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Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre

(The Dream Weaver #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  38 reviews


Book one in Crystal Lake Publishing’s The Dream Weaver series, Where Nightmares Come From focuses on the art of storytelling in the Horror genre, taking an idea from conception to reality—whether you prefer short stories, novels, films, or comics.

Featuring in-depth articles and interviews by Joe R. Lansda
ebook, 254 pages
Published November 17th 2017 by Crystal Lake Publishing
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Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
This is a great read, regardless if you're a writer or reader/reviewer.
Fungi From Yuggoth
Review: WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM , edited by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson

I 've enjoyed and benefited from Crystal Lake Publishing's Writers on Writing Series, and am happy to find the brand-new volume WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM: THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN THE HORROR GENRE. In 28 articles, including some interviews, 31 authors bring their various and sundry viewpoints, and perhaps better yet, their wisdom, to a volume that I recommend to read and to keep as a reference guide. As a sometime w
Nandakishore Varma
This is a book by horror writers and editors on how to write horror. It is chock full of good advice; which means it is too rich to digest at one go. I read about 70% of it, before I got indigestion of the intellect. Ideally, one should keep it at the bedside, and read it in small installments, like medicinal doses.

I found out one thing: the only thing all writers and editors agree on, is the fact that to become a writer, one has to write. There is no short-cut to hard work.

Quotes I liked:
You ha
Dona Fox
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I WANT TO MEMORIZE THIS BOOK. I was given an ARC e-copy of Where Nightmares Come From in exchange for an honest review -- I found that less than halfway through reading the e-copy, I knew I had to have a paper copy for my shelf. Though I mention some of the authors that contributed to this book, there are many more—and even beyond those named in the Table of Contents, this book unfolds like an origami for many of the authors direct you to other sources, other authors, directors, stories, films, ...more
Arun Divakar
Where exactly do horror writers (or any writer for that matter) get their ideas from ? This should be shelved away with such cliché questions in the line of :

• How do you know how to act and how to react ? - The questions we ask actors
• How did you know how to take that photograph ? – The questions we ask a photographer
• How did you create this catchy tune ? – The questions we ask a musician etc..

What a lot of people who ask this question forget is the tremendous amounts of back breaking hard
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of writing "how-to" books can be very dry to read so a lot of beginning writers tend to shy away from them. This isn't a "how-to" collection. Exactly. It's a how-to, how-not-to, and just general solid advice from a lot of leading names in the field. It also does not confine itself to simply the mechanics of writing. There is a lot of great advice about the different medias available in the horror genre right now. Really, for all of the difficulties beginning writers think they have right n ...more
Kelly Rickard
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of in-depth interviews and articles about the art of storytelling in horror from 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.

This is such an interesting read with lots of detail on a fascinating subject.

Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All kinds of information on being a writer, whether it's horror or not. Some of it is good, some not as good, but most of it is interesting and gives an insider's account of the business. It covers everything from novels, to short stories, to screenplays. An inexpensive how-to book on craft.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following in the footsteps of Horror 101 and their Writers On Writing series, Crystal Lake Publishing release another fascinating peek at the mechanics of horror writing. If you're like me, you'll head straight for your favourite author's contribution, which means I was able to spend a happy half-hour—possibly more—flicking back and forth through my copy of Ramsey Campbell's 'Holding The Light' whilst enjoying his very detailed notes entitled 'The Process Of A Tale'.

I'd already come across the C
Darrell Grizzle
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Where Nightmares Come From” is an indispensable guidebook for those of us who are creators in the field of horror. There's a wide range of expertise here, not just from novelists and short story authors but from filmmakers, screenwriters, and authors of non-fiction articles in the field. There are practical articles on collaborating with others, writing media tie-ins, and other topics. Several of the essays walk us through the step-by-step process of writing a story. As a fairly new writer in t ...more
Dan Allen
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For constant readers, “Where Nightmares Come From“, is an entertaining behind the scenes journey into the world of writing, For horror fans, this collection of essays and interviews is a rare glimpse into the minds of the genre’s best. (While at it, answering the age old question “Where do you get your ideas?” For aspiring authors, this new release from Crystal Lake, truly is a comprehensive look at “The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre”. Delving into their inspirations, approach and tech ...more
Becky Spratford
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review coming in January Issue of Indie Picks Magazine and on the blog
Amcii Cullum
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read through these individual pieces on the art in writing horror and on writing in general and not necessarily in order. I went back through several times, wanting to reread most of these shorts. Thoroughly rich in it's content and so honest, you cannot help but fall in love with the authors within this work. The bonus of bonuses: a free link to send a list of other works, free, (I couldn't believe these were free--they were incredible extras--is included in the opening of the anthology. Love t ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where Nightmares Come From, The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre, was received free from Crystal Lake Publishing via in return for an honest review.

