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Out tomorrow for only 99c (launch special ends Sunday): http://getbook.at/Distances

"Speegle works in the seams of fiction; he inhabits the twilight land between psychological horror and the supernatural." - Laird Barron

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Available in paperback, Kindle, and KU!
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Look what's on sale today and tomorrow for only 99c (lowest price it's ever been)!



Featuring in-depth articles and interviews by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard series), Clive Barker (Books of Blood), John Connolly (Charlie Parker series), Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King (IT), Christopher Golden (Ararat), Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series), Kevin J. Anderson (Tales of Dune), Craig Engler (Z Nation), and many more.

Experience it in paperback or Kindle
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UK: http://amzn.to/2hETwtc
Universal link: http://getbook.at/Nightmares1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36544568-where-nightmares-come-from
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NightmareAnthology/

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Discussion Starter #103
Huge deal!



If you join Crystal Lake Publishing's $12-a-month Patreon tier before the end of the month, you'll receive:
- Crystal Lake eBooks to the value of $20
- Every book we release going forward (for as long as you're a patron)
- Behind-the-scenes access
- Input on certain aspects we might need input with
- Advance cover reveals
- Exclusive author interviews
- Access to our monthly author workshop video

You can try it for one month and easily cancel if you're not happy.

You can also check out this blog post about supporting Speculative & Dark Fiction creators via Patreon (lots of great creators on Patreon): https://buff.ly/2nEISBH
 

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Discussion Starter #104
Out tomorrow from Gene O'Neill and Crystal Lake Publishing:



Hitch a ride with the master of setting as he blends and bends genres with science-rich, thought-provoking short stories. "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

"A maestro of the field, Gene O'Neill's stories are consistently well-executed. He writes with authority, depth, and loads of worldly and writerly experience, and delivers fascinating stuff." - Darren Speegle

Along the way you will travel to the top of Mt. George, up and down Napa Valley, through Sacramento, and into the heart of the Bay Area, to the 'Loin in San Francisco, Hotel Reo, Chapel of the Chimes, the back streets of Oakland, and other familiar dark places. The stories explore quantum entanglement, Visual Migraine Events, electro-shock treatment, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Tourette's syndrome experimentally treated with Temporary Deep Brain Stimulation. And as you read you may start to notice all these stories are connected in a way.

Includes:
-"Frozen Shadows" - Coming of age autobiographical
-"The Algernon Effect" - A transgressive love story
-"Transformations at the Inn of the Golden Pheasant" - A damaged vet describes a bizarre transformation
-"On the Right Side of the Road" - An ex-con suffering from Visual Migraine Effects may just save the world
-"Black Tar/Red Alien" - A heroin addict's confrontation with a horrific alien
-"Broken Lady" - An aging singer pays a terrible price for defending herself during a rape
-"The Shaking Man" - An ex-con receives an experimental treatment for his Tourette's Syndrome with unexpected results
-"3-Dot People" - An amnesiac man drops literally into the Tenderloin of San Francisco
-"A Faint Scent of Musky Lime" - A fan of the writer Tom Really finds himself experiencing one of Reamy's horrific stories
-"At the Lazy K" - A historic epic of a ghost plaguing a rehab clinic on an old ranch

Universal Link: http://getbook.at/FrozenShadows
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Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2FxzDMf
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38751312-frozen-shadows-and-other-chilling-stories
Webpage: http://www.crystallakepub.com/frozenshadows/

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Discussion Starter #105
Congrats to editor Doug Murano and all the BEHOLD authors on the Bram Stoker win! This is Crystal Lake Publishing's 3rd win so far, and I couldn't be prouder. Lots more to come. ;-)

If you haven't read it yet, I'd definitely recommend it: http://getbook.at/Behold

 

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Today's top Horror and SF authors pay tribute to C.H.U.D. in this anthology of original fiction. C.H.U.D. is a genre defying, cult classic film from the 80s featuring monsters living in the sewers below New York.



