Category: Humor

Other Times and Places

Cover of my new collection of short stories, Other Times and Places

High time I got another book out there. So hey, here’s one: Other Times and Places, an anthology of some of my favourite short stories, all but one of which have been published in Canada, Australia, and Greece over the last twenty years.

It’s a slim collection, comprised of just seven tales. Dr. Robert Runte, who edited the collection, was kind enough to provide a Forward as well.

The cover art is courtesy of my daughter Erin Mahoney and graphic artist Jeff Minkevics. Erin drew the platypus and Jeff took care of the rest. Éric Desmarais crafted the interior design.

Other Times and Places is being published by Donovan Street Press. It will be available shortly in all the usual places online, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and so on.

It’s been a fun little project. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Mark Askwith Talks to Ira Nayman at BookMarkit! 2019

Gradually getting the interviews and readings from BookMarkIt! this past May edited and posted. Here’s the latest, with Mark Askwith talking to Ira Nayman, author of the Multiverse series of novels, and editor of Amazing Stories magazine, in a really interesting chat about science fiction, humour, how he got into editing, and much, much more.

Mark Askwith Talks to Sienna Tristen and Avi Silver at BookMarkit! 2019

What could be better than Mark Askwith in conversation with, well, just about anyone?

Not much, in my opinion. (Pizza from the Michael’s Pizzaria in Summerside, PEI, but that’s about it.)

Here’s Mark in an engaging conversation with Sienna Tristen and Avi Silver at BookMarkIt! 2019 this past May. I’ll be posting several more such interviews (and readings) from BookMarkit! over the next month or so, just as soon as I can get them edited. Stay tuned!

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Video: Jess Riley

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Joe’s DNA

In which I get my DNA checked with Ancestry DNA with unexpected consequences.

I actually did find out some interesting things about my background, and got in touch with some long lost cousins I had no idea were out there. I was disappointed to discover that I don’t appear to have any Neanderthal DNA.

Well, you can’t have everything.

Leader of the World

Oh all right, I’ll take over the world for you. If you really want me to.

There’s a federal election coming up so I thought this would be a good time to put my name forward.

Not as a candidate in that election, as I have no interest in being an MP or Prime Minister, but I thought I’d put my name forward as, well, leader of the world.

Like, the whole world.

Because I think that what would be best for everyone would be if there’s a single leader running things, cuz we have so many big problems, and we can’t seem to agree what to do about them, but if you made me leader then I could just take care of all the problems for everyone. Simple, right?


I’ll be honest, it’s not something I really want to do, cuz I think it would be a lot of work, and I don’t really like work, as a rule, but I think that we all have to do our part, and that could be my part. Running things. Running the world.

You don’t have to decide right away, folks. Take a few days. think about it and then, lemme know. If you want me to run the world for you.  Cuz seriously, it’s about time someone did.

Hope to hear from you all soon.

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