Michaelbrent Collings’ Ultimate Horror List

I adore Michaelbrent and his works. He’s a pretty phenomenal guy and he just put together the coolest list of favorite horror books and movies as suggested by his friends! AND I AM ONE OF THEM. Click here to check out the ultimate horror rec list, just in time for Halloween!  What books or movies would you suggest?


Also, check out Michaelbrent’s work. I adored Apparition, which was genuinely creepy. For a good time, read his The Longest Con, which has several authors (including yours truly!) as main characters. It’s truly a hoot. Also, his book Predators was so enjoyable that I recommended it be put on the 2018 Bram Stoker reading list. Between his books and the ultimate horror rec list, you’ll be set for a long time to come. 🙂

Announcing “Unpretty Monster.”


I am over the moon to announce that my short story “Unpretty Monster” is included in the Fantastic Tales of Terror anthology! My story explores what really happened to the Titanic. It’s even more tragic than you think.

I’m delighted to be working with editor Eugene Johnson, whom I really enjoy, as well as sharing the TOC (Table of Contents) with some stellar writers.

Fantastic Tales of Terror is a new fiction anthology, to be released by award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing. The anthology examines the dark and fantastic side of history. Featuring stories by Joe R. Lansdale, Bev Vincent, Elizabeth Massie, Tim Waggoner, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Richard Chizmar, Christopher Golden, Jess Landry and many more. Cover and art by Luke Spooner. Created by editor Eugene Johnson. Coming soon by Crystal Lake Publishing in Summer 2018.





Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning Little Dead Red and the Bram Stoker nominated “Loving You Darkly.”

“Loving You Darkly” is a Bram Stoker Award Nominee!

Oh, my friends. I can’t even tell you how it feels. I guess I’d say it feels like SHOCK, and being dumbfounded, and so grateful at the same time. My short story “Loving You Darkly” which was published at Tethered By Letters made it to the final ballot, so it’s officially a Bram Stoker Award-nominated story. Out of all of the wonderful, wonderful stories that came out this year (I read hundreds upon hundreds for Gamut Magazine), it is truly an honor to make the top five on the ballot.

As a special aside, my collection Beautiful Sorrows was originally going to be called Loving You Darkly,  but it didn’t fit the collection quite as well as I wanted. Believe me when I say this story was a long time coming.

“Loving You Darkly” is available to read online. It’s dark and lovely and full of pain and hope. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

I’ve read most of the works mentioned below, and they’re really quite good. I’d suggest adding them to your reading list! The other nominees are:


Superior Achievement in a Novel

Golden, Christopher – Ararat (St. Martin’s Press)

King, Stephen and King, Owen – Sleeping Beauties (Scribner)

Malerman, Josh – Black Mad Wheel (Ecco)

Miskowski, S.P. – I Wish I Was Like You (JournalStone)

Tem, Steve Rasnic – Ubo (Solaris)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Cabeen, Robert Payne – Cold Cuts (Omnium Gatherum Media)

Davidson, Andy – In the Valley of the Sun (Skyhorse Publishing)

Hayward, Matt – What Do Monsters Fear? (Post Mortem Press)

Hepler, Jeremy – The Boulevard Monster (Bloodshot Books)

Thomas, Scott – Kill Creek (Ink Shares)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

French, Gillian – The Door to January (Islandport Press)

Leveen, Tom – Hellworld (Simon Pulse)

Liggett, Kim – The Last Harvest (Tor Teen)

Lukavics, Amy – The Ravenous (Harlequin Teen)

Porter, Sarah – When I Cast Your Shadow (Tor Teen)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Carey, Mike and Arvind, Ethan David – Darkness Visible (IDW)

Duffy, Damian and Butler, Octavia E. – Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Abrams ComicArts)

Ferris, Emil – My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Hickman, Jonathan – The Black Monday Murders (Image Comics)

Liu, Marjorie – Monstress Volume 2: The Blood (Image Comics)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Edelman, Scott – Faking it Until Forever Comes (Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them) (Written Backwards)

Jones, Stephen Graham – Mapping the Interior (Tor.com)

Kiernan, Caitlín R. – Agents of Dreamland (Tor.com)

Taylor, Lucy – Sweetlings (Tor.com)

Waggoner, Tim – A Kiss of Thorns (DarkFuse)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Bailey, Michael – “I Will Be the Reflection Until the End” (Tales from the Lake Vol. 4) (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Chambers, James – “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills” (Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2) (Cutting Block Books)

Mannetti, Lisa – “Apocalypse Then” (Never Fear: The Apocalypse) (13Thirty Books)

Neugebauer, Annie – “So Sings the Siren” (Apex Magazine #101) (Apex Publications)

Yardley, Mercedes M. – “Loving You Darkly” (F(r)iction Magazine #8) (Tethered by Letters)  This is me! Ahhhh!

