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Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre (Dream Weaver) Paperback – November 10, 2017

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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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "I WANT TO MEMORIZE THIS BOOK."—Dona Fox

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "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

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crystal Lake Publishing (November 10, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1640074686
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1640074682
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.06 x 0.76 x 7.81 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Interesting and cheaper than a book event
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5.0 out of 5 stars A helpful mentor guide
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