Mark Iveson was born in Gateshead. He spent his early childhood in London before returning permanently to the North-East as a teenager. He currently works as a civil servant for the Department for Work and Pensions.
A horror movie buff from a young age, Mark has a near photographic knowledge of the genre. He also loves science fiction, British film comedy and the James Bond series.
Mark began writing film, theatre and gig reviews for several work-related magazines and periodicals. He went on to write for the Glasgow-based vampire magazine Bite Me, provided theatre reviews for the North East arts magazine Up Front and non-film-related articles for the Swiss-based English-language magazine The Geneva Times.
Mark formerly wrote for the movie webmag Shadowlocked, where he has published over thirty articles and reviews to his name.
In addition to writing and cinema, Mark has a passion for music; he plays guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo. He sings and performs at several buskers’ nights around Newcastle as well as organising his own.
Mark currently plays bass guitar for the North East rock band Old Man Goat.
To help develop his writing skills further, Mark attends the Swanwick Writers’ Retreat at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick,