|Prepare for a decadant
feast. A Dirge for the Temporal, Darren
Speegle's second collection of fiction, bursts
with sensations. Like Baroque architecture,
plush velvet furnishings or the richest chocolate
truffle dessert, Speegle's prose delights
all the senses.
This collection heralds the
return of the subtly crafted horror tale.
A Dirge lingers on the dark mystery
of the supernatural, creates the giddy feeling
of fear mixed with excitement, that only
comes from partial revelations, things half-glimpsed
Like H.P. Lovecraft or Edgar
Allen Poe, Speegle's stories belong to the
twilight hour, just after the glorious reds
and golds of sunset have slipped away giving
warning that total darkness is quickly approaching.
Old world legend and gothic sensibilities
lurk behind every corner. A world of aching
beauty and impending doom awaits. Speegle's
work is a rare treat to be savored.
people are saying about A Dirge for the
"Speegle has written a wide range of stories from the creepy and bizarre to the disturbing and brutal. … Readers of mainstream horror will find some occasional reading speed bumps along the way as A Dirge For The Temporal includes a number of experimental literary works. There are a number of horrifying stories in A Dirge For The Temporal which makes it a good addition for public libraries with a large and varied reader population that might look to experiment in more literary horror. "
"This is a collection
of very well written and well crafted short
stories. Speegle has a deft mind and an
appreciation of all things dark and terrible.
Unlike many horror writers who seem to wield
an axe to get their terror into your psyche,
Speegle's deft and almost surgical grace
with his fiction cuts like a scalpel, leaving
far deeper wounds."
"Two things you must
possess in order to enjoy Darren Speegle's
collection, A Dirge for the Temporal.
The first would be a love of language. The
second, a hunger for the surreal....This
wonderful collection is comprised of more
than thirty stories and poems which cover
all the genres of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi
and pretty much every sub-genre in between.
And some of the tales are simply unclassifiable.
From what he has displayed here, Darren
Speegle is obviously a writer to keep an
eye on. And A Dirge for the Temporal
is a collection that should be on the shelves
of dark fiction fans everywhere."
"If you prefer your
fiction grounded in ultra-realism, you'll
not likely appreciate these exercises in
bizarre obfuscation. But if you're into
characters who speak as if they hold arcane
knowledge, whose actions reflect a grand
design not immediately obvious to most,
or whose principal trait may well be madness,
then A Dirge for the Temporal will
fit the bill nicely and balance out the
more typical horror fare."
"A feast for the horror
fan who prefers his fiction rich with imagery,
symbolism, and beautiful prose. Though thoroughly
modern in tone and subject matter, the stories
collected in A Dirge for the Temporal
more than casually reveal the literary influence
of such masters of the form as Poe, James,
and de Maupassant."
Flesh & Blood
"You'll find atmospheric
and hallucinatory stories from a writer
of considerable poetic power. Speegle's
stories are eerie rather than extreme and
more subtle than splat-filled
a good chance you'll be hearing more about
and from him in the future."
Speegle is a writer of vivid
prose snapshots that will linger in the
mind long after the book is put aside. His
work is recommended to connoisseurs of the
weird and unusual."
"There is fantasy here,
and horror to be sure, but there is also
wonder, and a beauty of language that a
lot of the fiction attributed to those genres
there is a lot of bang-for-the-buck
between the covers. A Dirge For the Temporal
is a strong collection of surreal, literate
fiction. Highly recommended."
Wilson, Cemetery Dance
"You dont just
read about the places, you experience them,
the people, and the entities that inhabit
them. Darren Speegle has the ability to
capture your soul, and slowly release it
back to you, with merely a few scars. Its
more than worth the read, its worth
the euphoria your mind senses when youve
turned the last page."
"Darren Speegle writes
with the beauty of a shotgun, the delicateness
of a razor, and the symphonics of a scream.
His work is moody, evocative and always
disturbing. He is, quite simply, one of
the consistently best up-and-coming horror
writers in the business. Do yourself a favor
and read him now."
Bram Stoker Award winning author of The
Rising, Terminal and Fear of Gravity
"Darren Speegle is a
rare combination of classic storytelling
and modern edge. He is literate and slick,
myth's wolf and wet ruby poet."
author of Haunter and Dread in the Beast
mesmerizing...my first Speegle experience,
and I was truly heightened by his poetic,
compassionate prose. Speegle does not enlighten
horror; rather, he enlightens literature,
as both concept and emotion, and his torch
burns as bright as any who came before him.
Speegle for president."
Malfi, author of The Fall of Never
Praise for Gothic Wine:
"Darren Speegle is a
real discovery. His delicious evocation
of landscape delivers the reader, quite
seamlessly, from places of precisely-evoked
geography into landscapes of haunting spiritual
menace. These vivid and perturbing tales
remind me of the stories of Robert Aickman."
World Fantasy Award winner and author of
The Facts of Life
"M. R. James, Algernon
Blackwood, Graham Joyce and Thomas Ligotti:
into this select club of writers noted for
subtly horrific tales in which what is not
said and what is implied evokes more terror
than the explicit, we must now induct Darren
Speegle. In his collection Gothic Wine,
we encounter specters and incubi, unnatural
children and maddened artists, succubi and
mysterious strangers, all present in the
classically resonant yet modern setting
of Europe, that same time-haunted and grief-sown
continent inhabited by E. T. A. Hoffman's
creations. Sometimes muted by fog and night,
at other times starkly revealed in daylight,
Speegle's protagonists meet their occult
fates in manners both elegant and brutal.
These stories are like a draught of some
fabled German ice wine, possessing an unforgettable
sweetness that only arises when cruel frost
is applied to the grape."
Paul Di Filippo,
critic for Asimov's and author of Strange
"An exquisite collection
of literate and evocative stories, opening
up a window into a fascinating, if eerie
Europe. I suspect that we should visit these
wineries, old churches and grape fields
only in the pages of Speegle's book. That
way we stand a better chance of surviving
to read his next one."
Lint, World Fantasy Award winnner and author
of Moonlight and Vines
About the Cover
Mike Bohatch is a professional
illustrator and graphic designer residing
in Colorado, specializing in the realm of
dark fantasy imagery and surreal compositions.
Mike has been featured in
numerous publications and websites across
the globe, including X-files, Savage, Outburn,
Pit, Spectrum, Cemetery Dance, Fangoria
as well as many others. His award-winning
work can be found in publications, book
covers and CD packages both nationally and
internationally. Techniques used in the
creation process combine the mixed mediums
of drawing, painting, assemblage, collage,
photography, sculpture and digital compositing.
Mike is currently working on 2 art books,
an exclusive film and assisting design &
development of a tv show. website: www.eyesofchaos.com