Sunday, 19 August 2018

A cake, a car crash, and a pre-order discount for you guys

"Is this a test? It has to be, otherwise I can't go on..." - The PatientTool.


22 years and it finally happened.

I'm not talking about being a human birthday cake in a horror movie, I'm talking of writing my car off. Usually I write fiction (you guys know that, that's why you're here) but writing a car off is a spanking new experience for me.

 

So there I am in Matt Shaw's MONSTER, where I play the role of a drugged victim to a deranged family. Last month I saw myself on the big screen at the London premiere, which was a surreal experience in itself. It reminded me of the week on location, and how I spent hours laying on a table, groaning and dribbling...

 

Oh, and the car accident? I'm okay, although my car is not. (My shiny No Claims Bonus has not been dented).


You want to know about that DISCOUNT I mentioned, right?


TERROR THREADS - a collection of ten standalone tales in the best-selling Shadow Fabric Mythos. Available at the discounted pre-order price of only 99p/99c exclusive to Kindle. Grab it at Amazon UKAmazon US, or head over to www.markcassell.com.

The paperback version will be with us in November 2018.
 

Each story of ghosts, of demons, of the occult, weaves the mythos tighter and proves we all have the ability to see in the dark. Both an introduction to the Shadow Fabric and a companion book, this collection of horror stories contains the following:

"Dust Devils"
- When a driving instructor's pupil fails to turn up for a lesson, he doesn't just drive off. He investigates ... things.

"A Story of Amber"
- Two brothers and a grandfather's secret. This is a story that begins in childhood and ends in adulthood.

"Claimed"
- In Yellowstone Country Park things are black.

"The Rebirth"
- A primary school teacher's lesson fails to go to plan when a peculiar Easter egg lands in her possession.

"Dead Lines"
- An artist learns she is not the only one holding the brush.

"Pile of Dirt"
- After a serious accident, all you want to do is relax in your garden. But the mysterious pile of dirt that has appeared on your lawn bugs the hell out of you.

"The Commission"
- A photographer's commission proves to be a pain in the neck.

"Diagonal Dead"
- It's a shame the dead can't stay dead, especially those who are discovered in a wall cavity.

"Demon Alcohol"
- Staying at a bed and breakfast in a quaint harbour town, Tammy is not in the mood for uninvited guests. Especially when she's hungover and the guests are demons.

"A Sunset Companion"
- The low October sun can cause road accidents by blinding drivers ... but perhaps there are other causes in the surrounding woodland.
 

Available at the discounted pre-order price of only 99p/99c exclusive to Amazon UK and Amazon US.


Most featured stories have been previously published in anthologies.
 

What the reviewers say


Dust Devils (first published in Tales from the Lake Vol.4 (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2017)

"When a driving instructor went to pick up his last learner, he did not expect to get involved in a mystical monster attack. Having read other work by this author I was not disappointed with the story. An ancient monster, a deranged man and bloody death scenes, all things that I love..." - Amazon reviewer

A Story of Amber (first published in Collected Halloween Horror Shorts (KJK Publications, 2017):

"Brothers Chuck and Dillion were farm kids who experienced an unexplainable freakish event in their fields one Halloween. They are all grown up now and have unfortunately drifted apart. You've heard of gemstones having healing properties, well, what if the opposite was true... Oh that antagonistic Amber, a beauty to be wary of as it unifies and evades.

So damn unique, I had NO idea what was going on here I just knew that I was digging it.

Mark is a very highly regarded indie author with quite a few highly regarded works out there. I have only read two short stories of his, so far, but I can totally see why. His writing is like alternate (yet not bizarro) dimension kind of stuff, multi-layered with precise attention to detail. I really need to check out more from him. His Shadow Fabric Mythos series is....yep, you guessed it, very highly regarded." - Goodreads review

The Rebirth (first published in Collected Easter Horror Shorts (KJK Publications, 2017):

"A wooden egg and a nasty surprise. I like how throughout you are following Kelly as she tries to rescue one of her students. The descriptive style makes you feel as you are walking Kelly's steps. Whilst this is not graphic it has that creepy feel to it and will make your imagination work overtime." - Amazon reviewer
 

Available at the discounted pre-order price of only 99p/99c exclusive to Amazon UK and Amazon US, or head over to www.markcassell.com.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A sneak peek and one MASSIVE prize giveaway.

"The meaning of life is not simply to exist... but to move ahead, to achieve, to conquer."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger



Remember that steampunk story?

My next release, In the Company of False Gods, further explores my steampunk universe and you'll shortly get a sneak peek of it.

But first, let's talk about what you could win.

You fancy winning a Kindle?

There's a 6” Kindle E-Reader with a glare-free, touchscreen display and WIFI, loaded with every book I've ever written ... and it could be yours!

