Crystal Lake Publishing

Crystal Lake Publishing

is creating Paperbacks, eBooks, online fiction, author support & mentoring.

70

patrons

$417

per month
Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths
www.crystallakepub.com

A Patreon project supporting the growth of one of the world’s leading independent publishers of Speculative and Dark Fiction books. Growth that will allow us to entertain readers with the best in fiction, while supporting and mentoring the careers of every author we come across. Welcome to Crystal Lake Publishing.

"Crystal Lake are good people doing fine work. Always worth watching for their latest.”Jack Ketchum

Crystal Lake Publishing is a multi-time Bram Stoker nominated publisher, as well as a Publisher of the Year Award recipient from This Is Horror. We’ve been representing Dark Fiction and its creators since 2012, and have worked with the likes of Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, John Connolly, Jack Ketchum, Stephen King, George A. Romero, Wes Craven, Tony Todd, Kristi DeMeester, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Graham Masterton, Chuck Palahniuk, Kevin Lucia, Mercedes M. Yardley, Tim Waggoner, Christopher Golden, Elizabeth Massie, Adam Nevill, Lucy A. Snyder, William Meikle, Lisa Morton, Ellen Datlow, Paul Tremblay, Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Edward Lee, Kevin J. Anderson, Ramsey Campbell, William F. Nolan, Marv Wolfman, Amber Benson, Mort Castle, Tom Holland, Jess Landry, Craig Engler, Bev Vincent, Josh Malerman, Stephen Graham Jones, and hundreds more.

"One look at Crystal Lake's track record (as well as the stellar titles in their forthcoming lineup) and you know they're the real deal. CLP are here to stay and for the ultimate horror fan, that's a reason to rejoice!" - Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY, KIN, and SOUR CANDY

Our most recent release:



Why we need you:

Let’s be honest, running a successful small press that averages two top quality books a month takes a lot of money. And it's becoming more and more difficult these days, with so many small presses closing their doors. Since we started in 2012, a lot of hardworking folks have supported our mission for little or no money. From proofreaders to submission readers, it’s time to pay them back. We want to look well into the future and ensure that Crystal Lake Publishing remains financially strong, while also releasing at least two great fiction anthologies and one non-fiction anthology every year. We want to be here for generations to come, for our readers and authors. 
Every bit helps, since this will give us the steady monthly income we need to expand our borders. We’d rather not risk our current operating funds on such ventures. Too many small presses have fallen off the map for similar reasons. It used to be that small presses could take a chance on a young author, but these days it's becoming more and more of a risk. I don't know about you, but I'd like to continue looking for young talent, shaping and then publishing that talent.

With your help, Crystal Lake Publishing will be around for a very long time.

"Crystal Lake Publishing have been a real pleasure to work with - professional, prompt, and with a true passion for the genre."Tim Lebbon, author of The Silence and The Rage War

What’s in it for you?

In return for your monthly patronage, you will receive amazing rewards and discounts from Crystal Lake Publishing. Rewards catered for readers and authors.

Awards include free eBooks via email, paperbacks delivered to your door, discount on all Crystal Lake eBooks, author support, and brand new fiction - all depending on the tier you choose. Our Patreon wall will be filled with updates and behind-the-scenes info. You can interact with us, take a look at early artwork drafts for upcoming Crystal Lake titles, and take sneak peeks at upcoming books (story, poem, interior artwork, or chapter). You can even message us. About anything. I don't care. We really want to get to know you. You will also see exclusive content such as interviews and guest blogs (a way to keep our Writers on Writing series alive). Further rewards include recommending which questions to ask our authors in upcoming interviews, as well as (for you authors out there) a 30 day early bird submission window for future anthologies. Sometimes we'll even need your input on our projects. Those in the author tiers can even get their tweets/posts sent to our 20k plus social media follwoing. And we'll keep adding more and more rewards. There are even tiers where you receive every single release going forward.

Since we’re always planning ahead, our future goals include the ability to financially support authors in need, include artwork in every book, pay professional rates, and permanently open submissions for novels. We are passionate about creating amazing books for readers and informative non-fiction books for authors, and we even have bigger plans that go well beyond that.

"Crystal Lake Publishing is one of the best publishing companies I ever had the privilege of working with. They're tireless, organized, and their communication is superb. Every person I've worked with, from Joe Mynhardt to line editors to proof readers are friendly and exceptionally capable. This love and care shows up in their diverse literary catalog, which ranges from short stories and novels to nonfiction. Crystal Lake is making me a better author, and that translates directly to a better experience to readers."—Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Nameless: The Darkness Comes

Take note, we are not a Vanity Press. We’re not asking you to pay for things. These are rewards for your patronage only. Your contribution for aiding our growth. Paying to be a patron does not mean your work will be considered for publication. We only consider manuscripts submitted during open sub periods, via agents, or invites we send out. Remember, you are not just paying for reward perks, you are supporting authors and the genre you love.

