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Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM



You'll never look at a book in quite the same way again…


Out in paperback and digital editions from Inspired Quill


STOKE-ON-TRENT, 8 December 2013: Mark Cantrell's novel, SILAS MORLOCK, is a dark dystopian fantasy, presenting a story of atonement and sacrifice set within an age-old struggle of good against evil.


In the macabre world it portrays, the redemptive power of literature represents the enduring strength of the human spirit – indeed in a way the book is pays homage to literature, from oral storytelling through the written word to digital storytelling.


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 published by Inspired Quill, and has been released in digital [ISBN: 978-1-908600-15-8] and paperback [ISBN: 978-1-908600-14-1] editions. It is currently available from Amazon and other leading retailers.




By Mark Cantrell

Inspired Quill


Paperback (478 pages)

Released: 25 November 2013

ISBN: 978-1-908600-14-1

Price: £8.99


Kindle (372 pages)

Released: 22 November 2013

ISBN: 978-1-908600-15-8


Price: £3.53


Retail: Amazon (UK & US); Waterstones; Barnes & Noble


“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

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Mark Cantrell is a UK-based writer and journalist. By day he works in Manchester for one of the North of England's largest independent publishers of multimedia business journals. The rest of the time he just writes. 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.


SILAS MORLOCK is available to buy from the following sites:




Amazon US


Amazon UK


Barnes & Noble






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