The Crossing the Veil Bundle - Curated by Rhonda Parrish: I've spent the last several years curating and editing short stories and poetry for anthologies and this year I'm very excited to expand that into curating books for a StoryBundle. I'm excited to share my first ever StoryBundle which is all about psychopomps and crossing the veil.
A couple years ago I stumbled across a word I'd never heard before — psychopomp. When I looked up its meaning I discovered that I'd been aware of the concept of a psychopomp for a long time, I just hadn't known the word for it. A psychopomp is a being which acts as a guide for the souls of the recently departed, helping them move from this world to the next and occasionally carrying messages between the two.
It's kind of impressive that I went so long without knowing the word psychopomp because I've always loved stories that involve crossing over from the world of the living to that of the dead. Always. As a kid we took Greek Mythology in school and while all the stories interested me it was those set in Hades that really fascinated me. I would seek them out and devour version after version. And as I grew, that never really changed. I still love stories set in the places we go after we die, or featuring characters that can cross between those worlds, which made choosing that as the topic for this StoryBundle an easy decision.
That's not all! Read more about the 12 books in the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book.
The Illuminated Heart by Thea van Diepen
"Stunning read, the prose is utterly gorgeous and the story is captivating."– Bethan Healy
The Undine's Tear by Talena Winters
"Talena Winters has hit it out of the fantasy ballpark."– Melodie, Goodreads reviewer
Soullless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
"I strongly recommend this read for paranormal thriller lovers. Cameron is a skilled author and any book you pick up by her will be a captivating and thrilling read."– Catherine Milos, author
Hollow by Rhonda Parrish
"Hollow is a haunting, urgent, wonderful book. Be prepared to ugly cry and compulsively turn the pages to get to the end. It's just that good a read."– Carrie Jones, New York Times and International Bestselling author
The Blood Queen by October Weeks
"Wow. I thought this was quite an interesting take on ghosts and the world of the non-living and maybe hell. I really enjoyed the story."– Amazon Review
Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace
"Near-future science-fiction crimes bleed into dystopian horror centuries later in a wildly imaginative genre-hybrid sequel to Archivist Wasp . . . Although this narrative provides satisfying closure, readers will hope for more about these unlikely allies. Excruciating, cathartic, and triumphant."– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
"A jarring yet satisfying reveal, one that fully justifies the obscuring of truth and arrangement of clues that leads up to it. It's also modestly, quietly profound. "We bring our own monsters with us" is a refrain in the book, and as pat as that statement sounds, it's not used glibly. With understated skill, Archivist Wasp twists myth, fantasy and science fiction into a resonant tale of erasure and absence — and an aching reminder that regaining what has been lost isn't always the answer."– Jason Heller, NPR
The Spirit Caller Series - Books 1-3 by Krista D. Ball
"What a breath of fresh air."– Charles de Lint
Seeing the Light by E.C. Bell
"Marie Jenner, with all her strange gifts and loveable foibles, will win you over immediately and leave you hoping for more. Seeing the Light is a terrific read, and its wholly believable speculative filter on everyday Edmonton is a treat. You'll be wondering whom you might have walked through for days."– Janice MacDonald, author of the Randy Craig Mystery series
Bone Swans by C. S. E. Cooney
"Cooney's brilliantly executed collection of five stories is a delicious stew of science fiction, horror, and fantasy, marked by unforgettable characters who plumb the depths of pathos and triumph. … All of these stories could easily serve as the foundation for novels while also working beautifully at their current length. These well-crafted narratives defiantly refuse to fade from memory long after the last word has been read."– Publishers Weekly, starred review
Red Dust and Dancing Horses by Beth Cato
"In short, the stories in Red Dust and Dancing Horses are intense, sincere, and unusual, revealing their creator as a truly versatile talent, spanning fantasy, science fiction, horror, and all the subgenres in between. At the very least, it's the rare book that will make you cry while reading about a fight between giant robots."– Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
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: The Undine's Tear by Talena Winters, Soullless by Skyla Dawn Cameron, The Blood Queen by October Weeks, Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace, The Marked by Lilith Saintcrow, Seeing the Light by E.C. Bell, Bone Swans by C. S. E. Cooney and Red Dust and Dancing Horses by Beth Cato!
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