The Author’s Journey, 2024 (SOLD OUT)


Unleash Your Horror Novella in Just 8 Weeks!

Dive into the thrilling challenge of crafting your own horror novella with direct guidance from Joe Mynhardt, founder and CEO of Crystal Lake Publishing, and a professional editing team by your side. This exclusive 8-week workshop, running from June 1st toward the end of July, is designed to transform your eerie ideas into a gripping novella, ready to chill the spines of readers worldwide.

What You’ll Get:

  • Expert-Led Zoom Presentations: Weekly sessions covering everything from plot development to character creation, specifically tailored for horror writing.
  • Professional Editing Phases: Benefit from multiple rounds of feedback, ensuring your novella is polished and compelling.
  • One-on-One Chats with Joe Mynhardt: Personalized guidance from a horror publishing veteran to help you navigate the challenges of novella writing.
  • Group Assessment and Accountability: Regular check-ins with fellow authors and Joe to keep you motivated and on track.

Whether you’re a seasoned horror writer or new to the genre, this workshop is your gateway to bringing those haunting stories to life. Secure your spot and start your journey to novella success today!


Joe Mynhardt stands as a paragon in the horror literary world, a Bram Stoker Award-winning South African publisher, editor, and mentor with over a decade of experience. As the founder and CEO of Crystal Lake Entertainment, Joe has transformed a humble 2012 startup into a multifaceted Intellectual Property powerhouse. Under his visionary leadership, Crystal Lake Publishing has become just one of the many thriving divisions of his company.

With a track record of working with and publishing works by luminaries such as Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Ramsey Campbell, John Connolly, Jack Ketchum, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Golden, Graham Masterton, Damien Angelica Walters, Adam Nevill, Lisa Morton, Elizabeth Massie, Joe R. Lansdale, Edward Lee, Paul Tremblay, and Wes Craven, Joe is the quintessential mentor for aspiring horror authors. His deep industry insights and extensive network place him in a unique position to guide both new and seasoned writers in the genre.

Joe’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering author careers is at the heart of Crystal Lake Entertainment’s ethos. His approach is not just about publishing books; it’s about building a community, sharing knowledge, and being a beacon of friendship and guidance in the often-intimidating world of horror writing.

Since leaving his day job in 2016 to focus full-time on his passion, Joe has also excelled as a work-from-home dad, a role he embraced in 2018. His daughter, Cayleigh, named after his childhood influences Bruce Lee and Stan Lee, is a testament to his belief in the power of storytelling across all mediums. Joe’s love for great narratives extends beyond literature, encompassing comics, games, film, and television, with favorites ranging from Poe, Doyle, and Lovecraft to King, Connolly, and Gaiman.

Joe Mynhardt isn’t just a figure in the horror industry—he’s a driving force behind it, leading a successful online business that goes beyond the traditional boundaries of publishing. Discover more about Joe’s journey and Crystal Lake’s offerings at or connect with him on Facebook or Patreon (includes author tiers and a 7-day free trial), where he continues to inspire and lead the next generation of horror storytellers.

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