Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Complete Shadow Fabric Mythos

"Let's do what devils do. Hiding in shadows, no one's around." - Prey For Me, Korn


Your chance to get stitched up.

Now available in one volume, the complete Shadow Fabric mythos to date is up for pre-order here: Shadow Fabric Mythos Vol 1.
Includes the best-selling debut novel The Shadow Fabric, all stories from the collection Sinister Stitches, the short stories Ten Minutes Till Deadtime and Claimed, and also a previously unpublished mythos story Dead Lines.

Over 460 pages of absolute terror!


THE SHADOW FABRIC - a supernatural horror novel

Leo remembers little of his past. Desperate for a new life, he snatches up the first job to come along. On his second day he witnesses a murder, and the Shadow Fabric – a malevolent force that controls the darkness – takes the body and vanishes with it.

Determined to get answers, Leo has no idea where to turn. Revelations come in the most unlikely places, and secrets of witchcraft and ancient artefacts unfold. In particular, a device used in the 17th century to extract evil from witches proves key to his discoveries. With these truths long hidden from humankind, his memory unravels. Not only haunted by the past, a sinister presence within the darkness threatens Leo’s existence and he soon doubts everything and everyone...including himself.

The relentless and destructive power of the Shadow Fabric compels Leo to fight not only this growing darkness, but also the entity beneath the Fabric’s surface. While these supernatural horrors rage and his world crumbles, Leo must confront his past before he can embrace his future. But the future may not exist.

SINISTER STITCHES - a collection of short horror stories

Featured stories include:

NEXT ON THE LIST - “I hate changes.”
MIDNIGHT CLAY - ...a mess of black and crimson.
A DEMON’S THREAD - ...campfire stories...
ON THE VINE - Barbs sliced his forearms and the torch flew from his hand.
THE ARTIST AND THE CRONE - Part-flesh, part-shadow, the foul garment writhed on the ground.
DUE SOUTH - He really should’ve driven like most people.
RED, WHITE AND BLACK - ...filth glistened, protruding through torn flesh and broken bone...
INTENSIVE SCARE - It churned like liquid, bubbled, and swept up and into my eyes.
MEETING MUM - Beneath the gleaming skin, those traceries of veins wriggled like a hundred worms.
SEEING IS BELIEVING - When he removed those glasses, I saw his bloodshot eyes.
DISTURBED - The night pressed down. His hands clawed his head, tugged at his hat. “No!”
WELCOME HOME - She’d vanished last night . . . or was it last week?

Each story binds the Shadow Fabric mythos tighter, revealing that everything around us is entwined with a deep-rooted darkness. And sometimes that darkness — the fabric — tears.

TEN MINUTES TILL DEADTIME & CLAIMED

Two stories that prove no matter where you are in the world, the darkness will find you...

DEAD LINES

A previously unpublished short tale of an artist struggling to meet deadlines because the dead have other plans.

Dark fantasy horror stories of demons, devices, and deceit.



Available for pre-order: Shadow Fabric Mythos Vol 1

What the reviewers are saying about the Shadow Fabric mythos:

"Terrifying. Intense. Brilliant..."

"The Shadow Fabric managed to sate my appetite for intrigue, while stuffing me full of terror..."

"You are taken on a roller coaster ride that reminded me of Stephen King at his best."

"The sheer evilness of the Shadow Fabric and the mechanism that it grew in power was down right scary..."




Get your mitts on the complete Shadow Fabric mythos.

Pre-order here: Shadow Fabric Mythos Vol 1



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 numerous anthologies and ezines including Rayne Hall's Ten Tales series and horror zine, Sirens Call.

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. His most recent release, Chaos Halo 1.0: Alpha Beta Gamma Kill, is in association with Future Chronicles Photography.



Sunday, 18 December 2016

Wake up, it's Christmas mourning


"Black lights hang from the tree, accents of dead holly."

 - Red Water (Christmas Mourning), Type O Negative



In shadow, Christmas comes.


Firstly, let me wish you a very Merry Christmas!

If you haven't yet got your mitts on my best-selling debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, you can grab the eBook version over on Amazon for only 99p / 99c! Available at this price until the New Year: smartURL.it/TheShadowFabric.

