Sunday, 22 November 2015

Paperback Stitched and Released

"Today I will be your savior. Tomorrow a demon."
 - Dream Theater

On November 1st, the Kindle version of Sinister Stitches went straight in at No.47 on Amazon's Horror Short Stories Top 100, beating two of Stephen King's collections. At the same time, The Shadow Fabric climbed to No.47 on the British Horror Novel list. It was all about the Number 47, apparently.

Now, the paperback version of Sinister Stitches arrives and it features the bonus story, "Ten Minutes Till Deadtime", originally published in the Hell's Garden anthology.

The Sinister Stitches paperback features thirteen stories in the Shadow Fabric mythos and is currently only available from Amazon. However, come the New Year it will hit other outlets. Grab a copy from UK Amazon and US Amazon or search on your local Amazon site.

I've had an overwhelming number of requests for a signed copy (you know who you are, thanks guys!) so please reply to this email and we'll sort something out.

As always, a massive thanks to everyone. I'd not be here if it wasn't for you.

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 Sci-Fi stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. Rayne Hall has included his work in three of her Ten Tales anthologies: Fiery BeastsCogwheels, andFiends, and also a Shadow Fabric mythos story can be found in April Grey’sHell’s Garden anthology. His flash fiction often features in the popular ezine,Sirens Call, and he writes a series for the Sci-Fi ezine, Future Chronicles, in which we follow the adventures of Alpha Beta Gamma Kill. His upcoming short story collection, Sinister Stitches, is only a fraction of an expanding mythos that began with his debut novel, The Shadow Fabric.






The Shadow Fabricwww.TheShadowFabric.co.uk
Sinister Stitcheshttp://amzn.to/1SuHihP


Twitter: @Mark_Cassell

Friday, 30 October 2015

Sinister Stitches - the stories



Sinister Stitches is released tomorrow, so here's another teaser. It's time to reveal the 12 stories included in this Shadow Fabric mythos collection:


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?




One tale, "Dead Lines", didn't make it into the collection and quite honestly I didn't know what to do with it. After lurking on my hard drive for a while, the thing soon demanded to be let out. With a bit of tweaking, it was suitable for submission to a flash fiction competition.

I won, and you can read it on the Dark Chapter Press website.




Sinister Stitches is available on pre-order from Amazon and is released tomorrow! The paperback version release date is yet to be confirmed.
   

The blurb:


Twelve horror stories weave truths you do not want to hear. The collection includes:

Intensive Scare – Three teenagers dabble in the occult and learn there's a good reason to be afraid of the dark.
Red, White and Black – When a clinical trial goes horribly wrong, a lone survivor finds herself fleeing from a sentient infection.
Meeting Mum – Introducing a new girlfriend to your parents has never been so problematic.
Midnight Clay – An otherwise pleasant homeward journey is interrupted by a demon with a particularly grotesque skill.

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.




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 Sci-Fi stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. Rayne Hall has included his work in three of her Ten Tales anthologies: Fiery BeastsCogwheels, andFiends, and also a Shadow Fabric mythos story can be found in April Grey’sHell’s Garden anthology. His flash fiction often features in the popular ezine,Sirens Call, and he writes a series for the Sci-Fi ezine, Future Chronicles, in which we follow the adventures of Alpha Beta Gamma Kill. His upcoming short story collection, Sinister Stitches, is only a fraction of an expanding mythos that began with his debut novel, The Shadow Fabric.





The Shadow Fabricwww.TheShadowFabric.co.uk
Sinister Stitches (pre-order): http://amzn.to/1SuHihP


Twitter: @Mark_Cassell




Monday, 26 October 2015

Sinister Stitches - excerpt from "Midnight Clay"

Halloween is almost upon us and so is my short horror story collection, Sinister Stitches, featuring 12 tales from the Shadow Fabric mythos.



A teaser from one of those stories, “Midnight Clay”:

As though the moonlight pushed him along, Owen freewheeled down the hill. The wind bit into his face, froze his knuckles. Often summer nights were like this, especially with a cloudless sky. If only he hadn’t left his coat back at Jimmy’s house.
      A rumble in the distance, almost a howl, snatched his attention to the bend up ahead. He steered closer to the edge of the lane. He and Jimmy had an awesome evening; the new Dungeons and Dragons role-play game had stolen the day away. Before they’d realised it, night had fallen and Owen was late. Jimmy had beaten him with some lucky dice rolls.
      The next game, Owen thought, would be war.
      The rumble intensified; a vehicle approached at speed, still unseen. Perhaps a truck or lorry. Having cycled this route many times, he knew the lane was wide enough even if he did meet something that large. Still, he kept close to the grass verge.
      Once more, his thoughts wandered to the game. Luck or not, next time he’d outsmart Jimmy.
      Further ahead, along the winding road and through the trees, headlights forced back the darkness. Air-brakes hissed. A lorry, definitely, and it approached the bend without slowing.
      Owen jammed on the brakes, the back wheel whirring on the tarmac.
      He jerked to a halt.
      The vehicle tore into the bend. Tyres screeched and juddered and groaned in protest. The trailer tilted, jack-knifed, and tipped. Something sleek, a silhouette against the night sky, leapt from the roof with what looked like enormous wings and too many limbs. Whatever it was, Owen had the fleetest glimpse as he threw himself sideways, dragging his bike. He rolled into the bushes, twigs and branches raked his hands and face. The lorry cleaved the tarmac, roaring like a metal dragon and uprooting trees and foliage, mud and earth.
      His heart pounded in his throat.
      After that there was silence, save for the creak of a buckled trailer wheel. And voices. Faint echoes on the wind from somewhere in the darkness. Not near the lorry but further away in the fields. Imagination surely; adrenaline from witnessing the crash. Imagination, too, had made him see that great…creature?
      Entirely in his head.
      He pushed himself up and staggered onto the road. The underside of the metal hulk loomed over him. A clump of mud and tangled brambles fell from the buckled wheel. Tiny glass beads covered the road, each one glinting moonlight.
      If only he hadn’t left his phone in his coat pocket, back at Jimmy’s.
      “Hello?” he called, heading for the cab.
      No one answered…




