Multi Award-winning author Gene O'Neill unleashes his Frozen Shadows and Other Chilling Stories collection - launches March 2nd in paperback and Kindle from Crystal Lake Publishing


Hitch a ride with the master of setting as he blends and bends genres with science-rich, thought-provoking short stories. “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

“A maestro of the field, Gene O'Neill's stories are consistently well-executed. He writes with authority, depth, and loads of worldly and writerly experience, and delivers fascinating stuff.” – Darren Speegle

Along the way you will travel to the top of Mt. George, up and down Napa Valley, through Sacramento, and into the heart of the Bay Area, to the ‘Loin in San Francisco, Hotel Reo, Chapel of the Chimes, the back streets of Oakland, and other familiar dark places. The stories explore quantum entanglement, Visual Migraine Events, electro-shock treatment, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Tourette’s syndrome experimentally treated with Temporary Deep Brain Stimulation. And as you read you may start to notice all these stories are connected in a way.


  • “Frozen Shadows” – Coming of age autobiographical
  • “The Algernon Effect” – A transgressive love story
  • “Transformations at the Inn of the Golden Pheasant” – A damaged vet describes a bizarre transformation
  • “On the Right Side of the Road” – An ex-con suffering from Visual Migraine Effects may just save the world
  • “Black Tar/Red Alien” – A heroin addict’s confrontation with a horrific alien
  • “Broken Lady” – An aging singer pays a terrible price for defending herself during a rape
  • “The Shaking Man” – An ex-con receives an experimental treatment for his Tourette’s Syndrome with unexpected results
  • “3-Dot People” – An amnesiac man drops literally into the Tenderloin of San Francisco
  • “A Faint Scent of Musky Lime” – A fan of the writer Tom Really finds himself experiencing one of Reamy’s horrific stories
  • “At the Lazy K” – A historic epic of a ghost plaguing a rehab clinic on an old ranch

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

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We even have a limited-time-only gorgeous FROZEN SHADOWS T-Shirt available from the Crystal Lake online store. It’s available in different sizes (ladies and gents) and at great prices, but it’ll only be available throughout March.

Gene has seen over 180 of his stories and novellas published, several reprinted in France, Spain, and Russia. Some of these stories have been collected in Ghost Spirits, Computers & World Machines, The Grand Struggle, In Dark Corners, Dance of the Blue Lady, The Hitchhiking Effect, and Lethal Birds. He has seen six novels published. Gene has been a Stoker finalist twelve times. In 2010 Taste of Tenderloin won the haunted house for collection; in 2012 The Blue Heron won for Long Fiction. Upcoming releases include the four TPBs in the Cal Wild Chronicles from Written Backwords Press, a number of short stories, and a novelette. A series of two novels in The White Plague Chronicles will come out in 2018—The Sarawak Virus in the summer, Pandemic in the winter. Also out in 2018, Entangled Soul, a collaborative novella, with Chris Marrs.

Gene lives in the Napa Valley with his wife Kay. He has two grown children, Gavin, who lives in Oakland, and Kaydee who lives in Carlsbad and rides herd on his two g-kids, Fiona and TJ.

When he isn’t writing or visiting g-kids, Gene likes to read good fiction or watch sports—all of them, especially boxing.

Check Out What Others Are Saying About This Book

“A maestro of the field, Gene O'Neill’s stories are consistently well-executed. He writes with authority, depth, and loads of worldly and writerly experience, and delivers fascinating stuff.” – Darren Speegle

Darren Speegle
Author of The Third Twin and Varying Distances

“Gene O’Neill's greatest strength is that he writes for, and about, the common man. There are no all-powerful superheroes in his fiction; no stereotypical movie star macho men kicking unrealistic ass in his work. No, he simply writes about people - real people - men and women down on their luck who have flaws and addictions, or struggle with money problems and relationships, and all the other worries and hardships that plague much of society."

Gord Rollo
Author of The Jigsaw Man and The Translators
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