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We kick off the Collision Blog Tour with a teaser excerpt from the book.

Collision: Stories by J.S. Breukelaar

Release Date: 2/19/19 
Genre: Speculative Fiction, Horror, Weird, Fantasy, Scifi, Dystopian

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Synopsis:

A collection of twelve of J.S. Breukelaar’s darkest, finest stories with four new works, including the uncanny new novella “Ripples on a Blank Shore.” Introduction by award-winning author, Angela Slatter. 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,” and others. 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.

Excerpt:

Like Ripples on a Blank Shore

The Host went down in an eruption of crimson and bone, bringing commuter traffic to a standstill. Car windows unwound as drivers scanned for the shooter. Reports would later confirm that a pedestrian lost her footing on the splashed goo of the Host’s brain matter and broke her hip in two places. The passing woman turned out to be the shooter’s aunt.

There was no doubt about it. Hosts were bad news.

That was the beginning. No one in Deerport, or anywhere, knew what drew the Hosts in such sudden numbers to some towns and not others. Experts attempted to pinpoint a cause, or reason, or remedy—but no one could agree on even what they were, let alone why. Arriving in twos and bad-news threes at the Greyhound Station, into Deerport they came over those dark, wet weeks. Alighting uncertainly from the bus or the backseats of Uber rides, they tracked slush down the aisles of the Safeway and slowed traffic and filled the darkness of the purple-curtained multiplex theaters with their relentless, restless rustle.

And there were more on the way, according to Professor Maya Grayson at Sullivan College, an expert in medieval folklore and on all things Hostish. When asked by a reporter, “Why so many Hosts pouring into Deerport?” Grayson quickly answered by referring to last year’s Tower 9 Incident in New York City where an apartment building in the Upper West Side attracted Hosts (a shortened version of the singular hostis, from the Latin word for enemy, stranger, or guest) by the hundreds. Residents reported seeing them slumped on the fire escape and in the basement laundry room, leaving a shimmer of dark ooze along the walls where they edged like spiders. Riding up and down the outside of the building on the joists, laughing—if that clotted sigh could be called a laugh—as the wind peeled off their loose flesh.

“I can understand glass towers in Manhattan, but why Deerport?” the radio caller had asked Professor Grayson. But no one, not even Grayson, could say why they came to a certain place, or for whom—if they targeted certain individuals or towns. Nobody knew.

At six p.m. on a Monday evening, the Upper Deerport Terminus was thronged with Hosts and nons. Celia, at five feet eight, scanned over the sea of heads for Terminal 10, where her bus was already almost full and ready to depart. She’d never make it through the crowds in time. She would be lucky to make the next one. A male Host with a seamed face jostled her elbow. From one swollen eyelid, slid a single tear, tensely oblong. Celia watched the tear trickle down the filthy crease that bisected his cheek, over his jaw and back into a bloodless slit at his neck, and decided she would get an Uber. But getting out was easier said than done—the Terminus was packed.

Gooseflesh rode the back of her neck—there was something wanting about their presence, as if they knew her even if she didn’t know them. That was the problem with these so-called infestations—random and inexplicable as experts insisted that they were. It was as if the Hosts knew where they were going and what they were looking for. Or who.

Author Bio:

J.S. Breukelaar is the author of the Aurealis-nominated novel Aletheia, and American Monster, a Wonderland Award finalist. She has published stories, poems and essays in publications such as Gamut, Black Static, Unnerving, Lightspeed, Lamplight and elsewhere. She is a columnist and regular instructor at LitReactor.com. California-born and New York raised, she currently lives in Sydney, Australia with her family. You can find her at www.thelivingsuitcase.com.

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THIS YEAR’S AWARDS SUMMARY, so far!

Huge congratulations to these winners and finalists:

  • CARPE GLITTER by Cat Rambo, Nebula Award Winner (novelette)
  • INTO BONES LIKE OIL by Kaaron Warren, Bram Stoker Award Finalist (novella),  Shirley Jackson Award Finalist (novella)
  • COLLISION by J.S. Breukelaar, Shirley Jackson Award Finalist (collection),  Shadows Award Finalist (Collected Works)
  • “Ava Rune” by J.S. Breukelaar, Shadows Award Finalist (short fiction)

And we’re still crossing our fingers for these fine works that are in the running:

  • INTO BONES LIKE OIL by Kaaron Warren, Aurealis Award Nominee (horror novella)
  • COLLISION by J.S. Breukelaar, Aurealis Award Nominee (collection), Ladies of Horror Fiction Award Finalist (collection)
  • “Like Ripples on a Blank Shore” (from Collision) by J.S. Breukelaar, Aurealis Award Nominee (fantasy novella)

And finally, honorable mention goes to these fine works which were longlisted:


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J.S. Breukelaar’s Collision in Bustle’s 20 New Horror Books Article

Bustle.com had a nice mention of J.S. Breukelaar’s COLLISION in their article:

Collision, has something for every horror reader, from the gothic, to the weird, and beyond”

K. W. Colyard, BUSTLE

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A collection of twelve of J.S. Breukelaar's darkest, finest stories with four new works, including the uncanny new novella "Ripples on a Blank Shore." Introduction by award-winning author, Angela Slatter. 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," and others. 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.

