The Spooky Spectacular Bundle, curated by Sandra Kasturi:
Autumn is the most wonderful time of the year, and my favorite month is October. I may be somewhat biased, as it's my birthday month, but there's something deliciously bittersweet about the month—summer's ending, the shortening days, and lengthening mysterious nights, the new crispness in the air, the feeling that everything does (or should) smell like apples. (Fie on summer! Down with spring's nonsense! Hard pass on winter's snowy brightness!) And of course October culminates in the best of all holidays: Halloween! We can dress up and hide who we are, or perhaps reveal our innermost selves, as the veil between worlds thins. It's a month meant for horror stories.
This year, ChiZine Publications is proud to bring you a baker's dozen—that's right! A lucky thirteen eerie novels and collections, specially curated to whet the literary palate and read cozily by the fire, as the wind howls outside, and someone . . . someone taps at your door . . .
Read more about the 13 books in the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book!
Wrapped in Skin by Mark Morris
"Mark Morris is one of the finest horror writers at work today."– Clive Barker
Parasite Life by Victoria Dalpe
"Parasite Life, the debut YA novel from Victoria Dalpe, was the most intense and unsettling teen novel I had read for quite some time. . . . I highly recommend this outstanding vampire novel which could be read by anybody, not just moody teenagers with a 1980s goth fixation."– The Ginger Nuts of Horror
Only the Devil is Here by Stephen Michell
"This novel by Canadian author Steven Michell is a sparse allegorical tale about a six-year-old boy, Evan, who is violently snatched away from his foster parents by an unnaturally powerful man known only as 'Rook.' . . . How Rook acquired his superhuman strength and came to accept his unholy mission are just two of the many revelations Michell has in store for readers. Better still is the poignant father-son relationship that slowly builds between Rook and the orphaned Evan, who is also gifted with supernatural powers. A very promising debut from a new author to watch."– James Grainger, The Toronto Star
Armed in Her Fashion by Kate Heartfield
"In Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield paints a darkly fantastic, humorously grotesque portrait of the European Middle Ages. Heartfield's deep knowledge of art and literature from and about the medieval period allows her to approach her setting in a way that is simultaneously affectionate and subversive. Her engaging characters wander through a landscape in which horror and absurdity combine, seemingly rigid truths are deconstructed, and it very much matters who is telling the story."– 2019 Sunburst Award Jury
Mutilation Song by Jason Hrivnak
"Jason Hrivnak's Mutilation Song is without question a poison but it is also a kind of scripture. This steady incantation of depravity and suffering will not make you a better person but it will, if you find yourself within ten feet of it, entice you to despise all life in an exquisite and elaborate way. . . . You're gonna love this one."– Tony Burgess, author of Pontypool Changes Everything and People Live Still in Cashtown Corners
Graveyard Mind by Chadwick Ginther
"Ginther brings the paranormal to Manitoba in this supernatural thriller, which is sure to delight lovers of gritty urban fantasy. . . . [T]his series launch should appeal to fans of the hard-boiled fantasy novels of Richard Kadrey and Simon R. Green."– Publishers Weekly
Dawn Song by Michael Marano
"When I read Dawn Song, I got up, turned on all the lights, and checked the locks. It put me in mind of Anne Rice."William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist
The Bone Mother by David Demchuk
"The Bone Mother by David Demchuk is a series of related vignettes about monsters and magical creatures trying to survive in three villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border in a time of war. Moving, horrifying, terrifying. A quick, enjoyable read."Ellen Datlow
13 Views of the Suicide Woods by Bracken MacLeod
"The short fiction of another up-and-comer, Bracken MacLeod, feels far more horrific to me, although there's almost nothing of the supernatural in his superb new collection. . . . There are pieces here that nod to distinguished ancestors like Ambrose Bierce's 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,' Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find' and Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery'—but none of those are conventional things-that-go-bump-in-the-night horror, either. What those stories, and MacLeod's, have in common is a stifling sense of fatality, of people trapped in situations over which they have no control. And the power of inescapable fate is the essence of horror: the feeling for which every monster, large or small, is just a metaphor."The New York Times
Enter, Night by Michael Rowe
"[A] major new talent. Michael Rowe is now on my must-read list."Christopher Rice
A Terrible Beauty by Nancy Baker
"Nancy Baker writes about the vampires next door . . . they bicker over petty, everyday things. They are jealous when a partner flirts with someone. They worry about paying the rent . . . 'They're Canadian,' she says."The Vancouver Sun
Kissing Carrion by Gemma Files
"Kissing Carrion collects 17 tales by one of Canada's most promising new horror writers, Gemma Files. Praise from the not-easily-impressed Caitlin Kiernan, who provides an introduction, should help bring this to the attention of those who care about literate dark fiction."Publishers Weekly
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 $15 or more, you get EIGHT more books: Wrapped in Skin by Mark Morris, Parasite Life by Victoria Dalpe, Only the Devil is Here by Stephen Michell, Mutilation Song by Jason Hrivnak, The Humanity of Monsters by Michael Matheson, Dawn Song by Michael Marano, The Bone Mother by David Demchuk and 13 Views of the Suicide Woods by Bracken MacLeod!
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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