As a writer gradually developing her craft I am always open to hearing and reading the views of those at the top of their game, those who have ‘made it’. Like most, I think we approach such articles in the hope that we’ll discover the magic ingredient, the key that turns a novel in the drawer into a published piece of work. I
Yvonne Davies
As an avid reader of all things horror, I have always had an interest in where authors get their ideas, how do they just sit at a keyboard and write. These and many more questions are answered. With interviews and articles each chapter has an authors insight on where nightmare come from.
In every chapter I learnt something new and in something cases even found some new authors to read or films to watch.
One chapter I was really interested in was Urban Lore and the Rise of the Creepypasta by Mich
Michael J.
WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM serves as an excellent reference source for beginning writers, especially those with a concentration in horror. What better way to learn and absorb than to pick the brains of experienced veterans of horror fiction, poetry, screenwriting and teleplays? All those formats are discussed, as well as some answers to the question posed by the title: “Where Do Nightmares Come From?”, or more emphatically “Where Do Horror Writers Get Their Ideas?”

Every piece in this collection
Justin Zimmerman
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book features many of the biggest names in the horror genre (Lansdale, Barker, Garton, Waggoner, King, Chizmar, etc) offering their advice on everything when it comes to the craft of telling scary stories. Whether you write short stories, novels, screenplays, or even media tie-ins, every chapter features invaluable insights for aspiring authors.

While I learned interesting tidbits in each chapter, there were a few standout
John J Questore
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an aspiring author, I’ve read a lot of “how to” books. Volumes have been written, offering tips, hints, etc. For example, one of the premier books on the subject is Stephen King’s ON WRITING.

But I have to say, WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM, edited by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson, leaves all of them in the dust - including King’s!

With authors like Mort Castle, Lisa Morton, Taylor Grant, Ray Garton, Bev Vincent, Richard Chizmar, Stephen King, and Clive Barker, the wealth of information containe
Joseph VanBuren
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crystal Lake Publishing puts out a lot of good nonfiction books, but this just might be my favorite one yet. This book is loaded with interviews and articles from some of the biggest and most successful names in horror fiction: Clive Barker, Joe Landsdale, Ramsey Campbell, Richard Thomas, Stephanie Wytovich, Lisa Morton, Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maberry, Stephen King, and plenty others. The wisdom within is like a treasure chest full of gold for writers, with some fascinating insights into t ...more
Ann Keeran
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stories by the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell. The best of the best is written by Mort Castle, a story called The Story of a Story, not only redundant but the funniest piece I have read in ages. An anthology that is a must read for everyone!
Great advice

Much like any good anthology of interviews and essays about writing, especially genre writing, this gets a lot of great perspectives from professionals. It also leaves you wanting just enough more.
Debbi Smith
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a writer,or have dreams of becoming one, you should read this book. Its not a how too manual but will give you incites into the minds of some really good horror authors. Filled with anecdotes and pointers it not only gives you ideas it is an entertaining read.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!! This book is not to be missed, you can read my full review here...
G.A. Miller
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains invaluable insights and helpful advice from a wide variety of writers, which makes it as informative as it is entertaining.
Chris Bauer
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute MUST READ for anybody interested in the creative process and other aspects of the craft from some of the finest horror writers around. Very, very good non-fiction.
Russell Holbrook
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another inspiring and insightful non-fiction book from the wonderful depths of Crystal Lake!
When I was first getting into writing on a serious, this-is-my-life level, I read Crystal Lake's essential Horror 101: The Way Forward and it totally galvanized me on my chosen path and made me feel like I was part of both a dedicated community and a rich tradition. This book does somewhat more of the same, only Where... is a bit more on the technical end of the spectrum, it seems. Anyway, it's really ea
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got this as an ARC for an honest review.
Some of the biggest names out there have come together in this anthology of great lessons on writing. Doesn't matter if you feel you have a different process then most, i believe you will find a lot of nuggets worth utilizing to become a better writer no matter what medium you're in.
Pick this up its worth a whole lot more then what they r selling it for!!
Sara Crocoll Smith
A few gems in here. Best was Clive Barker's thoughts on horror.
Tom Scanlan
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a must-read collection of essays for anyone who:
• wants to write horror literature or scripts (or entertainment in various forms)
• wants industry insights that would otherwise take decades of trial/error to learn
• is a connoisseur of horror who wants richer perspective on how creators work

All the essays are well-done. There is plenty to learn from the ones focused on script-writing, even if you're more interested in horror fiction like me. So do read them. However, based on my tastes and
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The parts of this book I liked I would give 4 stars to, but there was a lot that was to do with script writing, which I have zero interest in. Overall pretty fun book by a dudes and dudettes in the horror field kind of talking about what they do.
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Joe Mynhardt is a two-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated South African publisher, non-fiction and short story editor, and online-business mentor.
Joe is the owner and CEO of Crystal Lake Publishing, which he founded in August, 2012. Since then he’s published and edited short stories, novellas, interviews and essays by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Charlaine Harris, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ket

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