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About Rena Mason
Rena Mason is the Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls. A longtime fan of murder mysteries, horror, sci-fi, and history, she began writing to incorporate her favorite genres, along with career and life experiences into stories.
She currently resides in Reno, Nevada with her family. To learn more about this author visit her website at: www.RenaMason.Ink
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Legends tell of a hollow earth, a world beneath our own. A world filled with wonders... and danger. But what if the legends are true?
Delve into dark worlds in HELLHOLE, where death lurks around every corner, and come face to face with creatures from your worst nightmares in this collection of dark thrillers. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry and Bram Stoker Award winner Rena Mason headline a cast of bestselling and award-winning authors.
Praise for Hellhole!
“Deliciously gory and enough monsters and mayhem in the depths to satisfy even the most jaded spelunker!”
William Meikle, author of The Valley
“A thrilling collection of underground terror from a cross-section of the best horror writers working today. It’ll shine a light on your deepest, darkest fears.”
Alan Baxter, author of Devouring Dark
“A collection of claustrophobic horror that drags readers into the darkness!”
Paul E. Cooley, author of The Derelict Saga
This collection includes:
Introduction by James A. Moore
All the Devils are Here- A Joe Ledger/Lizzie Corbett Adventure by Jonathan Maberry
The Devil's Throat by Rena Mason
A Plague of Locusts by Michael McBride
Pit of Ghosts by Kirsten Cross
Where the Sun Does Not Shine by Paul Mannering
Guard Duty by SD Perry
Black Lung by Aaron Sterns
The Offspring by JH Moncrieff
Ginormous Hell Snake by Jake Bible
Ghosts of Hyperia by Jessica McHugh
He Who Fights by Sean Ellis
Edited by Lee Murray
But that's not all!
Edited by Jonathan Maberry, this issue features 13 works of horror and dark fantasy by masters of the craft.
“Too Late Now” by Seanan McGuire (Short story)
“Ellende” by Gregory Frost (Short story)
“Lightning Lizzie by Marie Whittaker (Flash Fiction)
The Beguiled Grave” by Marguerite Reed (Short story
“The Last War” by Linda Addison (Poetry)
“To the Marrow” by Rena Mason (Short story)
“Feathers” by Tim Waggoner (Flash Fiction)
“Last Days” by Dacre Stoker and Leverett Butts (Short story)
“Trailer Park Nightmare” by Gabrielle Faust (Flash Fiction)
“No One Survives the Beach” by Weston Ochse (Short story
“Hats” by Joe R. Lansdale (Flash Fiction)
“The Good Wife” by Lee Murray (Short story)
“The Canal” by Alessandro Manzetti (Poetry)
Black Cranes is a dark and intimate exploration of what it is to be a perpetual outsider.
Crystal Lake Publishing (Tales from the Darkest Depths) proudly presents this Bram Stoker Award-nominated non-fiction anthology, Horror 101: The Way Forward.
Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors.
Ever wanted to be a writer? Make money online? Perhaps you’ve already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?
Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear.
Horror 101, although written by horror authors, is a must read for any person interested in becoming a writer, be it writing for a hobby or a career.
Horror 101 is not your average On Writing guide. Horror 101 focuses on the career of an author. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.
Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:
- are starting their writing careers
- are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
- are looking to pay more bills with their art
- are trying to establish a name brand
- are looking to get published
- are looking for motivation and/or inspiration
Here are just a few of the great articles and essays you can expect:
- Making Contact by Jack Ketchum
- What is Horror by Graham Masterton
- Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
- What a Short Story Editor Does by Ellen Datlow
- Bitten by the Horror Bug by Edward Lee
- 12 Tips on Making a Career of It by Steve Rasnic Tem
- Screamplays! Writing the Horror Film by Lisa Morton
- Balancing Art and Commerce by Taylor Grant
- From Prose to Scripts by Shane McKenzie
- Writing About Films and for Film by Paul Kane
- Screenplay Writing by Dean M. Drinkel
- Audiobooks by Chet Williamson
- Ghost-writing by Thomas Smith
- Self-Publishing: Making Your Own Dreams by Iain Rob Wright
- The Pros and Cons of Collaborations by Michael McCarty
- A beginner’s guide to setting up and running a website by Michael Wilson
- Poetry and Horror by Blaze McRob
- So you want to write comic books… by C.E.L. Welsh
- Writing the Series by Armand Rosamilia
- Running a Web serial by Tonia Brown
- The 7 Signs that make Agents and Editors say, "Yes!" by Anonymous
- Filthy Habits – Writing and Routine by Jasper Bark
- Ten Short Story Endings to Avoid by William Meikle
- Editing and Proofreading by Diane Parkin
Las Vegas suburbanite, Stacy Troy, dreams that everyone is dead. She dismembers the bodies of loved ones, stuffs them into a shopping cart, then takes them two at a time to the pile where she will burn their remains and say her last goodbyes.
Waking nightly to her own screams, Stacy is convinced she’s on the brink of a mid-life crisis and begins secretly seeing a psychiatrist. Dr. Light and his methods seem strange and unconventional, but his treatments work, and her circumstances improve. Until the nightmares return with a vengeance, taking on a life of their own.
Uncertain what to believe, Stacy carries on living the only life she remembers. Nosebleeds and head-splitting alarms only she can hear, become a regular occurrence. In physical and mental decline, the nocturnal world in her mind refuses to die. The images it reveals hold clues that lead her to a shocking discovery.
Threatening to unravel the last thread of her sanity, Stacy must make a heartrending decision...before her post-apocalyptic nightmares come true.
“Rena Mason is a fine writer. Write her name down, underline it, stick it on the fridge with the other reminders. Then, buy everything she writes. You will not be disappointed, because she is indeed a: Rising Star.”
—Gene O’Neill, THE BURDEN OF INDIGO and FROZEN SHADOWS
“The next time somebody tells me there’s nothing new in genre fiction, I’m going to hand them this and ask that they let me get a safe distance away before their presumptions are blown to smithereens.”
—Lisa Morton, Bram Stoker Award Winning author of THE CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES and TRICK OR TREAT.
"In this bold debut, Rena Mason has constructed an upper middle-class nightmare for the entire human race that will long stay with me. Read this book, and be prepared!”
—Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bram Stoker Award Winning author of BLACK & ORANGE and DUNGEON BRAIN.
"Rena Mason’s The Evolutionist is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. A psychological thrill ride that is both literary and visceral. Wildly original, smart as hell, and highly recommended!"
—Peter Giglio, author of Stealing Night and Sunfall Manor
"The Evolutionist runs its icy fingers up your spine, grabs you by the brain, and compels you to read on to the final chilling page."
—Fran Friel, Two-Time Bram Stoker Award Finalist.
This anthology was presented with The Serling Award by the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation in 2017. In addition to the short stories, it includes essays on Rod Serling and George Clayton Johnson as well as an introduction by Serling expert Tony Albarella.
- David Afsharirad
Gary A. Braunbeck
Elizabeth A. Herreid
Donald J. Uitvlugt
BRAM STOKER AWARDS 2016 NOMINEE - SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN AN ANTHOLOGY
Over 40 stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of horror and exciting newcomers. Stories by: Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Edward Lee, John Skipp, Poppy Z. Brite, Nick Mamatas, Shane McKenzie,Tim Waggoner, Lisa Morton, Gene O'Neill, Linda Addison, Maria Alexander, Monica O'Rourke, John Palisano, Bruce Boston, Alessandro Manzetti, Rena Mason, Kevin Lucia, Daniel Braum, Colleen Anderson,Thersa Matsuura, John F.D. Taff, James Dorr, Marge Simon, Stefano Fantelli, John Claude Smith, K. Trap Jones, Del Howison, Paolo Di Orazio, Ron Breznay, Mike Lester, Annie Neugebauer, Nicola Lombardi, JG Faherty, Kevin David Anderson, Erinn Kemper, Adrian Ludens, Luigi Musolino, Alexander Zelenyj, Daniele Bonfanti, Kathryn Ptacek, Simonetta Santamaria.
