25 Perfect Days Mark Tullius

A totalitarian state doesn’t just happen overnight.

It’s a slow, dangerous slide.


Available On Amazon:


5 More Perfect Days


 The companion novella Out Now


5 More Perfect Days is the companion to 25 Perfect Days, which was named one of IndieReader’s Best Indie Books for 2013

“… perfectly disturbing, a walk through a possible future as bleak as George Orwell’s 1984. Scary, realistic, and satisfying” IndieReader review of 25 Perfect Days.

Five interlinked stories, each written from a different character’s point of view, 5 More Perfect Days continues the dystopian nightmare of 25 Perfect Days, with more tales of the sacrifice, courage, and love needed to survive and overcome this nightmare.


Mark Tullius?

Author Mark Tullius

I’m a father and a husband, a brother and a son. I’m an Ivy League grad who worked in a warehouse, an MMA fighter with too many defeats. I’m the bouncer and bodyguard, the drunk guy in the fight. The jailer and the jailed, the guilty and innocent.

I’m a writer shaped by influences, too many to count. I grew up on King and Koontz while force-fed the Bible. I narrate Dr. Seuss and Disney nearly every night. Like you, I’ve seen things I wished I hadn’t, heard some truths I won’t forget.

Writing is my heavy bag, the sparring partner that doesn’t punch back. It’s where I shed my armor and cast off the blindfold, take a look at myself and the world around me. The writing takes me wherever it wants. Dark alley or dinner table, classroom or morgue. I go along for the ride and try to capture the moment, show life like it is.

“Like” me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and read my blog to stay up to date on my latest posts, short stories, and interviews with fighters around the country.

For a more in-depth look at who I am, what I’ve learned from Unlocking the Cage, and why I enjoy fiction, check out this interview I did with Richard Godwin.


Short Film Adaptation of 5 Minutes Alone from

25 Perfect Days

Mark’s Projects


Woman with a Gun

A serialized graphic novel about a woman on the run, crossing the country to save her daughter from her psychopathic husband. The series is set to begin April 2014.

Every Precious Second

A free short story about an old man who tries to slow down time for his dying wife.

5 More Perfect Days

Because 25 Perfect Days wasn’t enough, here comes 5 More.

Unlocking the Cage

The definitive study of the MMA fighter. Watch the interviews, read the blog, discover who these men and women are and why they fight.

Try Not To Die Series

A series of YA books where you pick your path and try to survive.

25 Perfect Days

This generation’s 1984. A dystopian novel comprised of 25 interlinked short stories. Free story released every two weeks.


Telepaths are imprisoned in a beautiful mountain town. Watch the trailer and find out more about the book.


The home of trailers, films, interviews and random video clips.

Repackaged Presents

Download the free eBook, a small collection of horror and suspense short stories.
25 Perfect Days
Online Store

Brightside | eBook

Brightside Author Mark Tullius

A dark sci-fi thriller where telepaths are rounded up sent to the beautiful mountain town of Brightside. They’re told it’s just like everywhere else, probably even nicer. As long as they follow the rules and don’t ever think about leaving. Joe Nolan is one of the accused, a man who spent his life hearing things people left unsaid. And now he’s paying for it on his hundredth day in Brightside, fighting to keep hold of his secret in a town where no thought is safe.

Price: $2.99$0.99

Unlocking the Cage | Men's T-Shirt

Unlocking the Cage - Men's T-Shirt

Men’s T-shirt, pre shrunk, lightweight soft fabric, pre washed, pre shrunk, slight slim fit, 100% cotton.

Price: from $19.99

Unlocking the Cage | Ladies Tank

Unlocking the Cage - Ladies Tank

Women’s ribbed tank top, 100 % cotton, Junior Sizes.

Price: from $19.99



Latest Blog Posts

Although I’m in the writing phase of Unlocking the Cage and was supposed to be done with my research (which my wife calls playtime) I felt like the book wouldn’t be complete without visiting Florida. I’d had great experiences with visits to American Top Team affiliates in CT, CA, OK, and PA, and jumped at the opportunity to visit the massive facility in Coconut Creek. My main goal was to spend time with Steve Montgomery, who I’d already interviewed over Skype and will focus on in the book, but I also had the chance to interview a few other fighters I’d watched on The Ultimate Fighter Season 21 along with a couple coaches.

I also had the honor of getting smashed by some of the guys as I struggled to make it through half a workout. Hope you guys will check out the videos down below to get a sense of who these men are and why they fight. Click on the photo or the … (read more…)


This is my fourth trip to Vegas since I began Unlocking the Cage three years ago, but this time I’m leaving my workout gear and camera at home. All I have is a stack of papers and a 10 o’clock appointment at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, where I’ve volunteered to participate in their fighter study.

My wife finishes her breakfast and questions why I’m just now filling out the forms. I ask her to give me a few minutes while I figure out how many rounds I’ve fought, how many concussions I’ve accumulated, and decide how to answer the questions on whether or not I’m displaying any symptoms of permanent impaired brain function.

Finally, I look up from the … (read more…)

Photo by Bryan Lopez for GrappleTv

Photo by Bryan Lopez for GrappleTv

This past Sunday I competed at Dream Jiu Jitsu’s The Baddest Blue, a No Gi submission only tournament. The other two tournaments I did this year didn’t have many competitors in my division, but this one was stacked with nearly 40 guys over the 180lb cutoff. As an added bonus, heavyweights went first.

Since the event took place just ten minutes from my house, both my wife and 7-year-old daughter attended. The night … (read more…)


I’ve been working on Unlocking the Cage for three years, largely in part to having a toddler, but I’m glad it’s taken me this long to write the book. I’ve had time to re-watch nearly 400 interviews, allowing me to break down the martial artists’ reasons for fighting, and to learn more about who these individuals really are.  The extra time has also given me the opportunity to follow fighters through their ups and downs, see who’s succeeding in the cage, and more importantly, in life. Three of these athletes fought Saturday night on UFC on Fox 15. Each of them had left me with some great lessons by sharing their stories, and I was thrilled that they were all victorious.

First up was Diego Brandao who I talked with at Jackson-Winkeljohn’s back in August ’13. Diego didn’t have an easy upbringing in Brazil, going to work at 13 to provide for his family when his father died. This created an anger inside … (read more…)

In my last post I discussed why I was going to begin a 30-day improvement program and what my goals were. This is just April’s mission. Depending on what I like and don’t like, I’ll adjust at the end of the month, toss out the bad, keep the good. I’ll also adjust exercises due to my partially torn ACL.

I’d like to thank Ben Greenfield for Beyond Training and his website. Some of his suggestions were already part of my program, such as yoga and sauna, but the overall advice and recommendations on diet and supplements were a huge part in devising my plan. I’ve noted each of … (read more…)

Contact Mark

Contact Information

For all media requests please email requests@marktullius.com

or contact

Vincere Press
65 Pine Ave., Ste 806
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone: 562-507-1617

Fax: 213-674-4364