From Shadows to Manuscripts: Craft Your Horror Masterpiece in 8 Weeks With This Awesome Limited Course!

Stephen King once wrote, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” But what if that moment could be the beginning of an unforgettable journey? Welcome to Crystal Lake Entertainment’s newest challenge: “Unleash Your Horror Novella in Just 8 Weeks,” a course designed not only to ignite the dark spark of creativity but to fan it into a blazing inferno.

Under the watchful eye of Joe Mynhardt, founder and CEO of Crystal Lake Publishing, you’re not merely signing up for a workshop; you’re enlisting in an expedition. With Joe and a team of professional editors as your guides, you’ll delve into the abyss, transforming the nebulous shadows of your imagination into a horror novella capable of chilling the very marrow of your readers.

Each week, you’ll gather around the virtual campfire for expert-led Zoom presentations, illuminating the dark arts of plot development, character creation, and more, all through the prism of horror writing. These sessions aren’t just about learning; they’re about applying, doing, and evolving. Seth Godin tells us, “The best way to complain is to make things,” and here, you’ll make something that whispers, screams, and lurks in the night.

Yet, what truly elevates this experience is the professional editing phase. It really is something you don’t see a lot of courses offer and is a unique selling point that really ups what Crystal Lake Publishing is bringing to life.

But the heart of this journey? The one-on-one chats with Joe Mynhardt. These aren’t just meetings; they’re waypoints on your path, each one offering personalized guidance from a titan of horror publishing. It’s here, in these moments, that the course transcends the ordinary, offering a mentorship that could very well be the crucible from which your greatest work emerges.

And let’s not overlook the power of the pack—the group assessments and accountability sessions with your fellow authors. There’s a camaraderie that forms when you share a journey through the dark, a shared pulse that beats stronger with every tale told, every critique shared.

Whether you’re a seasoned scribe of the macabre or a newcomer drawn to the genre’s call, this workshop is your gateway to something profound. It’s not just about writing a novella; it’s about birthing a piece of you into the world, a shadow made text, ready to haunt the dreams of those who dare to read.

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So, are you prepared to embark on this quest? To channel the essence of your nightmares into a novella that grips the heart and refuses to let go? If the answer whispers yes in the back of your mind, then “Unleash Your Horror Novella in Just 8 Weeks” awaits. Let’s begin this journey together, and remember, in the world of horror writing, the darkness is not just to be feared—it’s to be understood, shaped, and shared.

Here is how Crystal Lake Publishing is describing the course:

Joe Mynhardt stands as a paragon in the horror literary world, a Bram Stoker Award-winning South African publisher, editor, and mentor with over a decade of experience. As the founder and CEO of Crystal Lake Entertainment, Joe has transformed a humble 2012 startup into a multifaceted Intellectual Property powerhouse. Under his visionary leadership, Crystal Lake Publishing has become just one of the many thriving divisions of his company.

With a track record of working with and publishing works by luminaries such as Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Ramsey Campbell, John Connolly, Jack Ketchum, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Golden, Graham Masterton, Damien Angelica Walters, Adam Nevill, Lisa Morton, Elizabeth Massie, Joe R. Lansdale, Edward Lee, Paul Tremblay, and Wes Craven, Joe is the quintessential mentor for aspiring horror authors. His deep industry insights and extensive network place him in a unique position to guide both new and seasoned writers in the genre.

Joe’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering author careers is at the heart of Crystal Lake Entertainment’s ethos. His approach is not just about publishing books; it’s about building a community, sharing knowledge, and being a beacon of friendship and guidance in the often-intimidating world of horror writing.

Since leaving his day job in 2016 to focus full-time on his passion, Joe has also excelled as a work-from-home dad, a role he embraced in 2018. His daughter, Cayleigh, named after his childhood influences Bruce Lee and Stan Lee, is a testament to his belief in the power of storytelling across all mediums. Joe’s love for great narratives extends beyond literature, encompassing comics, games, film, and television, with favorites ranging from Poe, Doyle, and Lovecraft to King, Connolly, and Gaiman.

Joe Mynhardt isn’t just a figure in the horror industry—he’s a driving force behind it, leading a successful online business that goes beyond the traditional boundaries of publishing. Discover more about Joe’s journey and Crystal Lake’s offerings at or connect with him on Facebook or Patreon (includes author tiers and a 7-day free trial), where he continues to inspire and lead the next generation of horror storytellers.

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