Mark Young to feature in The Macabre Ladies present ‘Drabbles of Dread’ anthology.

So excited to share with you that I’ve just had five of my stories accepted into “The Macabre Ladies present Drabbles of Dread.”

Oh Father!

Ravenous

Beloved Beheaded

Killer’s Lair

and Pecking Order

Released on 15th July 2020. Available for pre-order now.

Mark Young joins Sinister Smile Press for a collaborative horror experience – Devil’s Gulch

Thoroughly excited to have been invited into the Sinister Smile Press family. Got my chapter in for Devil’s Gulch – a collaborative horror novel written by 11 authors. It’s been a thrill to write and collaborate with such talented people. Can’t wait for you all to read it. Available for Kindle pre-order now. https://geni.us/devilsgulch

Release date: November 16th, 2020.

It was all in the name of science. Now someone has to clean up the mess.

Stan Armstrong dedicated his entire life to science. Branded as a maverick and a risk-taker by his colleagues, his unorthodox experiments and outlandish theories of time and space resulted in loss of funding and ultimately, his termination from tenure at the university where he’d spent his entire career.

Stan’s insatiable quest to explore extreme hypotheses and to prove the unproven were matched only by his neurotic lust to peel back the mysterious layers of time and space to expose the hidden secrets of the universe. Determined to continue his work at all costs, he uproots the life he once knew, liquidates his assets and builds his own lab on a desolate twenty-four-acre rural property in Devil’s Gulch, Utah, no longer bound by government regulation or the prying eyes of small-minded administrators.

Whether born from his profound love for science, or his enormous ego, Stan unintentionally unleashes something sinister in Devil’s Gulch—something that was never meant to walk this Earth.

Sinister Smile Press presents Devil’s Gulch, a collaborative horror novel written by Claire Brown, Matthew A. Clarke, T.M. Morgan, Chris Wilkerson, Chisto Healy, Kayla Krantz, Jon Miller, T.M. Brown, Mark Young, Steven Pajak and R.E. Sargent.https://geni.us/devilsgulch

Coven: 13 Dark Fantasy & Horror Stories RELEASE EVENT

On 13th July 2020 I’ll be hosting a launch event for my new book “Coven: 13 Dark Fantasy & Horror Stories” with a selection of posts throughout the day on both Facebook and Instagram – both @markyounginfo

Starting from 7am BST (British Summer Time)… Please come join the launch throughout the day. Would be great to see you there. Got a few things lined up I hope you’ll enjoy…😘😁😘🧛‍♂️

For a chance to win, DM (via Facebook or Instagram messenger) a pic of your pet enjoying a copy of ‘The Heartbreaker’ – the first collection in the ‘13’ series (this can be with Kindle or paperback). And if you haven’t got a pet maybe you can borrow someone else’s or send in a photo of yourself with the book/ebook instead.

The more creative you can be with your photograph, the better.

I’ll select my favourite picture from the submissions and will announce the winner on Monday 13th July 2020.

Please feel free to invite friends and anyone else who loves horror and short horror stories. Hope to see you there!

Pride in Horror Month

As part of Deadhead Reviews Pride in Horror month, I’m proud and excited to share with you my contribution to this month’s LGBTQ celebrations.

The Silhouette Man – A short LGBTQ horror story.

The Silhouette Man is a brand new short horror story which can be read by clicking here.

Mark Young is the author of the 13 Dark Fantasty & Horror Stories series. Available from Amazon for Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and in Paperback. The second volume ‘Coven’ is now available to pre-order on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Paperback released on 13th July 2020. For more details click the images below.

Available now for pre-order on Amazon. Released 13th July 2020.
Available now on Amazon.

The Edge of Darkness – Available Now

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The Edge of Darkness – Today at 5pm GMT

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Frankenstein

I think I first read Frankenstein somewhere around the age of 16-18. It was an utterly thrilling book and it’s on my shelf for a re-read this year.

I equally enjoyed the Kenneth Brannagh/Robert De Niro adaptation when it was released back in 1994. Many moons ago.

It wasn’t until recent years that I watched Frankenstein and Bride of Frankentein to discover how beautiful horror could be in all its black and white cinemaphotography and its gothic design which added a level of both sympathy and fear to such a sad and very misunderstood character.

Having missed out on Danny Boyle’s/Nick Dear’s stage adaptation for the National Theatre with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller alternating in the title role, I did seize the opportunity of catching it at the cinema a few years back with Miller starring as the creature. It was a part of the National Theatre’s NT Live cinema screening series. I was blown away. I came out feeling like it was one of the best things I’d seen on the big screen in a long time. Having watched Benedict Cumberbatch in the main role (which I thoroughly enjoyed) in the recent youtube lockdown screening, the small screen sadly doesn’t do the production justice. It has to be seen on stage or at least on the big screen. It is flawed in places (which I won’t go into here). But it doesn’t take away from the emotional and horrifying impact of a story that broke all the rules in storytelling when it was first written. Mary Shelley was a pioneer and some would argue that this is not only one of the best horror books of all time, but also one of the best in Science Fiction.

What are your memories of Frankenstein? What are you favourite adaptations? Feel free to drop a comment below. It’d be great to hear from you.

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Coven: 13 Dark Fantasy & Horror Stories AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW!

It gives me great pleasure to announce the release of ‘Coven’ – the second volume in the ’13 Dark Fantasy & Horror Stories’ series. It’s now available to pre-order from Amazon (worldwide) for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited now. So you can have it delivered straight to your device on 13th July 2020. If you’d like a paperback copy it will be available to order on the day of release.

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COVER REVEAL – COVEN: 13 DARK FANTASY & HORROR STORIES

Here it is folks! The front cover reveal for the next installment in the 13 Dark Fantasy & Horror Stories series.

Stay tuned. More details coming soon.

Volume one in the series – The Heartbreaker: 13 Dark Fantasy & Horror Stories series is available worldwide for Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and in paperback on Amazon. Get your copy now from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. Also available in other territories.

Dracula

My earliest memories (which are pretty vague to be honest) of being introduced to the king of all horror icons came in the form of Wall’s Dracula – a mix fruit flavour ice lolly; and three 80s cartoons: the Drak Pack, Groovie Ghoulies and Count Duckula.

Like I said my memories of these are quite thin, so here’s a few visual treats for your to feast your eyes upon.

My first encounter with the original book came prior to the release of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Gary Oldman taking the reigns in the title role.

Having re-read the book in recent years it’s easy to see why it has endured for so long. The first third of the book is a fantastic piece of horror writing. Fast paced. Haunting. Detailed. It’s dark, gothic gloom at its best. For me, the mid-section dips a little with most of the human characters talking about how concerned they were for each other all the time. But, give the story its full due it does ramp up the pace in the final race back to Dracula’s castle.

I had seen various incarnations of the character since my lollypop sucking (no pun intended) and cartoon loving days. But there was something about Gary Oldman’s interpretation, along with the costume and make-up design, that really struck a chord with me. Months before the film came out.

The overall look of the film is a feast for the eyes, documented as drawing from what came before it – particularly the silent black and white movie Nosferatu. I drew pictures for my art class, I read the book and watched documentaries on TV. I even bought the soundtrack and listened to Annie Lennox’s Love Song for a Vampire countless times. Still, many years later, Gary Oldman remains my favourite.

I would love to add these to my collection someday.

So what were your first encounters with the Big D? Do you have a favourite interpretation? Who do you think would be great in the role when they remake/reboot the story for another generation?

No need to put your answers on a postcard scrawled in blood. Just drop a comment below. Look forward to hearing your stories, as always.