The Third Twin: A Dark Psychological Thriller by Darren Speegle
“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
Barry Ocason, extreme sportsman and outdoor travel writer, receives a magazine in his mailbox and opens to an ad for an adventure in the Bavarian Alps. Initially dismissing the invitation, which seems to have been meant specifically for him, he soon finds himself involved in a larger plot and seeking answers to why an individual known only as the elephant man is terrorizing his family.
Barry and his daughter Kristen, who survived a twin sister taken from the family at a young age, travel from Juneau, Alaska to the sinister Spider Festival in Rio Tago, Brazil, before he ultimately answers the call to Bavaria, where the puzzle begins to come together.
Amid tribulation, death, madness, and institutionalization, a document emerges describing a scientist’s bloody bid to breed a theoretical “third twin,” which is believed to have the potential, through its connection with its siblings, to bridge the gulf between life and afterlife. The godlike creature that soon emerges turns out to be Barry’s own offspring, and she has dark plans for the world of her conception that neither her father nor any other mortal can stop.
“Elegant and sophisticated; Darren Speegle is one of the most intriguing voices active in genre fiction.” – Cemetery Dance
Interview with the author:
So what makes this thriller novel so special?
Darren Speegle: I suspect it is unlike anything you've ever read. It deals with family issues at first, then segues into darker territory, the harrowing suspense of knowing you are being targeted, as a family, by a man in an elephant mask who is looking for something that you don't understand the meaning, much less allure of. Until the last, that is, when the final revelations prove to be about more than this world, more than the next. The Third Twin is a ladder-like journey into other, transcendent spheres.
Tell us more about this novel’s lead character.
Darren Speegle: Barry Ocason is supremely confident in his life, deals with situations on his terms. Has command of what goes on around him. Has raised a fine daughter. Retains a reasonably healthy relationship with his ex-wife, though the reason for their divorce was so sudden, so horrible and meaningless, it might have resulted in far worse. He has a grip. Has a handle on existence. Tries to. Until. Until reality breaks down and everything he thought he understood about life melts in front of him. Then the warrior and survivor he is kicks in and will stop at nothing to find out why what's happening is happening.
Why should readers give your dark psychological thriller a try?
Darren Speegle: Because it is different, unique. If you want to take a journey you have never taken before, this is the one. I wrote the thing in a war zone, Iraq, during heavy activity. My mind went where it wanted to. The Third Twin is the product of that experience. It's a dark fantasy suspense thriller trip you'll never forget.
The Third Twin is similar to novels in the following categories (as well as early Clive Barker, Laird Barron, and Thomas Ligotti):
- Dark Psychological Thriller
- U.S. Horror Fiction
- Mystery Thriller & Suspense
- International mystery
- Occult Horror novel
- Genetic engineering suspense thriller