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.

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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.

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.