Whether you already have one and need a spare, or a buddy of yours doesn't own one so maybe you'd love to give them a gift. Either way, here's what you need to do:

Stage 1 - Head over to Amazon and pre-order a copy of In the Company of False Gods (UK http://amzn.to/2wWg2U9, US http://amzn.to/2fitHen, or any country's local Amazon site).

Stage 2 - Take a screenshot of your receipt/order confirmation.

Stage 3 - Jump over to Facebook and post the screenshot on the pinned post at the top of the Book Launch page: https://www.facebook.com/events/133473963948543/.

This competition will close 30 minutes before the end of the launch party.

* * *

Oh, and here's something ONLY for you guys. It's an extract from In the Company of False Gods:

Swerving around shattered glass and collapsed masonry, I launch my wheelchair down the ramp and away from the mansion. Lady Greyheron had been bounteous since employing me to build her a mechanical assistant. It is difficult to admit that I am not the man I once was and these days it seems I should be the one with an assistant. This slope was the first of many aids she had installed for my use.

I never knew I would be using it at such speed to chase my escaping automaton.

As I palm the wheels, my mechanical limb over-compensates for my weak one. I adjust and manoeuvre straight. Since the accident, that hand is not as strong as it used to be. The other no longer exists. Nor my legs.

Ahead of me, six months’ work bounds down my boss’s courtyard and into the night, trailing shreds of a tailored suit and rattling chains. And fire. My mechanical construct – my best creation since the accident – is escaping. I have failed. Again.

Even from this distance, I see jagged metal poking through the torn fabric. The flames rage as a result of two gas lamps that tore from the walls as it escaped. Those lamps had flown through the air, slamming into the construct’s frame – indeed, most of the apparatus and laboratory equipment did the same.

Somehow, the damnable thing has become magnetised.

It heads for the town … where there is a lot of metal. Railings, grates, roadside lamps, carriages and vehicles, and the zoo with all those cages. The more it attracts, the stronger the magnetic flux.

Gravel crunches beneath my wheels. I cannot believe this is happening. For once, I wish I had a powered wheelchair rather than the traditional wooden one I use. Normally the idea of coal warming my rump in a chair I could propel myself does not appeal. Certainly, never have I needed to go at such speed – my automatons are usually obedient.

The construct’s footfalls pound the road. Fire and red lightning snake from its shoulders as it charges onto the outskirts of town. …



Again, here are those all-important links for you to get your mitts on that Kindle:



Good luck!

          ~M.

Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK where he often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, dark fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. His best-selling debut novel THE SHADOW FABRIC is closely followed by the popular short story collection SINISTER STITCHES and are both only a fraction of an expanding mythos of demons, devices, and deceit.

Mark’s 2017 release HELL CAT OF THE HOLT further explores the Shadow Fabric mythos with ghosts and black cat legends.

The dystopian sci-fi short story collection CHAOS HALO 1.0: ALPHA BETA GAMMA KILL is in association with Future Chronicles Photography where he works closely with their models and cosplayers.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Novel That Started It All!

"Kicking back the pebbles from the Freecloud mountain."
- David Bowie


Free for this week!

Until midnight on Saturday 23rd September, my best-selling debut novel The Shadow Fabric will cost you zero on the moolah counter. Available only from the Amazon Kindle shelves.




What if you already have a copy? Perhaps we've met at a convention and you once nabbed a signed paperback? I dunno, maybe tell all your friends...

Either way, I thank you for the support!

          ~M.



Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK where he often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, dark fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. His best-selling debut novel THE SHADOW FABRIC is closely followed by the popular short story collection SINISTER STITCHES and are both only a fraction of an expanding mythos of demons, devices, and deceit.

Mark’s 2017 release HELL CAT OF THE HOLT further explores the Shadow Fabric mythos with ghosts and black cat legends.

The dystopian sci-fi short story collection CHAOS HALO 1.0: ALPHA BETA GAMMA KILL is in association with Future Chronicles Photography where he works closely with their models and cosplayers.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Hastings Writing Retreat With Writers' HQ


"Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning." - Bruce Lee


I've recently joined forces with Writers' HQ who have expanded their one-day retreat locations to include Hastings, and I'm the host. The next monthly retreat in the area takes place on Sunday 10th September at the Southwater Area Community Centre in St. Leonard’s, just outside Warrior Square train station.

Who are Writers’ HQ, and what can a writers’ retreat do for you?


The guys at WHQ offer online courses as well as host retreats. As a one-day retreat, it gives writers from any field and of any level a day in which to focus. Indeed, as their slogan says: “Stop f***king about and start writing.” It’s a room of collective energy, to hammer at projects, where the aim is to hit your word target by the end of the day. Plus, there's lunch and endless tea and coffee. And biscuits.

There are a limited number of places available for the retreat, and it is recommended that people grab their seats as soon as possible. For more info, head over to: http://writershq.co.uk/hastings-writers-retreat-landing-page .


