M. Cantrell

"Author of the Orwellian thriller Citizen Zero."
Author and journalist Mark Cantrell
Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (38 of 53)
Location: Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester
In My Own Words:
A writer and journalist living and working in the North West of England. Also writes poetry and fiction. He is the author of the science fiction thriller Citizen Zero.

Politics and current affairs, literature (in the wide sense, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and more), movies, drinking good coffee, real ale, and hanging around with mates.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 117,709 - Total Helpful Votes: 38 of 53
Terminus by Adam Baker
Terminus by Adam Baker
On the whole, this proved to be a gripping jaunt into the bowels of New York's ruined subway system, keeping company with the crew of criminals, firefighters and military types, searching for a lost scientist who may have found a cure to an alien plague that has pushed humanity to the brink of extinction.

To add to the tension, New York -- along with many other major US cities -- has been hit with a nuclear device in a desperate attempt to stem the spread of the infection, which has turned much of humanity into cadaverous revenants riddled with metallic growths. A high-yield device, even the tunnels are no protection from radioactive contamination, so it's a race against time to… Read more
Shades by Valerie Douglas
Shades by Valerie Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Horror, 10 Sep 2013
Shades is a gripping horror of the more psychological kind, in that it doesn't rely on shock and gore to overawe the reader.

No, atmospheric and richly composed, it lets the tension and the fear creep up on the reader as the dark story unfolds, just as the full terror sweeps up the characters in its hideous embrace.

Those characters are, for the most part, an unseemly bunch; what do you expect of self-serving and ambitious corporate execs, right? Indeed, but surprises are in store, and they are not all beyond redemption, but whether that can save any of them is entirely another matter.

It's a weekend away at an isolated summer house, an excuse for drinking… Read more
The Showing by Will Macmillan Jones
The Showing by Will Macmillan Jones
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suitably chilly, 20 Aug 2013
It's been a while since I've read any supernatural horror, and Macmillan Jones has written a suitably creepy tale that ushered me back into the genre with spine-tingling flair.

The story draws you in at a measured pace, letting the eerie feel build, the tension of unseen malevolence mount, without ever letting the pace become turgid.

The horror, or perhaps more accurately the fear, arises out of skillful under-statement; it's what's left unsaid that really brings the shadows, the chills, and the goosebumps to life.

All told, if this was a movie, I'd have been watching from behind the sofa.