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The Third Twin: A Dark Psychological Thriller by [Darren Speegle, Crystal Lake Publishing]

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Blurb A weird west alternate history horror novel set in Hell. Stories of famous monsters in a new horror anthology. Six feet is not deep enough in this Mystery Thriller… 25 interviews with legendary authors. Shallow Waters—where nothing stays buried.

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The Third Twin, my debut novel, is different from my other books not just in terms of length (the other works are short story collections) but also due to the circumstances under which it was written. While the idea had been percolating for some time, I wrote the novel while working night shift as a defense contractor in Iraq, with fireworks all around. The gig was the third of three tours I did in Iraq, starting in 2008, one as a warehouse manager with a federal outfit, two as a logistics coordinator/movement control specialist with a contracting company. At the beginning and end of my shift I always had sustainment convoys to push out, but in the time between it was just me and the computer, with the occasional interruption of convoy support personnel or a foreman coming around to make sure I wasn't eating lizards or something in my boredom. No, not boredom, more isolation. It was hard to be bored when mortars and rockets were coming in and the staging yard was regularly full of loaded fuel trucks on their way out to other camps from our hub for theater traffic. And when I say isolated, I mean a patch of desert in a sort of nothing space between the main camp and the entry control point. I won't say it was anything I really thought about after the first few weeks; the business became routine after a while. But it was certainly a strange stage for writing a novel that was intended to be frightening, harrowing.To the book itself, I'd been interested in trying my hand at something genetically oriented. I'd enjoyed certain works in that vein by other writers, but those were futuristic. I wanted to do something set in the now. I went into it with a sketch, feeling my way through, but soon the initial premise took on broader, more sinister proportions, shooting off in a direction I hadn't originally intended. The story became more than the dark supernatural mystery I'd envisioned and something more in the realm of the truly fantastical, crossing the veil between life and death, addressing the hereafter in a disturbing way. How much effect my war zone environment had on that, I can't exactly say, but it certainly provided a wild backdrop to some serious thinking. And it must have directly attributed to the surreal quality of the work as it grew from family tragedy into dangerously shadowy territory, eventually venturing beyond barriers into the unknown itself. I believe because of my environment, The Third Twin may be the most truthful of all the work I've written. I've never been that deeply involved, had the opportunity to be that deeply involved in any other thing I've written. It was an escape of the first order. That segment of my life belongs totally and exclusively to this book. Everything else from that six-month period is a blur.  


"Smart. Imaginative. Literate. Original. All of Darren Speegle's fiction shares these characteristics. Add in intriguing and complex for the occult mystery of The Third Twin. Above all the novel is a highly compelling and entertaining read. It has my highest recommendation."-Gene O'Neill, Lethal Birds, The Cal Wild Chronicles

"Speegle's very accessible voice takes you gently by the hand-and then pulls you into shadows that are subtle and deadly but studded with stars."-Michael Marshall Smith

"Creepy and atmospheric, Darren Speegle's THE THIRD TWIN is a winding, lushly written nightmare that will linger with you. Yes, you."-Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock

"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

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0724Z3J66
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crystal Lake Publishing (April 28, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 28, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1695 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 212 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

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