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Welcome to Crystal Lake Publishing

Posted on: June 19th, 2023

Since its founding in August 2012, Crystal Lake Publishing has quickly become one of the world’s leading publishers of Dark Fiction and Horror books in print, eBook, and audio formats.

While we strive to present only the highest quality fiction and entertainment, we also endeavour to support authors along their writing journey. We offer our time and experience in non-fiction projects, as well as author mentoring and services, at competitive prices.

With several Bram Stoker Award wins (including the HWA’s Specialty Press Award) and over 50 other wins and nominations, Crystal Lake Publishing puts integrity, honor, and respect at the forefront of our publishing operations.

We do not just publish books, we present to you worlds within your world, and doors within your mind, from talented authors who sacrifice so much for a moment of your time.

This is what we believe in. What we stand for. This will be our legacy.

Dip into the waters of Crystal Lake Publishing. We know you’ll like what you find there.

A Little Back Story…
Based in sunny South Africa, Crystal Lake Publishing was founded in 2012 by Joe Mynhardt. Joe is a huge fan of anything scary, weird, different, and fantastic. He grew up reading horror books and sneaking out of his room at night to watch horror movies. Yes, that’s where the name ‘Crystal Lake’ came from.

In 2016, Joe quit his day job as a primary school teacher and became a full-time publisher.

Our Books

Crystal Lake Publishing specializes in dark fiction. We publish horror, dark fantasy, pulp horror, and resources for writers. Explore our worlds by visiting our Amazon page and downloading our Catalog.
















Recent Releases








Exciting Pre-Orders
What if you had been kidnapped by a serial killer in the Australian Outback and your only hope of escape was cut off by rising floodwater?

Explore the answer to this question in Zachary Ashford’s new novella, The Morass: Servant of the Fly God.




Crystal Lake Audio
If you enjoy audiobooks, you’ll love what Crystal Lake Audio has to offer. Talented narrators bring our books to life in amazing audio productions. Enjoy a book for the first time, or revisit a favorite you’ve read in digital or print.





Award-winning Poetry
Crystal Lake has several award-winning and nominated poetry collections. We’ve published Alessandro Manzetti, Linda D. Addison, Maxwell I. Gold, Marge Simon, Michael Bailey and many more.







Crystal Lake Publishing’s Patreon page offers exciting behind-the-scenes content, fiction, and biographies for readers. For writers, we provide contests and advice. Check out our Patreon page today.

News from the Lake
News from the Lake is Crystal Lake Publishing’s monthly newsletter. In it, you’ll find submission listings, announcements, contests, recent releases, pre-orders, interviews and more! Subscribe today and have the best of Crystal Lake in your inbox.

Visit the Crystal Lake Publishing store for cool shirt designs and so much more! We’ve got several items related to Nick Roberts’ novel, The Exorcist’s House.

Social Media Platforms
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Come dive into Crystal Lake Publishing–Tales from the Darkest Depths.

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