Crystal Lake Publishing - updates, new releases, open subs, award wins etc.

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Authors, the Crystal Lake Academy is launching this year, and the first step in that launch is our The Author's Journey project.

Our team of editors (and the Crystal Lake Publishing founder & CEO, Joe Mynhardt) want to facilitate your writing journey for three months (from June 15th to September 15th), improving your craft and helping you get a short story or manuscript ready for submission.

This course, although not recommended to newbies, is for authors at any stage of their writing journey. We'll pair you in groups of similarly experienced authors to guarantee growth. You can even purchase it for a friend!

When we're done, we'll personally consider each short story for possible publication, and we'll offer a first-look option for those who worked on manuscripts, for possible publication by Crystal Lake Publishing.

Check out this page for more info on exactly what we're offering: https://www.crystallakepub.com/product/the-authors-journey/

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Patrick Wood

If you are a full-time writer and want to publish your magazine then there are a few things you should take care of.  Like will you should publish your magazine online or offline. Or will it cover regional or international topics? One of the most essential things you should keep in mind is to do a bit of research about what or who will be in your competition or how will your magazine of yours stand out differently? Then the next important thing is content. Take your time and publish quality content on your website. Focus on quality above quantity when self-publishing a magazine. Don't be scared to start little and gradually increase your page count. It is preferable to have ten pages of good content rather than twenty pages of mediocre material. Additionally, more regular releases will aid in the growth of your audience. If shorter publications entail more regular issues, you can take advantage of the lower duration. Then layout your magazine and most importantly proofread it as much as you can.

Joe Mynhardt

Out today from Crystal Lake Publishing and Michael McCarty: https://getbook.at/MoreMythmakers



Features Horror, Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy's most influential writers and filmmakers interviewed about the art and craft of their genres.

The 25 interviews include Steve Alten, Reggie Bannister, Terry Brooks, Charles de Lint, Dennis Etchison, John Everson, Alan Dean Foster, Ray Garton, Sephera Giron, Owl Goingback, Charles Grant, Nancy Holder, Paul Kane, Ronald Kelly, Joe Lansdale, Bentley Little, Jeff Long, Jonathan Maberry, Elizabeth Massie, Larry Niven, William Stout, Jeff Strand, Harry Turtledove, J.N. Williamson, and Connie Willis.

Foreword by Gerard Houarner. Afterword by Jeffrey Thomas.

If you're interested in books on writing, the horror genre, science fiction, famous authors, or even becoming a full time author, this book is a must-have.

More Modern Mythmakers is the sequel to 2015's Modern Mythmakers by Michael McCarty, published by Crystal Lake Publishing.

Come Explore the Dark Depths: https://getbook.at/MoreMythmakers

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths (join the Crystal Lake journey for bonus content, special offers, in-depth articles from our authors, giveaways, and quite a few free eBooks): http://eepurl.com/xfuKP
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Joe Mynhardt

The monsters are coming...July 12th.

Stories of famous monsters in a new horror anthology featuring Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Mercedes M. Yardley, Ramsey Campbell, and many others: https://geni.us/Unleashed1



Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Moreau, the Headless Horseman, the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera, the Wicked Witch of the West—they're all here, in this collection of horror short stories that reimagine, subvert, and pay homage to our favorite monsters and creatures.

Written by the biggest names in the genre—including Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Owl Goingback, Richard Christian Matheson, Seanan McGuire, Maurice Broaddus, Dacre Stoker, Linda D. Addison, Alessandro Manzetti, Tim Waggoner, John Palisano, Lucy A. Snyder, Gary A. Braunbeck, Rena Mason, and Monique Snyman.

And monstrously illustrated by Colton Worley and Mister Sam Shearon.

"Classic Monsters Unleashed is to be celebrated for its diversity and ability to stay true to the monsters of its origin while featuring stories that are delightfully original." —Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

"A monster of an anthology... [Classic Monsters Unleashed] has something for every horror lover." —Carrie Rasak, Booklist

"A star-studded lineup that succeeds in giving its audience a chance to fully immerse themselves in B-movie horror." —Publishers Weekly

Pre-order today: https://geni.us/Unleashed1
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3HTFBHs

Published by both Crystal Lake Publishing and Black Spot Books.
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Joe Mynhardt

Out now from Gwendolyn N. Nix and Crystal Lake Publishing: https://getbook.at/IHaveAsked

The Demons are coming, and Hell's coming with them.