Pre-order now:
Universal Link: http://getbook.at/CHUD
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2ICNQIN
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2ptCJcm
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39327851-c-h-u-d-lives
Press release / Webpage: http://www.crystallakepub.com/chudlives/
Stay in touch through our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/xfuKP

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Discussion Starter #107
Thanks to my wife and every author/friend who contributed to my birthday gift, a hardcover book summarizing the first 6 years of Crystal Lake. It includes all the book covers, awards, birthday wishes from family, and some really moving personal letters from some authors I've worked with.

The last month hasn't been easy from a health/physical pov, but I'm feeling a lot more positive and motivated now. Ready for anything.

Thank you.

 

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Discussion Starter #108
I'm honored to receive the This Is Horror award for PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR 2017. This is Crystal Lake's 2nd win in this category, and, after the year I've had so far, this is a well needed boost. Thanks to everyone who voted. ;-)

And congrats to all the other winners and nominees: http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/this-is-horror-awards-2017-the-winners/
 

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Out tomorrow!

Today's top Horror and SF authors pay tribute to C.H.U.D. film in this anthology of original fiction.



C.H.U.D. is a genre defying, cult classic film featuring monsters living in the sewers below New York. The stories in this anthology expand the world created by the film and add depth to the C.H.U.D. universe like never before. From stories of apocalyptic horror and all out monster action, to tales of underground parties interrupted by uninvited guests and evening strolls that end in death, this anthology will leave you both smiling and breathless.

Relive the fear as these original stories take you beyond the movie to events that occurred before, during, and after the scenes we remember so well.

C.H.U.D. Lives! also features in-depth interviews with Andrew Bonime (producer) and Parnell Hall (screenwriter).

Relive the terror!

Lineup:
Introduction by David Drake
Interview with the late Andrew Bonime
"Dog Walker" by Robert E Waters
"The Dwellers" by Nick Cato
"The City Will Eat You Alive" by Ryan C. Thomas
"Date Night" by David Robbins
"Strange Gods" by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes
"Lost and Found" by Greg Mitchell
"They Are C.H.U.D" by Alex Laybourne
"C.H.A.D." by Michael H. Hanson
"Samsa's Party" by Ben Fisher
"The Way to a Man's Heart" by Tim Waggoner
"Dweller Messiah" by Jason White
"That's Entertainment!" by Mort Castle
"Toxic Disposal" by David Bernstein
"Monstrous Me" by Martin Powell
"Step Ate" by Chad Lutzke
"Zero Hour" by JG Faherty
"The Deuce" by Philip C. Perron
"All at Sea" by Ross Baxter
"You Will Never Leave Harlan Alive" by Jonathan Maberry and Eugene Johnson
Interview with Parnell Hall (screenwriter) by Eric S Brown

This book is dedicated in loving memory to Andrew Bonime, the producer of the C.H.U.D. film.

Experience it: http://getbook.at/CHUD
C.H.U.D. Webcomic: https://tinyurl.com/Chudonline
Official Trailer: https://youtu.be/b0MNppas9LY
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39327851-c-h-u-d-lives
Press release / Webpage: http://www.crystallakepub.com/chudlives/

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Out today from Crystal Lake Publishing and Aaron Dries!



"This taut, grisly thriller reads like a sick and twisted extreme horror SPEED. You don't know who, if anybody, will make it. Catch this bus at your own risk." - Eric Red, The Hitcher and Near Dark

Board for free. But the cost might be your life.

Local bus driver, Liz Frost, pulls the gun from her mouth and decides to live with her loneliness for one more day. She dresses, combs her hair, and goes to work. Nine souls board her route that fateful morning in rural Australia, nine souls who Liz drags back to her home against their will. She wants to build a new family from these passengers, men and women who are willing to kill to avoid becoming her kin. The bus leaves a trail of carnage in its wake as it rockets towards a house that has held its secrets for far too long, a place where crows now gather, ready to feed on whatever is left behind.

