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Cover Reveal – VARYING DISTANCES by Darren Speegle

Out February 9th (cover art by Ben Baldwin):

Prepare to lose yourself in the mesmerizing voice and worldview of author Darren Speegle…

“Speegle’s delicious evocation of landscape delivers the reader, quite seamlessly, from places of precisely-evoked geography into landscapes of haunting spiritual menace…”Graham Joyce

In his latest short story collection of dark, unsettling tales, Darren Speegle takes us on a journey through the textured layers of time and space. From Flower Age Ibiza, Spain to present-day war-torn Iraq, from the mysteries of America’s Deep South to those of a haunting future landscape where humans and machines are virtually indistinguishable, these stories explore what it is to be us among the varying distances.

An infamous German writer searches for the meaning of consciousness.

A future artist is forced by a cult leader to try to capture his soul in a portrait.

An American contractor working a camp gate in Iraq is confronted by incoming vehicles the likes of which he has never seen before.

A godlike being welcomes in Halloween with a special device.

A hitman tries to determine which woman among a party of three is the android, his target.

This surreal collection includes:

  • Introduction by Jeffrey Thomas
  • In the Distance, a Familiar Sound
  • The Flesh Winks While the Ghost Weeps
  • The Staging Yard
  • For Love of War
  • Balearic Moon
  • A Carousel of Faces
  • Death Paper Burn
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Amsterdam
  • That’s the Game
  • Song in a Sundress
  • A Puddle in the Wilderness
  • Nowhere

“There is much poetry in these pages. It is a major component of the original voice of Darren Speegle… And his dialogue? Throughout, it sings, and scintillates. It’s one of his strongest virtues.”Jeffrey Thomas

Darren Speegle
Varying Distances
The Third Twin

The Third Twin

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Some things should never be bred…

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  Crystal Lake Publishing   Jan 29, 2018   Blog   0 Comment Read More

The Deep End interview…with Eric S. Brown


Joe: Before we dive into your backstory, tell us a bit about your upcoming release?

Eric: Beyond Night is a very special book to me. Not only did I get to work with Shrews, whom I have known for years, it’s my first ROMAN book. Growing up a David Drake fan and reading books like Ranks of Bronze, Killer, and others, I had always wanted to write a novel in that time period and thanks to Shrews, I have finally been able to do that.

Joe: Tell us a bit (or a lot) more about your childhood. Primary school, High school, etc. How do you think your experiences benefited or influenced your career?

Eric: I’ve been a geek basically since I was born. I started collecting comics at age 4 and that led into loving SF and horror, as well. It was reading things like Weird War Tales and the works of Lovecraft that made me want to be a writer. Reading David Drake’s work though was what taught me how. No one can write action like Dave does.

Joe: Can you recall a moment where you had to choose between being an author/artist and another career? A decisive moment where you decided to go all out?

Eric: No. I never had that moment. It was the second grade when I first just said, I am going to be a writer someday but I was 26 when I sold my first story. Up until then it had only been a dream. My wife forced me to start sending out my work when we got married and two different magazines accepted that first story I sent out at the same time. I let the larger one have it and wrote another story for the other magazine which they took without hesitation. I became a full time writer by day when Simon and Schuster asked for the rights to War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts, and Zombies. That advance gave me the money in the bank to focus much more on writing. Writing has been my full time job ever since.

Joe: How did you respond to your very first success as an author? Was it just rewarding, or did it motivate you even more? Or, did it perhaps feel underwhelmed, which motivated you to even greater heights?

Eric: Writing is a marathon not a sprint and one has to realize that. Each success leads into the next one. Even after a deal with Simon and Schuster, several movies adapted from my work, and even Takeshobo, Japan’s largest publisher, picking up the rights to re-release Kaiju Apocalypse over there, I still don’t think of myself as successful. As long as I can pay the bills with money left over to buy comics, I am happy and that’s enough for me.

Joe: How has your career as an author affected relationships with friends and family?

Eric: Not really. My friends and family think some of the things I get to do are “cool” but it’s not a big thing in our relationships.

Joe: Which author most influenced your early career? And who still does?

Eric: David Drake made me the writer I am. No question about that. However, Bill Mantlo (The Micronauts, Rom), David Robbins (Endworld), and Chuck Dixon (Alien Legion) have also greatly influenced me, as well.

Joe: Instead of just focusing on your most successful work, which story are you the proudest of, a story that managed to capture a piece of who you are?

