Whether her name is familiar or not, her debut collection, Collision: Stories, should be on your “must read” list. Breukelaar, an American living in Sydney, Australia, writes in a clean, incisive style with razor-sharp opening hooks, while blending the literary, the speculative, and the weird. The earliest of the 12 stories was published in 2011 and there are three originals. All are unsettling. If any themes tie them together, it may be that the real and the unreal can and do coexist and that, however dire life may be, there is usually at least a modicum of optimism to be found. Another unifying factor is that the characters are all so normal and knowable while also being completely abnormal and unpredictable.
Writing this post for David Gutowski’s Largehearted Boy was as close to my heart as it gets. I got to write about the music that fueled Collision. I got to say “Like a Bat out of Hell” and “Like Ripples on a Blank Shore” in the one sentence, almost. Meatloaf in collision with Radiohead. Almost ten years of music pared down to 23 songs, same as the number of positions in a one night stand.
Townsend Walker over at NY Journal Of Books had this drop today – 15 February EST, the day Collision: Stories is unleashed on the world. Needless to say, I’m honored, stoked and you know, overwhelmed.
“J. S. Breukelaar is a writer of obvious talent, demonstrated over and over in this collection.” The 12 stories in this collection feature horror, fantasy, and weirdness. The stories and the author are promoted as such. But the reader will probably find the more realistic stories to be her best, and many are quite fine— “Union Falls,” “Fairy Tale,” “Fixed,” and War Wounds.”
Want to be an early reviewer for my new collection, Collision which will be releasing Feb 2019? The publisher, Meerkat Press, is giving away 100 digital copies over @LibraryThing ! Be sure to sign up by 9/24/18! http://ow.ly/Uxmu30lH6le
This is the cover for the upcoming collection. I love it, and thanks in tonnage to the folks at Meerkat for a cover that reveals as much as it conceals. Read more about the collection here.
A collection of six of J.S. Breukelaar’s darkest, finest stories plus six new works, including the uncanny new novella, “Ripples on a Blank Shore.” Relish the gothic strangeness of “Union Falls,” the alien horror of “Rogues Bay 3013,” the heartbreaking dystopia of “Glow,” the weird mythos of “Ava Rune.” Plus an introduction by award-winning author, Angela Slatter. It’s clear that this collection from the author of American Monster and the internationally acclaimed and Aurealis Award finalist, Aletheia, announces a new and powerful voice in fantastical fiction.