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Editorial Reviews


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

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. 

Product Details

  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I read the one and two-star reviews and should have been warned off, but I bought the book anyway. Someone described it as "splatterpunk" and that's as good a term as any.

The premise was intriguing enough, with some genuinely scary images, e.g. the man who's about to be engulfed by the sentient waste seeing the towering column of river water, containing hundreds of fish, each one staring at him with malevolence and newfound intelligence.

However, it was hard to care about most of the characters. The brain-rotted hayseeds who first meet the monster are all too believable, and then we get to Gary, Kirk, and Micki. Kirk may have been a yuppie slimeball, but he actually achieved a bit of nobility in his doomed, futile attempt to warn the town. And the authors couldn't even give him a peaceful death, instead subjecting the poor bugger to an agonized, ignominious end. Gary was hard to like and got off far too easily. Micki's magicks and spirit doors were just too much. I could believe the monstrous transformation of Boonie and Drew more easily than that Micki was able to get Gary past the man-eating vines.

Far too many one-sentence paragraphs like

"And that was how he sealed his fate."

I kinda liked "toddler bouillabaisse," because I don't like toddlers.

If this book was written 20 years ago, literature is in more trouble than I thought. I'm no blushing flower, but the constant, relentless profanity was almost enough to make me just stop reading, This isn't the first book I've read where every other word is f___ or s___, and it won't be the last. How I wish authors would just tell their stories without showing us how "EDGY" they are.
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What a waste of time! I LOVE science fiction. Love the weird stuff, the (early) Stephan King, Robert McCammon, Hugh Howey stuff, so when I saw some reviewers on here comparing this with that kind of stuff - even going as far as comparing it to one of my all-time-favorites "Swan Song" I gave it a shot. They have GOT to be kidding!! This book is pure garbage. There is no plot. I don't want give anything away for those of you who may still attempt to read this mess; BUT, It's worse than a bad 80's horror flick. Because of all the reviews, and because I hate to give up on anything, I kept reading hoping it would get better. It didn't. It offers NOTHING but a VERY LONG DRAAWWNN-OOUT, far-fetched, unimaginative story with boring characters. I've never read anything by this author before, and I'll never buy another book by him again. It almost seemed like it was written by a sixth-grader who watched too many bad horror movies. Don't waste your time with this one. If you like post-apocalyptic fiction and haven't read "Swan Song" by Robert McCammon yet - you may want to try that one out.

On a separate note: There were also a lot of problems with the Kindle version of this book. The font-sizing and consistency was weird from page to page. Went from very large to very small print again. Then in some places: high and low letters within the same word that should have all been on one line.
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