Eric: Bigfoot War. I think sometimes it represents the high point of my writing career. That book I wrote solely for the FUN of it and to escape all the zombie apocalypse stuff I was writing during that time. It changed my life with the success it had from spawning nearly a dozen sequels, its own fanzine, and a studio-produced movie that was carried around the world in stores like Walmart, etc.

Joe: How do you feel when you don’t make your target words for the day?

Eric: Like I’ve finished a decent day’s work.

Joe: What do you do to distract you enough to actually relax a bit? Or do you always think about writing?

Eric: I collect comics. Always have. I couldn’t imagine my life without Wonder Woman, Daredevil, the Flash, etc. I am also an avid comic reader and have been since I was 4 years old.

Joe: What is your life-long goal as an author?

Eric: To one day write the comics I loved so much growing up as a kid and still love as an adult even now. I doubt I’ll ever get the chance to but that’s the dream.

Eric S. Brown
Fear the Reaper
Beyond Night

Beyond Night

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An Epic Fantasy tale of action, adventure, heroism, horror and sorcery…

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  Crystal Lake Publishing   Jan 25, 2018   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Cover Reveal – BEYOND NIGHT – Lovecraftian Epic Fantasy

Coming January 26th!

An Epic Fantasy tale of action, adventure, heroism, horror and sorcery…

Beyond Night is Dark Fantasy Horror novel that pulls back the veil of nearly two thousand years of jaded history. Come trod in the bloody footprints left by monsters, soldiers and wizards and behold what lies hidden Beyond Night itself.

It’s Bigfoot War mixed with Lovecraftian horror on the edge of the Roman Empire.

How could Rome lose a Legion? What could’ve happened to blot out the existence of over five thousand men not only from history but the Earth itself?

As the Legion moves north to engage the forces of Pictdom, a dark horror emerges from the bowels of the Earth. Thought to be random attacks by hulking monsters, Decurion August soon learns a dire truth, that these bloody events are directed by opposing the wizards of the Picts. While one side assembles all tribes in a confederated army to battle the Legion, the other pulls these Greyman beasts from the depths of the Earth.

August fights not only these creatures and workers of magicks, but internal passions in the Legion itself.

Can he discover a way to survive the enormous bloodletting about to take place that will only serve to satisfy the wizards of Pictdom?

Fans of David Gemmell will lap up this earthy, brutal fantasy.”William Meikle, The Ghost Club

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

  Crystal Lake Publishing   Jan 18, 2018   Blog   0 Comment Read More

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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Twice Upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales
Samurai and Other Stories

Samurai and Other Stories

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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

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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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  Crystal Lake Publishing   Dec 09, 2017   Blog   0 Comment Read More

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

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  Crystal Lake Publishing   Dec 06, 2017   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Out now – WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM

WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM

THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN THE HORROR GENRE

Where Nightmares Come From full cover

Book one in Crystal Lake Publishing’s The Dream Weaver series, Where Nightmares Come From focuses on the art of storytelling in the Horror genre, taking an idea from conception to reality—whether you prefer short stories, novels, films, or comics.

Featuring in-depth articles and interviews by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard series), Clive Barker (Books of Blood), John Connolly (Charlie Parker series), Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King (IT), Christopher Golden (Ararat), Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series), Kevin J. Anderson (Tales of Dune), Craig Engler (Z Nation), and many more.

The full non-fiction anthology lineup includes:

