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Mark Leslie

Mark Leslie

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Mark was bitten by the writing bug at a young age, and he has always enjoyed storytelling. His first published short story appeared in 1992, the same year he began his career in bookselling.

Under the name Mark Leslie, he has published more than a dozen full length books. He pens a series of non-fiction paranormal explorations for Dundurn, Canada’s largest independent publisher. He also writes both long and short-form fiction (typically thrillers and Twilight Zone style speculative fiction) and edits fiction anthologies, most recently as a regular editor for the WMG Publishing Fiction River anthology series. A hybrid author, Mark has indie published multiple books since 2004 under the Stark Publishing imprint.

Mark has spoken as both an author and publishing industry professional across Canada and the United States, as well as in the UK and Europe, and since 2018 he has hosted a weekly podcast on the business of writing and publishing called Stark Reflections on Writing & Publishing.

His website is



Macabre Montreal. Dundurn, 2018
Feel the Love (Fiction River Anthology #31). WMG Publishing, 2019
Killing It on Kobo. Stark Publishing, 2018
The 7 P's of Publishing Success. Stark Publishing, 2018
Haunted Hospitals. Dundurn, 2017
Feel the Fear (Fiction River Anthology #25). Dundurn, 2016
Editor's Choice (Fiction River Anthology #23). WMG Publishing, 2017
Creepy Capital. Dundurn, 2016
A Canadian Werewolf in New York. Stark Publishing, 2016
I, Death. Edge Science-Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2016
Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries. Dundurn, 2014
Evasion. Stark Publishing, 2014
Spooky Sudbury. Dundurn, 2013
Haunted Hamilton. Dundurn, 2012
Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound. Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2012
Campus Chills. Stark Publishing, 2009
North of Infinity II. Mosaic Press, 2006
One Hand Screaming. Stark Publishing, 2004
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Presentation Description

True Ghost Stories

A look at ghost stories from Canada and around the world as entertainment as well as a way to engage interest in history and local interest topics. Mark has written and researched extensively about ghosts in the Hamilton, Sudbury, Ottawa, Montreal and Waterloo regions, and has stories from across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Mark is able to adapt his presentation style and content to suit the age/grade of the audience and the desired topic/focus area. He can also lengthen or shorten his talk.

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Entertainment purposes
  • Those who enjoy local history combined with lore and eerie experiences
  • Understanding a bit about the research and journalistic approach that goes into writing a book of "tales told as true" ghost stories
  • Halloween-themed events
Presentation Length:
30 Mins to 1 Hour
Ghost Stories
5 through 12
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

There Has Never Been A Better Time To Be A Writer

An insider's look at the amazing opportunities available for writers today thanks to the advent of digital publishing, outlining recent success stories, and earning possibilities that now exist for writers, agents and publishers.

  • Includes an outline of the various publishing path options available for writers
  • Provides guidance on treating writing as a business and setting realistic goals per writing project
  • Highlights common errors most beginning authors make and how they can be avoided
  • Provides authors with trusted resources they can turn to for either a DIY or professionally-guided pathway

The presentation combines a life-long passion for writing and publishing with 25+ years of bookseller and writer insights, personal experiences, anecdotes with just the right touch of humour.