Saturday, 4 August 2012

Head On Over To A New Chapter

Mark doesn't scribe here any more 

ASTUTE observers will note this blog hasn't been updated in a while. There's a very good reason for that. There's a new blog in cyberspace, and you can find it over there on the new website, Mark Cantrell, Author.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


STOP PRESS... Quids In With The Smashwords Summer Sale...

EXCLUSIVE to Smashwords

Throughout July you can get the novel CITIZEN ZERO and the fiction anthology ISOLATION SPACE half price in the Summer Sale using code SSW50.

At a quid a shot ($1.58) that's less than a cup of coffee for some great literature.

Meanwhile, the poetry anthology DEUS EX INSOMNIA is going FREE, just use code SSWIN -- offer ends 31 July 2012.

Formats cover the Kindle, Sony, Nook, Apple and other popular e-reading devices.

Meanwhile you can find CITIZEN ZERO on Facebook and read more at the author's new website: Mark Cantrell, Author.

Friday, 13 April 2012

POEM: Solitude In Starlight

Under Star Fall
By Mark Cantrell

I surrender,
Every limitation
And take upon myself
Each sin and singular persuasion
Of life’s folly and illusion,
To dazzle truth
In the glare of outward aspiration.

Shall I stand, wide-eyed with arms high,
To stare skyward
In primate awe, dreaming of
Dark stars
Beyond reach of Earthbound
Folly, where those grounded aspirations born
To fertilise soil forever languish unfounded.

There, in that posture of solitude,
Under starlit shadow,
Shall I call forth creations unbound,
For all the sorrows born today, tomorrow, in time,
To perish unfounded, ignored, forgotten,
In our hearts.

So confounded, I shall weep tears
Of stellar shimmer, congealed, crystallised,
Into dew drops
Shining in some mirrored inversion
Of Heaven’s mirage.

There, reaching out, head back, eyes drowned in the infinite
Of dark night unfolding,
I shall trigger a deluge of star fallen
Soul song, its siren wailing to a bitter cosmos
Made of raw indifference.

My face shall then feel the chill
As those soulful stars turn to iced tears,
To Fall,
Like damned Angels, doomed
To share this, our bitter pill
Of life.

Mark Cantrell,
27 April 2009

First published by Atlantean Publishing Awen #64 (June 2010)

Copyright © April 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Category: POETRY

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

POETRY: Rhyme Of The Shipwrecked Mariner

Poet’s winning verse celebrates those who gather fish for chips

A Sheffield woman with a terrible fear of drowning has won a poetry competition dedicated to the nation’s mariners, with the prize of having her poem read out by the 'Bard of Barnsley' Ian McMillan.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

POLITICS: Budget Day Protest Planned

Austerity protest will take the dole to Downing Street

PROTESTORS are to stage a live-action recreation of an infamous 1979 Conservative election poster when they gather outside Downing Street tomorrow to form a ‘dole queue’ – to declare that ‘austerity isn’t working’.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

OFFER: Read An eBook Week (4-10 March)

Done deal for a festival of digital literature

THE deal is done and the books are on the table. All you have to do is head on over to Smashwords to partake of the half-price book deal now running to celebrate Read An eBook Week (4-10 March 2012).

For the rest of this week, my novel CITIZEN ZERO, fiction anthology ISOLATION SPACE, and my poetry collection DEUS EX INSOMNIA, can be bought for half the usual retail price using the coupon code REW50.

Leveson Inquiry: The Bullying That Underlies Sleaze

Culture of fear created cruel creed of corruption

The Leveson Inquiry has laid bare the rotten heart of British journalism, but it is very much the corrupt bosses that have set the beat. As testimony presented by the NUJ made clear, a lack of union rights and freedom of conscience for individual journalists has enabled unscrupulous bosses to cultivate a culture of fear. This in turn has surely helped the likes of News International to nurture the scandalous sleaze the inquiry has uncovered

Sunday, 19 February 2012


Mastering my own domain

ALL good things come to an end and so it is for The Word On The Wall and its sister blog The Book Is The Life as they head off into a well-earned retirement, but all is not lost since their legacy shall live on.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

POETRY: Joseph Rowntree Foundation Shows Nobody's Too Old

This geriatric ‘timebomb’ calls for poetry in motion

By Mark Cantrell

SAY what you like about poetry, it’s certainly versatile, more so than our society as it struggles to cope with the growing population of elderly people.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Library Fight

Sounding off for local libraries

By Mark Cantrell

A library is traditionally a place of hush but now a coalition of campaigners is looking to shout the roof down in their defence.

Next month, trade unionists, library staff and library lovers are to host a joint lobby of Parliament to tell MPs in no uncertain terms that library closures threaten a vital community asset.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

REVIEW: Etchings of Power by Terry C Simpson

Etchings of Power by Terry C Simpson is a slick piece of work by any measure, from its editing and formatting, through its natty use of graphic illustration, to the sheer detail and vivid life that powers the storytelling

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Cruel and Unnecessary

Kill the bill not the vulnerable, protestors demand

CAMPAIGNERS resisting the Government’s Welfare Reform Bill say their protest in London against “cruel and unnecessary cuts” was an “amazing success”, bringing the busy Oxford Circus to a “complete standstill”, but the resistance is far from over.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Gaga For Gagarin

'Space cadets' offered a share of Gagarin's limelight

AN independent filmmaker is offering British space enthusiasts the chance to add their names to a roll-call commemorating Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (pictured) – the first man to venture into Earth orbit.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Hise Rise For Indies

Hise on the rise – and he's taking indies with him 

An Arizona-based author's new website is looking to do rather more than promote his own work – he intends the site to become a vehicle to help drive the development of independent writers.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Silas Sets Forth

Signed with an Inspired Quill

For a man who makes a living out of words, it's quite disconcerting to find myself suddenly speechless: still that's the effect a book deal can have on an author.

Yes, that's right – a book deal.

I am greatly pleased to say that my novel Silas Morlock has been taken on by up-and-coming publisher Inspired Quill (IQ) and is scheduled for release towards the Autumn of 2012.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Ripping Yarn

Deep, dark and gruesome

By Ian Woodhead

 Reviewed by Mark Cantrell

ONCE again the delightfully twisted mind of Ian Woodhead has concocted yet another cracking horror story – and this one really isn’t for the faint-hearted.


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