Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Please accept my apologies

 

Sorry to do this...

Yep, I'm shouting about Christmas when Halloween isn't even here.

Following on from the first in my chapbook range, Monster Double Feature, this next one contains three horrific tales. It  goes by the not-so-subtle title of Murder, Machinery & Snowflakes, and is a 70-page chapbook featuring a trio of festive terror:
 
SANTA’S ELITE
While human population fast approaches eight billion, it’s up to Santa’s special branch to lessen his seasonal workload.
 
AWAY IN A MANGLER
There’s a shop, selling unique gifts, whose proprietor has a horrifying secret or two he does not want shared.
 
HO HO HOLLOW
Something out in the woods turns a family Christmas into a day of death and despair.
 
I'm already taking pre-orders for signed copies... And it's not even Christmas yet. Ha!
Click HERE to get on the Signed Copy list!

Upcoming anthologies featuring my work

 

The Many Deaths of Edgar Allan Poe
feat. "The Space Between Spaces"

It Came from the Darkness
feat. "Tavern Whispers"

Corona-Nation Street
feat. "Don't Swear in Mum's House"

Trick and Treat
feat. "Pile of Dirt"

(Some of these anthologies feature a few "names" like Shaun Hutson and Tim Lebbon - and I'm proud to share pages with those guys!)

Author buddies with free books:


 
Remember, I'm taking pre-orders for signed copies of Murder, Machinery & Snowflakes if you want a piece of the chapbook action.

See ya next time!

M.
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Sunday, 4 October 2020

October Lands!

 

A Special Thanks

Since Monster Double Feature was released back in August it's received a whole bunch of great reviews. A big thanks to those who've bought it and reviewed it. We authors rely on reviews to get the word out there!

"... a straightforward, punchy read with well-rounded characterizations and genuine dread. The prose is sumptuous and the images are visual. Full marks from me."

"... Cassell executes such stories very well. His writing is clear, yet creative, and the stories themselves are at once both disturbing and absorbing. Without giving anything away, the first story, River of Nine Tails, is one of ritual, bloodshed, an awful cycle, and ultimately transformation. The second, Reanimation Channel, is a cyber horror piece whose unusual monster is just as brutal as it is original."
I still have several paperbacks left if you fancy a signed copy!
MONSTER DOUBLE FEATURE

Other Stuff

Puscifer – "Apocalyptical"

I've been a fan of the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle since the turn of the century (damn, that makes me feel old), so anything Maynard James Keenan has a hand in I'm bound to love. During lockdown his other project Puscifer released an incredibly weird video. I'll say no more.

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The Bride's Curse

Way back in my early days of writing (circa 2013) I attended a workshop run by Rayne Hall. She soon became my mentor and a good friend, and quite frankly without her wise words when I first stepped into this game I'd not be where I am today.

Rayne's latest book The Bride's Curse has landed on my kindle. Here's the blurb:

Bulgarian Gothic Ghost and Horror Stories - 13 creepy, suspenseful tales set in Bulgaria.

Welcome to Bulgaria, my adopted country in the south east of Europe, a land of snow-blanketed mountains and sun-baked plains, deep pine forests and fragrant rose plantations, studded with remnants of past eras – ancient Thracian and Roman, medieval, Ottoman and Communist.

Join me on a fictional journey to remote villages where you'll meet native Bulgarians, travellers and expatriates, demons and ghosts. I’ve blended my personal experiences with Bulgarian folklore and mythology, and let my imagination roam. All the events and characters are my inventions, yet they’re steeped in Bulgarian myth and reality.

The tales in this book belong to the ‘quiet’ horror category – more creepy than gory, rich in atmosphere and suspense. Instead of throwing you into a whirl of violent action, I’ll take you on a gentle visit to experience Bulgaria – the wealth of her nature, her economic poverty, her legends and traditions, her creepy abandoned homes and her timeless beauty – all from the safety of your armchair.

The stories are personal, arising from my perceptions and imagination. Still, I hope you’ll gain a ‘feel’ for the country. After each story, I’ll tell you a little about the genesis of that tale, the sources of my inspiration.

Bulgarian artist Savina Mantovska from Sofia has created beautiful illustrations, enriching each story with her vision.

Come and join me under the grape arbour while the sinking sun streaks the mountains with crimson and purple. Sip a blood-red pomegranate juice or a fiery rakia, and enjoy my creepy tales. 

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Sunday, 9 August 2020

It's (almost) my birthday!

 

Almost my birthday, and almost release day!

