In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Abi Andrews’s new novel, an interview with Emily Gould, and much more.
Collision, the new collection of stories by J.S. Breukelaar, finds an unsettling balance between high-concept plotlines and intensely visceral encounters with the uncanny. While Breukelaar is adept at creating lived-in settings and lives for her characters, she’s also more than willing to dynamite expectations at a moment’s notice, sending her stories down through impossible memories, fragmented timelines, and bizarre afterlives. I talked with her about the collection’s genesis, how real-world events influenced some of the more fantastical stories within, and the role of music in her work.
Afternoon Bites: J.S. Breukelaar’s Playlist, Aruna D’Souza, Justin Grimbol Interviewed, Autoclave Reissued, and More
In our afternoon reading: a playlist from J.S. Breukelaar, terrifying cartoons, an interview with Justin Grimbol, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Kate Zambreno Interviewed, Emma Straub on Bookstores, Jeff VanderMeer’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Kate Zambreno and Emma Straub, thoughts on Jeff VanderMeer’s new novel, and more.
Today, we’re pleased to have an excerpt from J.S. Breukelaar‘s American Monster, out now from Lazy Fascist Press. Set in a shifting post-apocalyptic landscape, Breukelaar’s novel falls into the same realm of hallucinatory, futuristic fiction as Philip K. Dick and J.G. Ballard. You can read one excerpt below; there’s another to be found at The Nervous Breakdown.