This month, we have original fiction from David Tallerman ("Great Black Wave") and Marc Laidlaw ("The Finest, Fullest Flowering"), along with reprints by Lucy Taylor ("Things Of Which We Do Not Speak") and Rena Mason ("Ruminations"). We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, "The H Word," plus author spotlights with our authors and a feature interview with legendary author Joyce Carol Oates.
Revolutionary tales of resilience and growth, defiance and upheaval from
WC Dunlap • Rachel Pollack • Nick Mamatas • Evan J. Peterson • Rena Mason • S.B. Divya • Gerald L. Coleman • Mary Anne Mohanraj • Craig Laurance Gidney • Nadia Bulkin • Bogi Takács • Margaret Killjoy
Tomorrow is here! Superpowered nationalists, CRISPR babies, alien communists, bloodsucking buildings, holy street justice, otherworldly anarchists, resurrection in the post-apocalypse, and more. There will be no going back.
On the night that a vicious sandstorm closes the roads and seals the doors, a plague of madness spreads through the hospital. Two staff members try desperately to hold onto their sanity while searching for the cause – and, hopefully, the cure – of the outbreak.
But they’re not alone. In this shared world anthology edited by Brad C. Hodson and Bram Stoker Award® winner Benjamin Kane Ethridge, some of the genre’s most talented authors present their own sanity shattering tales. With fiction by John Skipp, Jeff Strand, Scott Nicholson, Lisa Morton, John Palisano, and many others, the horrible truth is revealed bit by awful bit. Step inside and find out what it’s truly like in the MADHOUSE.
The new breed of legends continues…
If you came here to read short stories about tranquil lakes, run to the nearest exit. Run as far away as you can from Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and our array of international voices.
Tales from The Lake volume two also includes the three winners from Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from The Lake Horror Writing Competition:
1st: Descending by John Whalen
2nd: Forever Dark by Jonathan Winn
3rd: Ripperscape by Vincenzo Bilof
Beneath this lake you’ll find nothing but mystery and suspense, horror and dread. Not to mention death and misery – tales to share around the campfire or living room floor. Dive beneath a frozen lake with Rena Mason’s “Winter’s Dollhouse”; allow Tim Lebbon to introduce you to “The God of Rain”; don’t go into the lake when Jim Goforth takes you to the haunting sit of “Lago de los Perdidos”; and never get in an elevator again with John Whalen’s award-winning “Descending.”
So dive on in.
The water’s just…right.
Interview with the Authors:
So what makes Tales from The Lake so special?
Ben Eads: As a reader: Legends and up-and-comers in the field of horror consistently knock each volume out of the ball park. It’s a great anthology. As a writer: Aside from sharing the pages with some of the best writers in the biz? The open-theme affords me a broader canvas to write. And, of course, the recognition!
Raven Dane: Publisher Joe Mynhardt and his team of genre enthusiasts strive to bring the reader only the highest quality short fiction in the Tales From The Lake series. Whether the author is well established name or a bright future star, excellence and innovation is always foremost. This is a publishing house with great integrity and passion, a deep-rooted love of horror and total respect for both writer and reader. And no…I do not work for their PR department! This is my genuine experience as both contributor and reader of Crystal Lake books.
Tell us more about your story?
Lisa Morton: It was inspired by two separate ideas: 1) I enjoy weird westerns and wanted to try one; and 2) I was interested in writing something about a succubus, and I had this question: would a gay man be affected by a supernatural temptress who presents as an exotic woman? I started doing a little research on the Old West (train lines, towns, gunslingers, etc.), and the story started to coalesce from there.
Why should readers give this series a try?
Ben Eads: Everyone loves an end of the world story, right?
Raven Dane: The best reason of all, meticulously produced books packed with intriguing stories from an international collection of great writers. There are many horror anthologies available now, with a resurgence of enthusiasm for short fiction. Sadly not all are worth bothering with, to be brutally honest! A reader is in safe hands with a Tales from The Lake volume. Crystal Lake is fast becoming synonymous for high quality production and wonderful story telling.