The 2023 PRIDE StoryBundle features THE BRUISING OF QILWA by Naseem Jamnia, THE UNBALANCING by R. B. Lemberg, and BOYS, BEASTS & MEN by Sam J. Miller
StoryBundle returns with another queer-themed bundle for Pride — eight books in the main bundle and another nine in the bonus, for a total of seventeen if you spring for the bonus.
This year’s Pride Bundle offers THE UNBALANCING by R. B. Lemberg, THE BRUISING OF QILWA by Naseem Jamnia, and BOYS, BEASTS & MEN by Sam J. Miller alongside titles from Julie Bozza, J. Scott Coatsworth, L. Timmel Duchamp, Sean Eads, Kelly Jennings, L.D. Lewis, Catherine Lundoff, Laurie J. Marks, Lee Morgan Charles Payseur, Melissa Scott, Nisi Shawl, Susan Stinson, Kat Weaver and Emily Bergslien, and Michael G. Williams.
Because this is for Pride, we looked for books that depicted queerness in all its aspects. You’ll find profoundly hopeful work as well as darker themes, but what you won’t find is stories in which being queer means you’re evil, nor any in which it’s a purely doomed and tragic fate. Instead, these are stories that showcase the myriad ways that queerness manifests — the many ways that we have chosen to be.
We don’t — can’t — claim that this is anything like a definitive LGBTQIA+ collection. There’s too much wonderful queer writing out there for anyone to be able to claim that. We’re offering a mix of novels, novellas, and short story collections; we have science fiction, space opera, fantasy, dark fantasy, historical fantasy, and more. We’ve included newer writers and new work, and reintroduced some older stories you may have missed the first time around. In short, we have a bundle that celebrates our many identities and shows off the work of some of the best writers working today.
StoryBundle has always allowed its patrons to donate part of their payment to a related charity, and once again we’re supporting Rainbow Railroad, an NGO helping LGBTQ+ people escape state-sponsored persecution and violence worldwide. Their work is desperately needed, now more than ever, and if you choose, you can designate a portion of the bundle’s price to them at no extra cost to you— a gift that can help save a life. Thank you for joining us to help celebrate Pride and queer voices!
Melissa Scott and Catherine Lundoff, Pride Bundle curators