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

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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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Joe Mynhardt

Out now from Crystal Lake Publishing! Book 3 in the Dark Tide series. And it's Halloween themed! - https://getbook.at/DarkTide3



Three leading voices in modern horror take us on a journey through Halloween in the infamous town of Clifton Heights.

DAUGHTER OF THE MISTS by Kevin Lucia: Clifton Heights' biggest classic horror movie cinephile finds himself plunged into the midst of his own personal horror movie nightmare, in which he discovers how savage the classic monsters actually are.

ONCE UPON A HALLOWEEN NIGHT by Jeremy Bates: In the days leading up to Halloween night, two brothers will discover the worst kinds of monsters are often human.

BROTHERS by Jason Parent: Sometimes, bonds between brothers are thicker than blood. Rand wants nothing more than to be an Alpha, a member of the most popular fraternity on campus. He convinces his best friend, Henry, to pledge with him. Before they can join, Rand and Henry must follow the senior Alphas' rule: a predicament that soon leaves them humiliated, victimized, and broken. Rand is left to face the torment alone but, hiding in the darkness, another is willing to share it with Rand, one who promises something more sinister than revenge...and a Halloween party the survivors of which will always remember.

This book is perfect for fans of Halloween stories, classic horror, Mystery and suspense, small town horror, and thrillers.

Order now: https://getbook.at/DarkTide3
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Joe Mynhardt

Crystal Lake Publishing presents the 4th book in their Dark Tide series...

When the Halloween Beyond stores appear across America, they intertwine the lives of three visitors in a web of mystery and magic.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Halloween Beyond: Piercing the Veil, the fourth book in the Dark Tides series, contains a cornucopia of ghoulish delights. These three stories, written by some of the best women writers in the business, will frighten and fascinate. This is a seasonal triumph that should be enjoyed on every Halloween.—Naching T. Kassa



THE TALKING-BOARD by Lisa Morton: Can ancient magic exist in the modern world?
When Kayla's sister Hailey went missing in the nearby Ghost Woods on Halloween night, the last person to see her was the solitary, elderly Brigid. Kayla, who has long suspected Brigid of being involved with Hailey's disappearance, dreads the first anniversary of her sister's vanishing even as her best friend Sophie urges her to put the past behind her.
Halloween nears and Kayla pays a visit to the pop-up Halloween Beyond store, where an enigmatic clerk named Maeve convinces her to buy a talking-board. Kayla begins receiving messages which claim to be from Hailey, but is it actually something more sinister calling out from beyond the veil?

NEW BLOOD by Lucy A. Snyder: Maddie is keen for Halloween, but when she moves to a strange coastal town, a Devils' Night party forces her to face eldritch dangers that threaten her entire family.

A GENTLEMAN'S SUIT by Kate Maruyama: Halloween Beyond is magic. The store's inscrutable clerk finds Lex exactly the right costume which somehow makes people see the nonbinary Lex for who they really are.
It's Lex's last Halloween at home before college, and it had better be good. When Lex's father, Beto, known locally as the King of Halloween adds an enormous animatronic Death on a boat to the collection in his elaborate front yard haunt, Halloween night takes a deadly turn.

Dive in Today: https://getbook.at/DarkTide4
Series newsletter (bonus stories & content): http://eepurl.com/hKVGkr

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, Grief Horror, Body Horror, Mystery fiction, Travel Horror, Deadly Duos, and Psychological Thriller books.

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Joe Mynhardt

Nothing stays buried this Halloween: https://getbook.at/Halloween  (Kindle & Kindle Unlimited only)



Not with 18 scary tales of flash fiction filled with Halloween goodness:
"Mummy's Boy" by Karen Bayly
"Tumshie" by William Meikle
"Arts and Crafts" by Madison McSweeney
"The Halloween House" by Sheldon Woodbury
"West Pennfield Township Newsletter, October 2021" by Tom Coombe
"I Want Candy" by Larry Hinkle
"Let the Darkness In" by Ricki Whatley
"Soul Cake" by Anthony D. Redden
"The Pumpkin Fetch" by Tom Deady
"Wishing" by Jay Bechtol
"One Parent Survives" by Wil Dalton
"Don't Eat the Candy" by Matt Bliss
"The Red Scarf" by Rhea Rose
"Shackled to the Shadows" by Richard Thomas
"Apple Tree Man" by Roxie Voorhees
"Smooth Man" by Kim Mannix
"Sleepy Hallowed" by Joseph VanBuren
"How to Create the Perfect Pumpkin" by Francesca Maria

This anthology is perfect for fans of Halloween books, flash fiction, scary stories, classic horror tropes, horror books, mystery thrillers, horror anthologies, and mystery and suspense flash fiction stories. With a bit of dark humor and candy sprinkled over the top.

Order now for only $2.99: https://getbook.at/Halloween

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Joe Mynhardt

The monsters are here: https://getbook.at/DarkTide5 (a brand new Crystal Lake Publishing release)



Monsters and monster-killers come in all shapes and sizes in this collection of three horror novellas by Glenn Rolfe, Tom Deady, and Nick Kolakowski:

IT CAME FROM THE LAKE by Glenn Rolfe: Owens Lake is protected by a reclusive war vet by the name of Francis Owens, but this man is not the only threat around. 
When Leilani runs away from the nicest foster home she's ever known, she winds up two hours north in a town called Belgrade. It isn't scary—boring, maybe—but the town appears peaceful and slow.
Quincy appreciates that serene quiet, and has his own hideaway from life in one of the empty cabins surrounding Owens Lake. He knows about Francis, but facing a crazy vet is nothing compared to his old man.
These two teens' paths cross when they discover there's something else to this particular body of water...
It Came from the Lake is the latest horror from the imagination of Glenn Rolfe, author of August's Eyes and Blood and Rain.