This award-winning, psychological experience is back in print, and includes the exclusive sequel The Sound of his Bones Breaking, a novella that will leave you leave you truly shaken.

"Prepare to be blown away." - Dread Central

Experience it today: http://getbook.at/HouseOfSighs
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40037614-house-of-sighs
 

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Out today from Crystal Lake Publishing and multiple award-winning poets, Marge Simon and Alessandro Manzetti!

Look in my eyes. My bronze skin reflects the flames of the battles.



I feed on bullets and shrapnel.

I have trenches instead of veins and a bombardier's whirring plays my favorite symphony inside my big head. This is my story, with some of my best camouflages and disguises, and you should expect your peace plans to fail. Because that's what I do for living.

Look at my million golden teeth necklace. Ring any bells? Maybe you're too young. I probably should have mentioned the fireworks over the Baghdad night sky, my new friend, or the live broadcast of two great skyscrapers disintegrating. You know what I'm talking about, right? So, you can call me by one of my many names: Great General, Lock-box of the Powerful, Red Rain, Lord of Steel or, more simply, WAR.

I appear as strife of many kinds, from Stalingrad to Scotland. Africa to Afghanistan, the civil war of Italy and the War Between the States, ghostly wars, drug wars, the battle of the sexes, World Wars I, II and visions of a holocaust yet to come. It's all herein and more, with poems both collaborative and individual.

"Stoker-winning authors Alessandro Manzetti and Marge Simon teamed up to produce this searing volume of dark poetry written in the blood of history's battles. With an unflinching eye that merges the lyrical and the unspeakable, the poets lead the reader into the depravity and carnage of humankind's endless wars, from a Vietnamese prostitute seeking razor-studded revenge to an Iraqui girl running home with her mother's head under her arm. Not for the faint-hearted, WAR is both unforgettable and, at times, shockingly beautiful." - Lucy Taylor

"Absolutely Loved the collection! The poetry brought tears to my eyes, made me furious, made me sad, made me feel hopeful for our futures. A very emotionally-moving collaborative collection! Words begin wars; words end them. War is horror incarnate, the utter destruction of humanity. Marge Simon and Alessandro Manzetti, two of the most brilliant poets and fiction writers working today, have collaborated on a collection simply titled War (one of the shortest yet most powerful of words), exploring centuries of a battle-scarred and -scared world. War is history versed through poetry, a beautifully-horrific dissection of humanity." - Michael Bailey, author of Palindrome Hannah, Phoenix Rose, and Psychotropic Dragon

"This powerful collection by two masterful poets has an equally strong title in three simple letters and Stefano Cardoselli's amazing interior art. The human need to dominant makes ghosts of the victims, survivors, and victors; all stuck in a perpetual march towards endless battles. No country or time, no one from unborn to elderly is spared; spanning conflicts from 1520 to the future, each graceful poem pulled deep at my heart." - Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of 'How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend' and HWA Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

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Kobo, Apple, B&N etc.: https://www.books2read.com/u/4EyM20
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40385842-war
 

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Discussion Starter #113
Massive Crystal Lake Publishing eBook sale! Includes 99c and free eBooks.


UGLY LITTLE THINGS by Todd Keisling - http://getbook.at/ULT
WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM, edited by Eugene Johnson and Joe Mynhardt - http://getbook.at/Nightmares1
VARYING DISTANCES by Darren Speegle - http://getbook.at/Distances
TWICE UPON AN APOCALYPSE, edited by Rachel Kenley and Scott T. Goudsward - http://getbook.at/TwiceUpon
WHISPERED ECHOES by Paul Olson - http://getbook.at/OlsonsEchoes
QUIET PLACES by Jasper Bark - http://getbook.at/QuietAmazon
BEATRICE BEECHAM'S CRYPTIC CRYPT by Dave Jeffery - http://getbook.at/Crypt
EMBERS by Kenneth W. Cain - http://getbook.at/CainsEmbers
WHERE THE DEAD GO TO DIE by Aaron Dries and Mark Allan Gunnells - http://getbook.at/TheHospice
EIDOLON AVENUE by Jonathan Winn - http://getbook.at/AmazonEidolon
WRITERS ON WRITING VOL.1-4 OMNIBUS - http://getbook.at/WoW