For me 2016 was full of conventions, book signing and meeting many old and new fans (you know who you are!) Alongside seeing my Sci-Fi paperback, Chaos Halo 1.0, hit the shelves, several anthologies featured my work of ghosts, black cats, crows, pirates, charity donations, and rusty machines. Having shared those pages with some fine authors, I've since signed a couple of exciting contracts for next year. So 2017 is going to be even bigger when it comes to my written word, that I can promise. I cannot wait for the Big Reveal of one of those projects!

And yes, the Shadow Fabric Mythos will continue to unravel.

As always, massive thanks for the support.

         ~M.


PS - If you're after a freebie read, then here's my Christmas horror story, "Another Pair."



Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. 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 numerous anthologies and ezines including Rayne Hall's Ten Tales series and horror zine, Sirens Call.
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. His most recent release, Chaos Halo 1.0: Alpha Beta Gamma Kill, is in association with Future Chronicles Photography.



For more about Mark and his work, or to contact him directly:

Free stories: www.markcassell.com
The Shadow Fabric mythos: www.theshadowfabric.co.uk


Friday, 22 July 2016

Dystopian Cyberpunk CHAOS HALO in paperback

The paperback version of Chaos Halo 1.0: Alpha Beta Gamma Kill is here, and already the digital edition has pulled in some fantastic reviews.


Available from: http://amzn.to/2a2YSpa

One reviewer says:
"Mark Cassell escapes the Shadow Fabric and turns his hand to writing science fiction with pleasing results. Broken up into six parts ‘Chaos Halo: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Kill’ follows the story of Abigail; A sort of cyborg who escapes from the ruling power and goes on a bloody mission through a future landscape to find out the truth about herself and the rulers of the cities.

This is a fast and furious collection that features some cool technology, heads exploding into red mist and plenty of action. More is revealed about our protagonist throughout the story as she teams up with another cyborg type character called Quiver who also used to work for the powers that be.

This was a good escape for an hour or so. The world is quite well fleshed out considering the books short length. There are some cool ideas and characters and I did enjoy the books setting. There is an overarching theme of struggle between the classes. The rich dine on fine foods and live in the city whilst the poor survive on animals and ‘mutritions’ – a sort of food tablet.

Mark Cassell isn’t afraid to try something different and ‘Chaos Halo’ is an entertaining future romp. I did wish it was a little longer but there is more to come from Abigail and co."



CHAOS HALO 1.0: Alpha Beta Gamma Kill

In a disturbed future, remnants of the human race starve while a new world authority strangles freedom. Abigale – part human, part something else – escapes their control, and combating the militia she begins to uncover her origins, taking her beyond the city walls and into a scorched Earth.

With a blend of cyberpunk and science fiction, this dystopian future unearths secrets that other worlds needed forgotten. 
Featuring the stories:
Domino
Alpha Beta Gamma Kill
Patient Zero
Eye-Tech
Salamandrine Fires
Triber Kuo
Grab your paperback copy here: http://amzn.to/2a2YSpa





Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. 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 latest release, Sinister Stitches, is a collection of stories from a mythos that began with his debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, a supernatural horror tale of demons, devices, and deceit.

The Shadow Fabric novel: mybook.to/TSF
Ten Minutes Till Deadtime short story: mybook.to/deadtime
Sinister Stitches mythos collectionmybook.to/SIN

Friday, 22 April 2016

Out of Chaos Comes Order

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." - Friedrich Nietzsche


At the end of this month it's EM-Con (East Midlands Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention), where I'm supporting the Future Chronicles eZine. And further spreading the Shadow Fabric Mythos, naturally.

I love conventions and they give me a chance to meet you guys in person. Always great!

This coincides with my next book release: Chaos Halo 1.0 - Alpha Beta Gamma Kill. It's a collection of six stories, including the first episodes of the speculative fiction saga featured in the Future Chronicles eZine. Pre-order available: http://amzn.to/1MMVMHV .
 
In a disturbed future, remnants of the human race starve while a new world authority strangles freedom. Abigale – part human, part something else – escapes their control, and combating the militia she begins to uncover her origins, taking her beyond the city walls and into a scorched Earth.

With a blend of cyberpunk and science fiction, this dystopian future unearths secrets that other worlds needed forgotten. 
Featuring the stories:
Domino
Alpha Beta Gamma Kill
Patient Zero
Eye-Tech
Salamandrine Fires
Triber Kuo
Pre-order here: http://amzn.to/1MMVMHV

As always, many thanks for your continued support.
          ~M.



Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. 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 latest release, Sinister Stitches, is a collection of stories from a mythos that began with his debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, a supernatural horror tale of demons, devices, and deceit.

The Shadow Fabric novel: mybook.to/TSF
Ten Minutes Till Deadtime short story: mybook.to/deadtime
Sinister Stitches mythos collectionmybook.to/SIN

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Exciting news...but it's secret


"The shadows smile and kiss the sky. Behind the door."
 - Poison Door, The Sisters of Mercy



Let me tell you a secret.


A new Shadow Fabric Mythos story set to be published in an upcoming anthology is heading your way...with a twist. Aptly titled Shadows at the Door, this collection of illustrated, locally-inspired ghost stories features thirteen tales from around the world. Up until this moment it was only the editor who knew my contribution to be a mythos story. I really can't keep a secret, dammit!

In addition to this, I've since been chatting with him about one particular perk. How do you fancy becoming the named antagonist in this tale? It's a male character, so I must apologise to my female readers. The character's original name will be scrubbed out and in its place it'll be yours. Great perk. right?

Titled "The Commission", this story introduces a sinister spirit to the unravelling Fabric. Here's the blurb:


A photographer is hired to shoot a castle in Rye;
a job which turns out to be more challenging than he expected.


Not only am I excited about this reader's perk, but also that this anthology comes in several formats including a fantastic illustrated hardback (the above image is a teaser) as well as a fully-scored audio version. Yeah, it'll have spooky music.

It's a Kickstarter project with tonnes of other awesome perks, like getting your mitts on an illustration pack or receiving previously-published works from my fellow contributors (as well as The Shadow Fabric paperback if you fancy another copy because yours is worn out).

Of course, you may simply want to pre-order the anthology as an eBook or hardback.

I'm gonna shut up now. Here's the link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/330261639/shadows-at-the-door-an-anthology



Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. 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 latest release, Sinister Stitches, is a collection of stories from a mythos that began with his debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, a supernatural horror tale of demons, devices, and deceit.

The Shadow Fabric novel: mybook.to/TSF
Ten Minutes Till Deadtime short story: mybook.to/deadtime
Sinister Stitches mythos collectionmybook.to/SIN

Friday, 5 February 2016

A Leap Year Allows The Fabric To Unravel That Much Further

Your chance to snatch the digital version for less than £1 / $1... 

A dark fantasy novel of demons, devices, and deceit. 


Leo remembers little of his past. Desperate for a new life, he snatches up the first job to come along. On his second day, he witnesses a murder, and the Shadow Fabric – a malevolent force that controls the darkness – takes the body and vanishes with it.

Determined to get answers, Leo has no idea where to turn. Revelations come in the most unlikely places, and secrets of witchcraft and ancient artefacts unfold. In particular, a device used in the 17th century to extract evil from witches proves key to his discoveries. With these truths long hidden from humankind, his memory unravels. Not only haunted by the past, a sinister presence within the darkness threatens Leo’s existence and he soon doubts everything and everyone...including himself. 

The relentless and destructive power of the Shadow Fabric compels Leo to fight not only this growing darkness, but also the entity beneath the Fabric’s surface. While these supernatural horrors rage and his world crumbles, Leo must confront his past before he can embrace his future. But the future may not exist.



An Amazon reviewer recently said:

"The Shadow Fabric is a brilliantly written novel. I read a lot of books, and have been known to say that there are no new ideas out there, that writing is simply just re-writing ideas that have already been done. I stand corrected. I've never read a book like this one. Cassell has woven a mythology around this evil presence, the Shadow Fabric, that rivals any 'mainstream' author I've ever read. I dare say, this is better than most."


Snatch the Fabric
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Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. 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 latest release, Sinister Stitches, is a collection of stories from a mythos that began with his debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, a supernatural horror tale of demons, devices, and deceit.



Saturday, 23 January 2016

Grit: Staying Strong When The Going Gets Tough

Guest post by Rayne Hall


Things will go wrong—that's normal. Anticipate this, and the obstacles won't have the power to shake you.

