Item description for A Dirge for the Temporal by Darren Speegle...
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 and misty. 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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.8" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2007
Publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press
ISBN 1933293381 ISBN13 9781933293387
Reviews - What do customers think about A Dirge for the Temporal?
Ray Bradbury Fans will love it Dec 20, 2005
"A Dirge For The Temporal" is hard to classify. The cover art would tend to make one believe it is a collection of horror stories, but that would not be accurate. Depending on which story you choose, you could be on another planet, on a space ship, driving or walking through the Black Forest or lost in some enchanted, non-extant German city. 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 lacks.
For readers familiar with Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles," the voice of some of Speegle's stories may seem familiar. There is the same odd detachment, as if the characters are walking across the set of a strange movie, rather than through the events and challenges of real lives. Reading Speegle's prose is a bit like staring at a spoon in a glass of water. There is a break in the middle if you look straight at it, but you know that the thing is whole, and when you pull it out of the water, it is as straight as when it went in.
"A Dirge For the Temporal" will not be for everyone. Many of the tales included are vignettes, and some of the prose is so dense and intense that the reader has to pay close attention just to make it through from beginning to end. It is the curse of style that it doesn't always work, and Speegle is no exception. There are a few inclusions here that lack the completion and power of others, but with 25 stories to choose from in a single collection, this is less of a burden.
In the same volume you will find love stories, detectives profiling themselves, alien cultures with a hint of the cyberpunk as it might have been written by Tanith Lee - images that drip atmosphere, erotic passages that catch you by surprise, grab your senses, and then twist.
Among the books stronger pieces are "The Shades Of New Geneva," an otherworldly, image rich piece with an erotic undertone that vibrates through the prose without becoming its focus, "The Smell Of Sex," dropping the reader into a world of perverse psyches and dark desire, "Dance Therapeutic," wherein a profiler, of sorts, comes to terms with his father and his past, and the whimsical and poignant "The Day It Rained Apricots." There is a wide variety of work here, showing a depth of style and a breadth of talent.
The production values are good, and for the cover price, 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.
A classic of modern horror... Sep 20, 2005
I rank Darren Speegle just below Thomas Ligotti when it comes to modern horror writers. And although my knowledge of contemporary horror is still incomplete, the brilliance of "A Dirge for the Temporal" is undeniable. The collection is solid all the way through, and besides "Junkyard Fetish" (which reminded me a little too much of J.G. Ballard's "Crash" in certain aspects), I loved each and every story. So if you haven't done so already, pick up a copy today. By the time you've read the first three or so stories, I'm fairly certain you too will wonder why more people haven't heard of Darren Speegle.
Subtle, haunting, and prolific Jul 28, 2004
What is a Dirge? It is a lingering sense of supernatural, the mystical, and mixed with a bevy of fear and excitement, seen in only half exposure. A Dirge for the Temporal encompasses these meanings and treats us to a blend of subtle temptation and brutal beauty. Thirty-four stories take us through a poignant mind's eye of gifted author Darren Speegle.
Forget formulas here, it is a time travel of past, present, and future, fused in a collection, where you have to question whether you are the character or the reader. While I wouldn't mind telling you a little about each story, I think it best to let you go on your own journey. From this vast collection, I will recount the ones that most intrigued me.
I drifted in and out with "September", caught up in the subtle references to name and places. It has a unique voice and rhythm to read by. The context of the story is like a puzzle, and once put together leaves you in awe.
"Illusions of Amber" had me engrossed. It's a story to pay attention to and yet become lost in. A sense of strange inhabits the desolate town of Amber, Indiana, but is it safe to stay in Room One at the Traveler's Lodge?
"The Smell of Sex" is like an ethereal moment where it would appear time has stopped. It caresses you in, with incredible character development, and imagery, only to leave you cold and wanting more.
To read the story "A Dirge for the Temporal" is to be caught in the middle of a dream and a nightmare. The author's voice speaks in languid motions, bringing you in, taunting you close, and then drifting away for you to decide what you come away with. It's hauntingly sweet and yet disturbing.
In a "Nasty Set of Circumstances", the character feels the girl he is seeing is sucking the life out of him. He believes she keeps him in a perpetual state of apprehension, and questions who holds the power in the relationship. If he had the opportunity, what would he do to change it?
"The Day it Rained Apricots" left me with a smile. It is a blend of mood and tone; mixed with history and visual bliss. A competition among bakers in a small village in Bavaria, serves up an interesting twist.
"Junkyard Fetish" is a hardcore, bloodthirsty tale that is one of my absolute favorites. I loved the dialogue, the flow of the story, the characters, and the element of "the game".
"Mousse" reminds me of a smooth tawny port at the end of the day, it definitely tastes like another.
And finally "Dandelion Girl" rounds out my favorites, for its sweet, sentimental, and subtle descent into questioning the nature of evil. Appearances can be deceiving, and leave a bittersweet taste in the air. I liked the whimsical poetic path it took me on and the feeling I was left with in the end.
Atmosphere and imagery run amok in these stories. You don't just read about the places, you experience them, the people, and the entities that inhabit them. Daren Speegle has the ability to capture your soul, and slowly release it back to you, with merely a few scars. It's more than worth the read, it's worth the euphoria your mind senses when you've turned the last page.