George Detzler hates crying into his mother's Salt Machine almost as much as he loves his sister Vera.
So when Vera gets sick of crying and disappears into the forbidden forest behind their house with a strange boy George heads out in search of her.
In the forest he finds himself thrown into a world scarier and stranger than he ever thought possible.
As he battles a giant wolf finds his way through a massive labyrinth and looks for his sister George learns that an angry spirit is trying to bring magic back into the world. It's up to him to stop it before it brings about the end of everything he has ever known.
Jeff Smieding grew up with his mom and his cat in the small town of Altoona, Wisconsin. When his mom was at work he spent his summers reading fantastical stories and playing in the big forest behind his house. After many great adventures he grew up to be a writer musician and a live performer with the Lit 6 Project and Electric Arc Radio. He has been published in Volume One and Revolver. He can still be seen on especially cold nights when the moon is especially bright reading his sad and terrifying tales to children and adults alike in book stores and coffee houses. Jeff currently lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with his wife two children and two cats.
"And In Their Passing Darkness: The Salt Machine pulls the reader into a dark mesmerizing new world pushing its young central characters into an unsettling world filled with trouble beauty and above all else magic. Smeiding writes with a clear discerning eye and much heart. You will be transported." -David Oppegaard author of The Ragged Mountains & The Firebug of Balrog County