The following books are FREE until the 16th (to hopefully hook you in so you'll read more of their work):
TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.2 - getBook.at/AmazonTales2
THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY by Kevin Lucia - http://getbook.at/AmazonDarkly
NAMELESS by Mercedes M. Yardley - http://getbook.at/NamelessAmazon

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Discussion Starter #114
So excited about publishing this one tomorrow:



Let's take a ride.

Lineup:
Introduction by Brian Keene
doungjai gam & Ed Kurtz - "Crossroads of Opportunity"
Matt Hayward - "Where the Wild Winds Blow"
Joe R. Lansdale - "Not from Detroit"
Kristi DeMeester - "A Life That is Not Mine"
Robert Ford - "Mr. Hugsy"
Lisa Kroger - "Swamp Dog"
Orrin Grey - "No Exit"
Michael Bailey - "The Long White Line"
Kelli Owen - "Jim's Meats"
Bracken MacLeod - "Back Seat"
Jess Landry - "The Heart Stops at the End of Laurel Lane"
Jonathan Janz - "Titan, Tyger"
Nick Kolakowski - "Your Pound of Flesh"
Richard Thomas - "Requital"
Damien Angelica Walters - "That Pilgrims' Hands Do Touch"
Cullen Bunn - "Outrunning the End"
Christopher Buehlman - "Motel Nine"
Rachel Autumn Deering - "Dew Upon the Wing"
Josh Malerman - "Room 4 at the Haymaker"
Rio Youers - "The Widow"

Amazon: http://getbook.at/LostHighways
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40609864-lost-highways
Webpage/press release: http://www.crystallakepub.com/losthighways/

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Discussion Starter #115
Another great Crystal Lake anthology out today - http://getbook.at/TheShantyman

17 horror Stories. One legendary music venue.



We all know the old cliche: Sex, drugs and rock and roll. Now, add demons, other dimensions, monsters, revenge, human sacrifice, and a dash of the truly inexplicable. This is the story of the (fictional) San Francisco music venue, The Shantyman.

In Welcome to the Show, seventeen of today's hottest writers of horror and dark fiction come together in devilish harmony to trace The Shantyman's history from its disturbing birth through its apocalyptic encore.

Featuring stories by Brian Keene, John Skipp, Mary SanGiovanni, Robert Ford, Max Booth III, Glenn Rolfe, Matt Hayward, Bryan Smith, Matt Serafini, Kelli Owen, Jonathan Janz, Patrick Lacey, Adam Cesare, Alan M Clark, Somer Canon, Rachel Autumn Deering and Jeff Strand.

Compiled by Matt Hayward. Edited by Doug Murano.

Bring your curiosity, but leave your inhibitions at the door. The show is about to begin...

TOC:
Alan M Clark - What Sort of Rube
Jonathan Janz - Night and Day and in Between
John Skipp - In the Winter of No Love
Patrick Lacey - Wolf with Diamond Eyes
Bryan Smith - Pilgrimage
Rachel Autumn Deering - A Tongue like Fire
Glenn Rolfe - Master of Beyond
Matt Hayward - Dark Stage
Kelli Owen - Open Mic Night
Matt Serafini - Beat on the Past
Max Booth III - True Starmen
Somer Canon - Just to be Seen
Jeff Strand - Parody
Robert Ford - Ascending
Adam Cesare - The Southern Thing
Brian Keene - Running Free
Mary SanGiovanni - We Sang in Darkness

Experience it today:
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2JQMkCf
International: http://getbook.at/TheShantyman
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40725438-welcome-to-the-show

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Discussion Starter #116
Just one season can change everything.