"Crystal Lake Publishing is everything a small horror press of distinction should be: committed to quality and beauty, forward thinking, and, above all, committed to readers and horror fans of all stripes."—
Kevin Lucia, author of The Clifton Heights Saga

Patreon details:
Sign up with the "Become a Patron" button at the top of the page. Membership must be maintained for regular updates. If you join now, you'll only pay at the beginning of next month, but will already be able to see all our behind the scenes info, even previous posts. Credit card or PayPal can be used to pay monthly membership fees. You can also move between different perks from month to month, or cancel whenever you're not satisfied. It's very easy.

For questions, queries, and eBook orders, please email me (Joe Mynhardt) at [email protected].

“In a very short time, Crystal Lake has made quite a splash—establishing itself as a respected player in genre publishing. Ambitious concepts, eye-catching cover art, and a fine mix of veterans and newcomers on their list of authors ensure a high level of consistent quality.”Tom Monteleone, four time Bram Stoker Award-Winner

Who are we:
JOE MYNHARDT
Founder, Owner, Editor, Publisher
[email protected]

MONIQUE SNYMAN
Division Manager / Editor / Public Liaison

PAULA LIMBAUGH
Marketing Agent

GUY MEDLEY
Marketing Agent

BEN EADS
Editor / Marketing Consultant

JASPER BARK
Spokesperson

BEN BALDWIN
Artist

LORI MICHELLE
Interior formatting

EUGENE JOHNSON
Division Manager / Editor

AARON DRIES
Interior artist

LUKE SPOONER
Artist

With unmatched success since 2012, Crystal Lake Publishing has quickly become one of the world’s leading indie publishers of Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense books with a Dark Fiction edge.
Crystal Lake Publishing puts integrity, honor, and respect at the forefront of our operations.
We strive for each book and outreach program that’s launched to not only entertain and touch or comment on issues that affect our readers, but also to strengthen and support the Dark Fiction field and its authors.
We strive to know each and every one of our readers, while building personal relationships with our authors, reviewers, bloggers, pod-casters, bookstores and libraries.
This is what we believe in. What we stand for. This will be our legacy.

Welcome to Crystal Lake Publishing - Tales from the Darkest Depths.

Tiers
$1 a month - Support
$1 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$1 patrons will receive basic updates as well as 10% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email. Please take note that $1 patrons will not receive any other behind the scenes information from us, or the opportunity to submit short stories one month before an open sub window opens. 

$3 a month - Full Support
$3 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied. 


$3 patrons will get exclusive updates and all behind the scenes info via the Patreon wall, where they can also interact with us and take a look at early artwork drafts for upcoming titles. 


$3 patrons will also receive 20% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email.

Please take note that $3 patrons will not have access to our monthly flash fiction and/or nonfiction posts, or excerpts from upcoming projects.

Authors on the go!
$5 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.

This tier is strongly geared toward authors. 


$5 patrons will receive full behind the scenes access, as well as brand new nonfiction interviews, video workshops, and guest blogs. This is our way of keeping our Writers on Writing series alive.  You'll also receive a weekly (every Monday) challenge, prompt to help you improve your craft, imagination, or output. 


At times we'll send out questionnaires to help us better understand what you’re going through and what your needs are. Supporters will also receive all our non-fiction books as they are published. 


$5 patrons will also have the opportunity to submit their own essays or flash fiction to be published here. 


$5 and higher patrons will also have the opportunity to send in their short story submission (for anthologies) one month before the official sub window opens. 


You can also recommend which questions to ask our authors in upcoming interviews.

Please note, if you also want to receive the rewards for the $5 Fans of Fiction tier, you'll have to join the $7 or higher tiers. 

Fans of Fiction
$5 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.

$5 patrons will receive full behind the scenes access, as well as brand new flash fiction every month and excerpts from upcoming fiction titles. $5 and up patrons will also be able to vote for the best flash fiction stories every month, to be published in an anthology later on.

Please note, if you also want to receive the rewards for the $5 non-fiction tier for authors, you'll have to join the $7 or higher tiers. 

$7 a month - Monthly eBook and more
$7 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


Other than receiving full access and every reward mentioned in the previous tiers (whether you're a writer or reader), $7 patrons will also receive a free eBook every month (publisher’s choosing). Patrons also receive 20% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email. 

