Eight months ago I came up with an idea for a horror collection in a shared universe. Today that collection is up for pre-sale on amazon. Official release day is April 12th, 2016. It was a great learning experience for me to put this together and I really think that it was a life win to accomplish this from idea to end result. For my post today I wanted to share the foreword from The Haunting of Lake Manor Hotel.
The idea for The Haunting of Lake Manor Hotel came to me while my wife and I sat in a pub having lunch in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. It was last August and New York was a sweltering ninety-five degrees. New York seems to be my muse, and in my three vacations there, I’ve gotten some great writing inspiration each time. I ate a burger and thought about a gothic style mansion from the eighteen-hundreds, and wondered what kind of stories guests visiting it would tell.
I had the basis for the book you are now about to read. As a writer, my first thought was to do this collection myself, but this didn’t feel right. I wanted the voices to be different for the horror collection. The next step was to invite authors to take part. After a few weeks I had thirteen authors, each tasked with writing an assigned room number, where they would tell us a story of the guest staying at the hotel.
Lake Manor was built in 1836 by Charles Hamblin. He made his fortune buying up nearby farmland during a drought, when people could scarcely afford not to sell. A decade later he resold the land back to their families at massive profits. 1857 saw the demise of the area when a horrific plague tore through the population. Ninety percent died and soon the graveyards were full. The poor dumped the plague victims in the lake that was the lifeline of the area; soon after, the dead appeared, angry at the hand they were dealt. Charles Hamblin was among the dead, leaving his now-pocked son, Joseph, in possession of Lake Manor. Joseph held the Manor but raved madly about the apparitions that haunted him. He died at fifty-two of unknown causes, and Lake Manor sat vacant for a decade before it was bought and turned into a hotel.
Fast-forward to modern times, where Lake Manor has a reputation for being haunted, but there has never been proof, as the staff and local law enforcement never seem to see anything.
The lovely staff that you will read in the stories were part of the shared world, and it was brilliant to see where the authors took them, and the events that took place at Lake Manor Hotel.
Some of the authors are very experienced short-story writers with dozens of publications under their belts, and some of them are being published for the very first time in this book. All of them did a remarkable job with their stories and I couldn’t be more proud of the outcome. I would again like to thank the authors for all of their hard work on the project. I know I asked more of them than your typical anthology. I also really want to thank Laura Bifano, who took time out of her busy schedule to do the cover art for this book. It is an amazing piece of art, and I am so happy that my first published book dons the work of Ms. Bifano. And a huge thanks to Debbie Kunellis, who did the cover layout and text for me. You might not think so, but this cover probably had a hundred emails back and forth before we had the final product, and she was amazing the whole time. A huge thanks to Samanda R Primeau for making all of the red ink on the pages, ensuring we have a wonderful collection void of errors.
So without further ado, here is The Haunting of Lake Manor Hotel: the first of many books from Woodbridge Press, and one I will forever be proud of.
March 28th, 2016
If you want to check the book out, it’s up for presale on Amazon