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Fear the Reaper

An anthology of stories edited by


Welcome to the afterlife, dear reader.

Come in. Come in. It's cold out there.

Watch out for the minions. They're not just all bark, if you know what I mean. Come sit... listen to the tales that have brought so many of your kind to our... dwellings.

We have stories to suite all tastes: Halloween, vampires, Heaven, Hell, Armageddon, zombies, death-bringing angels, ghosts, cults, ritual killings, nightmares from Vietnam... The lists goes on and on.

But be warned, my fellow traveller, this is not just a book - it is a journey into the very life of Death.

Ever wondered if it was possible to cheat death? To kill Death?

Did you know Death was a girl?

Or that it's possible to escape and even become death?

The fear of death is as real as you and I.

You'll be forced to answer the hard questions, and find out the answers to so much more. Like why you're really here. Or the secret behind our fascination with the afterlife, not to mention the horrors of the actual event. These are not just stories but horrific experiences of pain and death: the deaths of lonely people, famous people, entire worlds, the death of innocence and the pain of those left behind as they await their turn, wondering what it will be like.

No one is safe from the Reaper!

Excuse me. I got a bit carried away there.

For your reading pleasure, Crystal Lake has assembled the following souls to share with you their grave stories: Gary A. Braunbeck , Joe McKinney, Rick Hautala, Gary Fry, Ross Warren, Marty Young, Stephen Bacon, Dean M Drinkel, Richard Thomas, Sam Stone, Eric S Brown, Mark Sheldon, Steve Lockley, Robert S. Wilson, Jeremy C Shipp, Jeff Strand, Lawrence Santoro, E.C. McMullen Jr., Rena Mason, John Kenny, and Taylor Grant. And even a bit of poetic justice Adam Lowe.

But before you engage in the stories, and the artwork of fellow travellers Ben Baldwin and Will Jacques, allow our very own Gary McMahon to properly introduce you to our world.

So sit back and enjoy twenty thrillingly suspenseful horror stories that will allow you to stare into the eyes of the Grim Reaper...


The Life of Death by Mark Sheldon

Stumps by Jeff Strand

Death Squared by Rena Mason

Rapid Eye Movement by Stephen BaconThe Final Room by John Kenny

The Culling by Richard Thomas

Crow by Steve Lockley

Instructions on the Use of The M-57 Clacker by Lawrence Santoro

The Death Catcher by Robert S. Wilson

Cedo Looked like people by E.C. McMullen Jr.

Spectres by Taylor Grant

The Tubes by Jeremy C. Shipp

A Life in Five Objects by Ross Warren

Death Comes for us All by Eric S. Brown

The Last Resort by Sam Stone

At the 'Pay Here, Please' Table by Gary A. Braunbeck

Der Engel der Liebe by Dean M Drinkel

The Frequency of Death by Marty Young

The Final Peace by Gary Fry

Do No Harm by Joe McKinney

Non-Returnable by Rick Hautala

This book is dedicated to Rick Hautala and Lawrence Santoro. May their stories never be forgotten.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing - Tales from the Darkest Depths

Fear the Reaper eBook categories:

Horror Anthology

Horror Short Stories

US Horror Fiction

Supernatural Thriller

Dark Fantasy Horror

Horror Suspense

Horror Poetry

Disturbing Suspense

Dark Humor

Metaphysical Horror

Apocalyptic Science Fiction


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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : South Africa Paperback

Title: Fear the Reaper
Author(s): Rena Mason, Robert S Wilson, Jeremy C Shipp, E C McMullen Jr , Lawrence Santoro, Ross Warren, Dean M Drinkel, John Kenny, Gary A Braunbeck, Rick Hautala, Joe McKinney, Gary Fry, Sam Stone, Taylor Grant, Jeff Strand
ISBN: 0-9922182-1-7 / 978-0-9922182-1-8 (South Africa edition)
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Fear the Reaper
Author(s): Gary A Braunbeck, Jeff Strand, Gary Fry, Rick Hautala, Sam Stone, Jeremy C Shipp, Richard Thomas, Eric S Brown, Joe McKinney
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA