Escape the Clouds

Writing

Mark enjoys telling stories through all types of media, not only music and video. His work has been published in a number of print and online anthologies and periodicals. He finds writing a magical experience, where he can conjure up strange worlds, the characters that inhabit them, and adventures for them to experience.

"Dead Air"


Featured in Realms of the Undead
ISBN: 1936730707 Type: Novella Genres: Zombie, Horror, Thriller

From the skies above a zombie-afflicted Alaska, Emily and her husband Rowe lend their firepower to isolated communities facing hordes of undead. Its a simple, survival economy: every bullet they slam into a zombie's brain nets them more supplies, and more peace of mind. However, when they arrive for their latest gig, things aren't what they expected....

Anthology Description: Enter into a realm where little effort is required to suspend reality. Four tales... each with its own twist....

"Circuit Rider" shows you the world of the post-apocalyptic evangelical... with a secret he can only hope to carry to his grave. "Bone Orchard" digs up something best left undisturbed as theology faces off with the supernatural. "New World" is a dark comedy of terrors where one person seeks to find a deeper meaning in death and undeath. "Dead Air" peels back the worst of our sorrow and the depths that some might sink when they have nothing left to lose.

Welcome to the Realms of the Undead, where, for just a moment, you leave behind everyday life only to discover that your world may not be that bad after all.

"Russian Shadows"


Featured in Penny Dread Tales - Vol. Two
ISBN: 0983278261 Type: Short Story Genres: Steampunk, Thriller, Espionage

Saint Petersburg, 1903. Secret police agent Vasily Dragomirov has done many things in service to his country, but this may be his strangest assignment yet: protecting a scientist whose latest creation tempts the hand of Russia's national enemies.

Penny Dread Tales Volume Two truly is a phantasmagorical calliope of clockwork and steam, one that will spirit you away to the four corners of the globe . Steampunk is not just British and it's not just American, although you may have heard different. Steampunk is everywhere and forever. This anthology celebrates the notion that steampunk also has a home in places like China, Budapest, Panama and beyond. In this collection of short steampunk stories, a prince will face the curse of his ancestors, airship privateers will face down a murderer in the rugged Outback of Australia, the cities of Buda and Pest will face annihilation, and a lone, clockwork cowboy will face down the meanest werewolf in the west. So sit back, relax and step into the Victorian age that never happened, even in your wildest dreams!

"Iron Jack"


Featured in The Red Penny Papers
Type: Short Story Genres: Steampunk, Horror

A dark, sexually-charged steampunk tale inspired by the Victorian era's oh-so-delightful marital standards.

Welcome to the first anniversary issue of The Red Penny Papers. In it, we welcome back some old friends, and bring in many new ones. In the latter camp, we have S.J. Hirons with a gently dark trip to the historical-fantastic, Ash Krafton using a musician's voice to tap into subconscious horror, robo-steampunk in all its Victorianized glory from Mark Rossmore, and a subtly horrific delicacy from Sara Kate Ellis that's sure to leave its mark. Returning to us are William Vitka, who featured in our Winter 2010 issue and comes back at us with some kick-ass near future god-killing pulp, and Courtney Bernard, illustrator extraordinaire, whose cover image is based on Vitka's story.

"Day 483"


Featured in The Best of Every Day Fiction Two
ISBN: 0981058434 Type: Short Story Genres: Historical Horror

A historical horror tale set during the brutal Siege of Leningrad.

Flash fiction is perfect for your coffee break, your commute, or whenever you have a few minutes for yourself. Crafted with gemlike precision, every flash fiction piece tells a complete story, never using more than a thousand words. The Best of Every Day Fiction Two brings together one hundred flash fiction pieces selected from Every Day Fiction's second year of publication. Following the success of The Best of Every Day Fiction 2008, this volume brings you a hundred more bite-sized tastes of science fiction, humour, romance, fantasy, horror, and surrealism along with more traditional literary pieces, from authors all over the world. Whatever your fiction preferences might be, this book is sure to introduce you to some new favourite authors and perhaps expand your literary horizons.

"The Sounds of a Bygone Future"


Featured in Steampunk for Simpletons
ISBN: 1495923673 Type: Essay Genres: Non-Fiction (Music Interviews and Reviews), Steampunk

This essay for Travis Sivart and Wendy Callahan's steampunk compilation examines the elusive nature of steampunk music.

