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This is the New Horror at work; fast-paced and passionate, breaking new ground as it uncovers the faces that fear wears in the century's final decade.” –Clive Barker

 “A novel of brilliance, overflowing with talent and originality.” —Richard Christian Matheson

 “Important and terrifying. The Bridge is a potent gateway drug into the world of literary splatter that changed my life. More relevant today than when it was first published.”—Joe Lynch, Director of Wrong Turn 2

“The seminal splatterpunk novel that redefined the genre. The Bridge has lost none of its intensity or power.”—Brian Keene, Author of Darkness on the Edge of Town

About the Author

John Skipp is a bestselling author and screenwriter whose eleven books have sold millions of copies and are reprinted in nine languages. As co-author with Craig Spector, he wrote six novels from 1986 to 1993 that completely re-invented horror.  Of their first three novels, The Light at the End, The Cleanup and The Scream, each sold over a million copies and two made the New York Times bestseller list. Together they provided the story for the 1989 film A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child.  Other books by Cody Goodfellow include Radiant Dawn (Perilous Press, 2000) and Ravenous Dusk (Perilous Press, 2003).

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  • File Size: 2312 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Reprint edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Z. Fu on June 23, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After enjoying Skipp's recent works "The Long Last Call" (3/5 stars) and "Jake's Wake" (4/5), I was looking forward to this so called splatterpunk classic by the legendary duo. Back cover endorsements by a popular horror writer and a director seriously whetted my appetite. I was sorely disappointed.

The problems are not attributable to its "age" (it was first published 20 years ago). They are poor plot development and characterization. The premise, that toxic wastes become sentient and rebel against humanity in a bloody way, may not be the most refreshing. It works as long as there is a compelling story with strong characters to support it. Unfortunately, The Bridge has many undramatic (sub)plots and virtually few lead characters.

There are three or so storylines. One traces the dumping of toxic wastes to a cover up attempted by a single prominent local businessman. A second storyline follows a renegade news reporter trying to first uncover the threats and then warn his town of them. A third story (a subplot really) involves a HazMat team captain and his gas station manager girlfriend. All 3 stories unfold within 24 hours against a background story where toxic wastes gain self awareness and plan the destruction of those responsible for the waste buildups and beyond. None of the stories really gels and comes together in some satisfying climax. There are no real heroes, pro/an tagonists that this reader find compelling. We never stay with any of the characters long enough to care for them.

The one positive is that authors did not skip over the final outbreak. Too often, post-apocalyptic fictions fastforward over the actual event of apocalypse to focus on the aftermath and later survival.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1999
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This is far and away the greatest horror I have read. Nailed clean in the style that Skipp and Spector mastered so well, a craftily ironic tone that your own mind uses in its more honest moments, this constantly claustrophobicly narrowing vision of the environmental haulocaust to come grabs you by the short and curlies demands that you should SIT RIGHT BACK and hear of the coming tribulation. The deftness which with it was handled, the delecate suspension of disbelief holds even with the fantastic swirling and gelling. They were the best horror going in the '80s and early '90s, no debate and bar none. I miss them all the time, and boys and girls, this is as good as it got. Maybe the best it could get.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Black on July 14, 2005
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Like the finest work of Stephen King, Skipp and Spector establish a fine ensemble of characters and make us feel for them, knowing that any one of them could be the next to suffer a horrific demise.

The characters are unaware that nothing will be the same after the events in the book, unaware that their world is slipping away...

The book is disturbing, gruesome and impossible to put down. Once this book's tendrils ensnare you, God help you if you have other things that need to get done.

"The Bridge", arguably Skipp and Spector's finest work as a team, is a modern classic, proving them to be more than mere "splatterpunks." With this book, they cemented a place for themselves amongst horror's elite.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1998
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An Absolute MUST-READ, this one grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until it has shredded your sensibilities and made you think twice about even turning on the water faucet. With characters you care about, Bad and Good, and an inexorable march to destruction that seems to have No savior...heroes still emerge and save what they can in a hopeless situation. The writing is excellent with details that are vivid but never diving into gore overdrive.....well, maybe a little but what the hell. These guys bring the goods and not only do they not "pull any punches"...they punch through your skull and rip out your cerebral cortex.......If you find it .....BUY IT......
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews VINE VOICE on May 14, 2010
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Though reprinted from the eighties, one only has to visit the local landfill or read about catastrophic oil spills in the newspaper to understand the lasting relevance of a novel such as "The Bridge". Big and ambitious, brimming with a razor-sharp social consciousness and gut-wrenching horror, its resonance proves far more powerful than the average "monster story". In a world increasingly more reliant on man-made products, its importance cannot be ignored.

In the small industrial town of Paradise, Pennsylvania all seems well, especially for those holding the reins of power. For crooked waste management companies and corrupt officials alike, business is booming. For everyone else, life has capered along as normal. The people go about their business, ignorant of the chemical stews brewing in the depths of Codorus Creek and in other sinkholes secreted throughout the area.

Everything changes on an average "discrete disposal" run during an unseasonal storm. A tremendous clap of thunder, an eldritch flash of lighting, one too many barrels of toxic waste dumped into the simmering waters of Codorus Creek...and something awakens, after long last. A threshold has been breached, a malignant consciousness born, and it is bent on finally lashing out in retribution for a thousand ecological sins. It spreads, infects, consumes and assimilates....remaking the world around it into a twisted, nightmarish vision from which nothing and no one can escape....and it has a message to spread...

To the rest of the world. This is a toxic spill that cannot be covered up, for even the ground itself has joined the cause.

All the "right parts" of a horror novel are here in "The Bridge", but what separates it from average fare is, as always, the human element.
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