Lee L. Krecklow has lived his whole life in the Milwaukee area. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UWM, where he focused on film studies, English, and journalism. He wrote and directed two short films before turning his attention to literature. Lee’s short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Oxford Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and The Tishman Review.
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When former writer and social recluse Thomas Stone witnesses through his window a violent fight between his neighbor and her boyfriend, the scene ignites memories that, years earlier, inspired his only celebrated novel. Revitalized, he writes what he witnessed and, for weeks after, watches his neighbor ceaselessly, secretly following her when she leaves her home, using her to inform his “fictional” character. But when contact with her is threatened, Thomas panics and begins pulling any strings he can to propel his story—his creation—toward his desired conclusion.
Telling its story from three perspectives, The Expanse Between braids lives into a twisted rope of deception, exploitation, and retribution.
“The Expanse Between is a thrilling meta-tale of obsession, drive, and betrayal. Lee L. Krecklow delves deep into the issues of lust, morality, and the mirage of privacy in these pages—his captivating characters are at once unsympathetic and unflinchingly human.”
—Sara Rauch, Editor, Cactus Heart Press
“The Expanse Between artfully blurs the line between fiction and reality in a story that examines its characters’ crumbling relationships with each other, and ultimately themselves. Krecklow has mixed his own cocktail of thriller, romance, and literary fiction into this nuanced novel about people struggling to find their purpose.”
—Jeff Pfaller, Editor, Midwestern Gothic
“In his debut novel, The Expanse Between, Lee L. Krecklow displays the depth of his lyrical empathy only previously hinted at in his short fiction. There is an unsettling stillness accompanying these private observations of suburbia. His characters negotiate space in the act—or denial—of creativity. Krecklow’s voice clamors for a truth, one which comes from the edges of near misses and modern relationships.”
—Jim Warner, Host, Citizen Lit