Varying Distances by Darren Speegle launches February 9th in paperback and Kindle from Crystal Lake Publishing


Prepare to lose yourself in the mesmerizing voice and worldview of author Darren Speegle…

“Speegle’s delicious evocation of landscape delivers the reader, quite seamlessly, from places of precisely-evoked geography into landscapes of haunting spiritual menace…”Graham Joyce

In his latest short story collection of dark, unsettling tales, Darren Speegle takes us on a journey through the textured layers of time and space. From Flower Age Ibiza, Spain to present-day war-torn Iraq, from the mysteries of America’s Deep South to those of a haunting future landscape where humans and machines are virtually indistinguishable, these stories explore what it is to be us among the varying distances.

An infamous German writer searches for the meaning of consciousness.

A future artist is forced by a cult leader to try to capture his soul in a portrait.

An American contractor working a camp gate in Iraq is confronted by incoming vehicles the likes of which he has never seen before.

A godlike being welcomes in Halloween with a special device.

A hitman tries to determine which woman among a party of three is the android, his target.

This surreal collection includes:

  • Introduction by Jeffrey Thomas
  • In the Distance, a Familiar Sound
  • The Flesh Winks While the Ghost Weeps
  • The Staging Yard
  • For Love of War
  • Balearic Moon
  • A Carousel of Faces
  • Death Paper Burn
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Amsterdam
  • That’s the Game
  • Song in a Sundress
  • A Puddle in the Wilderness
  • Nowhere

“There is much poetry in these pages. It is a major component of the original voice of Darren Speegle… And his dialogue? Throughout, it sings, and scintillates. It’s one of his strongest virtues.”Jeffrey Thomas

Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.

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Darren Speegle is the author of seven books, including his recently released debut novel The Third Twin (Crystal Lake Publishing). His second novel, Artifacts, is due in 2018, while a third, The World Is My Oyster, has recently been completed. His fifth short story collection, A Haunting in Germany and Other Stories, was released in 2016 by PS Publishing. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous venues, including Analog, Best New Horror 28Subterranean, Cemetery Dance, Clarkesworld, Postscripts, ChiZine, Crimewave, The Third Alternative (now Black Static), Fantasy, Dark Discoveries, and Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy. His human-evolution-themed anthology Adam’s Ladder (co-edited with Michael Bailey) was released in September 2017 by Written Backwards Press. A widely traveled American, Darren often sets his stories in exotic or interesting places where he has lived (Germany, Alaska, Southeast Asia) or otherwise explored (broader Europe). Between gigs as a federal contractor in the Middle East, Darren resides in Thailand. When not writing, he enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

Check Out What Others Are Saying About This Book

“Darren Speegle's delicious evocation of landscape delivers the reader, quite seamlessly, from places of precisely-evoked geography into landscapes of haunting spiritual menace…”

Graham Joyce

“Speegle's voice and worldview are bizarre and mesmerizing, humane and compelling, and the stories contained in this collection will fry your mind.”

Gary A. Braunbeck

“If you like speculative fiction with a solid literary flair, Darren Speegle's new collection is for you.”

Gene O’Neill

“Darren Speegle's characters, and their situations--in his often brilliant stories--are brought vibrantly, horrifically to life, because he cares about his characters, the stories he tells through them, and the words he chooses, with such great care, to bring them to the printed page. He's among the best writers I've read.”

T.M. Wright

“Elegant, sometimes intense and horrific but always finely crafted and devious in the best way, Darren Speegle’s stories will delight and entertain fans of dark fantasy.”

Jeff Vandermeer

“Elegant and sophisticated; Darren Speegle is one of the most intriguing voices active in genre fiction.”

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