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Today’s top Horror and SF authors pay tribute to C.H.U.D. in this anthology of original fiction.

C.H.U.D. Lives book cover

C.H.U.D. is a genre defying, cult classic film featuring monsters living in the sewers below New York. The stories in this anthology expand the world created by the film and add depth to the C.H.U.D. universe like never before. From stories of apocalyptic horror and all out monster action, to tales of underground parties interrupted by uninvited guests and evening strolls that end in death, this anthology will leave you both smiling and breathless.

Relive the fear as these original stories take you beyond the movie to events that occurred before, during, and after the scenes we remember so well.

Includes C.H.U.D. related stories by Jonathan Maberry, Tim Waggoner, JG Faherty, Mort Castle, Michael H. Hanson, Martin Powell, Ben Fisher, Jason White, Chad Lutzke, Ross Baxter, Philip C Perron, David Bernstein, Nick Cato, Alex Laybourne, Christopher Fulbright, Angeline Hawkes, David Robbins, Robert Waters, Greg Mitchell, Ryan C. Thomas, and Eugene Johnson.

With an introduction by David Drake. Compiled by Eric S. Brown.

C.H.U.D. Lives! also features in-depth interviews with Andrew Bonime (producer) and Parnell Hall (screenwriter), as well as never before seen behind-the-scenes photos from the classic 80s horror film.


  • Introduction by David Drake
  • Interview with the late Andrew Bonime
  • “Dog Walker” by Robert E Waters
  • “The Dwellers” by Nick Cato
  • “The City Will Eat You Alive” by Ryan C. Thomas
  • “Date Night” by David Robbins
  • “Strange Gods” by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes
  • “Lost and Found” by Greg Mitchell
  • “They Are C.H.U.D” by Alex Laybourne
  • “C.H.A.D.” by Michael H. Hanson
  • “Samsa’s Party” by Ben Fisher
  • “The Way to a Man’s Heart” by Tim Waggoner
  • “Dweller Messiah” by Jason White
  • “That’s Entertainment!” by Mort Castle
  • “Toxic Disposal” by David Bernstein
  • “Monstrous Me” by Martin Powell
  • “Step Ate” by Chad Lutzke
  • “Zero Hour” by JG Faherty
  • “The Deuce” by Philip C. Perron
  • “All at Sea” by Ross Baxter
  • “You Will Never Leave Harlan Alive” by Jonathan Maberry and Eugene Johnson
  • Interview with Parnell Hall (screenwriter) by Eric S Brown

This book is dedicated in loving memory to Andrew Bonime, the producer of the C.H.U.D. film.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.

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  Crystal Lake Publishing   Apr 27, 2018   Blog   0 Comment Read More

C.H.U.D. interview with editor Dennis O’Connor

Q: Tell us about your involvement in the C.H.U.D. movie, and working with Claire Simpson…

Dennis O’Connor: Claire and her editing staff were great to work with. I came on to help with some scenes and make the schedule. Claire was a pleasure.

Q: Which scene was the hardest to get right during the editing stage?

Dennis: The parallel editing of every character at the end was the most challenging because where to leave them and leave the audience hanging was the toughest overall.

Q: Which scene from the movie is your favorite?

Dennis: Again I haven’t seen it in years but anything with Daniel Stern was my favorite. He was always adding neurotic moments when a CHUD was on the screen.

Q: Looking back, would you have changed anything?

Dennis: No not really, but there was the scene where a CHUD came up on a store freight elevator on the sidewalk and I feel we never nailed the best scare. To see the CHUD or just have the people on the street react. To be honest they looked better when not that well lit.

Q: Did you get to meet John Heard or any of the actors, directors, etc?

Dennis: Yes, I knew John before working on the film; we were acquaintances at the Cafe Central, which was a NYC star hangout. Stern I met and he was as friendly as can be. But allow me to say that whenever an actor meets the editor of a film they’re in, they are always friendly and some not so after they see your work and then say, “You didn’t use my best takes.” That’s their opinion.

Q: What was your favorite moment about the entire experience?

Dennis: Working with the whole editorial staff really.

Q: What are you doing these days?

Dennis: Semi retired editor, I’m waiting on a script by Second City Chicago, a comedy about an all girl band, The Girls of Summer. I’m also a working voice actor in animated features, Turtle Tale 2: Escape from Paradise and The Wild Life. I do lots of different voices and accents.

Overall the short time I was there helping was a great time. Cutting rooms can sometimes be not so great if you’re trying to make a bad picture good or the best it can be.

  Crystal Lake Publishing   Apr 17, 2018   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Cover reveal for Aaron Dries’ HOUSE OF SIGHS and novella sequel

Aaron Dries’ novel, which includes the sequel novella, will be out May 11th. Artwork by Ben Baldwin.

House of Sighs book cover

This award-winning, psychological experience is back in print, and includes the exclusive sequel The Sound of his Bones Breaking, a novella that will leave you leave you truly shaken.

“This taut, grisly thriller reads like a sick and twisted extreme horror SPEED. You don’t know who, if anybody, will make it. Catch this bus at your own risk.”Eric Red, The Hitcher and Near Dark 

Board for free. But the cost might be your life.

Local bus driver, Liz Frost, pulls the gun from her mouth and decides to live with her loneliness for one more day. She dresses, combs her hair, and goes to work. Nine souls board her route that fateful morning in rural Australia, nine souls who Liz drags back to her home against their will. She wants to build a new family from these passengers, men and women who are willing to kill to avoid becoming her kin. The bus leaves a trail of carnage in its wake as it rockets towards a house that has held its secrets for far too long, a place where crows now gather, ready to feed on whatever is left behind.

“Prepare to be blown away.”Dread Central

  Crystal Lake Publishing   Apr 16, 2018   Blog   0 Comment Read More