Oh, and here's a handy voucher to save yourself some moolah:






Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK where he often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, dark fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. His best-selling debut novel THE SHADOW FABRIC is closely followed by the popular short story collection SINISTER STITCHES and are both only a fraction of an expanding mythos of demons, devices, and deceit.

Mark’s 2017 release HELL CAT OF THE HOLT further explores the Shadow Fabric mythos with ghosts and black cat legends.

The dystopian sci-fi short story collection CHAOS HALO 1.0: ALPHA BETA GAMMA KILL is in association with Future Chronicles Photography where he works closely with their models and cosplayers.


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Hell Cat joins a mega 99p/99c ebook deal

"Pull the curtain back and let the show begin." - Tiny Monsters, Puscifer


Grab 'em if you want 'em

HELL CAT OF THE HOLT is currently up for a measly 99p / 99c alongside some great horror and dark fantasy titles. I don't usually throw these kind of emails at you guys, but I thought you may be interested.

http://andygrahamauthor.com/a-r-t/the-summer-0-99-dark-fiction-horror-extravaganza/

Enjoy.

          ~M.

Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK where he often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, dark fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. His best-selling debut novel THE SHADOW FABRIC is closely followed by the popular short story collection SINISTER STITCHES and are both only a fraction of an expanding mythos of demons, devices, and deceit.

Mark’s 2017 release HELL CAT OF THE HOLT further explores the Shadow Fabric mythos with ghosts and black cat legends.

The dystopian sci-fi short story collection CHAOS HALO 1.0: ALPHA BETA GAMMA KILL is in association with Future Chronicles Photography where he works closely with their models and cosplayers.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Another Shadow Fabric Mythos Release



"Captivating, deliciously dark, and brilliantly written."


Hell Cat of the Holt has been out for just over two weeks, and has already received no less than ten 5* reviews across Amazon UK and US.

"...great instalment so far to a dark and imaginative world held together by the malevolent Shadow Fabric."

"... a story that is rich in characterization as well as in action..."

So, people are saying some nice stuff about my book. And the paperback version has just hit the shelves! Grab it from Amazon US or Amazon UK.

Here's the blurb:

Shy accountant Anne returns to the village of Mabley Holt to piece together her life after a family tragedy. When her cat vanishes, and a neighbour claims to speak with his dead wife, she soon learns there’s more to the village than any resident dares admit. In search of her beloved pet, she discovers not only family secrets but also revelations of a local legend.

As she treads an unsteady path between folklore and fact, her confidence in where she grew up begins to crumble ... Into hell.

Set in the bestselling Shadow Fabric mythos, Hell Cat of the Holt is not just a ghost story, and is much more than a black cat sighting.


Grab the eBook or the paperback from:

Amazon UK : http://amzn.to/2ruB1ux
Amazon US : http://amzn.to/2rJvqO5

Enjoy.

          ~M.


Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK where he often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, dark fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. His best-selling debut novel THE SHADOW FABRIC is closely followed by the popular short story collection SINISTER STITCHES and are both only a fraction of an expanding mythos of demons, devices, and deceit. Mark’s 2017 release HELL CAT OF THE HOLT further explores the Shadow Fabric mythos with ghosts and black cat legends.

The dystopian sci-fi short story collection CHAOS HALO 1.0: ALPHA BETA GAMMA KILL is in association with Future Chronicles Photography where he works closely with their models and cosplayers.

For one of Mark’s FREE stories go to: www.markcassell.com

Or visit the website: www.theshadowfabric.co.uk

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Hell Cat launch party goodies up for grabs


"My shadow's shedding skin. I've been picking my scabs again." - Forty Six & 2, Tool



1 day until the Hell Cat walks!


I have a new Shadow Fabric mythos book coming out tomorrow (Thursday, June 1st), so at 7pm GMT an online launch party begins. It's over on Facebook with free admission, and I'd love it if you dropped in to say hi.

Among competitions, giveaways and author's Q&As, you could get your claws on the STAR PRIZE:
  
A £50/$50 Amazon voucher

AND

Two (2!) signed Shaun Hutson books! 

Yeah, how cool is that? It's the bloke who wrote that creepy book SLUGS. To be in with a chance at winning this awesome prize, you need to order HELL CAT OF THE HOLT and post proof on the event page.




Want to know a secret? You don't even need to attend the whole party to be in with a chance of winning.

See you there!

          ~M.







Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK where he often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, dark fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. His best-selling debut novel THE SHADOW FABRIC is closely followed by the popular short story collection SINISTER STITCHES and are both only a fraction of an expanding mythos of demons, devices, and deceit.

Mark’s 2017 release HELL CAT OF THE HOLT further explores the Shadow Fabric mythos with ghosts and black cat legends.

The dystopian sci-fi short story collection CHAOS HALO 1.0: ALPHA BETA GAMMA KILL is in association with Future Chronicles Photography where he works closely with their models and cosplayers.