She Said Destroy

ssd-cov300My debut short story collection, She Said Destroy, was published on August 20, 2017 by Word Horde. It features 13 stories, including one original:

  • Intertropical Convergence Zone
  • The Five Stages of Grief
  • And When She Was Bad
  • Only Unity Saves the Damned
  • Pugelbone
  • Red Goat, Black Goat
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven
  • Girl, I Love You
  • Endless Life
  • Violet is the Color of Your Energy
  • Truth is Order and Order is Truth
  • Absolute Zero
  • No Gods, No Masters

Introduction by Paul Tremblay. Cover art, “Little Rebel 3,” by Kathrin Longhurst.

You can pick up She Said Destroy from Word HordeAmazon, Barnes & Noble, and hopefully your local indie bookstore.

“It’s one of the best collections of this or any other year. There is no other writer like Nadia working today and her socio-political horror stories will knock you on your butt.” –Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

“Weird fiction has been stuck in the era of new-fangled radio sets and fifteen-cent pulp magazines for ninety years. Finally, Nadia Bulkin has come to drag us kicking and screaming into the horrors of The Endless Now with a collection of hip, ultracontemporary, politically astute, and chilling stories.” –Nick Mamatas, author of I Am Providence and The Last Weekend

“An expert balance of the fantastic and horrific, She Said Destroy is a prime example of how modern fabulism continues to reinvigorate and reinvent all modes of speculative fiction. This book is inventive, insightful, and inspiring, not to mention unnerving. The stories inside deftly blend the horrors of the cosmic with those of the personal, evoking awe both terrifying and sublime. Nadia Bulkin’s writing is beautiful, exciting, and a stellar contribution to the field of fantastic literature.” –Simon Strantzas, author of Burnt Black Suns

“I’ve been telling people about Nadia Bulkin since the moment I read the first short story of hers I ever ran across, ‘Intertropical Convergence Zone,’ and apparently, this sets me apart from exactly no one. Which is only as it should be–Nadia is the coming storm, a 21st-century baby whose particular brand of politicalpunk witchcraft should determine the way the wind blows over horror’s next few decades. She’s exactly the sort of fabulist we most deserve, especially in this potentially catastrophic era… one who casts a cold, assessing eye over the wreckage before cobbling it together into the image of some loathsome new god, the kind that runs on blood worship and drunken karmic nihilism. And when we’re all down in the mud crying and cutting each other like good little cultists, pinned flat by the weight of her shadow, I can only aspire to be the first to admit we did this to ourselves.” –Gemma Files, author of Experimental Film

“Horror is a tough act to perfect, but time after time, piece after piece, Nadia Bulkin shows us how it’s fucking done. Her fiction dances along a razorwire tightrope, juggling the horrific and the grotesque with flourishes of pitch black humor, the darkly fantastical with the achingly real, and more original monsters than a medieval bestiary. This sharp, sinister, and stylish collection encapsulates why Bulkin is one of my favorite contemporary short story writers.” –Jesse Bullington, author of The Enterprise of Death

“The dark stories of She Said Destroy are harrowing, astute tales of horror and the fantastic, vagabond journeys through the regions and classes of today’s world, alongside the forgotten and the monstrous. Bulkin’s craft is an enlivening, challenging, and distinctive voice that lingers long after reading, and reshapes weird fiction each time.” –Andrew S. Fuller, author, editor of Three-lobed Burning Eye magazine

Survival-centric, morally curious… horror is, in its pure form, much less common. I found it, though, in a few stories in Nadia Bulkin’s striking debut collection, SHE SAID DESTROY. Some of her pieces, like “Intertropical Convergence Zone” and “The Five Stages of Grief,” examine political oppression and the terrible choices it imposes. And those are distinctly horror tales of the “What threatens your existence and what will you do to get through?” variety, with a coldly angry 21st-century edge. – New York Times

“Bulkin takes roads less traveled, uncovering the things that squirm in the dark while daring readers to look away. There are visceral elements, but she doesn’t need to rely on blood and gore to convey a sense of horror, and haunting, lyrical prose elevates these sterling tales. Bulkin serves up cerebral horror with plenty of bite.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A rising star of the weird fiction subgenre, Nadia Bulkin intrigues with her debut story compilation, She Said Destroy. It features tales in which supernatural frights and real-world dread collide with power-hungry dictators, haunted hotels, cursed children, murderous monsters, bullies, “the final girl” trope, and much more. The author’s international upbringing and studies play out on the page; her stories weigh differing perspectives, give powerful voice to the forgotten, and find horror in experiences both extraordinary and mundane. In her hands, terror comes from the underlying truth that these stories are firmly rooted in the circumstances of our current society.” – Library Journal

“Nadia Bulkin’s stories take well-known genre tropes and situations and de-center them, in part by relocating them to a new time and/or place, and in part by telling them from different points of view, usually those of figures near but not at the dead center of their narratives. As a result, what was familiar becomes strange, revealing new aspects of itself. Already, Bulkin has earned a reputation as a writer interested in the political implications of her stories’ situations. It’s certainly true, but there’s a way in which the political in her work frequently leads back to the personal, to the desires that split us. Long after the last page has been turned, her complement of monsters stalks the edges of our vision.” – John Langan, for Locus

“A smart, powerful debut collection.” – Ellen Datlow, for Locus

“Horror is best when it’s at an extreme that has nothing to do with levels of gore. Great horror happens when a story reveals some profoundly personal truth or when it reflects something ugly we can recognize on a broad, systemic scale. Nadia Bulkin writes what she describes as “socio-political horror” and it colors many of the stories in a debut collection that will surely be recognized as one of the year’s sharpest.” – Tor

“Surprising, compelling, and unflinching in their depiction of violence against, and between, human beings. The weaknesses and pain of these characters lead them inexorably to their fates. An overall theme of the stories is that our horror is born of the damage that has been done to us.” – Dead Reckonings

“The impetus and sheer ferocity of some of the tales is balanced with a focus on personalities and relationships, quite a few of them in small-town American settings, but this is not quiet horror in the low-key, narrow-focus, down-tempo sense… The locales range from Indonesia in the period of the mass killings of the mid-1960s, to Japan, to redneck country. The monsters and menaces are correspondingly diverse, and horrible.” – Metaphysical Circus

“Within these pages, you’ll find cold hard death, wry dark humor, pain and suffering, hauntings, strange religions, twists on cosmic horrors, familial legacies, and much more. Do yourself a treat, get this book, mark out a nice block of uninterrupted time, and sink on in. Just remember, this is the heavy stuff, the dark stuff; this is not gonzo splatter or quiet literary but its own deep brand of dread-at-the-core.” – The Horror Fiction Review

“Nadia Bulkin’s thirteen stories are as diverse in their themes as they are in their settings, yet they piece together excellently to showcase her skills. Their often grotesque imagery is the stuff of nightmares, but, at the same time, they are impossible to stop reading. Bulkin’s enormous imagination is on full display here: trippy, nightmarish, and unforgettable.” – Foreword Reviews

“Bulkin’s language delights. It delights in the beauty of its painful subjects and ruminates on so many of the things we wish we could forget… The well-executed descriptions, the intense feelings of claustrophobia the writing evokes, the bizarre premise underlying some real problems people can experience even now. This is the power of Bulkin’s stories. Every story reads like this with care and a dedication that is rare even in the most promising authors.” – Dark Intersections

“If you like cerebral speculative horror rooted in the world’s faults, this collection is for you.” – Diabolique Magazine

She Said Destroy features tales of dictators, ghosts, family curses, monsters, and stolen children — just the kind of stuff any adventurous reader needs.” – Unbound Worlds

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