“Crystal Lake are good people doing fine work. Always worth watching for their latest.”

Jack Ketchum
Author of The Girl Next Door and Off Season

What's new at Crystal Lake Publishing - Tales from the Darkest Depths

  • Pre-order now available for Mark Sheldon's Sarah Killian 2: The Mullets of Madness!
  • Congrats to Jess Landry, Eugene Johnson and our very own Joe Mynhardt on their Bram Stoker Award wins!
  • Bracken Macleod's "Back Seat" short story (from our Lost Highways anthology) has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award!
  • Authors, be sure to join our Authors on the Go tier our Patreon page for weekly writing challenges/exercises (and so much more!).
  • New Release: Book Haven and Other Curiosities by Mark Allan Gunnells
  • We are now closed for novella subs.
  • Paul F. Olson's Whispered Echoes is now available on audiobook as well as paperback and Kindle.
  • We have a new Crystal Lake Shorts eBook out! You can now read Patrick Rutigliano's Flash Frost for free on Kindle or ePub.
  • We are now posting flash fiction stories on our Patreon page almost daily. Patrons vote for their favorite stories. Authors, keep an eye on our social media posts for these monthly writing challenges.

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Our Latest Release:


“Mark Allan Gunnells is one of our best short story writers, and this book continues that tradition. I loved reading this collection!”—John R. Little, author of MirandaThe Memory Tree, and The Murder of Jesus Christ

Out July 5th:

Out July 19th:

Tales from the Darkest Depths

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

Crystal Lake Publishing puts integrity, honor, and respect at the forefront of our publishing 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 we are), 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 to you worlds within your world, doors within your mind, from talented authors who sacrifice so much for a moment of your time. You, the reader, is what it's all about.

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

Welcome to Crystal Lake Publishing - Tales from the Darkest Depths.

Kealan Patrick Burke

"One look at Crystal Lake's track record (as well as the stellar titles in their forthcoming lineup) and you know they're the real deal. CLP are here to stay and for the ultimate horror fan, that's a reason to rejoice!"

Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY, KIN, and SOUR CANDY
Adrian Shotbolt

“Crystal Lake Publishing is one of genre fictions leading lights. With a superb roster of authors and an incredible catalogue of books, their releases never disappoint. Their stunning artwork, editing and presentation is second to none."

Adrian Shotbolt, The Grim Reader
Jack Ketchum

“Crystal Lake are good people doing fine work. Always worth watching for their latest.”

Jack Ketchum, Author of The Girl Next Door and Off Season