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A coffee-guzzling journalist turned novelist and occasional poet, Mark Cantrell lives and works by the weave of his words.
By day, he works for a media company in Manchester, England, where he writes about the social housing industry. It provides plenty of fuel to keep the old social conscience simmering.
The rest of the time, Mark chases the literary dream.
He is the author of two novels, a host of short stories, and a multitude of articles and thought-provoking essays. Over the years, his writings have appeared in a number of small press 'zines, websites, and multi-author collections.
His fictional work tends to fall into the realms of science fiction and fantasy, with a little macabre horror thrown in for good measure, but he's not averse to touching upon social and political themes too.
That's certainly true of Mark's first novel, the dystopian science fiction thriller, Citizen Zero (Indie release, 2010), but it's also there, twisted into the DNA, of his second, the macabre urban fantasy, Silas Morlock (Inspired Quill, 2013).
Born and bred in Bradford, Mark now lives in Stoke-on-Trent, though he remains proud of his Yorkshire heritage.
on May 31, 2011 :
Don't judge a book by its cover, so the saying goes, but in this case, the cover, and title, of 'Deus Ex Insomnia', which caught my attention, represents rather well the dark, thought-provoking and sometimes mischievous contents within.
A generous collection of poetry includes such gems as 'The Rules for Gracious Living', and, for the thoughtful writer, some interesting prose that explores the themes of love, death, self-fulfilment and issues of social relevance. The writer's journey, with all its inherent pain and pleasure, is there, like invisible notes in the margins, a provocative voice of conscience that argues such themes as art in humanity and primal expression (one of the titles) and the restraints imposed by capitalism, as in 'Hunters of the Untamed Idea'.
The author writes, "To hear the muse and be transported into the human dreamscape, the writer must throw salt over their shoulders and into the eyes of the whispering Commissars". In his search for, and exploration of, the inspirational muse, this author has created a book that may generate that very (and for many of us, often elusive thing) we constantly strive for in our everyday lives.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)