by Karen Phillips


Mark Rainey was “the world’s most terrified kid.” Scary, graphic nightmares haunt his earliest memories as he reminisces watching shows like “The Outer Limits” or “The Twilight Zone,” coupled with countless monster films. He grew up reading works by Edgar Allen Poe, HG Wells, Jules Verne and HP Lovecraft. Mark moved to Greensboro in 1987 and was the founder and editor of Deathrealm magazine, an award-winning quarterly that specialized in horror fiction. He has written six novels, one novella, five short-story collections, three scripts and has over a hundred published short stories. His latest novel, a Southerngothic, Lovecraftian horror thriller titled The Monarchs, will be released around January. “The original idea came from a trip out to Elizabeth City a few years back — before I owned a GPS — during which I managed to get lost in the Dismal Swamp,” Mark said. He’s also currently working on a new novel called The Night Cache, about geochaching, but with a scary twist. Mark was just recently an extra in the movie Young Blood: Evil Intentions, about vampires taking over a school, which took place in his hometown of Martinsville, Va. To find out about geocaching in the Triad, or see what else Mark is up to, visit his blog at