Mark McLaughlin is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more. Many of his books fit within the literary tradition of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers, and Ambrose Bierce.
His latest trade paperback releases are the story collections, HIDEOUS FACES, BEAUTIFUL SKULLS; BEST LITTLE WITCH-HOUSE IN ARKHAM; and the two-author horror collection with Michael McCarty, DRACULA TRANSFORMED & OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES.
McLaughlin's latest digital work is the Kindle release, THE ARRIVAL OF OUR NEW MASTER: A Lovecraftian Armageddon, which presents a series of free-verse narrative poems. Together, they create an epic poem which tells of a Lovecraftian Armageddon, centering around the return of Nyarlathotep to the modern world.
Other digital releases by McLaughlin are the Kindle fiction collections, MAGIC CANNOT DIE: Strange Tales Of Sorcery & Enchantment; THE TESTAMENT OF CTHULHU: Tales Of Weird Fantasy & Horror (co-written with Michael Sheehan, Jr.); THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS: Tales Of Weird & Lovecraftian Horror (co-written with Michael Sheehan, Jr.); THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos (co-written with Michael Sheehan, Jr.); SHOGGOTH APOCALYPSE & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos (co-written with Michael Sheehan, Jr.); THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos (co-written with Michael Sheehan, Jr.); THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER & Five More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos (co-written with Michael Sheehan, Jr.); FOREIGN TONGUE: Six Bizarre Tales Of Love & Monsters; DRUNK ON THE WINE THAT POURS FROM MY WICKED EYES: 13 Feverish Tales; and THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA & Three More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos (co-written with Michael Sheehan, Jr.).
Other books by Mark include the story collection BEACH BLANKET ZOMBIE and the collaborative horror novel, MONSTER BEHIND THE WHEEL (with Michael McCarty).
Mark's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in more than 1,000 magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies, including DARK FUSIONS: WHERE MONSTERS LURK!, GALAXY, LIVING DEAD 2, WRITER'S DIGEST, CEMETERY DANCE, MIDNIGHT PREMIERE, DARK ARTS, and two volumes of YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES (DAW Books).
Mark is the coauthor, with Rain Graves and David Niall Wilson, of THE GOSSAMER EYE, which won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry.
What critics and colleagues have said about Mark McLaughlin's work over the years:
"In the most devious manner, McLaughlin's stories achieve a high degree of demonism by perpetuating a sinister 'humor' at the gallows of the human comedy."
-- Author Thomas Ligotti
"Listen up. Noel Coward is back. Salvador Dali is back. Dylan Thomas is back. And they're all rolled into one in the shape of Mark McLaughlin who writes stories that are wonderfully witty, surrealistic and ineffably strange. Absolutely fabulous. .... If your palette is jaded, come to the feast that is Mark McLaughlin."
-- Author Simon Clark
"McLaughlin's tales are laugh-out-loud assaults on consensus reality."
-- Paul Di Filippo, ASIMOV'S
"Reading Mark McLaughlin is a little like stepping out of the door of an airplane in mid flight. The view is pretty amazing, but the shock of impact may do you in ... gruesome, funny and touching. Top that: anybody...."
--Matthew Nadelhaft, TANGENT