The official Website of author of the macabre
Mark Taylor’s debut novel, Shutter Speed, crash landed on planet earth in 2013. Its dark brooding style benchmarked his writing and has led to further releases of novel and short story collection alike.
While most of Mark’s work is macabre, occasion has it that he will write about kittens and daisies. Just not very often.
Some say he is a product of his environment, others, a product of his own imagination.
Whichever it is he works happily, portraying dark existences on this planet and others. He relays his fears and doubts on his characters, so always has a smile. If Mark is real, as some say he is, you might find him in England.
It is the imparting of emotion.
Writing is about telling a story, and a story should make the reader feel. Cold? Hurt? Angry? Sad? I'm not here to answer that.
But something. Anything.
It should reach out in the promise of glory and snatch it away at the last moment; it should glimmer in a shroud of hope that is dashed at the last second. It should give love and death and fear and hate. It must burn and wither in one hand and return it all and more with the other.
The fine lines of fiction must take the reader in, seduce them, and then smother them.
It must leave them wanting more, but hating that they do.
Once a reader is caught in the clenched fist of written prose, they won't be able to give it up. It is a drug. They are fueled by it. When they watch a movie they will be filled with the breeze of reminiscence for storytelling that can only be quenched one way...and have them reaching for a book before all else.
And when they do, our job is done.