Out tomorrow: http://getbook.at/SeasonInHell

"Kenneth W. Cain takes timely social topics and explores them against the backdrop of America's pastime. What begins as a baseball story quickly delves into something rich, deep, and dark." - Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Pretty Little Dead Girls

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Out September 14th from Crystal Lake Publishing and Tommy B. Smith - http://getbook.at/WidowsJourney



The tale of a widow's harrowing journey through grief and peril into the cold remnants of a dead world.

Damon Sharpe had in part found victory, he believed, in his battle to unearth a truth obscured by time. By autumn, he was dead, leaving to his wife Anne a house of unfulfilled wishes, remnants, and the key to the enigma of his obsession, the Mourner's Cradle.

A journey through grief and peril delivers Anne Sharpe from her home in St. Charles to the faraway skeletons of a long-dead civilization where she will find the desperate answers she seeks...or die trying.

This horror novel is perfect for fans of...
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
The Fisherman by John Langan
The Grieving Stones by Gary McMahon
Daphne du Maurier
Thomas Ligotti
Shirley Jackson
Dan Simmons

We even have a free short story for you, written by the author and set in the world of the novel. You can grab it in Mobi or ePub formats from:
Kobo: http://getbook.at/thedarkness
ePub: https://www.books2read.com/u/mgLDV0

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Out tomorrow from Kevin Lucia and Crystal Lake Publishing!



"Kevin Lucia is this generation's answer to Charles L. Grant." - Brian Keene

The things we want are so very rarely the things we need.

Clifton Heights, a modest Adirondack town, offers many unique attractions. Arcane Delights sells both paperbacks and hard-to-find limited editions. The Skylark Diner serves the best home-cooked meals around, with friendly service and a smile. Every August, Mr. Jingo's County Fair visits, to the delight of children and adults. In essence, Clifton Heights is the quintessential small American town. Everyone knows everyone else, and everyone is treated like family. It is quiet, simple, and peaceful.

But shadows linger here.

Pre-order now: http://getbook.at/ThingsYouNeed
Add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41769015-things-you-need
 

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Out this Friday from Crystal Lake Publishing - http://getbook.at/DeadReck



An emotional sampler of life on Earth as it once was.

In this collection of sixteen dark, literary tales, disparate characters and their descendants twine and interconnect throughout America from the rural seventies to the post-apocalyptic, stitching together a nefarious mosaic of experiences.

Whether delving into the exploits of a murderous police officer and a lapsing priest engaged in a battle of wills in the sun-blasted dunes of Death Valley, or an anthropologist couple sorting their infertility issues after inadvertently unleashing an Ice Age killer plague, or a mysterious ferry in the Pacific Northwest holding the darkest secrets of a private eye's final case, or a man so obsessed with touching the infinite that he eagerly volunteers for a one-way mission to preserve the final remnants of mankind, Dead Reckoning and Other Stories ultimately yields a kind of found almanac for human posterity.

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Out today from Crystal Lake Publishing: http://getbook.at/DeadStage



"The Dead Stage - the period of time between completing the working draft of a stage play and placing it with an interested party." - Dan Weatherer

Dan Weatherer, an author turned playwright, learned quickly that there are practices playwrights can implement to dramatically increase the appeal of their work.

Inside, you'll find advice that will enable you to better tailor your work to the needs of the theatre industry, without having to compromise on style, content or subject matter. Dan discusses his early mistakes, and presents the advice of notable theatre professionals including the award-winning playwright, Deborah McAndrew, noted actor Matthew Spence, and London Horror Festival producer, Kate Danbury (along with many, many more!).

You'll also be able to read several of Dan's completed stage plays, which are presented in a preferred industry format, and often contain side-notes detailing the success (and failures) of said pieces.

From budgets to set design, run-time to cast size, if you ever felt the desire to write for the stage, following the advice presented in this book will help improve your chances of pairing your script with an interested party, hopefully making The Dead Stage pass almost unnoticed.

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