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Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre (The Dream Weaver Books on Writing Fiction Book 1) by [Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, John Connolly, Lisa Morton, Bev Vincent, Richard Chizmar, Elizabeth Massie, Charlaine Harris, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maberry, Ray Garton, Mort Castle, Craig Engler, Del Howison, Amber Benson, Tom Holland, Fred Dekker, Anderson. Kevin J., Kevin Tenney, Tim Waggoner, Michael Bailey, Mercedes M. Yardley, Jason V Brock, Mark Alan Miller, Michael Paul Gonzalez, S.G Browne, Taylor Grant, O’Regan  Marie ,  Stephanie M. Wytovich,  Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Jess Landry, Marv Wolfman, Paul Moore, John Palisano, William F. Nolan, Joe Mynhardt, Eugene Johnson, Crystal Lake Publishing]

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Contributors include the likes of Clive Barker, Stephen King, Christopher Golden, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, John Connolly, Chuck Palahniuk, Ray Bradbury, Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Peter Straub, Kevin J. Anderson, Craig Engler, Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson, John Carpenter, John Saul, Tom Holland, Mick Garris, Richard Chizmar, Brian Keene, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Edward Lee, Sarah Pinborough, Stephen Jones, Grady Hendrix, Lisa Morton, Steve Rasnic Tem, William F. Nolan, John Russo, Elvira, Tim Lebbon, Nancy Holder, Joe R. Lansdale, F. Paul Wilson, John Skipp, Bev Vincent, Elizabeth Massie, Paul Moore, Gene O’Neill, Tom Monteleone, Tim Waggoner, Patrick Lussier, Aaron Sterns, Jeff Strand, Jeffrey Reddick, Adam Neville, and many more.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Dip in to any section of this book and you will learn something. High praise, but a true statement."—William F. Nolan, Logan's Run

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "
Crystal Lake has yet to publish a stinker, therefore Where Nightmares Come From is constructed in a manner that sidesteps the pitfalls of a typical writing book. This one delivers to both amateur writers and seasoned authors, not to mention giving readers an insight into how their favorite books came to be...this is a tool writers will be using for years. Highly recommended."—Cemetery Dance

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "
I've enjoyed and benefited from Crystal Lake Publishing's Writers on Writing Series, and am happy to find the brand-new volume WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM: THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN THE HORROR GENRE. In 28 articles, including some interviews, 31 authors bring their various and sundry viewpoints, and perhaps better yet, their wisdom, to a volume that I recommend to read and to keep as a reference guide."—Mallory Heart Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Where Nightmares Come From
is a great read. As a reader who loves knowing what happens behind the curtain this book filled that need. If you love reading the horror genre as much as I do then you will love this book."—The Scary Reviews

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A handy, impressive, and richly-detailed anthology on the art of horror storytelling."—Morbidly Beautiful

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "
Would I recommend this book? Hell yeah! If you love Horror you owe it to yourself to buy a copy of Where Nightmares Come From! Learning was never so much fun and entertaining! Crystal Lake's mission extends past giving us great books to read, they also want to teach and support those of us trying to make it in the Horror genre with books like this, as well as mentorships and other great options."—Damaged Skull Writer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "
Not since The Art of War has there been a book more suited to lead you, the storyteller, into (literary) battle. With words of wisdom from Clive Barker and Joe Lansdale, Lisa Morton and Charlaine Harris (and many others well-versed in the world of horror), Where Nightmares Come From is the definitive, kick-ass guide to take your own art of storytelling to the next level."—Jess Landry

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "
This is a great resource, not just for horror writers but all fans of storytelling. A great behind-the-scenes glimpse from several masters."—Mark Allan Gunnells, co-author of WHERE THE DEAD GO TO DIE

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "
Where Nightmares Come From is much like a field guide for creators of the macabre. It contains the myriad strategies other explorers have successfully used to navigate this perilous terrain. Whether it's practical lessons on craft, insightful dark philosophy, or fearsome inspiration you're looking for, this manual from the industry's most talented minds will help you purge the dark sludge from your subconscious, and turn it into something publishable."—Brian Kirk, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of We Are Monsters

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"It's truly an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to be an author in ANY genre. The advice provided by these masters in the field can be applied to every type of writing."—John J. Questore

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Where Nightmares Come From
is an indispensable guidebook for those of us who are creators in the field of horror. There's a wide range of expertise here, not just from novelists and short story authors but from filmmakers, screenwriters, and authors of non-fiction articles in the field."—Darrell Grizzle

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "
The wisdom within is like a treasure chest full of gold for writers, with some fascinating insights into the processes of established professionals."—Joseph VanBuren

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0776MT1LY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crystal Lake Publishing (November 17, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 17, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4318 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 314 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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