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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. T ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Meerkat Press
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Emily
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
"What entranced him about earth were its shenanigans."

Collision was my introduction to JS Breukelaar, and this was such a fun set of stories. They are all so strange, and there's a really good variety here. Breukelaar is so creative, and I enjoyed seeing what each story was going to bring.

There are eleven stories in this collection, and they all offer something different. Some are heavier on horror, some are heavier on sci-fi, and some are just downright weird. Every story in Collision received
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Simon Veksner
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If there's one thing that characterises these stories, I'd say it's a pervasive sense of unease. Imaginative, idiosyncratic and often macabre, these tales are narratively challenging and not suitable for the reader who likes to be spoon-fed. But if you enjoy atmospheric noir, you won't be disappointed.
Jen (Book Den)
Up next in my Women in Horror Month reviews is Collision by J.S. Breukelaar. Collision is a collection of short stories that extends past horror into all areas of speculative fiction.

This collection was my first encounter with J.S. Breukelaar's storytelling. I loved these strange and wonderful stories. I felt like I was taking a trip into Breukelaar's imagination.

These stories felt like they all had deeper meanings than what I was grasping on the page. I enjoyed each story, but I also felt like
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Bandit
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, memory. How crappy you get with years. So as it turns out J.S. Breukelaar and I have met already as it were, on the pages anyway. Her story Glow has somehow blended in with all the other hysterical political end of the world stories in Welcome to Dystopia and I didn’t pay enough attention when I should have. And to be fair Glow (inspired by the author’s horrific personal experience of watching the 2016 election with a beloved relative who voted for Trump) doesn’t really showcase the width an ...more
Linda Hepworth
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I’m frequently disappointed with short stories because all too often they can feel unfinished in one way or another, leaving me feeling frustrated and dissatisfied. However, as this collection is being published by Meerkat Press, and as I have never yet been disappointed with anything from publisher Tricia Reeks, I was encouraged to feel optimistic that I would be in for a treat. To my delight, as soon as I read the first story, “Union Falls” (about an armless piano player and full of humour, pa
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Alison C
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve read and enjoyed a number of books published by Meerkat Press, so when LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program noted that there was an ARC available for a new book from that publisher, I leapt at the chance. "Collision: Stories," by J. S. Breukelaar, is a collection of short stories by this very talented young writer; her fiction is difficult to categorize as there are often elements of science fiction, horror, fantasy, urban legend and, well, ordinary life all mixed into one tale. What *is* ...more
Bradley Hovda
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
These intelligent stories are energetic and original. You must not trust the narrator in these craftily told metaphors, however. Reality serves to emphasize the anguish, loss and despair of our mostly young protagonists. The title story is a standout and the young woman, full of determination, tries her best to negotiate the Mobius strip of circumstance, only to find herself arriving back at her satisfied point of origin. If that's not enough to entice you, how about the author's own words, "The ...more
Shane Douglas Keene
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2019
I have a full review of this coming to Ink Heist later this week, but allow me to just say this here. Collision is a five star collection cover to cover. Every single story is superb with no fluff or filler in between and Breukelaar's voice is both engaging and mesmerising. Watch for my review, but don't wait for it. Go preorder this sucker now.
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Review to come as part of the blog tour for this book's publication!
Taran Clarke
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you like smart speculative stories that flow seamlessly past the bounds of neatly defined genres, then you owe it to yourself to check out J.S. Breukelaar's Collision.

This short story collection of literary horror, weird fiction, science fiction, and/or other genres is full of truly original tales that, no matter how far away from contemporary realism they get, remain grounded in strong, consistent characters with very relatable wants and needs.

I'm a sucker for stylistically strong writing
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Lara
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
J.S. Breukelaar's collection of weird tales are more than meets the eye. Each story has a solid horror premise with great unsettling details (eg. A driver who has lost her way, while the meat she bought at the market warms up in the back of her car, the car inexplicably filling with blood as she gets more and more lost), but behind the horror is a mix of emotions (wistfulness, hope, love, loss, regret) that are the real backbone of the storytelling.

Highlights for me included Raining Street (the
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Seb
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very good introduction to JS Breukelaar's somber and fascinating universe. A powerful collection of haunting stories, each carrying its specific amount of shock, violence, horror and humanity. If you want to read something out of the beaten track, idiosyncratic and challenging, then this collection is definitely for you.
Erin Cataldi
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I thought this collection of macabre short stories would be very fitting for Halloween so I was very pumped to try this author out. I'll admit I wasn't a fan of every story in the collection and I thought some were much stronger than others. I was however a huge fan of the afterword following each short story, which outlined the author's inspiration for each tale. It made me appreciate the stories a little more, even if I didn't love them all. From amputees to aliens to ghostly dogs and vile, mo ...more
Andrea
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
As I read each story in this collection, I was constantly reminded of how apt the title for these stories really is. Each story provided a darkly strange collision of genres, ideas and character that led me down a path I found myself anxious to tread. A couple of standouts for me were Rogues Bay 3013, the titular story, Collision, and Fixed. These stories are not ones to read during a lazy afternoon snooze, each one creates a world of ideas, and if you let it, leads you away somewhere fantastica ...more
Cheryl
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
If you are looking for a delightfully, unique collection of horror and weird (in a good way) stories, than, you should check out this anthology. Each story was something that I can't recall having ever read before; despite the fact that some of my favorite stories, Lion Man, Fairy Tale, and The Box were previously published. Another story that I really liked was Ava Rune.

Although, I will say that while, I was not over the moon with all of the stories in this anthology; there was about half to a
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Robert
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The blurb on the cover compares the author favorably to Straub, Koontz, and King. I disagree. I might mention a passing resemblance to Mieville and maybe a touch of Joe Hill, but that would be just to put a reader in the right ball park. Intriguing stories, often thinly veiled, with enough oomph to keep me reading, but not quite enough to swallow me whole.
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Review forthcoming
Alison C
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read and enjoyed a number of books published by Meerkat Press, so when LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program noted that there was an ARC available for a new book from that publisher, I leapt at the chance. "Collision: Stories," by J. S. Breukelaar, is a collection of short stories by this very talented young writer; her fiction is difficult to categorize as there are often elements of science fiction, horror, fantasy, urban legend and, well, ordinary life all mixed into one tale. What *is* ...more
Jasmine
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Review coming soon.
Jenny_acc
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I thought this collection was okay. A couple of good stories, most of them a bit too abstract for my liking.
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DNF @ 32%

I really wanted to like Collision: Stories, but ultimately I am just not the reader for these short stories. The stories are all rather strange and fantastical, but I was left wanting more understanding of what was actually going on and was disappointed with what I found to be unresolved endings.

Just because these stories were not for me doesn't mean that they weren't for you. Based on the four and a half stories that I read, K.S. Breukelaar's got a fantastic imagination, drawing from
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J.S. Breukelaar is the author of the Aurealis Award-nominated novel Aletheia, and American Monster, a Wonderland Award finalist. Collision, her new collection from Meerkat Press, drops in Feb 19. She has stories, essays and poetry published in Unnerving Mag, Black Static, Gamut Magazine, Lamplight and elsewhere. She is an instructor and columnist at LitReactor.com and lives in Sydney, Australia wi ...more
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