“In Lieu of Patience Bring Diversity”

Learn the craft of writing from those who know it best.

This is the Writers on Writing Vol.1 – 4 Omnibus – An Author’s Guide where your favorite authors share their ultimate secrets in becoming and being an author.


  • The Infrastructure of the Gods by Brian Hodge
  • The Writer’s Purgatory by Monique Snyman
  • Why Rejection is Still Important by Kevin Lucia
  • Real Writers Steal Time by Mercedes M. Yardley
  • What Right Do I Have to Write by Jasper Bark
  • Go Pace Yourself by Jack Ketchum
  • A Little Infusion of Magic by Dave-Brendon de Burgh
  • Confronting Your Fears in Fiction by Todd Keisling
  • Once More with Feeling by Tim Waggoner
  • Embracing Your Inner Shitness by James Everington
  • The Forgotten Art of Short Story by Mark Allan Gunnells
  • Adventures in Teaching Creative Writing by Lucy A. Snyder
  • Submit (to psychology) for Acceptance by Daniel I. Russell
  • Character Building by Theresa Derwin
  • Heroes and Villains by Paul Kane
  • Do Your Worst by Jonathan Winn
  • Creating Effective Characters by Hal Bodner
  • Fictional Emotions; Emotional Fictions by James Everington
  • Home Sweet Home by Ben Eads
  • You by Kealan Patrick Burke
  • The art of becoming a book reviewer by Nerine Dorman
  • Treating Fiction like a Relationship by Jonathan Janz
  • How to Write Killer Poetry by Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • Happy Little Trees by Michael Knost
  • In Lieu of Patience Bring Diversity by Kenneth W. Cain
  • Networking is Scary, but Essential by Doug Murano
  • Are You In The Mood? by Sheldon Higdon
  • What if Every Novel is a Horror Novel? by Steve Diamond
  • Description by Patrick Freivald
  • A First-time Novelist’s Odyssey by William Gorman
  • I Am Setting by J.S. Breukelaar
  • Finding Your Voice by Lynda E. Rucker

Are you ready to unleash the author in you?

Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths

Interview with the authors:

So what makes Writers on Writing so special?

Stephanie M. Wytovich: I think what makes Writers on Writing a standout craft book is that Crystal Lake Publishing pulled writers from different genres and different mediums to give readers a massive insight into the industry in regards to film, screenwriting, poetry, prose, etc. It’s a meaty collection of advice that speaks to everyone at any point in their career, and I think readers will be wildly excited about the essays inside.

Tell us more about your essay.

Jack Ketchum: Mine’s about pacing, crucial to grabbing and holding the reader’s attention, and music to the reader’s ear. Both, I think, important things to consider.

Kenneth W. Cain: I speak of using diversity in your fiction, of pulling from the known world to create more realistic characters without relying on stereotypes and generalizations. It’s much a reflection of myself, of course, but I fully believe in letting characters breathe, allowing them to become what they will, good or bad, male or female, deviant or prude.

Why should authors read Writers on Writing?

Stephanie M. Wytovich: To me, it’s a great way to see how other artists are making things work, while at the same time gain insight into different approaches to the craft. I also think that books like Writers on Writing are great teaching tools for instructors and editors because they can help students both inside and outside of the classroom, and as an instructor myself, I find the essays to be extremely refreshing reads that excite and prepare me for lecture and workshop.

“Thumb on the Button”

Reviews for my essay:
“Cain gives a list of things to think about before you choose to self-publish.” ~ Blog Review


Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors.Have you ever wanted to be a horror writer? Perhaps you have already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?

That’s what Horror 101: The Way Forward is all about. It’s not your average On Writing guide that covers active vs. passive and other writing tips, Horror 101 focuses on the career of a horror writer. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.

Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, reviewing, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, series, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is not your average On Writing guide, as it is more focused on the career options available to authors. But don’t fret, this book is loaded with career tips and behind-the-scene stories on how your favourite authors broke into their respective fields.