$12 a month - eBooks for Life!
$12 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$12 patrons will not only get every reward offered in the previous tiers, but will also receive an eBook edition (Mobi or ePub) of every Crystal Lake eBook just before they are released. Some months we'll even publish two or three books, and you'll get them all.
$12 patrons will also be thanked by name in the 'Special Thanks' section of future anthologies.
Patrons will also receive 30% discount on previously published eBooks ordered directly from us via email.

For the speed readers
$18 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$18 patrons will receive every new Crystal Lake release, as well as four eBooks from our backlist (your choice). That's an average of 6 books a month. 


So $18 patrons will receive... 

* every reward offered in the previous tiers. 

* an eBook edition (Mobi or ePub) of every Crystal Lake eBook just before they are released (authors will receive royalties on these sales). Some months we'll even publish two or three books, and you'll get them all.
* four eBooks of your choice from our backlist.

* a thank you by name in the 'Special Thanks' section of future anthologies.
* 30% discount if they need any more of our previously published eBooks (ordered directly from us via email).

$25 a month - Paperback Lovers
$25 or more per month only 7 left
Thank you for supporting Crystal Lake Publishing! 


$25 patrons (limited to 10) will receive one paperback copy a month of any one of our books (authors will receive royalties on these sales). This includes free shipping to anywhere in the world.

This includes the rewards from the $12 tier, as well.
Patrons will also receive 40% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email.

Ad space for authors
$45 or more per month only 3 left

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$45 tier patrons will receive:

* Ad space in our monthly newsletter.

* Access to our Patreon exclusive author interviews, video workshops, or guest blog posts.

* Full behind the scenes access and all previous tier rewards.

* All our non-fiction eBooks as they are published, for as long as you support this tier. 

* Eight tweets and Facebook posts a month to our 20k-plus social media following with a pre-made tweet you send us (promoting your book, blog post, interview, etc.)

Paperback Believers
$80 or more per month only 10 left

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$80 patrons (limited to 10) will receive 3 Crystal Lake paperbacks a month,of their choosing. This includes free shipping to anywhere in the world.

This also includes the rewards up to the $12 tier.
And if you're not too resistant to eBooks, you will also receive 40% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email.

Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths
www.crystallakepub.com

A Patreon project supporting the growth of one of the world’s leading independent publishers of Speculative and Dark Fiction books. Growth that will allow us to entertain readers with the best in fiction, while supporting and mentoring the careers of every author we come across. Welcome to Crystal Lake Publishing.

"Crystal Lake are good people doing fine work. Always worth watching for their latest.”Jack Ketchum

Crystal Lake Publishing is a multi-time Bram Stoker nominated publisher, as well as a Publisher of the Year Award recipient from This Is Horror. We’ve been representing Dark Fiction and its creators since 2012, and have worked with the likes of Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, John Connolly, Jack Ketchum, Stephen King, George A. Romero, Wes Craven, Tony Todd, Kristi DeMeester, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Graham Masterton, Chuck Palahniuk, Kevin Lucia, Mercedes M. Yardley, Tim Waggoner, Christopher Golden, Elizabeth Massie, Adam Nevill, Lucy A. Snyder, William Meikle, Lisa Morton, Ellen Datlow, Paul Tremblay, Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Edward Lee, Kevin J. Anderson, Ramsey Campbell, William F. Nolan, Marv Wolfman, Amber Benson, Mort Castle, Tom Holland, Jess Landry, Craig Engler, Bev Vincent, Josh Malerman, Stephen Graham Jones, and hundreds more.

"One look at Crystal Lake's track record (as well as the stellar titles in their forthcoming lineup) and you know they're the real deal. CLP are here to stay and for the ultimate horror fan, that's a reason to rejoice!" - Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY, KIN, and SOUR CANDY

Our most recent release:



Why we need you:

Let’s be honest, running a successful small press that averages two top quality books a month takes a lot of money. And it's becoming more and more difficult these days, with so many small presses closing their doors. Since we started in 2012, a lot of hardworking folks have supported our mission for little or no money. From proofreaders to submission readers, it’s time to pay them back. We want to look well into the future and ensure that Crystal Lake Publishing remains financially strong, while also releasing at least two great fiction anthologies and one non-fiction anthology every year. We want to be here for generations to come, for our readers and authors. 
Every bit helps, since this will give us the steady monthly income we need to expand our borders. We’d rather not risk our current operating funds on such ventures. Too many small presses have fallen off the map for similar reasons. It used to be that small presses could take a chance on a young author, but these days it's becoming more and more of a risk. I don't know about you, but I'd like to continue looking for young talent, shaping and then publishing that talent.