A weird west alternate history horror novel set in Hell.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  "...like Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy teaming up to reboot Dante's Inferno as a Western."—Michael Pogach

The facts of Domino Bluepoint's afterlife are simple in this horror adventure: he's a half-breed witch from a people without a name, and no one wants to be stuck in Hell with witch blood.

When a demon bounty-hunter comes calling, Domino pairs up with his mother, who died too young and carries the witch lineage in her veins, to survive. Soon the two of them are Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid running from whatever torture awaits them and whoever wants to harvest their magic.
Yet, Domino doesn't know that his brother, Wicasah, is behind this and is desperate to resurrect Domino out of long-lasting guilt and a sensation of belonging to no place and no one.

As Wicasah dives deeper into darker magic that ends in an ill-made deal, Domino must overcome addiction, depression, and hone his own brand of witch-magic to help save his brother—and the world—from an ancient god.

I Have Asked to be Where No Storms Come is perfect for fans of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, supernatural fiction, dark fantasy, adult horror books.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Rarely do I come across horror fiction with such imaginative elements. Much like Clive Barker's more fantastic works, I Have Asked to be Where No Storms Come immerses readers in a fully realized world, and it feels much larger than what can ever be put to the page."—J.W. Donely, Epeolaptry Book Reviews via The Horror Tree

★ ★ ★ ★ ★"I Have Asked to be Where No Storms Come delivers a stunningly original and surreal vision. The recipe is a dollop of dark fantasy, a splash of grimdark, and a copy of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that has been soaked in acid for a week. Mix well and drink while holding your nose."—Jason Fischer, Papa Lucy and the Boneman

Order today on Kindle or paperback: https://getbook.at/IHaveAsked
Add it on Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3vro5Wa

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths (join the Crystal Lake journey for bonus content, special offers, in-depth articles from our authors, giveaways, and quite a few free eBooks): http://eepurl.com/xfuKP
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Joe Mynhardt

Out today from Crystal Lake Publishing and Faith Pierce: https://getbook.at/FaceYouWear

An unknown threat is creeping its way into Jana's residence.



★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "...incredible, riveting, terrifying, novel debut. This is definitely the most terrifying fiction I've read this year, and likely in a long time. I literally feared to fall asleep."—Reading Reindeer

Jana overcame a bleak, poverty-stricken childhood to achieve her version of the American dream. She has her own home, a successful career, and a new husband who offers everything she hoped for in a normal life.

Her tight grasp on stability however begins to slip with disturbing dreams about her husband Michael. A figure in the bedroom doorway watching her sleep, night-time conversations Michael claims never happened, someone lying beside her at night when Michael later says he wasn't there.

Old anxieties and paranoia begin to surface as Jana becomes increasingly desperate to discover if the true threat is her mind, her husband...or something darker.

Explore the Depths: https://getbook.at/FaceYouWear
Also on Kindle Unlimited. Subscribe today: https://amzn.to/32jjqKF
Add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61936965-the-face-you-wear

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths (join the Crystal Lake journey for bonus content, special offers, in-depth articles from our authors, giveaways, and quite a few free eBooks): http://eepurl.com/xfuKP
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Joe Mynhardt

It's book launch day at Crystal Lake Publishing!

Three separate yet strangely connected novellas kick of Crystal Lake's Dark Tide series with stories of Mystery and Suspense: https://getbook.at/DarkTide1  (Kindle, paperback, hardcover, and Kindle Unlimited)



THE STRANGEST TWIST UPON HER LIPS by Chad Lutzke: When a suicide note is just too much to bear, an absurd celebration of life feels like the only way out.
While avoiding the suicide note his fiancé left behind, a heartbroken man tackles a bucket list the two had made together, fulfilling entries that take him out of his comfort zone and into the realm of skid-row voodoo, where truths are finally revealed.
Another grief horror yarn from the author of Stirring the Sheets and Of Foster Homes and Flies.

MY ONLY SUNSHINE by Robert Ford: A grief-stricken mother has five days to solve her daughter's murder. Caroline's daughter was abducted and murdered over four months ago. Now, in an abandoned building, in the dead of night, she can talk with Emma's ghost.
Five days. Fourteen minutes each day. That's all the time Caroline has to find out who murdered Emma, and say goodbye to her daughter for the very last time.

