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Mark Leslie is a writer, editor and bookseller who lives in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2005, Mark joined the blogging bandwagon and started posting random thoughts and musings on writing, bookselling and being a father.
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Feel The Fear In Many Forms

Thu, 2017-10-19 11:00
Fear comes in many forms and guises. It creeps up on us in more ways than even the most creative parts of our minds can ever imagine. I explored the various different types of fears in an anthology I edited and which was recently released by WMG Publishing. FICTION RIVER: FEEL THE FEAR is an anthology that explores a concept inspired by the Douglas E. Winter quote that "horror is not a genre but

Dark Tales on the Street

Sun, 2017-09-17 05:58
Thanks to the support of my publisher (Dundurn) and the Ontario Media Development Corporation, I was able to accept the request from the good folks at The Word on the Street Halifax to read from and discuss my latest ghost story book, Haunted Hospitals, co-written with Rhonda Parrish. I love the city of Halifax and haven't been here since a little over three years ago. (Okay, I was back in the

Earning Money From Re-Cycled Short Stories

Mon, 2017-09-04 12:21
The other day I cashed yet another check from McGraw-Hill Ryerson for a short story. The check was for $29.24 - which doesn't seem like a big thing. However, let's look at the source, and the history for where this payment came from. A snapshot look at how "Almost" appears in format The History of my short story "Almost" 1988 - 1989 - Some time between high school and

A Haunted 5K Run in Hamilton

Sat, 2017-09-02 15:56
Almost by accident this morning, I discovered a neat way to turn a run into a historic haunted run. It started when I left my apartment, wanting to go on a relatively short run that had a bit of a challenge to it. So I decided to head south on James St S. towards the Hamilton Mountain where there's a path and set of stairs (part of the Bruce Trail). Once I got to the top of the stairs, I

A Recipe for Author Collaboration

Thu, 2017-08-24 09:55
Because I do so much writing for the Kobo Writing Life blog as well as Spirits Untapped, I haven't been updating this blog as often. (I know, I know, there's always SOME excuse, isn't there?) But I wanted to share an excerpt from a recent guest blog post that I wrote for Dundurn, the publisher of the newly released Haunted Hospitals, a book that I co-authored with Rhonda Parrish. The
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