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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ARTICLE: Curse Of The Right First Time

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 31, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

An overdose of criticality

By Mark Cantrell


ONE of these days I’ll figure out how to switch off.


No, I’m not talking about relaxing, well not exactly, but ste...

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BLOG: Brexit Blame Game Grips Sinking Britain

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 26, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Now it’s all over bar the screaming

Brexit has revealed what sort of country we are – and it isn’t pretty – but we only have ourselves to blame. We were too relaxed about rampant inequality, writes...

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BLOG: One Boozy Night In The Earth City

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 20, 2016 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The shadow whispered its name

How did the world city in the macabre urban horror, Silas Morlock get its name? The novel's author, Mark Cantrell, reveals all. Yes, there was alcohol...


ONE night back...

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BLOG: Dirty Little Secrets Of Unwashed Brits

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 Go tidy your room this minute

We’re in a right mess, if this survey is anything to go by. No, this isn’t yet another piece about the perils of ‘Brexit’ – it’s a glimpse into the ...

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POEM: When Old Words Weigh Heavy

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 22, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dust Me Down

By Mark Cantrell


I feel like the living



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NEWS: Cameron #GoingBackwards On Climate Change

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 Backwards march will urge Government to about face on climate change retreat


CLIMATE change campaigners and environmentalists will be marching – backwards – from Trafalgar Square down to Whitehall ...

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BLOG: The Year of Citizen Zero

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 The time has come to set a date

 Mark Cantrell explains why he's decided to take his novel out of a perennial near future and root it in hard time...


WHEN ...

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BOOKS: It's Never Too Hot To Read

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 15, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

You don't need golden chocolate balls for this kind of embassy

The Publishers Association wants to recruit 10,000 Reading Ambassadors to promote the joy of literature, so Mark Cantrell shares a few thoughts on this doubl...

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FICTION: When Man Comes Along, A Pup's Fate Is Sealed

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 3, 2016 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

White Fur

This is one of the earliest pieces of short fiction I ever wrote, so no apologies that it's not up to the standard of my later efforts. It's also the first story I ever had published, appearing in a supplement of my local newspaper back in 1992. T...

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LIFE: Don't Be A High Street Sugar Junkie

Posted by Mark Cantrell on March 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

There's nothing sweet about overdosing the sugar content


 According to a recent study by Action on Sugar, high street coffee shops are loading up their luxury drinks with “dangerously high” levels of the white stuff, prompti...

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Science: Evolutionary Scientists Blame Blokes for Menopause

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 24, 2016 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, you might say the clue is in the name

By Mark Cantrell


Blokes are to blame for the menopause, apparently.


Well, it's the first thought that sprung to mind when glancing at the announcement, ...

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SitRep: The State Of Things

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 Citizen Zero Subject To Delay

Classified under the provisions of the Official Secrets Act: This document is not for public disclosure for a period of a minimum of 75 years



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