With your help, Crystal Lake Publishing will be around for a very long time.

"Crystal Lake Publishing have been a real pleasure to work with - professional, prompt, and with a true passion for the genre."Tim Lebbon, author of The Silence and The Rage War

What’s in it for you?

In return for your monthly patronage, you will receive amazing rewards and discounts from Crystal Lake Publishing. Rewards catered for readers and authors.

Awards include free eBooks via email, paperbacks delivered to your door, discount on all Crystal Lake eBooks, author support, and brand new fiction - all depending on the tier you choose. Our Patreon wall will be filled with updates and behind-the-scenes info. You can interact with us, take a look at early artwork drafts for upcoming Crystal Lake titles, and take sneak peeks at upcoming books (story, poem, interior artwork, or chapter). You can even message us. About anything. I don't care. We really want to get to know you. You will also see exclusive content such as interviews and guest blogs (a way to keep our Writers on Writing series alive). Further rewards include recommending which questions to ask our authors in upcoming interviews, as well as (for you authors out there) a 30 day early bird submission window for future anthologies. Sometimes we'll even need your input on our projects. Those in the author tiers can even get their tweets/posts sent to our 20k plus social media follwoing. And we'll keep adding more and more rewards. There are even tiers where you receive every single release going forward.

Since we’re always planning ahead, our future goals include the ability to financially support authors in need, include artwork in every book, pay professional rates, and permanently open submissions for novels. We are passionate about creating amazing books for readers and informative non-fiction books for authors, and we even have bigger plans that go well beyond that.

"Crystal Lake Publishing is one of the best publishing companies I ever had the privilege of working with. They're tireless, organized, and their communication is superb. Every person I've worked with, from Joe Mynhardt to line editors to proof readers are friendly and exceptionally capable. This love and care shows up in their diverse literary catalog, which ranges from short stories and novels to nonfiction. Crystal Lake is making me a better author, and that translates directly to a better experience to readers."—Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Nameless: The Darkness Comes

Take note, we are not a Vanity Press. We’re not asking you to pay for things. These are rewards for your patronage only. Your contribution for aiding our growth. Paying to be a patron does not mean your work will be considered for publication. We only consider manuscripts submitted during open sub periods, via agents, or invites we send out. Remember, you are not just paying for reward perks, you are supporting authors and the genre you love.

"Crystal Lake Publishing is everything a small horror press of distinction should be: committed to quality and beauty, forward thinking, and, above all, committed to readers and horror fans of all stripes."—
Kevin Lucia, author of The Clifton Heights Saga

Patreon details:
Sign up with the "Become a Patron" button at the top of the page. Membership must be maintained for regular updates. If you join now, you'll only pay at the beginning of next month, but will already be able to see all our behind the scenes info, even previous posts. Credit card or PayPal can be used to pay monthly membership fees. You can also move between different perks from month to month, or cancel whenever you're not satisfied. It's very easy.

For questions, queries, and eBook orders, please email me (Joe Mynhardt) at [email protected].

“In a very short time, Crystal Lake has made quite a splash—establishing itself as a respected player in genre publishing. Ambitious concepts, eye-catching cover art, and a fine mix of veterans and newcomers on their list of authors ensure a high level of consistent quality.”Tom Monteleone, four time Bram Stoker Award-Winner

Who are we:
JOE MYNHARDT
Founder, Owner, Editor, Publisher
[email protected]

MONIQUE SNYMAN
Division Manager / Editor / Public Liaison

PAULA LIMBAUGH
Marketing Agent

GUY MEDLEY
Marketing Agent

BEN EADS
Editor / Marketing Consultant

JASPER BARK
Spokesperson

BEN BALDWIN
Artist

LORI MICHELLE
Interior formatting

EUGENE JOHNSON
Division Manager / Editor

AARON DRIES
Interior artist

LUKE SPOONER
Artist

With unmatched success since 2012, Crystal Lake Publishing has quickly become one of the world’s leading indie publishers of Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense books with a Dark Fiction edge.
Crystal Lake Publishing puts integrity, honor, and respect at the forefront of our operations.
We strive for each book and outreach program that’s launched to not only entertain and touch or comment on issues that affect our readers, but also to strengthen and support the Dark Fiction field and its authors.
We strive to know each and every one of our readers, while building personal relationships with our authors, reviewers, bloggers, pod-casters, bookstores and libraries.
This is what we believe in. What we stand for. This will be our legacy.

