The Bridge

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Meera and her twin sister Kai are Mades—part human and part not—bred in the Blood Temple cult, which only the teenage Meera will survive. Racked with grief and guilt, she lives in hiding with her mysterious rescuer, Narn—part witch and part not—who has lost a sister too, a connection that follows them to Meera’s enrollment years later in a college Redress Program. There she is recruited by Regulars for a starring role in a notorious reading series and is soon the darling of the lit set, finally whole, finally free of the idea that she should have died so Kai could have lived. Maybe Meera can be re-made after all, her life redressed. But the Regulars are not all they seem and there is a price to pay for belonging to something that you don’t understand. Time is closing in on all Meera holds dear—she stands afraid, not just for but of herself, on the bridge between worlds—fearful of what waits on the other side and of the cost of knowing what she truly is.

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PRAISE FOR THE BRIDGE

Immerses the reader in a complex world with a complicated protagonist … Breukelaar’s dark novel is spellbinding.” –  Paula Guran, Locus Magazine  (full review)

“Gothic and feminist, J. S. Breukelaar’s novel The Bridge is moving in addressing science, sisterhood, and storytelling.” – Aimee Jodoin, Foreword Reviews

“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

“The Bridge has one foot in dystopian darkness and one foot deep in a mythology that feels both new and subconsciously familiar. All at once beautiful and terrifying, this is horror that hits close to the heart and close to home.” —Sarah Read, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Bone Weaver’s Orchard

“Casts a dark, mesmerizing, poetic spell.” —Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award Winner

“A twisting tale of what it means to live with the scars of your survival that crosses the territory between Shirley Jackson and Emma Cline. The world of The Bridge is as harrowing as it is expertly realized, demonstrating once again that J.S. Breukelaar is a talent to be discovered. Utterly captivating stuff.” —Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Migration

“With her latest novel, Breukelaar dives into dark fantasy with a horrifying yet accessible tale of finding your place in the world.” —Bob Pastorella, This is Horror

Best Horror Books of June 2021 – Den of Geeksfull article

Horror Books We’re Excited About in 2021 – Emily Hughes, Tor Nightfirefull article

PRAISE FOR COLLISION: STORIES

Shirley Jackson Award Finalist, Aurealis Award and Ditmar Award Winner

“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

“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

“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

“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

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J.S. Breukelaar

J.S. Breukelaar is the author of Collision: Stories, a 2019 Shirley Jackson Award finalist, and winner of the 2019 Aurealis and Ditmar Awards. Previous novels include Aletheia and American Monster. Her short fiction has appeared in the Dark Magazine, Tiny Nightmares, Black Static, Gamut, Unnerving, Lightspeed, Lamplight, Juked, in Year’s Best Horror and Fantasy 2019 and elsewhere. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where she teaches writing and literature, and is at work on a new collection of short stories and a novella. You can find her at thelivingsuitcase.com and on Twitter and elsewhere @jsbreukelaar.

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