I vividly remember one of my first forays into a darker realm. It was a short story by Stephen King called “The Eyes of the Dragon.” I remember it in part because I was so surprised it was a King story. I knew King as a horror writer. And, to be honest, I hated horror—or so I thought.
Ironically, it was another of King’s short stories, “The Colorado Kid,” that opened my eyes to what horror could be. Darkness comes in many forms—and many expressions.
The Darker Realms Fantasy Storybundle explores just that.: the darkness at the heart of the unknown.
Four of these books are new releases just in time for this Storybundle. New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s gives us a dark fantasy set on the Oregon Coast called FantasyLife and Other Stories (Author Preferred Edition). New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy features 29 dark tales (including stories co-written with Grammy Award-winning singer Janis Ian and Rush’s Neil Peart). Award-winning author Annie Reed’s Iris & Ivy provides a heart-wrenching twist on the classic ghost story. And Stefon Mears Hunting Monsters gives us an old-school vampire in an urban setting.
Also included in the bundle is Fiction River Presents: Darker Realms. This short fiction anthology, which I edited, is the inspiration for the whole bundle and includes the prequels to two groundbreaking fantasy series: Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Fey series and David Farland’s Runelords.
Rounding out the bundle, we mix humor with darkness in The Free Meal: A Ghost of a Chance Novel by USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith and A Canadian Werewolf in New York by Mark Leslie. Then we turn decidedly more frightening with Residue by Hugo Award-nominated author Steve Diamond and Elements of Mind by Walter H. Hunt. And finally, D.J. Butler has given us not only Devil Sent the Rain, the fourth installment of his pulp fiction serial Rock Bands Fight Evil, but also the Rock Band Fights Evil Omnibus, too, for those readers who missed the first three installments.
As always, at StoryBundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity—in this case, AbleGamers.
For $5 (or more, if you feel generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format worldwide:
Fiction River Presents: Darker Realms
Kevin J. Anderson: Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy
Annie Reed: Iris & Ivy
Stefon Mears: Hunting Monsters
If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus SIX more!
Dean Wesley Smith: The Free Meal
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: FantasyLife and Other Stories
Mark Leslie: A Canadian Werewolf in New York
Steve Diamond: Residue
Walter H. Hunt: Elements of Mind
D.J. Butler: Devil Sent the Rain and Rock Band Fights Evil Omnibus
The Darker Realms Fantasy Storybundle runs for three weeks only. So, you’ll want to act fast.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.