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Mark French

Mark French

Mark French has lived in North Bay and area for the last 26 years. He attended Canadore College for Social Service Work and Nipissing University for a Bachelor of Arts in English. He has written about five short stories in the last few years as he continues to enter writing contests and aspires to be published. He has a passion for both reading and writing and tries to do so every day. In his free time he enjoys snorkeling, metal detecting and exploring the outdoors with his dog Lloyd.

Recent Work by Mark

Second Saturday Stories presents Bullet Drop: Part 2

Second Saturday Stories presents Bullet Drop: Part 2

The seconds of hang time between the bullet leaving the rifle and hitting its target carry an anticipatory eventuality. It’s one time, maybe the only time, that the mortality of a person can be measured. That feeling, that intimacy through such a vast expanse. In those seconds my dream of working undercover burned away, I didn't have the stomach for it after all. 
Crime thriller concludes today in Second Saturday Stories.

Crime thriller concludes today in Second Saturday Stories.

Part 2 picks up with our narrator caught in the aftermath of his debt. When his family is threatened he has no alternative but to play a role in a deadly bid for power within the very criminal element he yearns to bring down. Minutes before he pulls the trigger our narrator stumbles on a murder already committed
Bullet Drop Part 1: A Second Saturday Story

Bullet Drop Part 1: A Second Saturday Story

The guys made room in the booth. One of them with a hearing aid in a Tommy Bahama button up asked if I had ante to be big blind. I felt 7 sets of eyes turn to me. I should have recognized the look wolves give mutton. 
Crime thriller featured today in Second Saturday Stories

Crime thriller featured today in Second Saturday Stories

When a police cadet stumbles upon a dead body while repaying a mob debt, he has ten minutes to find the killer
BayToday is a platform for local writers. Second Saturday Stories wants to hear from you

BayToday is a platform for local writers. Second Saturday Stories wants to hear from you

You have something you’ve been working on. Or maybe you know someone who goes out and does their 9-5 and then seals themselves behind that door of creativity for a few hours every night. Or you are one of the rare lucky ones who has transitioned into writing full time and you have the ability to make your 9-5 your craft. Whoever you are, whoever you know, if they love writing Baytoday.ca wants to hear from them through Second Saturday Stories.
<b>Second Saturday stories:</b> Below Freezing: the harrowing story of a winter griller.

Second Saturday stories: Below Freezing: the harrowing story of a winter griller.

For the next fifteen minutes, Mike waged guerrilla warfare on the meat. Opening the lid quickly to assess, then flashing his spatula to move the burgers to the familiar hot spots.
Your friendly neighbourhood columnist returns in the next Second Saturday Story

Your friendly neighbourhood columnist returns in the next Second Saturday Story

Enter 'Below Freezing,' an homage to those of us who keep the barbecue on the patio 365 days of the year. The story conjures images familiar to any Northerner who's ever clutched a Maglight in the crook of their neck so they can see what they're barbecuing in that familiar 4:00pm blackness known as dusk in winter. 
Local author brings tale of alien sighting to Second Saturday Stories

Local author brings tale of alien sighting to Second Saturday Stories

The ending will definitely have you casting a suspicious eye to the night sky in wonder if all the lights winking down at the city truly are stars.  
Second Saturday Stories looking to spotlight local writers

Second Saturday Stories looking to spotlight local writers

Second Saturday stories is looking for other local talent to spotlight. If you are a writer and would like to be featured in the column, please email a piece of original work
Eddie Banner Mystery conclusion: Living in memory

Eddie Banner Mystery conclusion: Living in memory

Eddie heard her inhale, gathering herself for the rest of the story. “I didn’t hear him until he was standing in the doorway. The rifle looked incredibly long and I remember thinking that I was going to die in the middle of this obscenely tidy bachelor pad.