Reading Treats

Hello. Welcome to the home of Mark Leslie, writer, editor, book nerd.

You likely spotted the URL for this page on my front yard sign where I normally post silly dad jokes throughout the year. It was fun to do “monster” and “Halloween” themed dad jokes for the month of October.

Because I’m not sure if the whole idea of handing out physical treats is safe this year due to Covid-19, I wanted to still GIVE to the community. And why not give within the realm I regularly operate.


Please find below links to a few free reads. Some are family friendly (ie, safe for those younger than 18 to read). Some are not.

Please note that many of my titles are available via the local public library in print, eBook and audiobook formats. If you don’t see them listed online, go ahead and ask the library for the one you want. They are available for the library to order. That way, you can read them ALL for free.


Snowman Shivers (Two short dark humor stories about snowmen that come alive)

Link to all major eBook retailers (it is FREE in eBook on most platforms)

Here is a link where you can download the eBook directly and read it on your computer or on a free Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books, etc reading app on your smart phone.

You might never build another snowman again!

If you 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.

This eBook contains two short stories, author’s notes about the writing of the stories, alook at anthropomorphic snow sculptures in history and popular culture, as well as the history of this digital chapbook.

Snowman shivers includes stories that have been read to audiences of all ages, to grade 4 and grade 6 classrooms throughout Ontario.

Scroll down to find reading that is not necessarily family friendly. These videos, however, ARE family friendly

Silly parody of THE MONSTER MASH

Silly Dad Joke Video (Spooky)


Night Cries (Three adult horror stories)

Link to all major eBook retailers (it is FREE on most platforms)

Here is a link where you can download the eBook directly and read it on your computer or on a free Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books, etc reading app on your smart phone.


Screams echo through the thick darkness of night in this collection of three short horror tales from the dark mind of Mark Leslie.

Taste of Darkness: Sensory deprivation takes on a new meaning when you let the darkness completely consume your senses of sight, sound, touch and smell, leaving you with the bitter taste of the encroaching darkness. And you’ll be surprised what you find lurking there just beneath the surface and the cold, clear light of day.

The Pizza Man: A group of students keep getting pizza deliveries that they never ordered. Is it a strange prank, or is there something more to the mysterious stranger who keeps showing up at their door?

Little Things: Strange little creatures appear in the middle of the night, but Daniel is the only one who can see them. His wife, Joy, becomes distraught at the bizarre way her husband is acting, but, more horrifying is what the tiny little things are doing to her.

If you’re looking for three quick jaunts into worlds where darkness mingles with the echoes of cries in the night, you’ll want to crack open the pages and start listening for the nocturnal screams. The stories and accompanying “behind the screams” notes from the author come to approximately 16,000 words.

Spooky Stories (Readings)

Silly Parody – Pandemic / Isolation K-Tel Parody

Mark’s Tavern (Cheers Parody)

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