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Hill, Joe – Strange Weather (William Morrow)

Kiste, Gwendolyn – And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe (JournalStone)

Malerman, Josh – Goblin (Earthling Publications)

Matsuura, Thersa – The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales (Independent Legions Publishing)

McGrath, Patrick – Writing Madness (Centipede Press)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Del Toro, Guillermo and Taylor, Vanessa – The Shape of Water (TSG Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions)

Duffer, Matt and Duffer, Ross – Stranger Things: MadMax, Episode 02:01: Chapter One (21 Laps Entertainment, Monkey Massacre)

Frost, Mark and Lynch, David – Twin Peaks, Part 8 (Rancho Rosa Partnership, Inc.)

Palmer, Chase, Fukunaga, Cary, and Dauberman, Gary – It (New Line Cinema)

Peele, Jordan – Get Out (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment)

Shyamalan, M. Night – Split (Blinding Edge Pictures, Blumhouse Productions)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Brooks, Kinitra, PhD., Addison, Linda D., and Morris, Susana, PhD. – Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Publishing)

Datlow, Ellen – Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology (Pegasus Books)

Maberry, Jonathan and Romero, George A. – Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology (St. Martin’s Griffin)

Manzetti, Alessandro and Lester, Jodi Renee – The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water (Independent Legions Publishing)

Murano, Doug – Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Brittany, Michele – Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre (McFarland)

Brooks, Kinitra D. – Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (Rutgers University Press)

Hendrix, Grady. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction (Quirk Books)

Jones, Stephen – The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)

Mynhardt, Joe and Johnson, Eugene – Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre – (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Frazier, Robert and Boston, Bruce – Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Manzetti, Alessandro – No Mercy (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Simon, Marge and Turzillo, Mary – Satan’s Sweethearts (Weasel Press)

Sng, Christina – A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Wytovich, Stephanie M. – Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Goodbye, Jack Ketchum <3


His name was Dallas Mayr, but most of you know him as Jack Ketchum. He was a brilliant writer and dear man. If you haven’t read The Girl Next Door, you should. It’s a wonderfully written, horribly disturbing book.


Mercedes, Dallas, and Laura J. Hickman at Killercon 2011

I have a few memories of Dallas, but my favorite was at Killercon in 2011. I had just had my triplets, and two passed away. The other was still in the NICU. I went to a writer’s conference here in Vegas, and was still little shaky. In fact, that very morning I had cut off my hospital bracelets so I could attend the conference.

It seemed too soon.

Dallas had heard about my loss and gently asked about it. His kindness and sensitivity meant so much to a grieving woman who spent some time sobbing in the stairwell during that conference. He didn’t have to take the time to talk to me, but he chose to. I’ll never forget it.

Rest in the sweetest of peace, Dallas. You deserve wonderful things.

Where Nightmares Come From! And A Reading!

Today is the launch of Crystal Lake’s WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM anthology! In celebration, I did a reading from part of my included essay, titled “Bringing An Idea To Life Through Language.”  I hope you enjoy.

It’s finally here! WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM: THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN THE HORROR GENRE is now available in paperback and Kindle: http://getbook.at/Nightmares1

“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

“Not since The Art of War has there been a book more suited to lead you, the storyteller, into (literary) battle.” – Jess Landry

Featuring in-depth articles and interviews by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard series), Clive Barker (Books of Blood), John Connolly (Charlie Parker series), Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King (IT), Christopher Golden (Ararat), Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series), Kevin J. Anderson (Tales of Dune), Craig Engler (Z Nation), and many more.

Don’t miss out…
Amazon: http://getbook.at/Nightmares1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/…/36544568-where-nightmares-come-…

Follow the Where Nightmares Come From Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NightmareAnthology/) for regular updates, sneak peeks, links, interviews, and more. Or subscribe to the Crystal Lake newsletter: http://eepurl.com/xfuKP



Come to Miss Murder’s Reading at Joe Maxx Coffee Company! And a Free Raffle!

