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: Science Lays The Foundations For Silas Morlock's Macabre City

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 3, 2016 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 Could Genetically Modified Bacteria Grow The Cities Of Tomorrow?


Researchers are looking to use genetically modified bacteria to grow the foundations for new buildings. It's like something straight...

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Arts: Theatre Talent Is Coming HOME

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 All of Manchester is but a stage


A Manchester theatre is opening its doors to talent with a new development programme it says will allow theatrical types at all stages of their career the opportunity to practic...

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Blog: A Good Book Can Take You Anywhere

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 15, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 Careful how you go


A good book can get you into some situations you'd much rather avoid.


The other day I had a reminder of this simple truth.


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FILM: From Motor Car To Movie Crew

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 26, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 Hooray for... Dagenham?


Here's one for movie industry buffs out there, writes Mark Cantrell. Long known as a centre for motor manufacturing, now Dagenham Council and the Mayor of L...

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FICTION: As Mankind Perishes, The Last Dolphin Sings...

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 18, 2016 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Dolphin's Song


Flash Fiction By Mark Cantrell

Copyright © January 2015


WHEN the world turned to dust, the last dolphin left the dying sea to crawl onto the beach of eternity. There she ...

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WEIRD SCIENCE: How Long Will It Take A #Vampire To Drink You?

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 29, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Fancy a pint? Bela Lugosi is bled…

EVEN vampires can’t change the laws of physics – well, fluid dynamics – it seems.


A group of students at the University of Leicester...

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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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