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Out now – THE GHOST CLUB by William Meikle

Out now from William Meikle and Crystal Lake Publishing – THE GHOST CLUB: NEWLY FOUND TALES OF VICTORIAN TERROR

“Masters of literature spin classic spooky tales in this chilling collection.”Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

The Ghost Club full cover by Ben Baldwin

Writers never really die; their stories live on, to be found again, to be told again, to scare again.

In Victorian London, a select group of writers, led by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Henry James held an informal dining club, the price of entry to which was the telling of a story by each invited guest.

These are their stories, containing tales of revenant loved ones, lost cities, weird science, spectral appearances and mysteries in the fog of the old city, all told by some of the foremost writers of the day. In here you’ll find Verne and Wells, Tolstoy and Checkov, Stevenson and Oliphant, Kipling, Twain, Haggard and Blavatsky alongside their hosts.

Come, join us for dinner and a story:

  • Robert Louis Stevenson – Wee Davie Makes a Friend
  • Rudyard Kipling – The High Bungalow
  • Leo Tolstoy – The Immortal Memory
  • Bram Stoker – The House of the Dead
  • Mark Twain – Once a Jackass
  • Herbert George Wells – Farside
  • Margaret Oliphant – To the Manor Born
  • Oscar Wilde – The Angry Ghost
  • Henry Rider Haggard – The Black Ziggurat
  • Helena P Blavatsky – Born of Ether
  • Henry James – The Scrimshaw Set
  • Anton Checkov – At the Molenzki Junction
  • Jules Verne – To the Moon and Beyond
  • Arthur Conan Doyle – The Curious Affair on the Embankment

“William Meikle has an uncanny talent capturing the style of so many great authors of yesteryear. The Ghost Club superbly demonstrates that talent again.”Simon Clark, author of the award winning The Night of the Triffids

“William Meikle is an audacious writer! In The Ghost Club he takes on the personalities of literary icons Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and the like and creates stories they might have told, mimicking their voices and writing styles.  And he makes that work!  I have too many favorites to name but as I read from start to finish, the stories just got better and better and I found myself as absorbed as if I were reading spooky tales told by these master storytellers.  Kudos to Meikle!  Lovers of traditional and quirky ghost stories need The Ghost Club in their library!”Nancy Kilpatrick, Revenge of the Vampir King & Sacrifice of the Hybrid Princess

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William Meikle
The Ghost Club
Twice Upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales
Samurai and Other Stories

Samurai and Other Stories

Genre: Collection

No one can handle Scottish folklore with elements of the darkest horror, science fiction and fantasy, suspense and adventure like William Meikle.

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For the Night is Dark

For the Night is Dark


Darkness, our most primitive fear since shadows first moved.

The Dark is coming!

Call your friends. No one should wander through the dark alone.

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Tales from The Lake Vol.5 authors

After 715 submissions, we are happy to announce the names of those who have been accepted into TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.5 – out Halloween, 2018:

Gemma Files, Lucy A. Snyder, Gene O’Neill, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Allison Pang, Craig Wallwork, Paul Michael Anderson, Bruce Boston, Andi Rawson, Samuel Marzioli, Joanna Parypinski, Lane Waldman, Peter Mark May, Meghan Arcuri, Jason Sizemore, Robert Stahl, Marge Simon, Laura Blackwell, Lucy Taylor, Jonah Buck, Cory Cone, Michelle Ann King, and one more (huge) mystery guest (who’ll be announced next year).

Tales from the Lake
Tales from the Lake: Volume 5
Tales from the Lake: Volume 1

Tales from the Lake: Volume 1


Dive into fourteen tales of horror, with short stories and dark poems by some of the best horror writers in the world.

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Tales from the Lake: Volume 2
Tales from the Lake: Volume 3
Tales from the Lake: Volume 4

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