  • Foreword by Mort Castle
  • Making Contact by Jack Ketchum
  • What is Horror by Graham Masterton
  • Bitten by the Horror Bug by Edward Lee
  • Reader Beware by Siobhan McKinney
  • Balancing Art and Commerce by Taylor Grant
  • From Prose to Scripts by Shane McKenzie
  • Writing About Films and for Film by Paul Kane
  • Screamplays! Writing the Horror Film by Lisa Morton
  • Screenplay Writing: The First Cut Is the Deepest by Dean M. Drinkel
  • Publishing by Simon Marshall-Jones
  • Weighing Up Traditional Publishing & eBook Publishing by Robert W. Walker
  • Glenn Rolfe Toes the Line with Samhain Horror Head Honcho, Don D’Auria by Glenn Rolfe
  • Bringing the Zombie to Life by Harry Shannon
  • Audiobooks: Your Words to Their Ears by Chet Williamson
  • Writing Aloud by Lawrence Santoro
  • Ghost-writing: You Can’t Write It If You Can’t Hear It by Thomas Smith
  • Ghost-writing by Blaze McRob
  • The Horror Writers Association – the Genre’s Essential Ingredient by Rocky Wood
  • What a Short Story Editor Does by Ellen Datlow
  • Self-Publishing: Making Your Own Dreams by Iain Rob Wright
  • Self-Publishing: Thumb on the Button by Kenneth W. Cain
  • What’s the Matter with Splatter? by Daniel I. Russell
  • Partners in the Fantastic: The Pros and Cons of Collaborations by Michael McCarty
  • The Journey of “Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears” by Richard Thomas
  • Writing Short Fiction by Joan De La Haye
  • A beginner’s guide to setting up and running a website by Michael Wilson
  • Poetry and Horror by Blaze McRob
  • Horror for Kids: Not Child’s Play by Francois Bloemhof
  • So you want to write comic books… by C.E.L. Welsh
  • Horror Comics – How to Write Gory Scripts for Gruesome Artists by Jasper Bark
  • Some Thoughts on my Meandering within the World of Dark and Horror Art by Niall Parkinson
  • Writing the Series by Armand Rosamilia
  • Running a Web serial by Tonia Brown
  • Reviewing by Jim Mcleod
  • Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
  • The 7 Signs that make Agents and Editors say, “Yes!” by Anonymous
  • The (extremely) Short Guide to Writing Horror by Tim Waggoner
  • Growing Ideas by Gary McMahon
  • Filthy Habits – Writing and Routine by Jasper Bark
  • A Room of One’s Own – The Lonely Path of a Writer by V.H. Leslie
  • Do You Need an Agent? by Eric S Brown
  • Ten Short Story Endings to Avoid by William Meikle
  • Submitting Your Work Part 2: Read the F*****g Guidelines! by John Kenny
  • Rejection Letters – How to Write and Respond to Them by Jasper Bark
  • Editing and Proofreading by Diane Parkin
  • On Formatting: A Concise Guide to the Most Frequently Encountered issues by Rick Carufel
  • How to Dismember Your Darlings – Editing Your Own Work by Jasper Bark
  • From Reader to Writer: Finding Inspiration by Emma Audsley
  • Writing Exercises by Ben Eads
  • The Year After Publication… by Rena Mason
  • Writing Horror: 12 Tips on Making a Career of It by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Five Laws of Arnzen by Michael A. Arnzen
  • The Cheesy Trunk of Terror by Scott Nicholson
  • How to be Your Own Agent, Whether You Have One or Not by Joe Mynhardt
  • Networking at Conventions by Lucy A. Snyder
  • Pitch to Impress: How to Stand Out from the Convention Crowd by RJ Cavender
  • You Better (Net)Work by Tim Waggoner
  • Vaginas in Horror by Theresa Derwin
  • Friendship, Writing, and the Internet by Weston Ochse
  • Buttoning Up Before Dinner by Gary Fry
  • How to Fail as an Artist in Ten Easy Steps by John Palisano
  • Writer’s Block by Mark West
  • Be the Writer You Want to Be by Steven Savile
  • Afterword by Joe Mynhardt

Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:

  • are suffering from writer’s block
  • are starting their writing careers
  • are looking to expand their writing repertoire
  • are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
  • are looking to pay more bills with their art
  • are trying to further their careers
  • are trying to establish a name brand
  • are looking to get published
  • are planning on self-publishing
  • want to learn more about the pros in the horror genre
  • are looking for motivation and/or inspiration
  • love the horror genre
  • are not sure where to take their writing careers

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing
Cover art by Ben Baldwin
Edited by Joe Mynhardt and Emma Audsley
eBook formatting by Robert Swartwood