Monday, May 11, 2015

THE OUTSIDERS - BY CRYSTAL LAKE PUBLISHING - IS NOW OUT!

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The Outsiders, by Crystal Lake Publishing, is ready for your reading pleasure! Joe Mynhardt, Editor and Owner of Crystal Lake Publishing, did a great job in putting this fantastic anthology together. Take a look at the book description, blurbs, and reviews, and you will see what I mean. Horror surrounds you everywhere. This is not a feel good collection; this is a book about evil; this is a tale that will have you looking behind you, knowing something . . . something evil is there.

Buy it. Enjoy it. Welcome to the Priory.


Blaze McRob


Book Description

May 4, 2015
Crystal Lake Publishing presents...

A Suspense Thriller / Horror featuring the gated community of Priory, with its cult leader Charles Erich and his followers, including those who want to overthrow him, and those who’ll do anything for him. Is that which they worship the true evil, or does evil reside in them?
Inside Priory awaits a lot more than meets the eye. The people might seem friendly, but only because their enigmatic leader Charles Erich accepts nothing less.

The cottages within this gated community seem simple enough, and even though what lurks beneath them is more ancient than mankind itself, can anything be more evil than the people worshipping it?

If you dare follow this UK invasion of five prime authors as they each tell their own story of the people living behind Priory's steel gates and high walls, you'll quickly find yourself an outsider, as well.

Featuring stories by Stephen Bacon, James Everington, Gary Fry, V.H. Leslie, and Rosanne Rabinowitz.

The Priory. A community of one mind and purpose. A place of order, commitment, peace, and service. A perfect world, building on mind shattering secrets from beyond the pale. Enter…if you dare.

“The Outsiders is an anthology of themed short stories that are centered on the Priory. Priory is a gated community that seems to be an idyllic neighborhood for the rich and pampered but there is much more to the community than meets the eye. Under the leadership of the enigmatic Charles Erich, the community is a conglomeration of simple cottages that speak to a people seeking to live a simple life outside of the complicated world. Underneath the community, however, lurks an ancient monster pulled straight from legend and who is pure evil. The only thing worse than the monster are the people who have dedicated their lives to worshiping it. Welcome to Priory. Only a select few can join the community but no one can get out alive.” – Examiner.com

“Be forewarned, once you’ve entered the gates with the rather odd sea creature upon them, you’ll find yourself trapped until the final page releases the lock. Even then, shadowy tentacles will follow you throughout the remainder of your days… whispering eternally of the horrors below.” – Naomi DeBruyn – Linear Reflections

“Each author so perfectly captures the atmosphere the others set out to achieve, that it’s difficult to remember this was written by more than one person.” – Zero Signal Magazine

“…filled with a sense of creeping dread and claustrophobic paranoia that grabs you and won't let go.” – Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews

“I have admitted to having some fatigue when it comes to Lovecraft-inspired fiction as it seems like there has been a glut of it and much of it is unoriginal or just not good. That is definitely not the case with The Outsiders. Mynhardt has pulled together some of the finest Lovecraftian fiction in an intriguing setting that speaks to being the beginning of something bigger.” – Examiner.com

“I can only hope that we have not seen the last of Priory and, if the quality of fiction in this book is any indication, I think there is much more to come. I know that I will be there.” – Examiner.com

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 “As I wrote the story, I drew on my experience of returning to places where I grew up as an outsider, the 'home town' that was never home – an experience that many people share.” – Rosanne Rabinowitz

I wanted to take this idea of digging deeper quite literally and write about not only the mysterious and potentially dangerous things the earth conceals, but the often beautiful things it relinquishes.” – V.H. Leslie
“Joe's (the editor's) notion of a gated community filled with various reclusive go-getters fired my imagination, coming as it did during a spell of unprecedentedly terrible activity during a perpetual interest of mine, the darker reaches of the UK economy, all its social strata and clench-palmed denizens. The secrecy and exclusivity of such an enclosed venue struck me as an able symbol for the nefarious activities of many folk involved in the national conspiracy of theft and concealment which characterised the credit crunch.” – Gary Fry
“Lovecraft’s racism (at least as it manifests itself in his fiction) has always seemed to me to be psychological as much as political or overtly fascist. The word ‘xenophobia’ (a rejected title for ‘Impossible Colours’) appropriately describes his unease towards all outsiders, not just those of different coloured skin. Indeed some of his best fiction is driven precisely by the horror of being overrun, of being subsumed by ‘the others.’” – James Everington

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5.0 out of 5 stars CHILLS, THRILLS, AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS May 9, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
To me, reading The Outsiders, was a unique experience as I've never read a collection of short stories all set in the same universe with the same characters yet written by different authors. A gated community, believed to be a religious cult, strange disappearances and people with unusual behaviour, as well as something monstrous lurking deep below the foundations of said gated community certainly could make imaginations run wild.

In the first story The Subprime, we are introduced to Lee, a man who realizes that his boss is not exactly a highly moral man. His effort to quit his job leads to a dinner with the potential to go horribly wrong. As Lee enters Priory and proceeds to the dinner party, the reader experiences firsthand his apprehension which later becomes paranoia.

In the second tale, Michala, a police woman from the nearby town of Exham, investigates a suicide which leads her to the mysterious Priory. While Ryan tries to escape his religious fanatic wife, Caitlin, elderly Petra is concerned for her husband's wellbeing and sanity.

In the final story, Meat, Motion, and Light, a young woman, whose mother is at the heart of the secret that lives below Priory, returns to lay to rest that which still haunts her from her years growing up there, and, maybe, to resolve more than just her past.

The people who appear in all the stories or in more than one of the stories, are kept in character by all the different authors. I was most impressed by the extremely well portrayed religious leader, Charles Erich, as well as by the deceptively sophisticated Mr. Philips. The reappearance of a grown up Claudia in the last story was an unexpected bonus. In that final tale she stands out as one of the more fleshed out characters in the book.

I highly recommend The Outsiders as a suspenseful, sometimes downright scary and very well compiled collection of stories to everybody who loves a steadily unfolding horror with an excellent, but unexpected, end. (Ellen Fritz)

4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore that slithering sound,,,,, May 8, 2015
By Angela
Format:Kindle Edition
From the Description:

Inside Priory awaits a lot more than meets the eye. The people might seem friendly, but only because their enigmatic leader Charles Erich doesn't give them much of a choice.

The cottages inside this gated community seem simple enough, and even though what lurks beneath them is more ancient than mankind itself, can anything be more evil than the people worshipping it?

If you dare follow this UK invasion of five prime authors as they each tell their own story of the people living behind Priory's steel gates and high walls, you'll quickly find yourself an outsider, as well.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

The outsiders is a collection of tales centered around The Priory. A gated community that has a secret,,, The people there worship one of the Old Gods. As a fan of the Cthulhu mythos and Lovecraftian horror, I couldn't wait to read these stories! The stories you'll find here are filled with a sense of creeping dread and claustrophobic paranoia that grabs you and won't let go. All of the stories here are good but two of them really stood out for me. The first was Precious Things, where a woman learns that her true worth is priceless. The second was Meat, Motion, And Light, which gives us a glimpse into the mating rituals of an Old One. Both really great stories! Now,,, Ignore that slithering sound coming from the pipes and curl up with this 4 star read.

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