Since its founding in 2012, Crystal Lake’s authors, books, artists, and editors have walked away with 51 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.
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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, Owner, Editor, Publisher
Joe Mynhardt is a Bram Stoker Award-winning South African publisher, editor, and mentor. Joe founded Crystal Lake Publishing in August of 2012 while teaching primary school. He became a full time publisher and work-from-home-dad in 2016.
Business Development Manager
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.
Division Manager / Editor-in-Chief / Public Liaison / Mentor
Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of the Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, The Night Weaver, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.
NACHING T. KASSA
Naching T. Kassa is a wife, mother, and horror writer. She lives in Eastern Washington State with her husband Dan Kassa and their three children. Naching is a member of the Horror Writers Association, an assistant at Crystal Lake Publishing, and Head of Publishing at HorrorAddicts.net.
Ben Baldwin works with traditional and digital media and had won several awards for his art. He has been published around the world and has produced book covers for many writers including Stephen King, Clive Barker and Joe Lansdale. He lives and works in Sussex with his partner and two sons.
Lori Michelle is the co-owner of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and the editor-in-chief of Dark Moon Digest magazine. She formats books for several publishers and freelancers. In the evening, she is Ms. Lori, dance teacher extraordinaire. She lives in San Antonio with her life partner, son, and two dogs. www.theauthorsalley.com
Paula hails from the Chicagoland area. She is known as the weird grandma to her nine grandkids. She and her dog TwoFace have earned the nickname grave walkers since they can be found most morns exploring the local cemeteries. Being of Mexican descent, Día de Muertos is her favorite holiday!
Guy Medley is the author of short fiction in a variety of genres, though dark horror seems to be his sweet spot. He writes mostly to entertain himself and his friends. Guy lives in the solitude of California’s Mojave Desert, where the extreme heat has, without doubt, affected his mind.
Jasper Bark is infectious—and there’s no known cure. There’s no itching or unfortunate rashes, but you’ll become obsessed with his books, from the award winning collections Dead Air and Stuck on You and Other Prime Cuts, to cult novels like The Final Cut and acclaimed graphic novels such as Bloodfellas and Beyond Lovecraft.
Luke Spooner / Carrion House is an artist and illustrator from the South East of England. He has produced bespoke illustrations for the following Crystal Lake Publishing Titles: Gutted, Behold, Where the Dead Go to Die, and Ugly Little Things.
"Write On" interviews
Theresa Derwin writes Horror & comedy. She has over fifty anthology acceptances and is in her final year MA Creative Writing. She’s published four collections, edited over nine anthologies. Her forthcoming books include ‘God’s Vengeance’ from CLP. She is the 2019 HWA Mary Shelley Scholarship recipient. Follow her on:
Ben’s short fiction has appeared in magazines or anthologies by: Crystal Lake Publishing, Shroud Magazine, and Seventh Star Press. His first novella, Cracked Sky, was published in 2015 by the Bram Stoker Award® Winning press Omnium Gatherum. His latest book, Hollow Heart, is now available from Crystal Lake Publishing.
Shortly after his Fulbright teaching grant, Frank Cernik switched from editing literary magazines to developing novels. Since then, he has worked with independent authors in every genre from workplace comedy to space opera to medical suspense and horror. The two things he wants now are to strengthen literary communities and a sweet ghost tattoo.
STEPHANIE M. WYTOVICH
Stephanie M. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State University and Point Park University, and a mentor with Crystal Lake Publishing. Her Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection, Brothel, earned a home with Raw Dog Screaming Press. Her debut novel, The Eighth, is published with Dark Regions Press.