SUET by John Boden: Dark secrets and darker things are a lonely man's inheritance.
Corbin is a lonely young man who finally broke the bonds of an emotional vampire of a job. He accepts the sad task of going through the estate of his dead grandparents, to discover that family can go back quite far, as can secrets and shadows. He will discover that the family he always knew kept things back and that an inheritance isn't always monetary. History has teeth and talons and oftentimes does not let go easily.

Crystal Lake's Dark Tide series will continue soon with more tales of Mystery Thrillers and Horror Books, including themes of Weird Western, Sherlock Holmes, Body Horror, Halloween, Mystery fiction, and Psychological Thriller books. The series includes novellas by R.B. Wood, Michael Burke, James A. Moore, Jess Landry, Sofia Ajram, Nadia Bulkin, Kevin Lucia, Jason Parent, Jeremy Bates, Lucy A. Snyder, Lisa Morton, Kate Maruyama, Naching T. Kassa, John Linwood Grant, Angela Yuriko Smith, Nick Kolakowski, Tom Deady, Glenn Rolfe, J.S. Breukelaar, Aaron Dries, Kaaron Warren, Mark Allan Gunnells, Brandon Ford, Shane Nelson, William Meikle, Curtis Lawson, Jasper Bark, Matt Shaw, Daniel J. Volpe, Keith Lansdale, Jay Wilburn, Armand Rosamilia, Erin Louis, and of course Chad Lutzke, Robert Ford, and John Boden. More names to be announced.

Order today: https://getbook.at/DarkTide1
Add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62041029
Sign up to the Dark Tide newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hKVGkr

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Joe Mynhardt

Brand new release from Crystal Lake Publishing...

Want to go on a Western Adventure?



Join three highly talented authors on a thrilling journey into the past that's perfect for readers of Western thrillers, horror, mystery, fantasy, and of course the supernatural. - https://getbook.at/DarkTide2

"The three novellas in West of Hell have all the rustic, gritty, and gory ingredients to make this weird western anthology an enjoyable and memorable read. James A Moore's inclusion of a Jonathan Crowley tale alone enshrines West of Hell as an indispensable addition to the weird western canon."—Tony Tremblay, Stoker-nominated author of The Moore House and Do Not Weep For Me

"A delightful and disquieting triptych of Weird Western sorcery from three titanic talents. Moore, Wood, and Burke have produced something very special here you won't want to miss."—Ed Kurtz, author of the Boon trilogy

DEAD MEN by James A. Moore: And the Dead shall rise. Jonathan Crowley is having a problem with dead men. They just keep getting back on their feet. From the ghost dancers at a strange burial site to the corpse of a man he literally just killed, the dead refuse to lay down and die, and now it's up to Crowley and his traveling companion Lucas Slate to try to figure out why the dead are restless and determined to kill whatever crosses their paths.

THE TRICKSTER OF PARADISE by R.B. Wood: Never trust a cave painting with an agenda.
In the old west, the people of Paradise live in harmony with the local Sioux tribe until the U. S. Army arrives with false accusations and their deeply rooted prejudices. While the strange newcomer known as "Mortimer" watches; a sixteen year old boy and an ancient legend must come together to fight the invaders, save the town, and win the day. Can the desires of an ancient legend and the wishes of a young man survive the encounter with Death watching their every move?

LAST SUNSET OF A DYING AGE by Michael Burke: Ibuki Shibuya is a disgraced samurai, a fugitive from the vengeance of his former master. His flight leads him to the American Southwest where he discovers a mutilated body in the Arizona desert. He eventually finds himself in Copper City, a frontier town plagued by a series of grisly murders.
A motley cast of characters populate the town and Ibuki becomes embroiled in affairs both mundane and extraordinary as he resolves to assist the sheriff in solving the strange murders. Perhaps he will even meet the honorable end he seeks in doing so. All the while, a strange man, dressed in black, who knows more than he says, lurks outside of Copper City.
Events come to a head when the truth is laid bare. Ibuki, along with both friends and foes, learns that not all remnants of a dying age have given way to progress.

Dive in Today: https://getbook.at/DarkTide2
Dark Tide Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hKVGkr

This is book 2 in Crystal Lake's Dark Tide series, which will continue soon with more tales of Mystery Thrillers and Horror Books, including themes of more Weird Western, Sherlock Holmes, Grief Horror, Body Horror, Halloween, Space Horror, Mystery fiction, and Psychological Thriller books.
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