New folks discover steampunk every day, and often their first question is, "What is steampunk?", and their second question is, "What do steampunks do?".

Steampunk For Simpletons starts with those questions and expands outward to cover a plethora of topics. We give a primer followed by a guided tour through the world of steampunk, from the basics such as where to go and what to do, to the aesthetic of the arts within steampunk.

Travis I. Sivart and Wendy L. Callahan are both published steampunk authors, as well as having a weekly radio show on the subject. Though they do not claim to be the ultimate or complete authority in this beloved genre, they wrote this book hoping to help new folks find their way into the hobby, or help others expand their knowledge of the aesthetic. They also drew upon the knowledge, expertise, and wisdom of many others (like their cats) from the steampunk community, making their book an inclusive and cooperative work.

"Skull and Trombones: Music Piracy's Effects on the Independent Musician"


Featured in Steampunk Chronicle
Type: Article

How does music piracy rile and rally steampunk musicians around the world?

A three-part in-depth look into the effects of music piracy on the largely independent Steampunk music scene. Artists interviewed include Hellblinki, Sunday Driver ,The Clockwork Dolls, Victor Sierra, Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society, Unwoman, Strange Artifact, Vernian Process, and Nautilus '54.

"Hunting the Future - Part 2"


Featured in Steampunk Tales #3
Type: Novella Genres: Steampunk

A Native American hunting party encounters a diabolical machine that threatens their people's existence.

Emulating the style of the pulp adventure magazines of the 1920s and '30s, Steampunk Tales contains first-run, original fiction written by an A+ list of award-winning authors.

Tales Included in Issue 3:
1. Dark Skies and Cruel Seas by Arkwright
2. The Unfortunate Case of the Stabbed-Up Elf by August Wahnsinger
3. Convergence Culture by C.B. Harvey
4. Hunting the Future Pt. 2 of 2 by Mark Rossmore
5. One Million Monkeys, Ltd. by George S. Walker
6. Letters Between Young Ladies.... Pt.2 by Jillian Venters
7. On the Surface of Venus by Michael Stutz
8. The Mask of Tezcatlipoca, Pt.2 by G. D. Falksen
9. The Revolutionary by John Leavitt
10. The Shew Stone by C.G. Leslie

Note: This collection is out of print.

"Hunting the Future - Part 1"


Featured in Steampunk Tales #2
Type: Novella Genres: Steampunk

A Native American hunting party encounters--and gives chase--to a diabolical machine that threatens their people's existence.

Emulating the style of the pulp adventure magazines of the 1920s and '30s, Steampunk Tales contains first-run, original fiction written by an A+ list of award-winning authors.

Tales Included in Issue 2:
1. Green Smoke by David Wellington
2. Speaker for the Mayans by Brenda Cooper
3. The Flight of the Swallow by Arkwright
4. Stormada Chapter II: Fresh Tears For Ancient Sins by SatyrPhil Brucato
5. An Unfortunate Engagement: Part Five by G. D. Falksen
6. Letters Between Young Ladies Of Fashionable Society, And The Alarming Events That Unfold Within by Jillian Venters
7. The Rain-Maker by Phillip Challis
8. Immum Coeli by Angie Montmartre
9. Hunting the Future Part 1 (of 2) by Mark Rossmore
10. The Freak From The Past by Lawrence R. Dagstine

Note: This collection is out of print.

"A Grain of Sand"


Featured in Steampunk Tales #1
Type: Short Story Genres: Steampunk

One man's invention changes an ancient landscape--and the world forever.

Emulating the style of the pulp adventure magazines of the 1920s and '30s, Steampunk Tales contains first-run, original fiction written by an A+ list of award-winning authors.

Tales Included in Issue 1:
1. The Mask of Tezcatlipoca by G D Falksen
2. Benedice Te by Jay Lake
3. Stormada: Red Blossoms for the Queen by Phil Brucato
4. The Anachronist's Cookbook by Catherynne M. Valente
5. A Grain of Sand by Mark Rossmore
6. Lowlands Low by J Flesher
7. The Reanimation Emporium by Brian Rappatta
8. Project Mobius-5 by K. E. Kendall
9. The Man and the Robot by Noel Black
10. Tempus Fugit by Jennifer Wilson

Note: This collection is out of print.