There, I said it.

You buy a novel, maybe out of love for the author, maybe because you read a book review somewhere and you’re curious.

You, the reader, now have a commitment. You must devote time, sometimes a lot of time, to reading that novel. You must be supportive, you must be loyal, you must forsake all other books while you read. You must see the book through till the last page, till The End do you part. It’s a marriage, right?

But a short story? This tiny universe may be consummated over a lunch hour, during a train commute, at the end of your day with a glass of wine. It’s disturbing, dark, witty, beautiful, done, no strings attached. The perfect fantasy affair.

And then you move on. No commitment unless you want one. You can search for another story by a different author, or return to the same author and sample more of whatever you desire.

So there you have it, my friends. The Story Collection Storybundle is live! You the reader name your price—whatever you feel the books are worth. You may even designate a portion to go to a charity. Savor traditionally published, multi-award-winning stories from diverse and varied publications which the authors have collected for you.

The Bundle includes What I Didn’t See (a World Fantasy Award Winner) by Karen Joy Fowler (the New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club), Collected Stories by Lewis Shiner, Errantry by Elizabeth Hand, The Green Leopard Plague by Walter Jon Williams, Women Up to No Good by Pat Murphy, Strange Ladies: 7 Stories by Lisa Mason, Wild Things by C. C. Finlay, and 6 Stories by Kathe Koja.

But you must act now. The Story Collection Storybundle lasts only until June 2, 2016 at Poof! Once it’s gone, it’s gone!