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.

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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.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Fiends: Ten Tales of Demons - contributor reveal

DEMON - noun
an evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell.


Rayne Hall's latest anthology, Fiends: Ten Tales of Demons is now available for pre-order: mybook.to/fiends.


Here are the writers whose stories feature in the book: 





JAKE ELWOOD, author of the story Thief and Demon:

Jake Elwood is a Canadian writer of fantasy and science fiction. He's the author of the Star Raider space opera adventure serial and a growing collection of lurid pulp fiction. Look for him on the web at www.SteamPunch.com/elwood.



MARK CASSELL, author of the story Disturbed:

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. "Disturbed" is the third story Rayne has included in her Ten Tales series and is also part of the mythos from Mark's debut novel, The Shadow Fabric.

RAYNE HALL, author of the story Nine Rings of Silver and One of Bronze:

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.  She is the author of the bestselling Writer's Craft series (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, Writing About Villains, Writing About Magic and more)  and editor of the Ten Tales short story anthologies.

She is a trained publishing manager, holds a masters degree in Creative Writing, and has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years.

Having lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England where she enjoys reading, gardening and long walks along the seashore. She shares her home with a black cat  adopted from the cat shelter. Sulu likes to lie on the desk and snuggle into Rayne's arms when she's writing.

You can follow here on Twitter http://twitter.com/RayneHall where she posts advice for writers, funny cartoons and cute pictures of her cat. To see her books on Amazon, go to viewAuthor.at/RayneHall.

You can also subscribe to her newsletter:  http://eepurl.com/boqJzD



HEIDE GOODY an IAIN GRANT, co-authors of the story Detritus at the Church Fete:

Iain Grant is an author of short stories and novels, ranging from contemporary literature to fantasy and horror. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He is perhaps best known for the comic novel, Clovenhoof, co-written with Heide Goody. The follow-up novel, Pigeonwings, (which follows the continuing adventures of the earthbound Satan and Archangel Michael) was published in August 2013. Iain's solo work includes children's books, thrillers and an on-going series of steampunk chapbooks which begins with The Angels of the Abyss.

Heide Goody inflicts unsuitable content upon the world by whatever devious means she can find. Technical documents in her day job have been found to contain coded messages if you read them backwards. She is, with Iain Grant, co-author of Clovenhoof, the Satan-in-suburbia comic novel and its sequel, Pigeonwings. Her first solo novel, Million Dollar Dress, is also published by Pigeon Park Press. Heide lives in North Warwickshire, England with her husband and children.



MITCH SEBOURN, author of the story Non-Disclosure:

Mitch Sebourn lives in the southern United States with his wife and cats. He is the author of many works of mystery and horror, including Sleight of Hand, Watershed, and most recently Lamentation. Visit his website at www.mitchsebourn.com and follow him on Twitter, @mnsebourn.

PAMELA TURNER, author of the story Inner Demon:

Pamela Turner drinks too much coffee and wishes she could write perfect first drafts. Short paranormal suspense novels include Death Sword, a Chanticleer Blue Ribbon Paranormal Awards 2013 finalist, Exterminating Angel, The Ripper’s Daughter, and Malice and Mayhem: Tales of the Macabre. Her short dark suspense story, “Family Tradition” (MuseItUp Publishing), was a finalist in the EPIC 2014 EBook Awards, and her short screenplay “Cemetery” placed second in The Writers Place Short/Teleplay screenplay competition. Besides coffee, she likes cats, cemeteries, and old abandoned buildings. You can find her at http://pamelaturner.net.


DEBBIE CHRISTIANA, author of the story Nerezza:

Debbie Christiana is a fan of things that go bump in the night, the mysterious and macabre and unusual love stories. This led her to write paranormal romance, dark romantic fiction and dark short stories. When not writing, Debbie can be found planning next Halloween’s Haunted House, reading something spooky, practicing yoga, sipping wine or hiking the Appalachian Trail with her husband and yellow Lab.

Debbie is a member of RWA (Secretary of her local chapter) and the International Thriller Writers. She lives in her Connecticut empty nest with her husband, where her three children visit regularly.




DOUGLAS KOLACKI, author of the story The Devil Never Takes a Vacation... And Neither Do I

Douglas Kolacki began writing while living in Naples, Italy with the U.S. Navy. Since then he has published stories in such publications as Weird Tales, Dragons Knights & Angels, and Dreams & Visions. He currently lives and writes in Providence, Rhode Island.



TRACIE MCBRIDE, author of the story The Touch of the Taniwha

Tracie McBride is a New Zealander who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications, including Bleed, FISH and the Stoker Award-nominated anthologies Horror for Good and Horror Library Volume 5. Her debut collection Ghosts Can Bleed contains much of the work that earned her a Sir Julius Vogel Award. She helps to wrangle slush for Dark Moon Digest and was the vice president of Dark Continents Publishing (2010 – 2014). Visitors to her blog are welcome at http://traciemcbridewriter.wordpress.com/.

KELDA CRICH, author of the story Stone City, Old As Immeasurable Time

Kelda Crich is a new born entity. She's been lurking in her creator's mind for a few years. Now she's out in the open. Find Kelda in London looking at strange things in London's medical museums or on her blog: http://keldacrichblog.blogspot.co.uk. Kelda's work has appeared in The Lovecraft eZine, Journal of Unlikely Acceptances, Dreams from the Witch House and in the Bram Stoker Award winning After Death anthology.



JAMIÉ CHAPMAN, cover illustrator

Jamie Chapman is a British illustrator with a degree in fine arts. He enjoys illustrating books and graphic novels. You can see more of his work here: www.jchapmanart.daportfolio.com.



Fiends: Ten Tales of Demons, now available for pre-order:
mybook.to/fiends.


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Something Sinister This Way Comes



Something sinister

Unravelling the Shadow Fabric mythos


Nine months since the release of The Shadow Fabric and thanks to you guys for most of that time it remained on Amazon's Top 100 list for British Horror eBooks. At one point, lasting for a week, it hit the Number 1 slot.

And so I'm here to bring you:

SINISTER STITCHES - a collection of short horror stories in the Shadow Fabric mythos.

Pre-order now to receive the digital version direct to your device this Halloween! US - http://amzn.to/1SuHihP, UK - http://amzn.to/1DhlsaN, or click the universal link: mybook.to/sin.

Paperback release date TBC.

Thank you for helping stitch the Fabric.
~M.


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.