Announcing “Unpretty Monster.”


I am over the moon to announce that my short story “Unpretty Monster” is included in the Fantastic Tales of Terror anthology! My story explores what really happened to the Titanic. It’s even more tragic than you think.

I’m delighted to be working with editor Eugene Johnson, whom I really enjoy, as well as sharing the TOC (Table of Contents) with some stellar writers.

Fantastic Tales of Terror is a new fiction anthology, to be released by award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing. The anthology examines the dark and fantastic side of history. Featuring stories by Joe R. Lansdale, Bev Vincent, Elizabeth Massie, Tim Waggoner, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Richard Chizmar, Christopher Golden, Jess Landry and many more. Cover and art by Luke Spooner. Created by editor Eugene Johnson. Coming soon by Crystal Lake Publishing in Summer 2018.





Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning Little Dead Red and the Bram Stoker nominated “Loving You Darkly.”



IN THIS POINT OF STILLNESS by Dustin LaValley & Mercedes M. Yardley

You guys. I’m in love with this collection. I’m in love with this cover. I’m in love with my co-author, Dustin LaValley’s dog, Bronson. Like, I’m crazy obsessed with him! There is so much love!

And this is a limited edition chapbook with a run of 150 copies. That is all.


-55 pages
-Perfect-bound 6×9 paperback
-Limited to 150 copies

Mercedes M. Yardley and Dustin LaValley bring to the stage an eclectic series of works definable as micro-short stories. Spanning vast worlds of eccentric characters, each self-contained act journeys through the depths of light and dark, the natural and the unnatural, and the human and the inhuman. Boasting the talent of supporting guest stars, In This Point of Stillness stands out as a true challenger to the formulaic play of fiction.

You can buy it for seven dollars plus shipping from Dynatox Ministries. Interested in picking up our collaboration? You can purchase it here. You might want to hurry because when they sell out, they’re gone.

I had so much joy working on this. It was fun to twine my words and thoughts with Dustin’s, especially while all of this feminist, political upheaval was going on. It was a great way for me to share my voice. Love to you! I hope you enjoy!


Cover Reveal for Detritus in Love!


Eeeeee! Here it is! This is the collaboration John Boden and I have been working on. He sent me a snippet of a story to read, and I fell in love with the characters. There was the unfortunate boy named Detritus by his mother. The ghostly best friend in a Nazi uniform. The dead girl who refused to acknowledge she was dead. And the ravenous Opposite.

John asked me if I wanted to collaborate on this story, and we sent things back and forth, taking our time and writing a few lines here and a paragraph there. It was truly a joy.

Detritus in Love will be released on October 3rd from Omnium Gatherum. I can’t wait! This is truly something different, and I hope you enjoy it.

Pimp A Friend Friday: Crystal Lake Publishing

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Dive into the deep end of the lake with 19 tales of terror, selected by Monique Snyman.

Tales from the Lake Vol. 3 features ghosts, monsters, assassins, alternate dimensions, creatures from the deepest depths and the darkest parts of the universe.

Join “Maybelle” by Mere Joyce in a world where books become real enough to cause both pleasure and pain. Avoid the sounds of “The Cruel” by Harper Hull, lest you want to come to a terrifying end. Travel across the world to see what terrors lurk in an abandoned hospital with “Hush” by Sergio Pereira.

This non-themed horror anthology is filled with suspenseful stories, terrifying thrillers, tragic tales, mystifying mysteries, and memorable adventures that will leave you wanting more. Let these modern urban legends prickle your imagination, share it around a campfire, and revel in the magic of Crystal Lake’s exceptional authors.

The Owl Builder by D. Morgan Ballmer

Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce

Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson Woe

Violent Water by Lily Childs

The Cruel by Harper Hull

Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds

Maybelle by Meredith Cleversey writing as Mere Joyce

Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward

The Deeper I Go The Deeper I Fear by Natalie Carroll

The Pigmalion Pigs by Mark Allan Gunnells

Chemical Oasis by Tommy B. Smith

Hush by Sergio Pereira

The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W. Cain

Effigy by Kate Jonez

Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner

The Bet by Amy Grech

A Hand from the Depths by Dave-Brendon de Burgh

The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent

The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Patrick Bates

Foreword by the editor, Monique Snyman.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing.



Pimp A Nemesis Friday: Matt Betts



Wait, when did “Pimp a Friend Friday” turn into “Pimp a Nemesis Friday?” When I decided to host Matt Betts, of course. He’s my favorite Nemesis ever.

Matt’s new poetry collection is titled “Underwater Fistfight” and it’s poetry for people who think they hate poetry. His work is often funny and poignant.

Poet. Pirate. It’s all the same really. They both pillage, plunder, drink rum, look for treasure, and sometimes, after too many drinks, they’re known to throw a right hook or two. But that’s the beauty of poetry and piracy-it’s unhinged, a stream of emotions that make you laugh, cry, bleed, bruise, and eat oranges to prevent scurvy. It’s an adventure. It’s feeling the wind on your face from the sea or the page. It’s tasting the salt in the ocean or in your tears. But most importantly, it’s the experience of getting from one port to another, one page to the next, killing one more siren and murdering just one more darling.


Matt’s book will be released in early April, but you can preorder your copy now. I already ordered mine. Enjoy, you poet-pirate loving weirdos. 🙂