A Misfortune of Lake Monsters


Legends Bite Back on July 2, 2024

Lemon Ziegler wants to escape rural Devil’s Elbow, Pennsylvania to attend college—but that’s impossible now that she’s expected to impersonate the town’s lake monster for the rest of her life. Her family has been secretly keeping the tradition of Old Lucy, the famed (and very fake) monster of Lake Lokakoma, alive for generations, all to keep the tourists coming. Without Lemon, the town dies, and she can’t disappoint her grandparents . . . or tell her best friends about any of it. That includes Troy Ramirez, who has been covertly in love with Lemon for years, afraid to ruin their friendship by confessing his feelings. When a very real, and very hungry monster is discovered in the lake, secrets must fall by the wayside. Determined to stop the monster, Lemon and her best friends are the only thing standing between Devil’s Elbow and the monster out for blood.

Available in hardcover, large print paperback, and audiobook on July 2, 2024 from CamCat Books

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Praise for A Misfortune of Lake Monsters

“Nicole M. Wolverton delivers a wild, creepy, and thoroughly exhilarating creation with A Misfortune of Lake Monsters! This is everything you’d ever want in a monster story!”

— Jonathan Maberry,
NY Times bestselling
author of Rot & Ruin 
and Long Past Midnight

“With a bone-chilling monster, witty banter, cinematic action, and a swoony romance, A Misfortune of Lake Monsters channels T. Kingfisher for a YA audience. A debut not to be missed!”

— Gretchen McNeil, author
of #murdertrending,
Ten, and Get Even



“This unnerving journey into the safeguarded secrets and deep depths of a small town called Devil’s Elbow is a frightful delight. Nicole M. Wolverton reveals a fearless imagination and a playful appreciation of the terrifying in her pulse-pounding debut.”

—Nova Ren Suma,
New York Times bestselling
author of The Walls Around Us

“I unequivocally believe in lake monsters after reading Wolverton’s charming, funny and honestly very touching work. A great achievement that delivers on the promise of monster-y fun.”

—  Robert P. Ottone, author of
The Vile Thing We Created
and the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel The Triangle


“Nicole M. Wolverton confronts her lovable characters with that particular, skincrawly species of fear that comes with remembering what it’s like to be hunted. Add a dash of Stranger Things shenanigans and you get a fun and absorbing read about friendship, family, and cryptids. Devil’s Elbow is a great place to spend your day.”

— Amelinda Bérubé, author of
the Bram Stoker Award finalist
young adult horror novel
Here There Are Monsters

“With the sweetest love story set against the background of legacy, legend, and just how far you will go to protect it all, the atmospheric mystery in Nicole M. Wolverton’s A Misfortune of Lake Monsters takes you on a race against time, and a monster that has no fear. You’ll want to dive right into this deliciously dark and twisty, monster of a horror-mystery!”

— Keely Parrack, author of
the young adult thrillers
Don’t Let In The Cold and
10 Hours to Go