IN THE GLASTENBURY WOODS by Tom Deady: It was supposed to be the road trip to end all road trips. The summer of 1986, a few weeks before Dave and his two friends went their separate ways to college and the military. One last hurrah to Toronto to see Hulk Hogan and the rest of the WWF in The Big Event. It all goes wrong when they take a detour through Vermont's notorious Glastenbury Woods. There's something in the forest, and it's out for blood. But Dave has another reason for the trip, and he doesn't plan on letting anyone, or anything, get in his way.

GROUNDHOG SLAY by Nick Kolakowski: It's the summer of 1987. Around Lake Legionnaire, locals whisper tales of an unstoppable monster rampaging through the night, killing everyone in its way. But what if the monster's just trying to stop something far worse—a threat that could destroy all existence? "Groundhog Slay" shows that not all heroes wear capes: sometimes they wear creepy masks, and they're a little bit too skilled with a chainsaw...

This book is perfect for fans of monsters, slasher movies, classic horror, mystery and suspense fiction, small town horror, and thrillers.

Order Today on Kindle, paperback, hardcover, or Kindle Unlimited: https://getbook.at/DarkTide5
Add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63591680-monsters
Dark Tide newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hKVGkr

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Joe Mynhardt

Out today from Crystal Lake Publishing: https://getbook.at/ShallowWatersXmas (on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited)

Nothing stays buried under the Christmas tree this year!
Not with 18 scary tales of flash fiction filled with yuletide goodness.



Shallow Waters is an official monthly flash fiction contest hosted by Crystal Lake Publishing, with different themes each month. The best submissions every month are then posted on Crystal Lake's Patreon page (a behind the scenes community of readers and authors), where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner (you don't have to be a patron to enter). Come find Crystal Lake Publishing on Patreon to vote in future contests (or gain access to our Still Water Bay series and so much more). Be sure to check out the Shallow Waters series page here on Amazon, where you'll find volume 1 for free.

This Christmas Horror flash fiction anthology includes:
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
"Julaften Heks" by Anthony D Redden
"Welcome to the Party, Pal by William Meikle
"Santapocalypse" by Ken MacGregor
"Red Christmas" by Taylor Grant
"Mrs. Claus" by Francesca Maria
"Thirteen Fun Facts for Your Office Holiday Party" by C. C. Dockins
"Charlie-in-the-Box" by Vivian Kasley
"A Very Weird Christmas" by Madison McSweeney
"Snow Job" by Trish Wilson
"Pretty Lights" by Theresa Derwin
"Match, Wish, Girl" by Stephanie Parent
"If the Elf Moves, Kill It" by Matt Bliss
"Christmas at 19b" by Karen Bayly
"The Naughty List" by Tom Deady
"Ho, Ho, Help Me!" by Kenneth W. Cain
"Reindeer Game" by Jonathan Hyde
"Blue Christmas" by Michael Aaron Harrington
"Christlessmas" by Joseph VanBuren

This anthology is perfect for fans of Christmas Horror books, Holiday Horror, flash fiction, scary stories, classic horror tropes, horror books, mystery thrillers, horror anthologies, and mystery and suspense flash fiction stories. With a bit of dark humor and elves sprinkled over the top.

Pre-order now for only $2.99: https://getbook.at/ShallowWatersXmas

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Joe Mynhardt

Out now from Crystal Lake Publishing!

"History, trauma, and folklore intertwine in a Ukrainian immigrant's American dream in Gomel's novel.
...the novel is unquestionably an intensely creative, hard-hitting work with a suspenseful storyline and empathetic yet critical deliberations on human suffering."—Kirkus Reviews



"In Nightwood, Gomel masterfully combines the horrific elements of fairy tales with even more horrific history to create a chilling and atmospheric story that blurs the boundaries between story and reality."—Gustavo Bondoni, author of Colony, Desert Base Strike, and Outside

All fairy tales were history once.

Ally is a Ukrainian bride who married a wealthy Californian, Carl Morris. Everything is strange in her new home: the shadowy redwoods, the peculiar neighbors, and the mystery surrounding the death of Carl's first wife. But Ally is determined to leave her own tragic past behind and to be a good wife and a good American.

Escaping darkness is not so easy, however. Ally discovers that her house is situated on the borders of Nightwood, where fairy tales become nightmares and nightmares become reality. And the ruler of Nightwood has plans of his own.

When Carl is abducted by a forest monster, Ally follows him into the land where the Red, Black, and White Horsemen drag the sun in their wake. There she is taken prisoner by the ghoulish Little Mother and is forced to labor in a filthy farmyard filled with deformed human livestock. But Little Mother is not the most terrifying creature in Nightwood. The Ogre, squatting in the Castle with no Windows, is poised to invade our world. He has Carl; and he wants Ally.

Unexpectedly joined by new friends, Ally escapes to embark on a perilous journey across a dying land filled with mythical beasts and creatures from fairy tales. To save Carl, Ally will have to brave the horrors of Nightwood and uncover the shattering secret of her own identity.

Sink Beneath the Surface: https://getbook.at/Nightwood

"If Shirley Jackson and Lewis Carroll had a love child, it'd write a lot like Elana Gomel. In her mesmerizing dark fairytale, Nightwood, Gomel draws on Slavic folklore to blur the lines between horror and fantasy. Ally, a Ukrainian 'mail order bride,' ventures deep into the California redwoods and 'through the looking glass,' fighting shapeshifters, witches, ogres (and worse) in hopes of finding her husband...and herself."—Josh Schlossberg, author of Malinae, editor of The Jewish Book of Horror, and undertaker at JoshsWorstNightmare.com

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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