  • Introduction by William F. Nolan
  • IT’S THE STORY TELLER by Joe R. Lansdale
  • A-Z OF HORROR of Clive Barker
  • WHY HORROR? by Mark Alan Miller
  • PIXELATED SHADOWS by Michael Paul Gonzalez
  • LIKE CURSES by Ray Garton
  • HOW TO GET YOUR SCARE ON by S.G. Browne
  • STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES by Richard Thomas
  • HORROR IS A STATE OF MIND by Tim Waggoner
  • BRINGING AN IDEA TO LIFE by Mercedes M. Yardley
  • THE PROCESS OF A TALE by Ramsey Campbell
  • GREAT HORROR IS SOMETHING ALIEN by Michael Bailey
  • A HORRIFICALLY HAPPY MEDIUM by Taylor Grant
  • INTERVIEW WITH JOHN CONNOLLY by Marie O’Regan
  • THE STORY OF A STORY by Mort Castle
  • WRITING ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW with Christopher Golden, Kevin J. Anderson, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • HOW I SPENT MY CHILDHOOD LOOKING FOR MONSTERS AND FOUND POETRY INSTEAD by Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • BITS AND PIECES INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN MABERRY by Eugene Johnson
  • THE REEL CREEPS by Lisa Morton
  • THE MONSTER SQUAD by Jess Landry
  • WHAT SCARES YOU by Marv Wolfman
  • PLAYING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S HAUNTED HOUSE by Elizabeth Massie
  • CREATING MAGIC FROM A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER: Del Howison interviews Tom Holland, Amber Benson, Fred Dekker, and Kevin Tenney
  • Z NATION: HOW SYFY’S HIT SHOW CAME TO LIFE by Craig Engler
  • LIFE IMITATING ART IMITATING LIFE: FILM AND ITS INFLUENCE ON REALITY by Jason V Brock
  • WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM by Paul Moore
  • STEPHEN KING AND RICHARD CHIZMAR DISCUSS COLLABORATING by Bev Vincent
  • CHARLAINE HARRIS DISCUSSES STORYTELLING by Eugene Johnson
  • WHAT NOW? by John Palisano

This collection is perfect for…

  • writers of all genres
  • authors looking for motivation and/or inspiration
  • authors seeking guidance
  • struggling authors searching for career advice
  • authors interested in improving their craft
  • writers interested in comics
  • authors looking into screenwriting and films
  • horror fans in general
  • those looking to better understand the different story formats
  • authors planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
  • artists trying to establish a name brand
  • authors looking to get published

Come listen to the legends…

Cover design by Luke Spooner. Edited by Joe Mynhardt & Eugene Johnson.

Brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.

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  Crystal Lake Publishing   Nov 17, 2017   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Out now – TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.4

The legend continues with the TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.4: THE HORROR ANTHOLOGY

Tales from The Lake Vol.4 book cover

Twenty-four heart-rending tales with elements of terror, mystery, and a nightmarish darkness that knows no end.

Welcome to my lake. Welcome to where dreams and hope are illusions…and pain is God.

In the spirit of popular Dark Fiction and Horror anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and the best of Stephen King’s short fiction, comes Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from The Lake anthologies.

This fourth volume of Speculative Fiction contains the following short stories:

  • Jennifer Loring – When the Dead Come Home
  • Joe R. Lansdale – The Folding Man
  • Kealan Patrick Burke – Go Warily After Dark
  • T. E. Grau – To the Hills
  • Damien Angelica Walters – Everything Hurts, Until it Doesn’t
  • Sheldon Higdon – Drowning in Sorrow
  • Max Booth III – Whenever You Exhale, I Inhale
  • Bruce Golden – The Withering
  • JG Faherty – Grave Secrets
  • Hunter Liguore – End of the Hall
  • David Dunwoody – Snowmen
  • Timothy G. Arsenault – Pieces of Me
  • Maria Alexander – Neighborhood Watchers
  • Timothy Johnson – The Story of Jessie and Me
  • Michael Bailey – I will be the Reflection Until the End
  • E.E. King – The Honeymoon’s Over
  • Darren Speegle – Song in a Sundress
  • Cynthia Ward – Weighing In
  • Michael Haynes – Reliving the Past
  • Leigh M. Lane – The Long Haul
  • Mark Cassell – Dust Devils
  • Del Howison – Liminality
  • Gene O’Neill – The Gardener
  • Jeff Cercone – Condo by the Lake

With an introduction by editor Ben Eads. Cover art by Ben Baldwin.

Experience great fiction today in paperback or Kindle on Amazon.

Remember to add it on Goodreads (and leave a review if you like it).

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

Tales from the Lake: Volume 1

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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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  Crystal Lake Publishing   Oct 27, 2017   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Out now – QUIET PLACES by Jasper Bark

 

Out today – a brand new Jasper Bark novella…

In the quiet of the forest, the darkest fears are born.

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The people of Dunballan, harbour a dark secret. A secret more terrible than the Beast that stalks the dense forests of Dunballan. A secret that holds David McCavendish, last in a long line of Lairds, in its unbreakable grip.

It’s down to Sally, David’s lover, to free David from the sinister clutches of the Beast. But, with the whole town against her, she must ally herself with an ancient woodland force and trace Dunballan’s secret back to its bitter origins. Those origins lie within the McCavendish family history, and a blasphemous heresy that stretches back to the beginning of time. Some truths are too terrible to face, and the darkest of these lie waiting for Sally, in the Quiet Places.