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Beginning the blanket you’ll win!

I’m absolutely delighted to be reading at the  Joe Maxx Coffee Company’s Dime Grinds this Sunday, October 1. Dime Grinds is a free live reading program from 2-4 PM where you can listen to readings, ask the authors questions, buy books, and enjoy book signings. Coffee is ten cents a cup, so kick back and enjoy!

I’ll also be holding a free raffle for a soft, flannel Halloween blanket that I made. I started it in my hotel room during the Storymaker’s conference (which is one of the best writing conferences I’ve ever been to) and I’m finishing it up now. In fact, it’s lying on the floor in pieces as we speak. Everybody who attends the reading get a ticket. If you purchase one of my books online or at the reading, you get a second ticket. The winner will be drawn out of a hat there at the reading, and boom! You go home with a handmade blanket for the darkest of holidays. Your chances of winning are exceptional, so come on by! I hope to see you. 🙂

 Joe Maxx Coffee Company

2:00 -4:00 pm

500 E. Windmill, 89123



Crystal Lake’s Massive Kindle Sale!



You guys! Crystal Lake is celebrating the end of August with a HUGE 99 cent Kindle Sale, including my Bram Stoker Award-winning Little Dead Red and my favorite novel, Pretty Little Dead Girls. (The sale starts on August 29 for PLDG.) So many books are on sale, and I’ve picked up a few myself. Why not check it out?  The rest of the info is below.

Welcome to Crystal Lake Publishing’s August sale! Grab as many as you can before the prices go up throughout the week, but stick around, as well. The authors behind these books will drop by throughout the week with questions, challenges, games and giveaways.

These titles will drop to 99c today and slowly rise back to their normal prices by Monday the 4th of September. The sale is active on Amazon.com andAmazon.co.uk.

On sale from today:
LITTLE DEAD RED by Mercedes M. Yardley – getBook.at/DeadAmazon
EMBERS by Kenneth W. Cain – http://getbook.at/CainsEmbers
EIDOLON AVENUE by Jonathan Winn – http://getbook.at/AmazonEidolon
WHERE YOU LIVE by Gary McMahon – http://getBook.at/WhereYouLive
STUCK ON YOU AND OTHER PRIME CUTS by Jasper Bark –http://getbook.at/JasperPrimeCuts
SLEEPER(S) by Paul Kane – http://getbook.at/Sleepers
BLACKWATER VAL by William Gorman – http://getbook.at/BlackVal
THE OUTSIDERS Lovecraftian anthology – http://getbook.at/AmazonTheOutsiders
SARAH KILLIAN: SERIAL KILLER FOR HIRE by Mark Sheldon –http://getbook.at/SarahK
WIND CHILL by Patrick Rutigliano – http://getbook.at/AmazonChill
THE THIRD TWIN by Darren Speegle – http://getbook.at/ThirdTwin
THE FINAL RECONCILIATION by Todd Keisling – http://getbook.at/TheYellowKing
SAMURAI AND OTHER STORIES by William Meikle – http://getbook.at/Amazon-Samurai
VISIONS OF THE MUTANT RAIN FOREST by Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston – http://getbook.at/RainForest
THE FINAL CUT by Jasper Bark – http://getbook.at/FinalCut
TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.3 anthology – http://getbook.at/Lake3
THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY by Kevin Lucia – http://getbook.at/AmazonDarkly

Sale starts 29th:
CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE zombie anthology – http://getbook.at/AmazonGrave
WRITERS ON WRITING VOL.1 – 4 OMNIBUS – http://getbook.at/WoW
PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS by Mercedes M. Yardley – http://getbook.at/PrettyAmazon
WHERE THE DEAD GO TO DIE by Mark Allan Gunnells and Aaron Dries –http://getbook.at/TheHospice

Be sure to check out our other titles, as well: http://www.crystallakepub.com/book-table/

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

Announcing A Sell! Loving You Darkly!

I’m delighted to announce the sell of my short story Loving You Darkly to F(r)iction magazine. F(r)iction is one of the most artistic magazines I’ve seen around lately, and it’s truly an honor to be included!

Loving You Darkly is a tale of friendship, loneliness, justice, and death. I’m exceptionally fond of it and can’t wait until it releases in F(r)iction’s 8th issue.