A Strange But True Story of Invisible Spies,
Heroin Addiction, and Homeland Security

By Robert Guffey


“Guffey is my kind of crazy. He understands that the universe is
preposterous, life is improbable, and chaos rules: get used to it.”
—Pat Cadigan, author of Mindplayers

Nothing kills a buzz quite like smuggled equipment from the Department of Defense, so Dion learns when an AWOL Marine with a bag full of stolen gear decides to crash at his beachside drug den. Soon enough, Dion is being trailed by jarheads and accusing invisible midgets of rearranging his furniture. Things start coming into focus when Dion’s friend, Robert Guffey, discovers that Dion may be the unwitting test subject for technologies stolen from “Project Chameleo,” an experimental electro-optical camouflage being developed by the military. It’s now up to Guffey to sort the truth from the meth-fueled hallucinations in this darkly humorous true story.

Fans of Thomas Pynchon’s psychedelic portraits of Southern California, Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo reportage, and Bukowski’s colorful portrayals of Westcoast lowlifes will feel right at home in Chameleo. Guffey writes at a galloping pace; that Chameleo reads like a madcap thriller is all the more impressive given his extensive documentation and footnotes guaranteeing the story’s veracity.

In today’s paranoid age of government surveillance, chemically induced recreation, and information overload, Robert Guffey’s search for the truth feels like a funhouse reflection of our own.

Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. A graduate of the famed Clarion Writers Workshop in Seattle, he is the author of a collection of novellas entitled Spies & Saucers (PS Publishing, 2014). His first book of nonfiction, Cryptoscatology: Conspiracy Theory as Art Form, was published in 2012. He is written stories and articles for numerous magazines and anthologies, among them Fortean Times, Mysteries, Nameless Magazine, New Dawn, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Paranoia, The Third Alternative, and Video Watchdog Magazine.

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Publication date: April 23rd, 2015
Paperback, $18, 978-1-939293-69-5
E-book, $10, 978-1-939293-70-1
280 pages

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