* AND NOW ITS SEQUEL DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising is out!
This is a captivating tale, which should seize and maintain the fascination of everybody even remotely interested in archaeology, pre-history, the great outdoors, National Parks, dinosaurs, earthquakes, volcanoes, gargantuan predators, etc. I strongly urge all readers of fiction to get this book and devour it. This would make a great gift, too, for many people on your holiday gift-giving list.- Reader's Favorite Reviews November 14, 2012
Bones, tracks, weird disappearances of humans and animals; earthquakes and tremors, could there really be a dinosaur living under Crater Lake? The tragic disappearances of people at a National Park, the mysterious creature that live in the caves, the frequency of earthquakes all add up to one hell of a story. 5 Stars! - Romancing the Book October 24, 2012
I was skeptical that it might not fit well into this particular paranormal format but boy, was I wrong! What I discovered was a whole new and intriguing kind of paranormal story complete with a supernatural character that simply shouldn't exist, a creature with depth and capacity for survival and thought and it simply blew me away! -Vampire Explored
It is a suspenseful novel with realistic, compelling characters. I enjoyed reading Dinosaur Lake and can honestly recommend it. One last thing I'd like to add is that I'm glad I discovered Griffith because back in the nineties she was one of the horror authors writing for Leisure Books. I was a big fan of this publisher back then. Many of her Leisure titles (among them, WITCHES) are now being republished by Damnation Books. -The Dark Phantom Reviews
From the Author
Dinosaur Lake's Backstory Essay By Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Of all my 24 novels Dinosaur Lake has the strangest story attached to its creation, death and rebirth...24 years later...of any of them.
Not so much because, as a few of my books, it took so long to write or publish, but because in 1993 it was contracted, edited and the final galleys had been proofed by me for a 5th paperback book release from Zebra (Kensington Publishing) after 3 earlier novels with Leisure Books. I even had a stack of the full-color, printed and embossed covers; it was only weeks before it was to go to the bookshelves (in those days the brick & mortar stores were still king, no Internet or eBooks). I strongly believed it'd be my breakout book. You know, the book that'd make my career and launch me into the stratosphere with Stephen King and Anne Rice? How wrong I'd be. But, hey, I thought who wouldn't love a tale of a cunning but malevolent rampaging prehistoric dinosaur living in Crater Lake, Oregon, and the Park Ranger who, along with a ragtag gang of heroes who'd try to stop it? I mean, I'd always loved anything about dinosaurs...dinosaur books, playing with those little plastic figurines and watching old stop-action dinosaur movies of the 1950's and 60's...who hadn't? Apparently someone. My new editor at Zebra.
By 1994, after four novels with them, I'd lost my sweet editor there and a new one took her place...and over the next year he didn't like anything I wrote for him and later that year Zebra unceremoniously dropped me and my book (Predator...which never came out) only six weeks away from going to the bookstore shelves. When we were editing the book and deciding on the title and the cover, I'd begged the new editor not to call it Predator (his choice as they hadn't liked my American Loch Ness Monster title), bad title since there was a popular movie out of that name and the movie, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, was nothing about a dinosaur, and the cover was awful, an empty boat on a lake...what!!! Guess what...the booksellers at the time (who had the power to kill a book before it even came out of the gates) hated the title and the cover and based on those said it 'wouldn't sell'. So Zebra dumped the book. Having that book -my first ever- dumped like that was a crushing experience, let me tell you. I had a stack of finished, printed covers and my final edits were done! But nothing my agent or I could say or do would change their minds. Then they said they were cutting their horror lines and setting adrift a lot of their mid-list horror authors because horror (in 1994) was on the decline. The new editor-that-didn't-like-my-writing explained: "And no one wants to read a book about a dinosaur." Yeah, sure. And six months later Jurassic Park the book came out! We all know how that story ended, don't we? People loved the book, the movies; they loved dinosaurs.
I'll never know the real reason Zebra cut the book but that editor never bought another book from me, though he'd loved my last release, WITCHES, in 1993, and told me so. Hmmm.
Anyway, I got to keep my advance but the book was officially dead. It never came out. I grieved. I was so disgusted I stashed it in a drawer somewhere and tried to forget it. Until 2012 when I decided to try self-publishing and it would be my first offering. For the first time in forty-four years I was walking away from the traditional publishers and going on my own. Thank you J.A. Konrath's blog! I figured I could sell the Kindle eBook a lot cheaper and, thus, use it to introduce (as enticement) more readers to my writing and perhaps, if they liked it, they'd buy more of my other novels, novellas and various short stories. It could work, right? So here it is, re-titled, rewritten, updated and with an amazing new cover I love by Dawne Dominque...Dinosaur Lake. I hope my readers will like it. Thank you, author Kathryn Meyer Griffith *P.S. 2017 Update: So far Dinosaur Lake and its THREE SEQUELS have outsold ANYTHING I've ever written. My SPOOKIE TOWN MURDER MYSTERIES (4 of them starting with Scraps of Paper) is my second-best selling series. AND...now I have ALL my 24 novels self-published everywhere, in paperback and Audible audio books as well. Take a look!