Sinister Stitches is out this Halloween, available on pre-order from Amazon.
   

The blurb:


Twelve horror stories weave truths you do not want to hear. The collection includes:

Intensive Scare – Three teenagers dabble in the occult and learn there's a good reason to be afraid of the dark.
Red, White and Black – When a clinical trial goes horribly wrong, a lone survivor finds herself fleeing from a sentient infection.
Meeting Mum – Introducing a new girlfriend to your parents has never been so problematic.
Midnight Clay – An otherwise pleasant homeward journey is interrupted by a demon with a particularly grotesque skill.

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.


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 Sci-Fi stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines. Rayne Hall has included his work in three of her Ten Tales anthologies: Fiery Beasts, Cogwheels, and Fiends, and also a Shadow Fabric mythos story can be found in April Grey’s Hell’s Garden anthology. His flash fiction often features in the popular ezine, Sirens Call, and he writes a series for the Sci-Fi ezine, Future Chronicles, in which we follow the adventures of Alpha Beta Gamma Kill. His upcoming short story collection, Sinister Stitches, is only a fraction of an expanding mythos that began with his debut novel, The Shadow Fabric.




The Shadow Fabric: www.TheShadowFabric.co.uk
Sinister Stitches (pre-order): http://amzn.to/1SuHihP


Twitter: @Mark_Cassell



Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sinister Stitches - a collection of short horror stories in the Shadow Fabric mythos

My short story collection, Sinister Stitches, is now available for pre-order from Amazon. Just as The Shadow Fabric was released last Halloween, this collection of mythos stories comes along one year later. All Hallow's Eve is fast approaching so what better way to prepare than to order your copy now?

Available for pre-order from Amazon. Click HERE.

A darkness surrounds us, even with the lights on



Twelve horror stories weave truths you do not want to hear.

The collection includes:

  • Intensive Scare – Three teenagers dabble in the occult and learn there's a good reason to be afraid of the dark.
  • Red, White and Black – When a clinical trial goes horribly wrong, a lone survivor finds herself fleeing from a sentient infection.
  • Meeting Mum – Introducing a new girlfriend to your parents has never been so problematic.
  • Midnight Clay – An otherwise pleasant homeward journey is interrupted by a demon with a particularly grotesque skill.

From past, present, and future, 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.



Direct to your device this Halloween!

Available for pre-order from Amazon. Click HERE.

There will also be a paperback version (release date TBC).


Author photo (c)Christopher Shoebridge
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, fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines.

His debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, is a supernatural story and is available from Amazon and everywhere else.


Monday, 31 August 2015

The Shadow Fabric - a Top 100 British Horror Novel


The Shadow Fabric remains in the Top 100 British Horror novels on Amazon's Kindle store, and has received yet another 4-star rating:

"Mark Cassell's SHADOW FABRIC is an easy tale to take to late-night reading chairs. The lively characters and first-person viewpoint is well done and grabs and holds you in. My reading style is a bit unusual in that I read multiple titles over a day's reading, but I always relished returning to SHADOW FABRIC each night for my witching hour go-to. Leo's search for lost memories becomes ours as we experience the horror right alongside him. I hate it when my favorite characters get killed in a story (no spoilers here) but this seems to be trendy these days. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to reading more from Cassell."

From now until Halloween, the Kindle version is available for only 99c / 99p from Amazon


The Shadow Fabric mythos expands for Halloween 2015 with Sinister Stitches, a collection of short horror stories.

Pre-order for a direct download to your Kindle on the very day the dead walk. Other platforms and the paperback version are penned for release soon after.


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Mark Cassell is the author of the Shadow Fabric mythos.
    

Available here:


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, fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines.

His debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, is a supernatural story and is available from Amazon and everywhere else. Sinister Stitchesa collection of short horror stories in the Shadow Fabric mythos, is coming soon.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Pamela Turner Reveals Her Inner Demon

Rayne Hall's latest release, Fiends: Ten Tales of Demons, is now on sale. In this anthology, ten authors share their vision of demons, some drawing from their ethnic and cultural backgrounds, others inspired by observations from real life, all blended with the writers' vivid imagination. Their stories span a wide spectrum of styles – scary, funny, disturbing and thought-provoking.