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Recent Press & Endorsements

  • Locus Magazine, Paula Guran – “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.”
  • Barnes & Noble Blog – “A BEST SCI-FI FANTASY COLLECTION OF 2019…SO FAR”
  • Aurealis Magazine – “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.”
  • Bustle.com, K.W. Colyard – “20 New Horror Books For Readers Who Take Spooky Season Seriously” – “Collision, has something for every horror reader, from the gothic, to the weird, and beyond.” – Full Article
  • Booklist – “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.” – Feb 2019 Issue
  • New York Journal of Books, Walker Townsend – “J. S. Breukelaar is a writer of obvious talent, demonstrated over and over in this collection.” – Full Review
  • Fangoria – “Breukelaar tackles rejection and misunderstanding head-on by harnessing her wonderfully weird prose and creating an imaginarium from it, one that holds things you’ve never dreamt could – or should – exist.” – Feb 2019 Issue
  • Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show – “Each of these stories stylishly investigates an encounter between characters and forces of otherworldly, or in some cases off-world, hues. But Breukelaar accomplishes much more than that. She delves into how such contacts–which range from the merely glancing to the traumatically concussive–lead to altered perspectives and transformations of the mind, a literary feat of the first order.” – Full Review
  • Hellnotes – “Collision is a wonderful collection of complex tales that cross genres in ways that are never fully expected at the beginning but always fully realized by the end. The boundaries between different styles are as porous as the boundaries between worlds, but each aspect is precisely organized and elevated by Breukelaar’s versatile and vital techniques. It’s no stretch to say there’s something for everyone here, but we can go further and say there’s something for every version of everyone, even as they shift and change.” – Full Review
  • Inkheist, Shane Douglas Keene – “Breukelaar’s stories are fueled with gorgeous darkness, often thematically heartbreaking and always nothing short of amazing.” – Full Review
  • Barnes & Noble Blog“New Scifi Fantasy We Can’t Wait to Read” – “I read Breukelaar’s novel Aletheia earlier this year, and she blew me away with a story that took unexpected turns and seduced me with its vivid prose and flawed, compelling characters. It’s a book I still think about a lot. Since I love short fiction, I really can’t wait to read this collection and see what dark and magical dreams she’ll bring to life there.” – Full Article
  • Paperback Paris, Rachel Gonzalez (4 stars) – “J.S. Breukelaar‘s Collision transcends the borders of horror writing by creating fantastical and near real-life world with simple twists that keep them tangible but still impossible to predict. In this short story collection, Breukelaar explores the innate cruelty of man, the uncanny elements of things that sometimes seem unknown, and the things that divide us as a race.” – Full Review
  • Paperback Paris – “A Collision of Worlds: J.S. Breukelaar Discusses New Story Collection and Genre-Bending Fiction.” – Interview
  • Litreactor.com, Max Booth“The 15 Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2019”Full Article
  • NB Magazine, Linda Hepworth (5 stars) – “I 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.” – Full Review
  • Breach Magazine, Eugen Bacon – “The 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.” – Full Review
  • “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
  • “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 Brontë, to name but a few.” -Angela Slatter, Award-winning author of Sourdough and Other Stories, Vigil, and Corpselight
  • “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
  • “J.S. Breukelaar’s new collection, Collision, has definitely the perfect title. Her stories will punch your breath out, slam you sideways and hit you by surprise, leaving you exquisitely bruised and wanting for more. One of the major voices of our times, J.S. Breukelaar is a writer who fears nothing and takes you along her amazing narrative rides that defy genre and conventions, a reckless driver that only notice the signs on the side of the road in order to run them down.” -Seb Doubinsky, author of The Babylonian Trilogy, The Song of Synth, and Missing Signal
  • “Strange and unflinchingly surreal, Breukelaar’s stories read like dispatches from a fever dream.” -Keith Rosson, author of Smoke City and The Mercy of the Tide
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Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Weird
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ASIN: 1946154172
ISBN: 9781946154170
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J.S. Breukelaar

J.S. Breukelaar is the author of the Aurealis-nominated novel Aletheia, and American Monster, a Wonderland Award finalist. She has published stories, poems and essays in publications such as Gamut, Black Static, Unnerving, Lightspeed, Lamplight and elsewhere. She is a columnist and regular instructor at LitReactor.com. California-born and New York raised, she currently lives in Sydney, Australia with her family. You can find her at www.thelivingsuitcase.com.

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J.S. Breukelaar’s Collision a Best Sci-fi Fantasy Collection of 2019…so far

J.S. Breukelaar’s COLLISION: STORIES was an editor’s choice of Best Sci-fi & Fantasy Collections & Anthologies of 2019…so far! We agree wholeheartedly and hope you’ll take a minute to read about this and other great books in this wonderful feature at the Barnes & Noble Sci-fi & Fantasy blog.

[Breukelaar’s] talent for finding the uncanny cracks in the seemingly everyday world are evident in Collision, where she spins 12 fantastical and eerie tales that move between fantasy, science fiction, Gothic horror, and points in-between. 

Maria Haskins, B&N SCI-FI & FANTASY BLOG

Collision: Stories

Collision: Stories

A collection of twelve of J.S. Breukelaar's darkest, finest stories with four new works, including the uncanny new novella "Ripples on a Blank Shore." Introduction by award-winning author, Angela Slatter. 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," and others. 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.

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