Since its founding in 2012, Crystal Lake’s authors, books, artists, and editors have walked away with 58 prestigious awards and nominations from institutions like The Bram Stoker Awards (including the HWA’s Specialty Press award), Shirley Jackson Awards, This Is Horror, and Imadjinn Awards. That’s quality guaranteed.
“It’s always a pleasure working with Crystal Lake, an independent press whose professionalism mirrors the high quality of their work. If you’re looking for an independent press at the top of their game, then congratulations you’ve just found them—long live Crystal Lake.”
Michael David Wilson, This Is Horror
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“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
Who we are
Founder & CEO
Joe Mynhardt is a Bram Stoker Award-winning South African publisher, editor, and mentor. Joe founded Crystal Lake in August of 2012, which quickly grew into Crystal Lake Entertainment. Joe is now the CEO.
Managing Director and Publisher
Jaco lives a quiet life in Bloemfontein, South Africa with his two bunnies. Jaco is an experienced retail regional manager and tech guru who loves books, television series, and people with a dark sense of humor.
NACHING T. KASSA
Naching T. Kassa is a wife, mother, and writer. She is Head of Talent Relations at Crystal Lake Publishing and a proud member of the Horror Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association and several Sherlock Holmes scions.
Crystal Lake Comics
James Aquilone is the owner of Monstrous Books, writer of the Dead Jack, Zombie Detective series, and editor of the anthologies Classic Monsters Unleashed, Shakespeare Unleashed, and the 50th anniversary Kolchak: The Night Stalker graphic novel. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel and two Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.
Amanda Worthington is an Elgin-nominated horror writer and dark poet based in Kansas City, Missouri. She founded the Missouri/Kansas chapter of the HWA and currently serves as Chair. She also writes the weekly column Liminal Waystation for Space and Time.
Hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada, A.F. Stewart is an author of all things dark and stabby, trailing a long list of novels, novellas, and story collections, as well as poetry. In addition, she is an interviewer, having hosted the shows Between the Pages Book Chat and Words That Kill.
Kenneth W. Cain
Torrid Waters imprint / Publisher
An author of horror/dark fiction and freelance editor, Kenneth W. Cain is a member of the HWA and the SFWA. He has had over one hundred short stories published, as well as thirteen novels/novellas, and he has edited ten anthologies. You can find his full publishing history at kennethwcain.com.