Not only does it contain a story from the Shadow Fabric mythos, but also Pamela Turner's "Inner Demon". Her work has featured several times in Rayne's Ten Tales series, and as a fellow author in the anthology I managed to throw some questions her way.


Your story is called "Inner Demon" and is about a cursed hemophobic serial killer. Can you tell us more about it?

I had this idea about a pastor of a small rural church who is both drawn and repulsed by blood and this whole idea of the body and blood of Christ, which in communion is symbolized by the wafers and wine. But that's not enough for him. He's drawn to what would it be like to really drink the blood of Christ. So he kills a minister from a neighboring town and drinks his blood, only to have a violent reaction. But he can't stop killing, even though he knows it's wrong, and he calls upon that dark part of his psyche to help him continue. He can't stop, even if he wanted to, but when the story opens, he only needs to kill one more person and the inner demon - made manifest by his actions and fears - promises to release him from his homicidal curse. Except the demon is having none of that. It's free, it also kills, and it wants to keep killing. 


In the anthology, you've explained a little about the origins of the story. Would you like to elaborate?

I find it interesting how some people are so quick to blame the devil when they commit a crime, refusing to take responsibility for their own actions. As a former pastor, Thomas McClellan no doubt regrets his obsession with blood and death but finds it easier to blame his inner demon, rather than face the harsh reality. And I think that's what the demon does. It forces him to see his true nature. The demon is a part of him. He didn't conjure it. It was created from the darkness of his soul and is his responsibility to defeat. 


​Do devils and demons feature much in your work?

With the short novels, yes. Along with Death Sword and Exterminating Angel(both published by Lyrical Press/Kensington), I have six other books with angels, devils, and demons. I tend to twist notions of good and evil, so my holy angels will sometimes be the antagonists and my fallen angels the heroes. According to the research I've done on angelology, there's often a fine line between holy and fallen. In some cases with my stories, it's about the corruption of power, particularly with my Seraphim, who are considered to be the highest ranking archangels by some, such as Pseudo Dionysus. 


Chain-smoking, hard-drinking archangels and hemophobic killers? Your protagonists are pretty hard-boiled. How do you come up with these guys?

Too many Humphrey Bogart/noir movies. :-) (Yes, I'm old school.) Actually, I despise the depiction of angels as weak. We're talking beings who made people fall on their knees in the Bible. Beings who could tower miles high, who could have four faces, hundreds of eyes, be a fiery wheel, etc. They have power that could destroy a city, as exemplified by Gabriel decimating Sodom and Gomorrah. He's also said to wield a scythe that's rumored to have a five foot handle and a seven foot blade. (Yes, Gabriel is an angel of death.) Hello! I see that coming at me, I'm running in the opposite direction. 

My angels have seen the worst of humanity and also the worst of their own kind. Show weakness and risk a nuclear-like annihilation by the Seraphim. They have no illusions about life or even death. For them, living hard and dying hard (if that happens) is the norm. 


In your novella, Exterminating Angel, there's an element of Tarot card reading. Is this something that interests you?

It does. Actually, that was a Tarot reading I did for Zaphkiel and Sean/Caliel, and it fit the story so well, I incorporated it into the book. 


​​What are your fears and phobias? And have you approached these in any of your work?

Death. For someone who writes about angels of death and death in general (and its many incarnations), I'm afraid to die. I hate the finality of it all. 

Not only in fiction, you've also had success with plays and poetry. Who or what are your inspirations?

Art often inspires my work. Sometimes a music video, song lyric... A lot of times, it's a "What if?" question. With Exterminating Angel, it was "What if an archangel unwittingly released a demon upon a city and had to enlist the help of Lucifer to stop it?" I think it's all about keeping one's self open to creative possibilities and realize inspiration can come from anywhere. 


When it comes to big names, who's inspired you most and on what level?

Well, Stephen King, of course. Others would include Ray Bradbury, Robert Arthur, Algernon Blackwood, Rod Serling, Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine L'Engle, and, most recently, Martin Cruz Smith. I remember reading short suspense stories and how certain images stay with me even now. Maybe that influence seeped into my subconscious and formed how and what I write. 


Are you working on anything new?

I've got five novels written (first drafts) and I'm working on another one about angelic assassins. Haven't plotted it yet, but have sketched out a basic idea of the stories. I have a number of story ideas in various genres and snippets of dialogue, notes, drafts, etc. (You mentioned about the Tarot reading above; a Tarot reader told me I needed to get my writing organized. Oh, yeah. Most definitely.) 


Finally, where's the best place to find more of your work?

You can find me on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. My website is Haunted Dreams, Dark Destinies. I also have a blog, Darkling Delights. I'm on Facebook and my Twitter handle is @PamelaTurner .



Fiends is available from Amazon.

__________________________________________________________


Mark Cassell is the author of the Shadow Fabric mythos.
    

Available here:


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, fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines.

His debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, is a supernatural story and is available from Amazon and everywhere else. Sinister Stitchesa collection of short horror stories in the Shadow Fabric mythos, is coming soon.