Mark Leslie


Mark Leslie is a writer, editor and bookseller living in southern 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).

Mark's books included One Hand Screaming (a collection of short fiction), the horror novel I, Death and the thrillers Evasion and A Canadian Werewolf in New York. He has also edited North of Infinity II, Campus Chills, Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound, Fiction River: Editor's Choice and Fiction River: Feel the Fear.

Mark's non-fiction explorations of the paranormal include Haunted Hamilton, Spooky Sudbury (co-authored), Tomes of Terror, Creepy Capital, Haunted Hospitals (co-authored) and Macabre Montreal (co-authored)

Where to find Mark Leslie online

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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,210. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
There's nowhere to hide when everybody you know is trying to kill you. Scotty Desmond, an ex-hacker, is in the middle of an investigation into his father's mysterious death when his boss makes an unexpected move in trying to kill him. He manages to escape, but is pursued by a growing series of co-workers and mysterious strangers all hell bent on killing him. It's like Die Hard meets War Games!
A Murder of Scarecrows
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,620. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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
Price: Free! Words: 10,690. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,610. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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)
Price: Free! Words: 9,340. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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)
Campus Chills
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,860. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
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)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,590. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Crime
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:Two Dark Humor Tales About Snowmen
Price: Free! Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,290. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,500. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,850. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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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Smashwords book reviews by Mark Leslie

  • 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.