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Mark_Leslie

Name Mark Leslie
Location Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Member Since Jun 14, 2012
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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]

Works

I, Death

I, Death

59 parts / 40 pages, updated Aug 21, 2014R
WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC HORROR & DEPICTIONS OF ADULT SEXUAL SITUATIONS THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE DISTURBING TO SOME. DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. READER DISCRETION IS... read more
2,836 reads votes 222 comments 91
Prospero's Ghost

Prospero's Ghost

13 parts / 11 pages, updated Jun 08, 2014PG
A dead professor stalks the campus, seeking revenge on those who dare taint the sacred nature of a beloved classic play. Renowned Shakespearean scholar Dr. Marshall Em... read more
678 reads votes 35 comments 14
Evasion

Evasion

35 parts / 66 pages, updated Jun 04, 2014RCompleted
There's nowhere to hide when everybody you know or meet is trying to kill you. Scotty Desmond's day begins like any other until his boss calls him into the office, pulls out a g... read more
103,218 reads votes 1,486 comments 347
A Canadian Werewolf in New York

A Canadian Werewolf in New York

40 parts / 93 pages, updated Apr 13, 2014PG-13
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 ... read more
7,098 reads votes 180 comments 36
Snowman Shivers: Scary Snowman Tales

Snowman Shivers: Scary Snowman Tales

5 parts / 7 pages, updated Jan 03, 2014GCompleted
If you have ever cast an uncomfortable glance over your shoulder when passing the silent snowy sentinels that stand looking at you as you pass on the i... read more
263 reads votes 11 comments 8
The Shadow Men (Creepy Campfire Tales - 01)

The Shadow Men (Creepy Campfire Tales - 01)

1 page, updated Sep 25, 2012PGCompleted
Pay no attention to those strange noises and bumps in the night taking place around you while this extremely short "campfire tale" story ... read more
507 reads votes 18 comments 15
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