Since releasing The Vigilant Principle last April, it’s been well-read and well-reviewed. I’ve learned so much about writing and editing and publishing and marketing that I never really expected to have much of a grasp on. I want to thank all of you for that. It’s been a fun ride so far, and it’s really just begun.
So, I thought I’d share with you a little bit about the new stories I’ve been cooking up and hoping to release later this year:
Skylight (which still needs a better title… I’m working on it) is a Science Fiction story following a woman named Emmy. When we meet her, she’s living in one of a handful of skyscrapers called Sky Complexes covering the North American continent. This is where the remainders of humanity have been forced to live their lives. On the surface below, hyper-evolved and hostile fauna has taken over.
To keep the citizens living in these Sky Complexes docile and unquestioning of the outside world, they wake each day with no memory of the last. Their names have been taken and replaced with a number. Unbeknownst to any of them, there’s much more going on outside the safety of the towers. When a knock comes on Emmy’s door, and she’s told of life outside the complex on the forest floor, she can’t resist the temptations of outside.
But soon, she will come to know that there’s much larger threats in the world than flowers and ferns. In the outside world, she’ll find something worth remembering.
Through a Field of Stones was my National Novel Writing Month project in November. I’d never tried to write a full-fledged novel in such a short period of time, but I was pleasantly surprised and excited about what I ended up with.
The story follows Gus and his dog Walter. Gus is a farmer who works hard, drinks hard, and doesn’t have much time to waste on conversation or city-folk. On a day like every other, he’s approached by Cero – an inter-dimensional deity who has tasked Gus with saving all life in all universes across every dimension. No small task. Not being one to shirk his responsibilities, Gus accepts with one stipulation: Walter must come along with him. Leaving his sister Ruby in charge of the farm, Gus and Walter follow Cero along on a journey through multiple worlds to save existence.
Experiments on Lake Du’Qwop is a horror story I just started last week.
In the middle of lake Do’Qwop is a stony outcrop of an island. Cabins dot the lakeshore, and in these cabins the children of families tell stories about the island. Stories of monsters and murder, kidnap and evil. The thing none of the parents expect is that these stories aren’t all untrue. There is an evil to the island… only, it’s hidden below the surface, under the lake, in a laboratory.
Kids have gone missing. Screams were heard, boats were seen, but as time goes on and no bodies turn up, tensions rise on the lake. The possibility must be faced that perhaps there is something evil out on that water.
Who am I?
I'm Mark Karsten. I'm from a city called Lethbridge in Southern Alberta, Canada. I read, I write, and I snuggle puppies at every given opportunity. It's lovely to meet you.