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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POEM: Bad Luck Vampire

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 21, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Vampire Love

By Mark Cantrell

Love's a bitch

For Vampire Man,

Every time

He meets his Queen,

Cupid's Arrow

Stakes his heart,

Crumbling ...

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BLOG: Manchester Uncanny

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Working in the Shadow of the Uncanny Valley

By Mark Cantrell


ONE thing that often strikes me about Manchester as I walk through the city centre is its almost 'London borough' vibe – and I don't mean that in a good way.

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POEM: A Shade Of Photo-Chemical Amnesiac

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 7, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Photo Montage

By Mark Cantrell

Old photographs

Show moments of time frozen,

A window, from where faces of history

Can stare unknowing at the present.

Their time has gone.

Their ...

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POEM: Dressing Things Up

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 26, 2015 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Cut From A Cloth Less Bland

By Mark Cantrell


Is ever so sartorial,

Don’t you think?

The way it’s worn cuts such a dash,

In the fine rush to catch



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Blog: Ticket Inspectors From Mars

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 14, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In space nobody can hear you change track

By Mark Cantrell

TAKE the historic occasion of the first manned landing on Mars, throw in two science geeks working on ...

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FICTION: There's No Place Like Home For Those Who Are Poor

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 2, 2015 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

There's No Place Like Home

Flash Fiction By Mark Cantrell

Copyright © February 2015

“AFFORDABLE housing? Affordable housing! Are you taking the piss?”


I rolled my eyes. Phil was off on one again.


“A fucking palace is affordable if you’ve got the fucking money, but you don’t get that by working for it. Working cl...

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PROSE: The Words Are Out There, Screaming

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Breached Horizons

A Kind Of Prose Poem

By Mark Cantrell

THE words are out there somewhere. They hide like sinister malignancies in the shades of the mind, lurking, until the moment comes to strike.


Then, after the months of hunting and searching, when the author has finally given up in despair, they gush screaming from the void to bore into the victim's ...

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COMMENT: Charlie Hebdo Lives

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 9, 2015 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The forces of silence must not prevail

The men with guns can't take away our press freedoms, only harden our resolve, but if we're not careful they might distract our attention away from the real culprits thre...

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#SilasMorlock: Dare You Venture Where Bradbury Feared To Tread?

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Silas Morlock presents a dark story of redemption in homage to the power of literature

Mark Cantrell explores some of the themes contained in his macabre urban fantasy novel, Silas Morlock, published in paperback and digital editions by Inspire...

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UPDATE: Now With Added Value (Tax)

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

But still a wicked set of reads


TAX laws mean a change in the way that Amazon handles the pricing of my digital works listed for sale on its site from the 1 January 2015.


For those of us in the UK, VAT has long been charged on ebooks – as opposed to print books – and now some new EU legislation is to change the way pricing is handled throughout Europe.


For a self-publishin...

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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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