A Dream Between Two Rivers


A Dream Between Two Rivers


by KL Pereira
(Cutlass Press, September 2017)
Paperback original, 9780692864685

"A Dream Between Two Rivers: Stories of Liminality is a precious gem all its own. Folk tales, experimental literature, speculative fiction, and mythology whether invented or neoclassical, all play together here gorgeously. The ghosts of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jose Donoso, Leonora Carrington, and Octavia Butler haunt this potent collection by an author of boundless imaginative gifts. Imagine a poet and painter in another dimension possessed by fever dreams and trying to tell our stories, and that will bring you only somewhere close to the magic of KL Pereira."
—Porochista Khakpour, author of the novels Sons & Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion and the memoir Sick

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ABOUT THE BOOK: A Dream Between Two Rivers: Stories of Liminality is both literary and speculative, both magically real and viscerally strange, in the tradition of writers like Angela Carter, Karen Russell, and Jorge Luis Borges. In the collection, Pereira uses elements of fairy tales, folk tales, and myths to highlight the lives of women, children, and immigrants. Lucid prose underscores the tenacity of those who are the most vulnerable, who live on the edges, between neat and clear definitions of who they are and who they want to be. Pereira explores rebirth amid darkness, free of normative ideas of gender, class, race, and sexuality.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: KL Pereira's chapbook, Impossible Wolves, was published by Deathless Press in 2013. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in The Drum, Shimmer, Innsmouth Free Press, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Bitch, and other publications. She's a member of the New England Horror Writers Association and has taught creative writing in high schools, domestic violence shelters, colleges and universities, and writing institutions throughout New England for over ten years. Find her online @_klpereira and klpereira.com.


"KL Pereira's A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS is a wonderfully dark, evocative, mischievous collection. Pereira expertly reinvents familiar favorites and prods at the boundaries of genre with a unique, eloquent voice. With wit and compassion A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS unflinchingly explores what it means to be human."
—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock

"Take a soaring imagination, dazzling prose, and a merciless eye for truth. Mix with an ability to explode our acceptable truth and you’ll have the stories of KL Pereira, a writer who spins tales that veer from velvet to etched in acid on glass and back again. Pereira’s talent and poetry leap off the pages of A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS."
—Randy Susan Meyers, international bestselling author of Widow of Wall Street

"KL Pereira's writing is like a kaleidoscopic hallucination re-configuring in the blood: feverish, poetic, addictive. Highly recommended." 
—Irenosen Okojie, award-winning author of Speak Gigantular

"In A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS, KL Pereira shows off her talents for short fiction. Each of these stories is like a dark jewel, glittering and sharp. Their sum is a lyrical meditation on the boundaries between dark and light from a tremendous up-and-coming talent."
—Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Sex Lives of Monsters

"Pereira's stories are unsettling like the figures that linger in your vision right after you've woken up making you think someone has entered the room while you were asleep, living in the space between what your brain knows to be true and what your bleary eyes are telling you in the moment. The world is often most sharply revealed by the stories that bend it, and Pereira's bent stories reveal a world of struggle and death as well as a world of connection and hope." —Josh Cook, Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA)

"KL Pereira's debut collection draws on myth, fairy tales, and her often twisted imagination to create short stories about the outcasts, the marginalized, and the ones who are determined to empower themselves. Written with fresh and feverish prose, many of the stories are brief, brutal, and woven with a dark magicas unsettling as dreams you similtaneously want to end and continue." —Kelsey Westenberg, Roscoe Books (Chicago, Il)

"Once this collection gripped me in its maw, it was impossible to put down and haunted my dreams for days after I was done reading. Each of Pereira’s stories is stranger than the last and, through their explorations of identity, desire, and purpose, expose some deep truths about us as individuals. Lyrical, visceral, and taut, A DREAM BETWEEN TWO RIVERS is a master work of a fever dream." —Lane Jacobson, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC)

"A Dream Between Two Rivers is a series of twenty-seven virtuosic performances from a writer to watch. KL Pereira's wild yet self-contained fictions succeed in both the short and the short-short form. She's razor-sharp about the mysteries of the heart, and her stories have a refreshingly global and historical scope. The set of second-person addresses especially, amaze. Nowhere else, recently, have I read a "you" as versatile as Pereira's. An eclectic and exciting collection from a promising new press."
—John Francisconi, Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT)