Forthcoming books to check out from Crystal Lake Publishing

Wow! what sights Crystal lake Publishing have to show us in the upcoming months. This press has had a great 2017 thus far. I’ve been lucky enough to read and review most of their releases including Kenneth W. Cain’s Embers, which is a frightening and varied short story collection. Aletheia from J. S. Breukelaar which will be amongst my favourite reads of the year, of that I am sure, and let us not forget The Final Reconciliation from Todd Keisling! A real standout novella for me.

The coming months show the press hitting overdrive with some top, top quality books coming up. Just take a look at them in the slide show below and tell me you aren’t excited!

For more information on these upcoming releases, check out the link above and keep up to date with all things Crystal Lake.

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Books to check out: Lost Signals – Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.


Lost Signals is a collection of dark fiction from those cool cats at Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. It looks like it will be a kick ass anthology of dread-filled horror. The cover art by Matthew Revert is superb (as is everything the guy does). This guy is one of the best artists in the business. Check out his website here.

Lost Signals is an anthology that focuses on horror transmissions and features some incredible talent. Writers such as Josh Malerman, Ted E. Grau, Damien Angelica Walters and even writer of horror movie ‘Pontypool’ Tony Burgess all have stories included. There will also be artwork by Luke Spooner to accompany each story in the book. If you are a regular visitor to this blog then you will probably be aware that I am a huge fan of this press. Already this year they have released two of my favourite books; The Violators by Vincenzo Bilof and The Ruin Season by Kristopher Triana. The latter of which is reviewed here. and is a slice of noir pefection.

Lost Signals will be released on August 2nd. If you wish to pre-order a paperback copy (it will be available in Ebook format too), and you really should, then pop over to PMMP at the link below and brace yourself for a series of terrifying short stories from beyond…

Lost Signals pre-order link.

Books to check out: Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories – Crystal Lake Publishing.

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On Friday 24th of this month Crystal Lake Publishing will release ‘Gutted: Beautiful horror stories’. To say that I am excited for this collection is a bit of an understatement. With some incredible contributors such as Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, John F.D. Taff, Josh Malerman and more, it is likely to be a horror fiction fans wet dream.

I was lucky enough to get an early look at the story by John F.D. Taff, shortly before he submitted it. I cried like a baby-something that doesn’t happen too often, I’m pleased to say. It gave me the feels big time and really whet my appetite for what was to come. When I saw the other contributors I was blown away. Some of my favorites have chosen to be a part of this books and it makes me incredibly happy.

I am sure you will agree that the cover art for this book is spectacular. It is perfect for what I am sure will be a feast of dark prose. Luke Spooner has provided drawings for each tale within the anthology also, and if you have been following Crystal Lake Publishing on social media or have signed up for their newsletter then you would’ve already caught a glimpse at some of the superb images Mr Spooner has created. 

I really like it when a publisher goes that little bit further and includes extras such as artwork, especially when it is an artist as talented as Luke Spooner.

This is Crystal Lake Publishing’s first pro-rate paying anthology. This is a small press that has come on in leaps and bounds since its inception back in 2012. They have released some terrific dark fiction, non-fiction and poetry in their brief time within the publishing world. They are a press that not only cares for their authors, but for their readers too and I am hoping that the community throws their full support behind this wonderful book.

Go to the Gutted: Beautiful horror stories page and see for yourself.

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Check out Luke Spooner’s art here.

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories will be here on Friday June 24th. Be there 🙂

Books to check out: Dread: A Head Full of Bad Dreams – Grey Matter Press.


May 24th of this year saw the release of ‘Dread: A Head Full of Bad Dreams’ from Chicago based publisher Grey Matter Press.

It seems like only yesterday that Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson unleashed their first anthology of fictional terror on us titled ‘Dark Visions 1: A Collection of Modern Horror’ I have followed the journey of this small press with great interest. From the moment I started reading Ominous Realities (my first Grey Matter Press purchase) I knew that this was a publisher I would be purchasing a great deal more books from.

Grey Matter Press has the ability to draw in some of the finest writers working in the dark fiction genre today. Their anthologies are anything but predictable and showcase some breathtaking horror stories alongside dark Science-fiction, speculative fiction and fantasy.

‘Dread: A Head Full of Bad Dreams’ is a best of collection that features 20 stories selected by the Grey Matter Press fans. Amongst the many fantastic writers you will find familiar names such as Jonathan Maberry, Ray Garton, William Meikle, Bracken MacLeod and John F.D. Taff. Personally, I was delighted to see some of the stories included that I had voted for in what is another winning anthology.

The dark fiction genre is swamped with some really great publishers. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading a book from Grey Matter Press then this may be the perfect opportunity. For those of us who are already fans, this will be a nice addition to the collection. I am familiar with almost all of the stories contained within and can tell you that this is a very special anthology. The artwork for ‘Dread’ is wonderful, it is creepy and downright disturbing and tells you everything you need to know about what lurks inside of its pages.

‘Dread’ was released worldwide on May 24th. There is a run of 100 special hardback copies that are available from the Grey Matter Press bookstore and they look beautiful. The book is also published in paperback and eBook formats. Expect a head full of bad dreams after reading this one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Follow this link for more information about Grey Matter Press.