Mynhardt, Joe


Specialty Press Award, 2020

It’s Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares to Life (Crystal Lake Publishing), Non-fiction, 2018


Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre (Crystal Lake Publishing), Non-fiction, 2017

Horror 201: The Silver Scream (Crystal Lake Publishing), Non-fiction, 2015

Horror 101: The Way Forward (Crystal Lake Publishing), Non-fiction, 2014

BIO: Joe Mynhardt is a four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated South African publisher, non-fiction and short story editor, and mentor.

A former primary school teacher, Joe is now 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, 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 McKinney, Joe R. Lansdale, Edward Lee, Paul Tremblay, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Mick Garris, and hundreds more.

Just like Crystal Lake Publishing, which strives to be a platform for launching author careers, Joe believes in reaching out to all authors, new and experienced, and being a beacon of friendship and guidance in the Dark Fiction field. In 2018 he started a coalition of small press publishers to support both each other and their authors.

Joe’s influences stretch from Poe, Doyle, and Lovecraft to King, Connolly, and Gaiman (and so many more).

You can read more about Joe and Crystal Lake Publishing at or find him on Facebook.