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The Shadow Fabric: a supernatural horror novel (Shadow Fabric Mythos) by [Cassell, Mark]
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About the Author

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.   The Shadow Fabric is his debut novel, and a few shorter tales based within its threads are already out there.

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  • File Size: 1815 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Herbs House; 1 edition (October 31, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NAAIEE6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Shadow Fabric is a fun, fast paced, and entirely scary novel that is worth your time to read. Mark Cassell is a surprisingly fresh author who spins the typical horror tropes in such a delightful manner. He even does us the courtesy of removing all the tired and boring parts that sometimes ends up in novels. He has taken Alfred Hitchcock's words to heart - "Drama is real life with all the boring parts cut out."

The Shadow Fabric spends little time getting to the action by starting in media res. The entire novel takes place over the course of week, a week that sees Leo scrambling to find more information, uncover more secrets, and discover the whereabouts of the Shadow Fabric. His desperation is palatable, and made more so as the allies that he thought he had are found to be enemies. He's almost tortured by his own paranoia, not knowing where to turn and who to trust. He always seem to be a step behind throughout the whole story and, truthfully as we learn more about the Shadow Fabric itself, he never seem to stand a chance.

The sheer evilness of the Shadow Fabric and the mechanism that it grew in power was down right scary. Often times in horror novels or films most of the horror elements are discriminatory - the victim is chosen either deliberately or by happenstance. The Shadow Fabric doesn't work that way, anyone can become a victim of the stitching, the method to grew the Fabric, simply by coming in contact with it. There is no way to fight the stitching, there is no 'incubation' period like most infection horrors, if you come in contact then you're lost. That frightens the hell out of me.
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I was intrigued by this read from day one. I love when a writer has the ability to weave history and lore into a new tale. I feel as though Cassell took extra time in doing just that. I very much enjoyed the tale of the fabric and its accouterments as seen through the amnesiac eyes of Leo. His journey is filled with suspense and detailed action. There were several passages within this book that are very well written.

That said, it did take me almost halfway through the book to appreciate Leo’s plight. The application of showing rather than telling shone through in many scenes. At other times, I did wish a bit more from the dialogue. But when Cassell was into the scene, he certainly excelled at describing it. I was left with a few more questions from the abrupt ending, but I suspect that was what the writer intended.

Overall, it was an entertaining and suspenseful read with very intricate flourishes.
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A wonderful debut horror novel with a villain not seen in the genre before: the Shadow Fabric. The novel is thoroughly researched and well-paced. Leo, the protagonist, evokes our sympathy from the start. He is emotionally-scarred and vulnerable. Faced with a daunting task of rebuilding his life after a memory-wiping accident, he now has to fight much darker forces than his lost past. The dark elements in the book are tantalizing. Highly recommended.
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Mark Cassell pulls out every stop in his horror thriller The Shadow Fabric, throwing every monster you'd hope to see if you sat down to binge watch a day of horror features. Except vampires. And werewolves. On the other hand, eight million paranormal romances with female leads brooding over vampire v. lycan love turned vampires and werewolves into cuddly plush dolls.

Cassell delivers sorcerers, witches, mad scientists, frankenstein's monsters, reanimated corpses, shapeshifters, flesh-eating zombies, creatures that dwell in the shadows and—best of all—ancient gods looking to rule the world. Deliver that package in 70,000 words, combine it with betrayal, double cross and triple-cross and you have a tightly twisted thriller that will keep readers awake through the night, unable to close the book's covers.

Cassell wraps the entire package in a mystery surrounding his narrator, a man with no memory prior to four years before, a tabula rasa upon which the machinations of the shadow fabric turn. The shadow fabric, it seems, steals the darkness in people's souls to weave a fabric of evil that will pave the way for the a horror that will devour all of humanity. The narrator, Leo's employer Victor, wishes to find the fabric to prevent his return.

Victor and his brother Stanley collect rare antiques in partnership with Leo's patron Goodwin. They consider the Shadow Fabric one of their finest prizes. Unfortunately, when a vagrant surrenders the Fabric to Victor, the Fabric compels Victor to murder his brother, launching a string of catastrophic events that unleashes the forces of darkness and the undead.

Everyone except Leo has been keeping secrets. Leo might be, he just doesn't remember what his are.
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Mark Cassell and I follow one another on Twitter. It is nice to see an author that is engaged with his readers. That's why it is difficult for me to give "The Shadow Fabric" only three stars. As I tweeted to Mr. Cassell when I first starting reading, I was really enjoying the book. Then, the story got to a certain point, and I got lost. The story became very confusing to me, and I had a difficult time finishing the book.

The book is set in the English town of Mabley Holt, at a retreat owned by a man named Goodwin. The retreat is known as The Periwick House. Leo is our narrator. He was in a car wreck two years ago and has no memory of the wreck or his life before that. Goodwin takes him in. Victor Jacobs is Goodwin's friend. He hires Leo to be his driver. We meet: Lucas, a bitter friend of Victor. Polly, another friend of Victor. She is blind. Annabel, Polly's helper, also known as Tulip Moon. Stanley, Victor's brother. There are other important characters as well that come into play.

All of our friends are involved in a battle of good verses evil. We learn how the Shadow Fabric came to be, what it is and how evil it is. We learn about an evil hourglass, an evil knife called a witch blade an evil book titled "The Book of Leaves". We learn what these leaves are, how they came to be and more are made. We are introduced to a process called "stitching", whereby the Shadow Fabric is made bigger and stronger. The book revolves around our central characters and their pursuit and destruction of these items. There is a lot of graphic violence in this battle. Bodies pile up left and right. The story started out as the cast of characters was introduced to us and how all the evil items came to be. Victor explains much of this to Leo.
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