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Tales from The Lake Vol.2 Paperback – March 9, 2016
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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."
Cover by Ben Baldwin, and edited by Joe Mynhardt, Emma Audsley and R.J. Cavender, you can't afford to spend another minute away from The Lake.
So dive on in.
The water's just...right.
★★★★★ "With any Tales from The Lake volume you're guaranteed a great product--quality stories, smooth editing, gorgeous production values."-Tim Lebbon, author of Relics
★★★★★ "All in all, another great volume of stories from the eerily melancholy to the full-blown horrific, you will be entertained!"-Horror Novel Reviews
★★★★★ "...powerhouse stories and complement each other well in terms of themes."-Hellnotes
★★★★★ "If you're looking for a surprising mix of horror stories with a host of dark themes, look no further."-The Corpse Bride
★★★★★ "Tales from The Lake is becoming a very reliable source for new, quality horror fiction."-Pop Culture Podium
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (March 9, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 382 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1944783660
- ISBN-13 : 978-1944783662
- Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.79 x 7.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,809,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In “Damned If You Do,” a man named John has started seeing a therapist in order to untangle his troubled home life. The problem is that he really doesn’t seem to want to revisit the past and figure out why he’s ended up in such a difficult situation with his wife. I was fascinated by the idea of a protagonist who is incredibly reluctant to allow the audience into even the smallest corner of his mind, and I only became more intrigued by John’s backstory as the plot progressed. The ending caught me by surprise in a good way!
While I enjoyed all of the stories in this anthology, there were a few that could have used little more polishing before being published. “St. Thomas of El Paso” was a good example of this. The plot followed a young man named Thomas who was kicked out of the orphanage where he was being raised when the priest running it discovered that the boy was gay. I was enthralled with the main character’s struggle to survive on his own as a teenager and young adult, especially once strange things began to happen in the small towns near his home. The ending felt rushed when I compared it to the beginning and middle, though. I would have really liked to see the narrator slow down and dig into the conflicts that had originally drawn me into the plot. There was a lot of material in there that wasn’t given as much room to grow as it needed.
What I appreciated the most about “Bone Wary” was how much time the narrator, Henry, took to describe his art studio and home to the audience. All of those details not only made me curious to find out why Henry spent so much time explaining them, they also paid off handsomely once I realized what his dark secret to all of his success was. This is the kind of tale that requires some legwork from the audience in order to understand what’s going on, but it’s well worth the effort.
Tales from the Lake Vol. 2 was a rewarding read. I’d heartily recommend it to any fellow fans of scary science fiction.
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The nicely done cover is from Ben Baldwin who gave us the cover for Volume 1, and inside… oh my, you’ll find some beautiful artwork created by Aaron Dries. Aaron is also another one of the contributors to this collection.
The first tale in the collection is from Jim Goforth. 'Lago de Los Perdidos' is a sad story of those who have given up. The Lost Lake is a place where one can go and drown their despair. Booker is a man who has lost all he had to the lake, and now as he ponders his loss, he finds the lake now wants him.
Rena Mason’s 'Winter’s Dollhouse' is a creepy story that’s sure to cause a shudder. What started out to be a simple winter’s diving trip under an ice-encrusted lake soon becomes an expedition into terror. What Kirsten doesn’t realize is the terror below is no match for what waits above.
Wow, perfection… what some will do to obtain it. Jan Edwards gives us a glimpse in 'Bone Wary' at the extremes one man takes to create that perfect piece of bone china. Only the finest materials will do.
Hmm… you may want to think twice before entering an elevator again after reading John Whalen’s 'Descending'. There have always been rumors about the Lichfield Psychiatric Hospital where Henry worked. But, that’s just it, they’re rumors, right. Well, Henry is about to take a ride down to Hell, maybe there was some truth to those rumors.
Yum! I love Asian food. The spring rolls, the rice noodles, thinly sliced beef and, those little skewers of delectable BBQ pork, oh yeah, I’m getting hungry. Have you ever tried cooking it at home? For some reason, I can never mimic the flavorful tenderness, the just so taste of the meat. After reading Glen Johnson’s 'Prime Cuts', I’m not so sure I want to. Actually, I’m not too sure I’m still hungry; perhaps you better read this one on an empty stomach!
The above are just a little dip into The Lake, you will also find stories from Jonathan Winn, Edward Lee, Tim Lebbon, Richard Chizmar, Ben Eads, Hal Bodner, Raven Dane, Rocky Alexander, and Vincenzo Bilof. All in all, another great volume of stories from the eerily melancholy to the full-blown horrific, you will be entertained!
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