The History of Soul 2065 by Barbara Krasnoff
"This remarkable mosaic of interconnected stories, many of which were previously published, spans generations to relay the strange, somber, and deeply entwined histories of two Jewish families … Powerful and dreamlike, this intergenerational meditation on family, mortality, and hope is far more than the sum of its parts."– Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Collected Enchantments by Theodora Goss
"This vibrant collection brings together World Fantasy Award winner Goss's exquisite interpretations of and variations on familiar folk and fairy tales. The [poems and stories] span the length of Goss's career . . . The abundance of pieces sometimes has the effect of a musical fugue: common motifs, places, and characters echo through the works, with each reappearance adding something fresh."– Publishers Weekly
Like Smoke, Like Light by Yukimi Ogawa
"Ogawa's debut collection of 17 speculative shorts stuns with its delicacy … There's a gorgeous fluidity to these tales that makes them hard to pin down, as they often end somewhere very different from where they began. Harkening back to the oldest folk and fairy tales and raising pointed questions about how humans value and devalue each other, this is a showstopper."– Publishers Weekly, starred review
Dark Breakers by C. S. E. Cooney
"Welcome to a Gilded Era like you've never before known and will never be able to forget. If Titania herself were to commission a book, it would be this one."– Fran Wilde, two-time Nebula Award-winning author of Updraft and Riverland
Shadow Atlas by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge and Joshua Viola
"A host of sublime writers and settings create an entertainingly macabre collection."– KIRKUS REVIEWS
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 eight more books: A Feast of Sorrows by Angela Slatter, Dance on Saturday by Elwin Cotman, Chasing Whispers by Eugen Bacon, Black Cranes edited by Lee Murray and Geneve Flynn, The Collected Enchantments by Theodora Goss, Like Smoke, Like Light by Yukimi Ogawa, Dark Breakers by C. S. E. Cooney and Shadow Atlas edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge and Joshua Viola!
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.
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