Monster Double Feature is gonna land on my birthday. Thanks to all who've so far pre-ordered the ebook (it's only 99p / 99c), and especially to those who've already got their names quite literally on signed copies waiting to be posted.

By the way, you still have a chance to win an actual piece of the Shadow Fabric plus other limited edition goodies. Don't worry, the Fabric has been stripped of any demon possession.

Competition bundle contains:

  • The Shadow Fabric novel (signed & stamped #1 of only 25 copies)
  • Limited edition Shadow Fabric mythos print
  • 2 mythos button badges
  • Limited edition bookmark
  • A piece of the Shadow Fabric

To be in with a chance of winning, simply pre-order either the ebook or paperback of MONSTER DOUBLE FEATURE.

Then find me on any of my social media channels (below) and tag me in a screenshot of your purchase. Your name will go into a “hat” and the lucky winner will be notified on the 16th of August (my birthday!).

Remember, you can pre-order either the digital or the hard copy of the book:

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3ikKVXo
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2CWw70P
Amazon Canada: https://amzn.to/2NIQZus
Amazon Australia: https://amzn.to/2BgiOYJ
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/MonsterDouble
Paperback: http://www.markcassell.co.uk/books/monster-double-feature/


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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mark_Cassell
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markcassell808/


Thanks for being here. And you all stay safe!

M.

P.S - Don't forget to ensure author@beneath.co.uk is on your Safe Senders List so you don't miss my replies to your emails.

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Sunday, 26 July 2020

Your chance to win something unique

Limited edition Shadow Fabric mythos goodies!

Yep, I'm giving you a chance to win something lovely ... So keep reading, or head to www.markcassell.co.uk/books/competition/ for more information.
Bundle contains:
  • The Shadow Fabric novel (signed & stamped #1 of only 25 copies)
  • Limited edition Shadow Fabric mythos print
  • 2 mythos button badges
  • Limited edition bookmark
  • A piece of the Shadow Fabric (stripped of any demon possession!)
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is pre-order either the ebook or paperback of my next release MONSTER DOUBLE FEATURE.
Then find me on any of my social media channels (below) and tag me in a screenshot of your purchase. Your name will go into a “hat” and the lucky winner will be notified on the release day (16th August 2020 which is in fact my birthday).
Remember, you can pre-order either the digital or the hard copy of the book:

As always, thanks for your time. And stay safe!

M.

P.S - Don't forget to ensure author@beneath.co.uk is on your Safe Senders List so you don't miss my replies to your emails.
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Friday, 10 July 2020

Monsters & Edgar Allan Poe

Signing contracts and signing chapbooks.

Hey, how you doing? I hope life is becoming a little more normal for you. Whatever "normal" actually means these days ...
If you're interested in a signed copy of the Monster Double Feature chapbook, they're up for the tiny sum of £5 including postage (or £8.50 overseas). Get your name on the steadily-growing list, and a copy will land through your letterbox shortly after its release. Of course, a quick thanks to those who have so far pre-ordered the ebook!

To grab either version, head to www.markcassell.co.uk/books/monster-double-feature.
Another couple of books I'm excited about are two upcoming anthologies. First up, there's The Best of Indie Horror featuring my fast-paced grisly tale "On Set with North." And then there's The Many Deaths of Edgar Allan Poe which contains "The Space Between Spaces," a story that was fun to write given its olde worlde approach. It's a weird one where I've stretched the facts regarding Poe's untimely death (he was 40 years old), and the cause of which, as you may or may not be aware, remains a mystery to this day.

One last thing I need to trumpet about ... I'm humbled to share the Table of Contents in both anthologies with a couple of my literary heroes: Shaun Hutson and Tim Lebbon. Tell this kind of thing to me five years ago and I would never have believed you.

That's about all from me today.

As always, thanks for your time. And stay safe!

M.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

A Double Feature

#1 in the Chap Book range from Herbs House

MONSTER DOUBLE FEATURE

Remember last week I mentioned something exciting approached? Here's a duo of abominations, Monster Double Feature, the first in a range of chap books:
A British traveller desperate to escape his past finds himself at the heart of a Vietnamese legend, and learns why the Mekong Delta is known as “River of Nine Tails.” And a regular parcel collection from a neighbour becomes a descent into terror through the online game, “Reanimation Channel.”
This chap book is up for pre-order on Amazon in ebook format, while the physical copy is currently at the proofing stage. So you'll soon have the chance to get your mitts on a signed copy.

The all-important links:

 

Thanks for your attention as always. And take care of yourself!

M.
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