Mark Cantrell, Author

For an eclectic mix of science fiction,
fantasy and a touch of horror...


"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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NEWS: Inspired Quill offers BitLit bundling on Silas Morlock

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Bundle up for a great deal on fiction


HERE'S a nifty bit of news from the publisher of my novel, Silas Morlock. Inspired Quill (IQ) has teamed up with the makers of the mobile app BitLit to bundle its...

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ESSAY: "That Sounds Like Science Fiction"

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

"My God, Dave, it's full of literary stars…"

Mark Cantrell is an avid reader of science fiction. When it comes to being a writer he's not so sure he's earned his place among the genre's stargazers, but in pondering his 'credentials' he does at least get to wax lyrical


OVER the years...

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POEM: Something Stinks

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 30, 2014 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Cerebral Eructation

By Mark Cantrell

Bubbles of thought


Burbling, from the murky

Depths of my stagnant Mind.

Fermented, deep, in the vats and tangled threads

Of a foetid brain,

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POEM: The Same Book Forever

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Book Of All Things

By Mark Cantrell


In the future

There is a book, as yet

Unwritten. It has no author


But all the same, it ...

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BLOG: Sounding Off

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Say my piece and eat it

By Mark Cantrell


Sorry to disappoint, but social comment and political polemic is part of the brand (excuse me while I spit out the bad taste that word leaves in my mouth), so if you're looking to just tune out to ...

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BLOG: Author, Know Thyself

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So what's with the writing, then?

By Mark Cantrell

ONE of the things I'm struggling with at the moment is possibly a bit of an indulgence, even outside the norm of writers' angst, but I find myself in the grip of a peculiar...

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MEDIA: Inspired Quill Signs Up To A 2015 Paperback Debut

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Citizen Zero will rise again

STOKE-ON-TRENT, 27 September 2014: AN exciting new edition of CITIZEN ZERO is on the way – including its paperback debut – following Inspired Q...

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BLOG: English PEN Defends Thatcher 'Assassin' Mantel

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's one for the Mantel piece

A plot to assassinate a world leader has landed a British author in a spot of bother, prompting the organisation English PEN to speak up on her behalf.


For those who don't know,

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FEATURE: An Arboreal Ark For Literary Art

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Can't see the words for the trees

 These books will not be published until the 22nd Century

 Some authors have been known to grouch about the length of time its takes conventional publishers to release t...

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BLOG: Technology Demands The Last Word

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1)

 A tool for too many jobs bar writing

 By Mark Cantrell

THE tools of your trade can facilitate your writing, or else they can cripple it.


Years ago, much of my writing was done on a handheld PC. The device slipped into a ...

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POEM: Gaza Again, But Not Only Gaza, Strife Ripens Everywhere

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 22, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Garden Of Weeds

By Mark Cantrell

Hate grows in the tended rows

Of coffins and body bags, all

Filled with corpulent fruit.

The crop is sown

In the furrowed brows

Of grieving faces,

Watered by ...

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NEWS: Inspired Quill @ Loncon3

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Catch my draft: Silas meets LonCon3

Down with the crew from Inspired Quill

Sadly, I wasn't able to attend this year's LonCon3 event currently being held at the ExCel exhibition centre in East London, but fortunately S...

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