|Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM|
Hartshill author's horror debut casts a chilling shadow over Christmas
STOKE-ON-TRENT, 8 December 2013: Local author Mark Cantrell has made his paperback debut with the publication of his novel, Silas Morlock, released over the weekend by the publisher Inspired Quill.
The novel, a dark dystopian fantasy, presents a story of atonement and sacrifice within an age-old struggle of good against evil, where the redemptive power of literature represents the enduring strength of the human spirit.
It follows Adam, a misfit and a dreamer, living life for cheap thrills in the urban sprawl of Terapolis – a vast global city. He is hooked on the most powerful drug known to man, but when his dealer Caxton is murdered, he is plunged into a shadowy world of intrigue and betrayal, where an age-old horror lurks and nothing is quite as it seems.
The book is released in digital [ISBN: 978-1-908600-15-8] and paperback [ISBN: 978-1-908600-14-1] editions, and is available from Amazon and other leading retailers.
"We've loved working on this title," said Sara-Jayne Slack, Managing Director of Inspired Quill. "It's incredibly relevant to today's wave of technology, and it has a very important message to relate to its readers without being preachy or patronising – a difficult line to balance on, but one that Mark has managed to do very well indeed."
Mark, 44, a journalist by trade, was born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire, but now lives in the Hartshill area of Stoke-on-Trent. He works in Manchester for a leading publisher of business and trade journals, where he writes about the social housing sector.
Silas Morlock is Mark's second novel. He's previously ventured into the Indie publishing scene, self-publishing his first novel (Citizen Zero, 2010) and a small range of horror shorts for the Kindle and other electronic reading devices, but this is his first time with a third party publisher.
"It's been a tremendous experience working with the guys at Inspired Quill. They've done a marvellous job, and I'm really proud of what we've achieved together," Mark said. "Silas Morlock is a great story – well, I would say that! – but it's also very much a homage to the power and beauty of literature, going all the way back to our ancestors gathered around those long-lost hearth fires of ancient times, sharing their tales by word of mouth. Forget the medium, we're all storytellers – and this is mine."
By Mark Cantrell
Paperback (478 pages)
Kindle (372 pages)
“Humanity built its monolithic spires of hopes and dreams and tried to believe that the whole sordid mess actually meant something.”
Terapolis is an urban sprawl of global proportions. The vast city state has smothered whole nations, liberated humanity from the tides of history; the place is ripe with secrets...
Here, billions of people live only to give themselves to The Gestalt. An esoteric technology, said to unlock the secrets of creation, it offers humanity the chance to realise its most-cherished and forbidden desires.
For Silas Morlock, enigmatic Master of MorTek, The Gestalt is his greatest achievement, but little time remains to fulfil his purpose and save Mankind from itself; death gathers, an ancient struggle between good and evil nears its peak.
On the other side, the Incunabula; bibliophiles who refuse to stop peddling the items most poisonous to the hold The Gestalt has on human minds.
And then there’s Adam, the misfit dreamer pulled into a conflict beyond his understanding. His own desire will take him on a terrifying journey into the heart of darkness.
Poor Adam, he will learn the secrets of Terapolis; if they don’t shatter his mind, he’ll become the unlikely saviour for good… or ill.
It’s a struggle played out in the shadows, where the lines are blurred, and nothing is quite as it seems. For the lost souls embroiled, the stakes are the very highest.
But secrets are for keeping, in the dark places…
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Starting life as a blog, Inspired Quill was updated a few times a week with literature news, articles and reviews. With an entrepreneurial award and proper business tuition, Sara-Jayne Slack then decided that the best way to utilise her passion for the written word was to create a social enterprise, with the determination to not only publish and promote great literature – but to also aid both new authors and the local community in skills development. For these reasons, quality, transparency, and a people-orientated approach are at the heart of Inspired Quill’s philosophy.
Mark Cantrell is a UK-based writer and journalist. He works at Excel Publishing in Manchester, one of the North of England's largest independent publishers of multimedia business information journals. A Yorkshireman by birth, he hails from Bradford but currently lives in Stoke-on-Trent. He is the author of two published novels – SILAS MORLOCK (2013) and CITIZEN ZERO (2010) – as well as a host of short stories. Over the years, his work has appeared in a number of small press 'zines, websites and multi-author collections.