Mark Cantrell, Author

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REVIEW: This Boy by Alan Johnson

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Written without a trace of ego

Alan Johnson does that rare thing for a politician, he steps back from limelight to present an affectionate tribute to the two women who raised him -- his mother and his older sister. The result is an endearing trip down ...

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REVIEW: Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A haunting reflection on

memories of Auschwitz

In the last piece I wrote for Cheshire Today, before the boss headed off with it to pastures new, I reviewed this haunting and haunted personal reminiscence...

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REVIEW: Greaveburn By Craig Hallam

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

An inspired debut for

steampunk's Hallam

Resonant with the hiss and clank of steampunk chic, Hallam’s Greaveburn is a richly-textured and suitably macabre gothic fantasy fit for this cynical age, ...

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BOOKS: The Banned Underground

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 8, 2012 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Laugh? I nearly cried...

Bad puns abound in this novel by Will Macmillan Jones, and while I can sometimes enjoy a bit of that, I have to say that overall I find myself somewhat disappointed by The Banned Underground, writes Mark Cantrell

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BOOKS: The Alien Artifact 2 by Victor Bertolaccini

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 'Movie-style' novel is a poor

show indeed

Intrigued by the concept for this 'movie-style' novel, Mark Cantrell was disappointed to discover a stilted and characterless story that meandered into nowhere

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REVIEW: Boris Karloff - More Than A Monster

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Boris wasn't a monster,

he was a really nice guy!

As Frankenstein’s Monster, Boris Karloff has become a cultural icon encapsulating the ‘golden era’ of movie horror, writes Mark Cantrel...

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BLOG: Kindle Surprise

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Can't quite judge this book

by its cover

It's been a long time in the brewing this review, but with such an apparent paradigm shift as the e-reader, Mark Cantrell reckoned his Kindle needed a good long time to...

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REVIEW: Hungur On Isolation Space

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A medley of mind-expansion

Terrie Leigh Relf of Hungur Magazine reviewed the paperback edition of the anthology ISOLATION SPACE, here's what she had to say...

MARK Cantrell's ...

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BOOKS: A Triage Of Indie Horror

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Woodhead presents an

unholy trinity of gruesome


Mark Cantrell reviews Death Throes, ...

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REVIEW: Writers' Muse On Isolation Space

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A melange of short fiction

A review of ISOLATION SPACE, written by Jim Palmer, editor of Writers' Muse

The following review dealt with the paperback edition and was published in the August 2009 (#50) edition of Writers' Muse. For details on the paperback and...

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