The horror genre is, in the main a great genre to be in, and despite what some people think their is a community, or at least lot of little communities out there. These communities are supportive, understanding of the foibles of the people in it, and are always keen to help out those who walk their streets.
However, there are a few people who transcend the communities, people who are the true heart and soul of horror. Mark West is one those people. I have known mark since i first stumbled across the online horror world, and from that first moment I knew he was something special.
Mark is enthusiasm, personified, always positive. deeply supportive of other peoples work, and never asks for anything in return. Both online and in the real world Mark draws people to him, just go to a convention and if you are nervous about meeting a writer, the first thing anyone and I mean anyone will say is "Mark will you introduce Bob to..." and you know what he'll do that. Not because he has more front than Brighton Beach, he'll do it because he is a genuinely good guy. It's a joy to watch.
Ask anyone in the UK horror fiction scene what they think about Mark and you will hear nothing love and high praise, and they will have a huge smile on their face as they talk about him.
Over and above is enthusiasm and love for the genre Mark is also a great writer. A master of the soulful supernatural story, Mark can entrance a reader with stories that carry a powerful emotional punch.
Today is Mark's Birthday, so in honour of the great man we have compiled a list of some of our favourite Mark West books. Read on for some great books and why not use the links at the end to try some of his books and help have a birthday fit for a true gentleman of the genre
You know the songs. They’re etched into every punk’s brain. Not just because they’re catchy, but because there’s something else there. Glenn Danzig’s lyrics evoke intense imagery. Beautiful, dark, monstery imagery. There’s poetry between the whoa-oh-ohs. There are stories in those songs. They just need to be told. Now, underground fiction’s most talented fiends have created a series of tales inspired by the Misfits. In these pages, an astro zombie contemplates the life she left behind as she goes into flesh-ripping battle. A team of organ harvesters shows just how violent the world can be. A wannabe true crime reporter goes on a grisly road trip that takes him a little too close to his subject matter. A mysterious set of skulls pushes a young woman to create a collection of her very own. A teenager from mars excavates the fetid product of his earthly lust. These new twists on the songs you love are sure to surprise, startle, sicken and force you to see this timeless horror punk in a completely different light. Read on to find out why MP Johnson and Sam Richards decided to create an anthology dedicated to the most horror of the horror punk bands The Misfits.
How many of us have wondered what turns a writer into a horror writer, why someone would chose to write dark and disturbing prose? Probably rather a lot of us, emerging author Lucas Pederson enlightens us in a powerful and highly personal tale about his journey into becoming a horror writer with his emotive article Pieces of a Horror Writer...
Visionary horror director Adam Wingard unleashed one of the cinematic surprises of 2016 when his next opus, The Woods turned out to be an utterly terrifying return to the world of the BLAIR WITCH, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 23rd January. As the story of the mythical and as-yet unseen Blair Witch hits the shelves this January, what better time to look back on some of the most terrifying witches to haunt the silver screen to date...