The Occasion Had to be Marked

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2020 by marksamuels

Since I could count the number of folk from the British weird fiction community who publicly supported Brexit on the fingers of one hand (and I’m struggling to get further than just two, me included) I suppose I shall have to chance annoying the cultural bien pensant yet again. Nothing against Europe, just the EU. I just don’t conflate the two.

Happy 2021 to all!

Mark S.

Go Back At Once

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2020 by marksamuels

to borrow a buzz-word. Wow, things over there at the TLO appear to have improved so dramatically it’s now almost become a thriving beacon for go-getting, hard-working, capitalist folk who choose not to sit around all day bemoaning the malignant uselessness of existence and, instead of waiting for state-aid, actually put some effort into writing and publishing weird fiction post Tom Ligotti. It’s as if the dismal old place had a new lease of life and had finally repudiated philosophical pessimism.

Keep up the good work! I salute you all.


Anyway, here’s an anthem for the TLO’s fresh start.

Mark S.

Dear Rue Morgue Magazine

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2020 by marksamuels

If you decide a book is your choice for “best single-author collection of 2020” then you could, at the very least, get its title correct.

I suppose others, more desperate for such attention, would be flattered.

Mark S.

Best New Horror #30

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2020 by marksamuels


I think Steve Jones has been highly courageous to choose this homage story of mine, “Posterity”, for inclusion in BNH#30. It’s bound to rub the usual suspects up the wrong way…

Then again, what else are mavericks for?

Anyway, buy the book. It’s well worth it. And especially if you appreciate Robert Aickman tributes!

Best New Horror #30

Mark S.

Condoms In The Schools

Posted in Uncategorized on October 29, 2020 by marksamuels


If only more folk were as obsessed as the astute Mr. Isis is with my much-neglected, earlier literary “work”!

Mark S.

A Starred Review from Publishers Weekly for The Age of Decayed Futurity

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2020 by marksamuels

PW Review of The Age of Decayed Futurity

I am not sure exactly what the star means, but assume it indicates some measure of distinction. Anyway, it’s certainly a generous appraisal from whoever wrote it.

Mark S.