Quiet Places is folk horror at its most cosmic and terrifying. Blending folklore with psychological terror, it contains stories within stories, each one leading to revelations more unsettling than the last. Revelations that will change the way you view your place in the cosmos, and haunt you, relentlessly, long after you have put down this book.

Quiet Places is a novella in the Heresy Series story cycle and has been substantially rewritten and revised for this edition.

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Quiet Places by Jasper Bark

Quiet Places by Jasper Bark

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In the quiet of the forest, the darkest fears are born.

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Writers on Writing Volume 1-4 Omnibus: An Author’s Guide
Run to Ground

Run to Ground

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Jim Mcleod is on the run.

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The Final Cut

The Final Cut

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Some stories capture the imagination, others will be the death of you.

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Stuck on You and Other Prime Cuts

Stuck on You and Other Prime Cuts

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A word of caution gentle reader, these tales will take you places you’ve never been before and may never dare revisit.

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Stuck on You

Stuck on You

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Cheating husband Ricardo could never keep it in his pants, and now it’s stuck in the worst possible place . His Mexican road trip becomes a nightmare straight out of urban legend when he agrees to take the wrong woman back over the border. A bolt of lightning sees him fused to his fellow cheater on a detour into the backwoods. Now he’s fighting wild beasts and raw nature just to stay alive in this dark comedy romance that blends erotic horror with black humour and extreme splatter.

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For the Night is Dark

For the Night is Dark

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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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  Crystal Lake Publishing   Sep 29, 2017   Blog   0 Comment Read More

TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.4 cover reveal!

Coming this Halloween:

Tales from The Lake Vol.4 book cover

Joe R. Lansdale, The Folding Man.

Jennifer Loring, When the Dead Come Home.

Kealan Patrick Burke, Go Warily After Dark.

E. Grau, To the Hills.

Damien Angelica Walters, Everything Hurts, Until it Doesn’t.

Sheldon Higdon, Drowning in Sorrow.

Max Booth III, Whenever You Exhale, I Inhale.

Bruce Golden, The Withering.

JG Faherty, Grave Secrets.

Hunter Liguore, End of the Hall.

David Dunwoody, Snowmen.

Timothy G. Arsenault, Pieces of Me.

Maria Alexander, Neighborhood Watchers.

Timothy Johnson, The Story of Jessie and Me.

Michael Bailey, I will be the Reflection Until the End.

E.E. King, The Honeymoon’s Over.

Darren Speegle, Song in a Sundress.

Cynthia Ward, Weighing In.

Michael Haynes, Reliving the Past.

Leigh M. Lane, The Long Haul.

Mark Cassell, Dust Devils.

Del Howison, Liminality.

Gene O’ Neill, The Gardener.

Jeff Cercone, Condo by the Lake.

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

Tales from the Lake: Volume 1

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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

 

 

  Crystal Lake Publishing   Sep 25, 2017   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Out today! UGLY LITTLE THINGS by Todd Keisling

 

THIS IS GOING TO HURT

The eleven stories in Ugly Little Things explore the depths of human suffering and ugliness, charting a course to the dark, horrific heart of the human condition. The terrors of everyday existence are laid bare in this eerie collection of short fiction from the twisted mind of Todd Keisling, author of the critically-acclaimed novels A Life Transparent and The Liminal Man.

Ugly Little Things wraparound cover art by Ben Baldwin

With an introduction by Bram Stoker Award-winner Mercedes M. Yardley and illustrations by Luke Spooner, Ugly Little Things will be your atlas, guiding you along a lonely road of sorrow, loss, and regret. This is going to hurt—and you’re going to like it.

“Todd Keisling is a born storyteller, drawing the reader into artfully constructed narratives that scout the darker end of the literary spectrum with skill and bravado.  A pleasure to read, his stories linger well after the last page has been turned.  Excellent stuff.” – John Langan, author of The Fisherman

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It’s Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares To Life
Ugly Little Things: Collected Horrors

Ugly Little Things: Collected Horrors

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This is going to hurt.

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The Final Reconciliation

The Final Reconciliation

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Take off your mask.

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Writers on Writing Volume 1-4 Omnibus: An Author’s Guide
Writers on Writing: Volume 1

  Crystal Lake Publishing   Sep 15, 2017   Blog   0 Comment Read More