Crystal Lake Publishing
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Something strange is going on in Jerusalem's Lot ... but no one dares to talk about it. By day, 'Salem's Lot is a typical modest New England town; but when the sun goes down, evil roams the earth. The devilishly sweet insistent laughter of a child can be heard echoing through the fields, and the presence of silent looming spirits can be felt lurking right outside your window. Stephen King brings his gruesome imagination to life in this tale of spine tingling horror.
Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.
Can any soul survive?
Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, Belasco House has witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity. Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide or insanity. Now a new investigation has been mounted ...
The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Times of Trouble, Edited by Lane Adamson
There are stories with clever twists: Tempest Fugitive by Thomas Brannan and Rob Pegler. Also, Mandatory Waiting Period by Aaron Polson.
There are stories filled with creepy goodness: Little Girl Lost by Jeff Drake.There's humor: Matthew Baugh's Rabid Season.
There are beautiful stories worthy of awards, even: Frank Farrar's Forgetting is incredible. The last few pages of The Scavenger by Michael C. Lea are also pretty hard to forget.
There are stories that are different in a good way: Rakie' Kieg's Let Me Take you There.
There are action packed thrill rides: Joshua Reynold's Hounded.
There are even zombies: The Time Traveler's Late Wife by Stan Timmons.
There's more, of course . . .
What an awesome collection!
Available on Amazon!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
"Misunderstood creatures of the moon don't fit in anywhere, right? But there is one fringe in our society that might just take them in. Can anyone guess what that fringe might be?"
Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed
Sunday, September 29, 2013
"Ben Little knew writing required great sacrifice, but he never thought it would cost him his life." With an opening line like this, it's hard to go wrong, and the writer never does! From the first line to the last, Pen Name is a non-stop thrill ride, a multilayered work of fantastic horror.
Though Pen Name is written in linear fashion, there is nothing straight forward about Ben Little's story. He's a writer trying to make it. He has a family. He has an ill family member. He has too much on his plate. When a redeemer of sorts appears, ready to take Ben and his writing into the big time, his life is thrown into turmoil. And just when you think you know what's at stake for Ben, the writer throws in another curve. Thrill rides through town, a creepy swine worshiping cult, characters who may or may not even exist, and so much more.
Pen Name is very current, but pays homage to the classics in subtle reference throughout--though the writer's voice is very much his own.
How refreshing that in a glutted market, one can still find a layered work, a work where there is more going on that just man escaping beast or man confronting his own beast. Pen Name is rich in detail, layered in content, and brimming with plot. This is everything a thoughtful horror novel should be.
Available on Amazon!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
For those who haven't read The Shining (or haven't read it in years), the paperback and Kindle versions are both sale priced on Amazon.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
After reading several book reviews on Amazon, I was surprised by how many reviewers judged books by their covers . . . by their titles even! Some critiques were the written equivalent of walking out of a theater and proclaiming: Wow! That movie really sucked. What surprised me even more was how many of these reviews were written by writers . . .
When evaluating any kind of art, it's essential to look past yourself--your tastes and experiences--in order to evaluate the work in front of you fairly and not personally. When reviewing fiction, for example, the question is not whether you 'liked' the story, but whether the story was good. Not the same thing at all.
Though not specifically prose, let's use the band Journey. I'm not a fan of this type of arena rock. Not a fan of much of the popular Journey catalog. But I'd give the group several stars if I were reviewing them critically. Why? Because their goal--to write and produce memorable pop/rock songs--has been met. Under the banner of arena rock, they are exactly what they're supposed to be with a few extras--Steve Perry's voice and a good guitar player.
Reviewing a novel or short story requires more than the ability to read critically. There must be some attention paid to author intent. In other words, the author wrote a horror novel. Is the novel scary? The author has written a coming-of-age tale set in revolutionary-era Cuba. Do the characters come of age in this Cuba of yesteryear?
When everything is lined up--great prose, believable characters and consistant conventions throughout--the criteria for writing a positive review have been met. And unless you're God or everyman, you have no choice but to give the writer a big gold star even if you didn't like his story.
The land of literary is far more subjective than it needs to be.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Check it out writers: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction