About

Mark Leslie is a writer, bookseller, self-pub and POD advocate and book nerd.

Mark started "seriously" writing at the age of 13, spending the summer banging out an epic fantasy adventure on his mother's Underwood typewriter. That was the first of many excellent "learning experiences" that helped him grow and learn as a writer.

His first published short story was a YA humour tale that appeared in a small press magazine in 1992. Mark's first horror story "Phantom Mitch" appeared in Wicked Mystic magazine in October 1993 and went on to receive honourable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror #7.

Since that time, Mark has had dozens of stories (mostly "Twilight Zone" styled quiet horror tales) appear in magazines and anthologies.

In 2004, Mark compiled a collection of previously published stories and self-published them in the book ONE HAND SCREAMING, which is available in print and eBook. This self-publishing venture was done to address the request from people to be able to read Mark's writing somewhere (since many of the stories he had published were only in print for 3 months to 1 year).

Mark also edited the sci-fi anthology NORTH OF INFINITY II (2006), the horror anthology CAMPUS CHILLS (2009) and the speculative fiction anthology TESSERACTS SIXTEEN: Parnassus Unbound (2012).

In 2012 Mark's first book of non-fiction called HAUNTED HAMILTON: The Ghosts of Dundurn Castle & Other Steeltown Shivers (Aug 2012) and followed that up the fall of 2013 with SPOOKY SUDBURY: True Tales of the Eerie & Unexplained (co-authored with Jenny Jelen). 2014 will see a third non-fiction paranormal book called TOMES OF TERROR.

Mark's novel, I, DEATH will be coming in late 2014 from Atomic Fez.

You can read more about Mark at http://www.markleslie.ca and also sign up for his newsletter there.

Check out Mark's eBooks on Kobo at http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/Collection/mark-leslie-1

[Author photo by www.jorophotography.com. Background image by Jan Ehrlich]
  • Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Joined:
    3 years ago

Reading Lists


8 Published Works

Featured work.

A Canadian Werewolf in New York

Social data: 12K reads. 534 votes. 83 comments.

Description: Being a werewolf isn't all about howling at the moon and running carelessly through boundless fields feeling the wind in your fur. For Michael Andrews, a Canadian living in Manhattan and afflicted with lycanthropy, there are odd side effects to bei...

#591 in Paranormal

Other Works by Mark_Leslie.
Prospero's Ghost

Prospero's Ghost

1K 54 16

A dead professor stalks the campus, seeking revenge on those who dare taint the sacred nature of a belov...

Completed
I, Death

I, Death

13.6K 802 184

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC HORROR & DEPICTIONS OF ADULT SEXUAL SITUATIONS THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE DISTU...

Mature Completed
Evasion

Evasion

170K 2.9K 575

There's nowhere to hide when everybody you know or meet is trying to kill you. Scotty Desmond's day beg...

Mature Completed
Snowman Shivers: Scary Snowman Tales

Snowman Shivers: Scary Snowman Tales

423 27 10

If you have ever cast an uncomfortable glance over your shoulder when passing the silent snowy sentinels...

Completed
EAJordan13 posted a message to Mark_Leslie
hey mark, would love to hear your thoughts on self-pub stuff either in a wattpad post or  a private message, if you've got the time some day
Mark_Leslie commented on Evasion - End Note From Author


Mark_Leslie
Sorry that the ending disappointed you. The story arc of finding out about his father and keeping one step ahead of the assassination attempt(s) was the main tale I was trying to resolve. Lionel's backstory is a whole other story in and of itself that would either have doubled this novella's length or served as it's own POV tale. I went for the latter
What better way to celebrate my birthday than to ship print copies of EVASION to some Wattpad followers?  I have 5 proof copies of the original printing of the paperback available. If you enjoyed EVASION and would be interested in a personally signed print copy, just leave a comment here stating that. I only have 5 copies available, but can ship them out to 5 randomly selected commenters on this post. Will run the random number generated at the end of the day Eastern Time after midnight on May 6.