Imagine a martial artist whose goal is to win the regional karate championships. He's skilled, he trains, he has the right attitude. Will his path be obstacle-free? No! Every competitor in the contest will do the utmost to beat him to the win. Those he meets in a match will beat him up with ferocity.  Only a fool would expect the other contestants to surrender so he can win.

On top of that, life is going to add further hindrances. His regular trainer isn't available in the run-up to the event. On the big day, he wakes with a headache pounding his skull. Bad news about his father's health and worries the rent sap his mental focus. When it's time to drive to the venue, his car won't start.

These obstacles could be reasons to give up a goal—and many people do. Not you.

Mentally prepare yourself for obstacles on your way. Then, when you encounter one, you can say, "Ah, the first obstacle. What shall I do about it?"

Instead of viewing obstacles as reasons to give up, view them as tests. A higher power (God, fate, the creative force of the universe) has put them in your path to determine if you're worthy of success. Welcome them, solve them, and move on.

This approach of interpreting something in a different way is called 'reframing' and it's what keeps the tough going when the going gets tough.

Here's a more advanced reframing technique, one that will do wonders for your mental strength and propel you towards success:

View every problem as an opportunity. This needs some thought, but gives huge rewards.
Let's say you've been made redundant. The job you loved, the hopes you invested in this company, the income you depended on are all gone.

It will takes mental strength to reframe this loss as something positive. Try it! You will feel better, and you'll emerge from this situation not as a loser but as a winner.

What opportunities are hidden in this bad situation? Make a list, and be creative about it, including small and practical ideas as well as drastic and daring possibilities. Start with "I can" or if it feels more comfortable to you, "I could..."

In the case of the person who lost their job, the opportunities list could look like this:

- I can spend more time at home with my children until I get another job.
- I can carry out the repairs around the house my wife has been asking me for.
- I can finally finish the novel I've been working on for the past ten years.
- I can look for a better-paid job.
- I can explore a different career direction.
- I can take the plunge and become a self-employed entrepreneur, something I've long wanted to do but didn't because I lacked the courage to leave my job.
- I can fulfil my dream to live and work abroad.


Here's a third reframing technique for when things go wrong: You never fail—instead, you learn valuable lessons that will help you towards success.

Here are some examples.
"I failed."
"I haven't succeeded yet."
"I'm a failure."
"I'm still working on my success."
"I screwed this up."
"I've learnt a valuable lesson how not to do this."
"I'm wasn't good enough for this assignment."
"Now I know what skills I need for this type of assignment."
"I'm an idiot. I let those people scam me."
"I'm smart. I've learnt how scammers operate. In future, I'll see through this kind of trick."
"I've lost everything."
"I'm ready to start again from zero."

Action Point
Think of your current goal— something set out to achieve today, or your New Year's resolution, or perhaps the lifetime ambition you're working towards. What obstacles have you encountered so far? Writing them down as a list, with the heading 'Obstacles To Overcome' will help you see them for what they are, and empower you to feel in control.

Progress Assignment
Has something bad happened to you recently, a shock you're still still reeling from?
Write a list of at least ten opportunities that might arise from this blow. Be aware that you may encounter mental resistance, that inner voice telling you that what happened is so bad nothing good can come out of it. This is a test for your mental strength. Can you do it? If yes, you'll emerge from this assignment much, much stronger.

Strategy
Whenever you encounter obstacles and setbacks, reframe them. View problems as opportunities, failures as successes yet to come, and mistakes as valuable lessons learnt.
With practice, you will become good at this, and it will give you the kind of mental strength that helps you win through when the going gets tough.

Comments, Experiences, Questions?


Do you have example of how you reframed a problem as an opportunity? Would you like to share a tip how to develop grit? Share them in the comments section.


ABOUT RAYNE HALL

Rayne Hall has published more than fifty books in several languages under several pen names with several publishers in several genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. Recent books include Storm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel), 13 British Horror Stories, Six Scary Tales Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5(creepy horror stories), Thirty Scary Tales, Six Historical Tales Vol. 1 and 2 (short stories), Six Quirky Tales (humorous fantasy stories), The Colour of Dishonour: Stories from the Storm Dancer World, Writing Fight Scenes, The World-Loss Diet, Writing About Villains, Writing About Magic, Writing Dark Stories, and Writing Scary Scenes (practical guides for authors).

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