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With unmatched success since 2012, Crystal Lake Publishing has quickly become one of the world’s leading indie publishers of Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense books with a Dark Fiction edge.

Crystal Lake Publishing puts integrity, honor, and respect at the forefront of our operations.

We strive for each book and outreach program that’s launched to not only entertain and touch or comment on issues that affect our readers, but also to strengthen and support the Dark Fiction field and its authors.

Not only do we publish authors who are destined to be legends in the field (and as hardworking as us), but we also look for men and women who care about their readers and fellow human beings. We only publish the very best Dark Fiction and look forward to launching many new careers.

We strive to know each and every one of our readers, while building personal relationships with our authors, reviewers, bloggers, pod-casters, bookstores and libraries.

Crystal Lake Publishing is and will always be a beacon of what passion and dedication, combined with overwhelming teamwork and respect, can accomplish: unique fiction you can’t find anywhere else.

We do not just publish books, we present you worlds within your world, doors within your mind, from talented authors who sacrifice so much for a moment of your time.

This is what we believe in. What we stand for. This will be our legacy.

Welcome to Crystal Lake Publishing.




News Updates:

Don't miss our interview with Richard Thomas about his Gamut Magazine Kickstarter.

Mercedes M. Yardley appeared on The Arm Cast Podcast.

Mark Allan Gunnells takes a drink on the Drinking with Jason podcast.

Patrick Rutigliano's Wind Chill is now available.

Crystal Lake Publishing is now a proud sponsor of The Darkness Dwells Podcast.

Jonathan Winn's Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast is now available.

Be sure to read Mercedes M. Yardley's The Deep End post. You can read the first 500 words of her Little Dead Red novella for free.

Crystal Lake Publishing will publish Richard Thomas' Tribulations in paperback later this year.

Horror 201: The Silver Scream paperback is now available.

Mercedes M. Yardley's Little Dead Red is now available in Kindle format from Amazon.

Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman join the line-up for Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, out later this year.

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Book of the Month: 

 “…filled with a sense of creeping dread and claustrophobic paranoia that grabs you and won't let go.” – Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews

“Priory is a well-conceived setting and the five writers do a very good job of fleshing it out.” – The Examiner

“Each author so perfectly captures the atmosphere the others set out to achieve, that it’s difficult to remember this was written by more than one person.” – Zero Signal Magazine

Be forewarned, once you’ve entered the gates with the rather odd sea creature upon them, you’ll find yourself trapped until the final page releases the lock. Even then, shadowy tentacles will follow you throughout the remainder of your days… whispering eternally of the horrors below.” – Naomi DeBruyn – Linear Reflections

“I can only hope that we have not seen the last of Priory and, if the quality of fiction in this book is any indication, I think there is much more to come. I know that I will be there.” – The Examiner





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