Sunday, August 28, 2016


Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt have come up with another great collection of horror tales. Tales From The Lake Vol. 3, edited by Monique Snyman, is a fantastic tome! There are a number of authors in this collection I have not read, but while going through the stories, I was pleasantly surprised with their tales. It's always nice to discover new authors.

Crystal Lake Publishing has another win!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Dive into the deep end of the lake with 19 tales of terror, selected by Monique Snyman.

Tales from the Lake Vol. 3 features ghosts, monsters, assassins, alternate dimensions, creatures from the deepest depths and the darkest parts of the universe.

Join “Maybelle” by Mere Joyce in a world where books become real enough to cause both pleasure and pain. Avoid the sounds of “The Cruel” by Harper Hull, lest you want to come to a terrifying end. Travel across the world to see what terrors lurk in an abandoned hospital with “Hush” by Sergio Pereira.

This non-themed horror anthology is filled with suspenseful stories, terrifying thrillers, tragic tales, mystifying mysteries, and memorable adventures that will leave you wanting more. Let these modern urban legends prickle your imagination, share it around a campfire, and revel in the magic of Crystal Lake’s exceptional authors.

The Owl Builder by D. Morgan Ballmer
Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce
Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson
Woe, Violent Water by Lily Childs
The Cruel by Harper Hull
Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds
Maybelle by Meredith Cleversey writing as Mere Joyce
Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward
The Deeper I Go The Deeper I Fear by Natalie Carroll
The Pigmalion Pigs by Mark Allan Gunnells
Chemical Oasis by Tommy B. Smith
Hush by Sergio Pereira
The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W. Cain
Effigy by Kate Jonez
Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner
The Bet by Amy Grech
A Hand from the Depths by Dave-Brendon de Burgh
The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent
The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Patrick Bates

Foreword by the editor, Monique Snyman.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing.

Format: Kindle Edition
I am going to start off with a confession, I have not read any of the other Tales from the Lake. So what is this book about. It’s a book that holds 19 of the most weird and amazing stories that you will ever read. It caters for all types, ranging from ancient monsters, ghost and even stories that have a sci-fi element. After reading this book you will definitely find a story or stories that you loved. Each story had its own individuality and I loved them all.
So not to spoil your enjoyment of the book, I am just going to write a one-line sentence on each story:
The Owl Builder by D Morgan Ballmer: What a twist at the end
Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce: That is one water park that I would not want to go to, creepy does not give this story credit
Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson: Reginald Henry Moore III a very conscientious body squatter
Woe, Violent and Water by Lily Childs: A short story that ranged from ancient to modern times, Enid was one evil woman.
The Cruel by Harper Hall by Harper Hall: This story gave me goose bumps; I could just imagine being in the school with that noise.
Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds: When you start this story it seems pretty normal then the author hits you, is it a happy town at the end.
Maybelle by Mere Joyce: Ancient portals and an origami bird, a great short story that had so much contents.
Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward: This story about an ancient monster, this story wants me to read more about Ben and would love a series.
The Deeper I Go the Deeper I Fear Natalie Carrol: A story about a brave boy and a Kelpie, put you off swimming in the lake.
The Pigmallion Pig: by Mark Allan Gunnells: Joe is fixated on a children’s book but does not expect what where his fixation takes him.
Chemical Oasis by Tommy B Smith: An intense story about a highly addictive drug and the team sent to bring it down
Hush by Sergio Pereira: Set in the surroundings of a derelict hospital, this story is not what you expect, and your introduction to the Dutch witches.
The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W Cain: This author draws you in to feeling sorry for Dana, but humans can be monsters or is she a very na├»ve girl
Effigy by Kate Jonez: Not what I expected from a job offer, don’t accept packages from strangers.
Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner: Kept me on the edge of my seat turning the pages quicker and quicker to find out if he got his target.
A Hand from the Depths by Dave De Burgh: Manolo gets abducted, but what was the reason for the abduction.
The Bet by Amy Grech: When a hazing goes wrong, great story.
The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent: An ancient Indian monster Ishtikini, Lilly and what happened in 1955.
The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Jack Bates: As you read this story you presume this is about 2 senile men, but the further you get into it, you know something is not right.
I had not read any other stories written by these authors but the way they all wrote, has left me want to read more from each of them. As these are all short stories, you have the choice either to read the book cover to cover or if you have a spare 10 minutes then pick up this book and read a story. Another great publication from Crystal Lake.

Format: Kindle Edition
There are a number of horror anthology publishers out there who regularly pump out collections of stories that lack imagination or are incapable of stirring one's emotions. The Tales From the Lake anthologies published by Crystal Lake Publishing are a prime example of exactly the opposite! The stories contained within these anthologies will not only make one's blood run cold, they might even be able to cause some quite intense emotional reactions for the readers of these well-selected tales.

Volume 3 of Tales From The Lake continues the tradition of bringing together a collection of extremely engaging short stories that cause the reader to think and shudder at the same time. From the get-go, this volume presents stories that carry readers into the heart of darkness and keeps them there, presenting narratives that are so intense, one tends to hold their breath as they read these accounts of the horrors that can descend upon the unwitting. Be warned, the emotions that this collection can elicit from readers may result in many a sleepless night, not only while reading it, but for some time to come!

Crystal Lake Publishing has done it again with Tales From The Lake Volume 3. Honestly, you owe it to yourself to read this newest assortment of horror fiction that will make your skin crawl while at the same time making it hard for you to put it down. This one will get your attention, and keep it until you finish the final page. Get it now, and be one of the first to get the daylights scared out of you!

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