Mark Leslie is a writer, editor and bookseller living in Hamilton, Ontario.
Mark's writing falls most closely into the "Twilight Zone" camp of fiction - he calls himself a horror writer but his tales include horror, elements of science fiction and fantasy.
Mark's first published horror story "Phantom Mitch" appeared in Wicked Mystic magazine in October of 1993 and received honourable mention in The Year's Best Fantasty & Horror #7 (Datlow & Windling).
Since then, Mark has had dozens of speculative stories published in various magazines and anthologies including Stardust (edited by Julie E. Czerneda), Bound for Evil (edited by Tom English), Bluffs (edited by Lawrence Steven) and Fear of the Dark (edited by Maria Cavicchiolo & Jason Rolfe).
In 2004, Mark collected some of his previously published works in One Hand Screaming. He has North of Infinity II (2006), an anthology of speculative stories for Mosaic Press, Campus Chills, a themed anthology featuring horror tales set on colleges & universities across Canada (2009) and Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound (2012), a science fiction, fantasy and horror anthology.
Mark's first non-fiction exploration of the paranormal, Haunted Hamilton: The Ghosts of Dundurn Castle & Other Steeltown Shivers, came out in 2012, he co-wrote Spooky Sudbury: True Tales of the Eerie & Unexplained in 2013 and 2014 will see Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores & Libraries.
Mark's first horror novel, I, Death is also due out in 2014.
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A Murder of Scarecrows
A small eastern community becomes over-run by a growing army of scarecrows. This short story of approximately 8000 words was inspired by an actual legend from the Nova Scotia community of Necum Teuch.
This Time Around: A Canadian Werewolf in New York Story
Being a werewolf isn't all about howling at the moon. For Michael Andrews being a werewolf in the middle of a bustling metropolis provides some difficult challenges. Such as waking up naked in Battery Park with absolutely no memory of the night before as a wolf and trying to figure out why there is a bullet lodged in his leg. Just another day in the life of a man living with lycanthropy.
Collateral Damage: A Sin-Eater Misadventure
Peter O’Mallick isn’t just having a bad day; he’s having a bad life. Walking around with a powerful death curse it seems like everyone Peter knows or gets close to meets an untimely fate. But when Peter realizes he can use his powers for good, being a harbinger of death might not be so bad; so long as he’s not worried about collateral damage. 10,000 words.
Bumps in the Night: Creepy Campire Tales
BUMPS IN THE NIGHT is a collection of 4 stories perfect for sharing around a campfire; 2 brief tales ideal for oral storytelling & 2 longer stories to draw you in a bit deeper: ERRATIC CYCLES, ALMOST, THE PIZZA MAN and THE SHADOW MEN. Pay no attention to the strange bumps in the night you might hear just outside the safety of the campfire light while reading this book. It's just your imagination.
Prospero's Ghost: (A Cautionary Short Story)
Renowned Shakespearean scholar Dr. Marshall Emerson whose specialty was the bard’s The Tempest returns decades after his death, when McMaster University library and bookstore staff begin producing replica versions of the text on a newly acquired Espresso Book Machine. (Short story: 6000 words)
Chilling tales born from the dark shadows of campuses across Canada. Edited by Mark Leslie and introduced by Robert J. Sawyer, Campus Chills features thirteen tales of terror.
Switch (A Short Tale of Erotic Horror)
In her attempt to cure a misogynistic patient, a psychiatrist undergoes an experimental treatment of consciousness switching bodies, resulting in a sexual encounter unlike anything either has ever experienced but with dark and disturbing unexpected side-effects.
Something Wicked In Me Comes: Disturbing Tales of Erotic Horror
Four short erotic horror tales to simultaneously arouse and disturb, to amuse and abuse your senses. Feel the eager shiver of anticipation as you plunge into riveting tales of sex mingled with terror and experience your blood heat yet chill at the same time.
Snowman Shivers: Scary Snowmen Tales
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 icy sidewalk, if you've ever questioned what might really happen if the old silk hat placed on Frosty the Snowman's head was truly magic, then these two dark humor snowman tales by Mark Leslie are for you.
Tricky Treats: Three Halloween Stories
As the fall brings a chill to the air, escape inside near a warm fire and enjoy a different type of chill. Tricky Treats collects three previously published Halloween stories by Mark Leslie that feature unworldly visitors who show up on All Hallow's Eve to unleash things strange and eerie onto the world.
Spirits: A Haunting Love Story
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Fascinated by the ghostly crying that haunts a repertory theatre house, Sally and Rob begin to unravel the mystery behind the eerie occurances, while learning about the undying passion that can bind two people together or a person to a place.
Active Reader: And Other Cautionary Tales from the Book World
ACTIVE READER collects three stories written by Mark Leslie which explore the darker side of the world of books (ACTIVE READER, BROWSERS & DISTRACTIONS). In a style reminiscent of the old "Twilight Zone" television show, these three tales will take the book loving reader to a place that is somewhat familiar yet frighteningly surreal and disturbing.
One Hand Screaming
A bookstore that keeps more than dusty old tomes on its shelves, a phantom limb that can reach into the next world, a comic that colors people's lives with terror, graves unable to hold their wares, a collector of haunted artifacts who gets more than he bargains for, a deserted northern highway that brings back a man's worst childhood fears, an encounter with the bogeyman and more.
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- Drumbeats (Expanded Edition)
on April 22, 2011
A great chilling tale from veteran sci-fi pro Kevin J. Anderson co-written with Neil Peart (an experienced lyricist and now book author, but this likely marks his first fiction sale). The story could easily fit into an episode of The Twilight Zone - well written and effectively haunting.