Mark Cantrell, Author

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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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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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BLOG: Writers That Don't Read Are Unnatural

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 11, 2016 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A good book makes its own time

By Mark Cantrell


STRANGE but true: some people don't read books.


Well, each to their own, but some of these non-readers evidently feel they're too busy to settle down to re...

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BLOG: In The Eye Of The Beholder

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 1, 2015 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 Behold the 'Xyclops': What you see is what you get


Image isn’t everything, there’s the story too, but if it catches your attention then it’s also caught the moment so here’s a little something about a photography ...

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BLOG: Nine Worlds Geekfest 2015

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 11, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

First Contact made in the Nine Worlds of Geekdom

Mark Cantrell ruminates on his first venture into the weird and wonderful world of the science fiction and fantasy convention


THE phone rang. Sara asked me to get it,...

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BLOG: Nine Worlds And Counting

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 5, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

When the going gets weird...

THIS is a first for this author. 


Barring any last minute hitches, in a few days I'll be joining the Inspired Quill crew at the Nine...

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BLOG: Time's Running Out To Avoid Dystopia

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 18, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Frankie Boyle and the sell-by date dystopia

The point of dystopia is to challenge the now, writes MarkCantrell, but after years waiting for his novel Citizen Zero's now-time to arrive, along comes this...

THIS was quite a startling hea...

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BLOG: Saved By The #VEDay70

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 Without VE Day, I might not be here

My father, Peter Cantrell, was in the army when VE Day – Victory in Europe – took place.


That was 70 years ago, and with the country currently celebrating the anniversary, I thoug...

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BLOG: Don't Tell Porkies, It's National Honesty Day

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 Would I lie to you?

APPARENTLY it's National Honesty Day – no, I've never heard of it either – so I guess it was in the spirit of truthfulness that a PR firm sent me their top ten list of porkies high street es...

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