Welcome to Crystal Lake Publishing - Tales from the Darkest Depths.

Recent posts by Crystal Lake Publishing

Tiers
$1 a month - Support
$1 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$1 patrons will receive basic updates as well as 10% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email. Please take note that $1 patrons will not receive any other behind the scenes information from us, or the opportunity to submit short stories one month before an open sub window opens. 

$3 a month - Full Support
$3 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied. 


$3 patrons will get exclusive updates and all behind the scenes info via the Patreon wall, where they can also interact with us and take a look at early artwork drafts for upcoming titles. 


$3 patrons will also receive 20% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email.

Please take note that $3 patrons will not have access to our monthly flash fiction and/or nonfiction posts, or excerpts from upcoming projects.

Authors on the go!
$5 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.

This tier is strongly geared toward authors. 


$5 patrons will receive full behind the scenes access, as well as brand new nonfiction interviews, video workshops, and guest blogs. This is our way of keeping our Writers on Writing series alive.  You'll also receive a weekly (every Monday) challenge, prompt to help you improve your craft, imagination, or output. 


At times we'll send out questionnaires to help us better understand what you’re going through and what your needs are. Supporters will also receive all our non-fiction books as they are published. 


$5 patrons will also have the opportunity to submit their own essays or flash fiction to be published here. 


$5 and higher patrons will also have the opportunity to send in their short story submission (for anthologies) one month before the official sub window opens. 


You can also recommend which questions to ask our authors in upcoming interviews.

Please note, if you also want to receive the rewards for the $5 Fans of Fiction tier, you'll have to join the $7 or higher tiers. 

Fans of Fiction
$5 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.

$5 patrons will receive full behind the scenes access, as well as brand new flash fiction every month and excerpts from upcoming fiction titles. $5 and up patrons will also be able to vote for the best flash fiction stories every month, to be published in an anthology later on.

Please note, if you also want to receive the rewards for the $5 non-fiction tier for authors, you'll have to join the $7 or higher tiers. 

$7 a month - Monthly eBook and more
$7 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


Other than receiving full access and every reward mentioned in the previous tiers (whether you're a writer or reader), $7 patrons will also receive a free eBook every month (publisher’s choosing). Patrons also receive 20% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email. 

$12 a month - eBooks for Life!
$12 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$12 patrons will not only get every reward offered in the previous tiers, but will also receive an eBook edition (Mobi or ePub) of every Crystal Lake eBook just before they are released. Some months we'll even publish two or three books, and you'll get them all.
$12 patrons will also be thanked by name in the 'Special Thanks' section of future anthologies.
Patrons will also receive 30% discount on previously published eBooks ordered directly from us via email.

For the speed readers
$18 or more per month

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$18 patrons will receive every new Crystal Lake release, as well as four eBooks from our backlist (your choice). That's an average of 6 books a month. 


So $18 patrons will receive... 

* every reward offered in the previous tiers. 

* an eBook edition (Mobi or ePub) of every Crystal Lake eBook just before they are released (authors will receive royalties on these sales). Some months we'll even publish two or three books, and you'll get them all.
* four eBooks of your choice from our backlist.

* a thank you by name in the 'Special Thanks' section of future anthologies.
* 30% discount if they need any more of our previously published eBooks (ordered directly from us via email).

$25 a month - Paperback Lovers
$25 or more per month only 7 left
Thank you for supporting Crystal Lake Publishing! 


$25 patrons (limited to 10) will receive one paperback copy a month of any one of our books (authors will receive royalties on these sales). This includes free shipping to anywhere in the world.

This includes the rewards from the $12 tier, as well.
Patrons will also receive 40% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email.

Ad space for authors
$45 or more per month only 3 left

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$45 tier patrons will receive:

* Ad space in our monthly newsletter.

* Access to our Patreon exclusive author interviews, video workshops, or guest blog posts.

* Full behind the scenes access and all previous tier rewards.

* All our non-fiction eBooks as they are published, for as long as you support this tier. 

* Eight tweets and Facebook posts a month to our 20k-plus social media following with a pre-made tweet you send us (promoting your book, blog post, interview, etc.)

Paperback Believers
$80 or more per month only 10 left

Note: once you join a tier, you are free to swap between different tiers every month, or leave entirely if you're not satisfied.


$80 patrons (limited to 10) will receive 3 Crystal Lake paperbacks a month,of their choosing. This includes free shipping to anywhere in the world.

This also includes the rewards up to the $12 tier.
And if you're not too resistant to eBooks, you will also receive 40% discount on eBooks ordered directly from us via email.