Lakeside Prowler

Dark Regions Press has released a sneak-peek at the cover for The Children of Gla’aki, the forthcoming Ramsey Campbell tribute anthology. Which I happen to have a story in.  


From the DRP site:

There is a lake in the Severn Valley, near a town called Brichester. It is an eerie, haunted place, both by day and by night. Night especially though, is a time when no one in their right mind would go anywhere near it, or those oddly deserted houses that stand, albeit barely, on the edge of the shore. But why? What is it that moves about in that lake, a thing that makes its presence known with three sinister glowing eyes that protrude from beneath the water?

Some believe it is an entity that traveled to Earth, many thousands of years ago inside a hollow meteor.

Certainly, anyone who falls asleep near the lake dreams of this, and worse occurrences. And, those that sleep near the lake, or wander too close to it, often disappear forever, or even worse, return strangely altered. The locals won’t help you; the police steer clear from it. But still, the horror, the inhabitant of the lake, seems to draw souls relentlessly, despite, or even because of the dangers.

This book contains stories written by eighteen of these hapless souls, men and women that dared approach the lake and later, with their sanity and bodies in tatters, return to write down what they experienced…

My contribution, “Squatter’s Rights”, finds the Royal Occultist, Charles St. Cyprian, and his assistant, Ebe Gallowglass, facing off with the monstrous Inhabitant of the Lake on behalf of a friend with poor taste in lakefront properties.

Other contributors include Ramsey Campbell, Nick Mamatas, John Goodrich, Robert M. Price, Pete Rawlik, W.H. Pugmire, Edward Morris, Scott R. Jones, Thana Niveau, William Meikle, Orrin Grey, Tom Lynch, Konstantine Paradias, Lee Clarke Zumpe, and Tim Waggoner.

The Children of Gla’aki will be available for preorder on August 23rd.