INK is out.

From Le Zaparogue Editions.

An armless pianist, a demon, a psychopath and other “freaks”… J.S. Breukelaar’s characters could definitely spring out of some acid-fueled dreamscape and yet she manages to give them a depth and a humanity that is both chilling and fascinating. Following the short stories, you will find a small collection of Breukelaar’s poetry, which is as hard as it is sensitive – pushing the reader towards emotional unbalance and satori-like experience. A major new woman’s voice in literature, J.S. Breukelaar’s stories and poetry is an must-have for all those who are dedicated to REAL literature.  – Sebastien Doubinsky, author of The Babylon Trilogy.)

Breukelaar conjures a range of associations, from William Burroughs and Kathy Acker to Cormac McCarthy and J.G. Ballard… the forensic tenderness of imagined worlds and forbidden thoughts that seem simultaneously to be both deeply peculiar and disturbingly apt. – Kris Saknussemm, Zanesville.

A month of firsts

It has been a month of firsts in a year of firsts. Last week, I was interviewed for the first time ever, an out-of-body experience if there ever was one, so watch this space; I sent off my first collection of shorts to the sublime and savvy Le Zaparogue, got my first cover art, and my first foreword —authored by the formidable Kris Saknussemm. Oh, and I bought my first Crock Pot.

So I finally have one of those volcanic, bubbling, gloppy mechanical kitchen monsters that my friends used to have when I was a kid.

And, I’m thinking for the first time in a long time about friends. Not a strong suite of mine, I’ve always thought, being a friend. But lately I’ve been getting to know some really smart, creative people, and I’m letting them be my friends, and am hoping, for the first time, that I measure up.