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The Bridge - J.S. Breukelaar

The Bridge

By: J.S. Breukelaar

Paperback | 15 September 2021

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Time is closing in and Meera is afraid of where she stands on the bridge between worlds fearful of what waits on the other side.

Meera and her twin sister Kai are among thousands of hybrid women called Mades bred by the Father in his Blood Temple cult. Meera is rescued by a mysterious healer and storyteller, Narn, but her sister, Kai, does not survive the Father’s 'unmaking.'

Years later, when the cult is discovered and abolished, Meera, still racked with guilt and grief, enrolls in college to take advantage of a generous new Redress Program. When Narn’s conjure stories buy Meera a free ride to a notorious horror reading series, she is soon the darling of the lit set, feted by the other students, finally whole, finally free of the idea that she should have died instead of her sister. But college is not all it seems Narn has lost a sister too, and Meera agrees to try and find her if Narn will keep feeding Meera the stories that are opening her up to memories she’s never acknowledged, secrets she’s never wanted to know, about Narn’s and the Father’s connection to a violent campus stalker.
Industry Reviews
"Collision shows J.S. Breukelaar's range, from horror to fantasy to literary to science fiction and every emotional register between, but, after reading this collection, I'm not at all sure there's any kind of limit to what she can get done on the page" --Stephen Graham Jones


"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" --Locus Magazine, Paula Guran


"A startlingly original novel that dizzyingly keeps erasing and redrawing the distinction between magic and science fiction as it takes apart what it means to belong or not belong. A story about reparations, necromancy, and college cliques, and about the way in which the world, in being made and remade, remains both incandescent and deadly." --Brian Evenson, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Song for the Unraveling of the World
"All 12 stories hit the same surreal nerve despite their sometimes vastly different plots, making the transition from one story to another feel like entering an entirely new world. The only predictable element is the collection's overall strangeness, which is something that never gets old" --Booklist


"J. S. Breukelaar is a writer of obvious talent, demonstrated over and over in this collection" --New York Journal of Books, Walker Townsend


"J.S. is leaving her footprints on a path blazed by luminaries such as M.R. James, Robert Aickman, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Charlotte Perkins Gillman, Jeff VanderMeer, Gustave Flaubert, Edgar Allan Poe, Daphne DuMaurier, Leonora Carrington and Charlotte Bront?, to name but a few" --Angela Slatter, Award-winning author of Sourdough and Other Stories, Vigil, and Corpselight


"J.S. Breukelaar moves effortlessly among the varieties of the fantastic, shifting from horror, to science fiction, to fairy tale, sometimes within the same story. Combining gritty, lived-in settings with characters grooved and gouged by their experiences, these stories refract the complexities of contemporary existence, bringing our hopes and horrors to vivid life. Breukelaar's work collides with the reader, opening us to terror, wonder, and insight"--John Langan, award-winning author of The Fisherman and House of Windows


"Stories that start in one place, and end--or don't--somewhere else entirely, with dread, surprise, and wry beauty along the way . . . Collide with J.S. Breukelaar's collection, and who can say where you'll end up?" --Kathe Koja, award-winning author of The Cipher and Buddha Boy


"There's an ethereal and dreamlike quality to Breukelaar's prose that demands attention and reflection that keep the reader enthralled beyond the last page" --Aurealis Magazine

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