"Language is a virus from outer space."

William S Burroughs

So where does a journalist-turned-author go to sound off? Well, here's a pretty good start. This is where I hurl my missives out into the polluted meme-pool of human existence, hopefully to make a few ripples, if not an outright splash...

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CITIZEN ZERO: Setting The Scene

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Behind the scenes of a dystopian reality

HERE'S another selection of links to stories and articles from around the web that add up to a little scene-setting for the dystopian novel, Citizen Zero. Read 'em and weep, and ...

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COMMENT: From Mother To Mausoleum

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Has Parliament interred the body politic in a tomb of grandiose vanity?

After a recent work trip to the House of Lords (his very first), Mark Cantrell was left wondering if the Mother of Parliaments isn't more like a museum or a mausoleum dedicated...

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NEWS: Award Honour For James Herbert

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Rats author to inspire fresh horror from beyond the grave

Horror writer James Herbert is set to continue sending a shiver down the book spine, thanks to a new literary award launched in his honour, writes Mark Cantrell


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COMMENT: Stasi In Their Eyes

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Smile, Iain Duncan Smith is watching you

You might not be signing on today; you might be getting ready to go to work, but the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions has got his eye on you all the same, writes Mark Cantrell

 In the tail end ye...

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BLOG: The Author's Brand

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Satisfying the demand

THERE’S an old saying in the trade that I am rather fond of, if only because it means I can lurk safe and sound in the ‘background’: “A journalist should never be bigger than the stor...

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POETRY: Wake Up And Smell The Brimstone

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Let Us Be Damned

By Mark Cantrell


If one is Damned

Then why not embrace

Your Hell in all its fiery intensity?

Make it truly yours, and


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POETRY: Try This For A Triage

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

There's no rhyme in this threesome

Here's a small selection on poems for you to mull over, while I ponder what to post next. So, don't say I nerve give you anything, after all -- there's three posts here for the price of one...

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CITIZEN ZERO: Reliving The History

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Living the origins

A million stories feed into the world created for CITIZEN ZERO, trickling into this dystopian fantasy future like tears of woe.



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BLOG: Owning The Goal

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

To the next novel and beyond

IT must sound a little odd for a published novelist to be saying this, but one of my prime goals for 2014 is to get back into the serious writing.


Over the last few years, it's kind of slipped away; there...

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BLOG: Nero Scribbling

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 Notes on the walls of ruin

THERE are times, I must admit, when I feel like some kind of cut-price prole Nero, twiddling a pen while Rome burns. By that, I mean here I am, worrying about writing more books and developing my literary offering while t...

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BLOG: The Makings Of A Debutante

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

First time for everything, if you can find where it starts

In this age of blogs and digital self-publishing, Mark Cantrell is curious to know what exactly constitutes an author's debut these days... 

Lately, I've seen a ...

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BLOG: Taking Stock

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Join me for a ride over the horizon

IN many respects I think 2014 is going to be the make or break year for me, although I concede we can all say pretty much the same of any year, really, so there's no particular reason to make this one any more 'o...

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