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The Road To Hell

posted Apr 7, 2018, 10:20 AM by Mark Hj


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Paul Moore, former demonic broker and master of the dark arts, has a demon inside him – he’s not possessed, but a living prison, and any use of magic could let the demon loose, killing Paul and destroying the world. Now, the prisoner is talking – Let’s make a deal, idiot mortal...

Paul (and his name) have been co-opted to front an insane scheme to use the supernatural for traffic enforcement, all part of being the unofficial demonic troubleshooter for Barrowhurst-under-Helltide. It’s unpaid, the hours are awful and it interferes with being boyfriend to the beautiful uber-witch Simone.

The Moore Traffic Plan is fully functional, perfectly safe, highly efficient and has only one flaw – it is the invention of a demon-killing ancient evil intent on ripping Simone’s huge power from her cold, dead hand and using it to settle some scores.

All Paul has to do is defeat the ancient evil, save his girlfriend and defuse the Moore Traffic Plan before it ends the world and his reputation – all against impossible odds and without magic.

Forget the paving on the Road to Hell, the Demon Nyka is offering a shortcut called Temptation: Become my priest, little mortal, take the deal and together we can do magic safely...

Reading Event - 15 May 2018

posted Feb 7, 2018, 11:39 AM by Mark Hj

I will be reading one of my short stories at

Post-Brain | Near-Future Fictions Vol. 07


DATE AND TIME
Tue 15 May 2018
18:30 – 21:00 BST



LOCATION
LIBRARY London (Locker Room)
112 St. Martin's Lane
London
WC2N 4BD

"As technology gets smarter and smarter, the human brain is forced to reflect on itself in the mirror of the future and question what value it will have in a world in which wet tech, cerebral hacking and commodified consciousness could reign. A world not of enhancement or augmentation, but replacement. Authors will enquire what the future of our most precious organ will be, while they still have one.

Join us for an evening that incorporates original reading, performance and live art as Virtual Futures continues its mission to to reassert the significance of science fiction as a tool for navigating the increasing technologization of society and culture."

Curated by Vaughan Stanger and Stephen Oram

Reading Event - 20 Feb 2018

posted Feb 7, 2018, 11:32 AM by Mark Hj   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 11:41 AM ]

I will be reading one of my stories at 

(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal | Near-Future Fictions Vol. 04


DATE AND TIME
Tue 20 February 2018
18:30 – 21:00 GMT




LOCATION
LIBRARY London (Main Room)
112 St. Martin's Lane
London
WC2N 4BD


"Born of earth or brought back from far away, biological or viral invasions or diseases can affect humans on any scale; from protecting or plaguing an individual to becoming an epidemic that affects us all. Our authors take on a topic that Literature has meditated on from its inception; from Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, to Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, to Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, to Camus’s The Plague, to King’s The Stand.


They will show us the good, the bad, but not the bland; and predict the future of infection and infestation in any of its various forms. What is the nature of the diseases, contagions or contaminations have in store?

Join us for an evening that incorporates original reading, performance and live art as Virtual Futures continues its mission to to reassert the significance of science fiction as a tool for navigating the increasing technologization of society and culture."

Hell Of A Deal

posted Jul 31, 2017, 3:19 AM by Mark Hj


This is a new title and a new look for the book formerly known as Demonyka.  I had some great feedback from a reviewer - good book shame about the title and cover, so here it is, relaunched with a new name and a cover by Gary Compton  (www.garycompton.co.uk)

Hell Of A Deal is in the same place on Amazon:
Amazon UK:  www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N94VXBC/
Amazon US:  www.amazon.com/dp/B01N94VXBC/

Look, new look

posted Apr 25, 2017, 6:22 AM by Mark Hj   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 7:19 AM ]

My web page has been wallowing for a while - not really right, too much trouble to fix, and just left like that.  Partly, I have been too busy doing other things - keeping the bills being paid, writing, submitting manuscripts, yada yada yada...

Back in November 2016, I finally self-published Demonyka on Amazon, and was then too busy to do anything about it.  So, make-over time. Here's the cover.

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