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Collision: STories by J.S. Breukelaar

In the next couple of hours/days I’ll be posting some reviews, interviews and just general stuff about Collision, my new collection of stories and a novella out from Meerkat Press. For now though, thanks are due to Meerkat Press, especially Tricia Reeks, who is as smart and unstoppable as they come. Matthew Bialer, I literally wouldn’t be here without you. Seb Doubinsky, Angela Slatter, John Langan, Stephen Graham Jones, Kathe Koja, thanks doesn’t cut it. To author/illustrator Keith Rosson for the illustrations. Thanks to editors of some of the early stories and editors everywhere.💐 Thanks to early reviewers and podcasters for letting me ramble. But readers, thank you above all. You’re the ones I do this for. And to my first readers, John Breukelaar Troy Palmer, Isabella Breukelaar, Jack Breukelaar, endless love. 💘

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Here is a teaser.

Rogues Bay 3013, Collision by J.S. Breukelaar.

This is Horror boosts Collision

“No stranger to horror and dark fiction, this collection from Breukelaar showcases her best short fiction to date, and a new novella makes it one of the most anticipated titles for 2019. “

Bob Pastorella, This is Horror.

Thanks to This Is Horror for this signal boost. Had a great time chatting with Bob and Michael last time I was on this killer podcast. Listen to Anya Martin talk about sleeping with monsters, now!

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro reviews Collision

Alvaro Zinos-Almaro reviews Collision, beautifully, at Intergalactic Medicine Show. More than honored by this.

Though she wasn’t born in the South, her stories evoke for me the same drawling sense of pocket-universe skewedness as Howard Waldrop’s best, perhaps filtered through a more contemporary sensibility; a time-lapsed version of Stephen Graham Jones’s back-country, tooth-bearing fictions, with disquieting details lovingly blown up and lingered on; and all of this enlivened by injections of surrealism a la Leonora Carrington, with touches of William Gibson-esque techno-estrangement. It’s a mind-expanding brew.

Unnerving Magazine Special Stephen King Edition.

Unnerving Magazine King Issue
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I have a story in this called “His Name is Love,” based on the Stephen King story, “The Man Who Loved Flowers.”

Here is an excerpt.

I’ve been asked to dinner a lot. I reek of dead flowers. I like men, even after everything that’s happened. I mean I like women more, but I don’t see myself in that way. I want to take off my face, have a nap. I always want to nap. Sometimes I want to nap forever, lie curled up on a bed of petals and just go to sleep, dream that I’ve remembered my name. But that’s just guilt talking. Dusk isn’t a good time for any of us.

Now go and subscribe to Unnnerving. It’s killer.

NB reviews Collision.

Thanks to Linda Hepworth at NB magazine for this 5-start review of Collision. Cool that Keith Rosson’s illustrations get a nod, too.

Collision by JS. Breukelaar, illustration by Keith Rosson
Collision by JS. Breukelaar, illustration by Keith Rosson

Without writing a separate review of each of these tales it’s difficult to do full justice to the quality of this author’s writing, but what it is very easy to do is to urge you to read these haunting, disturbing and thought-provoking stories for yourself. If you enjoy the weird, the quirky and the unexpected, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Breach Magazine Reviews Collision

While I’m catching up on news, here is Breach magazine’s review of my upcoming collection, Collision.

Stories are ruthless, nothing is safe—even the child who offers a lollipop and loses a wrist to the Clint Eastwood dog. Breukelaar experiments with the Gothic and queries the queer. Bedded within the tales is a voluptuous energy that turns pages. Tables pirouette in a blink and, before you know it, the story is eleven shades grimmer.

Thanks to Eugen Bacon and Breech Mag for the words.

You can pre-order Collision here and everywhere.

Best books of 2018 – LitReactor Staff Pics.

Image by Joshua Chaplinsky

Best books of 2018? I read very few books last year. I don’t know why I read so little. The ones I did were mainly for work. I read a lot of student work, edited manuscripts for clients and my own. Getting Collision edited and ready for printing took a lot of my time, partly because the folks from Meerkat are almost as anal as I am. Or at least pretend to be when I know they are just being patient. Anyway here are my pics for 2018 over at LitReactor. And while you’re there, check out Parts 1 and 2, pencil at the ready to jot down the list for your local bookstore.