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The Shadow Fabric: a supernatural thriller (dark fantasy horror) Kindle Edition
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A bestselling supernatural thriller by Mark CassellMark Cassell lives on the south coast of England with his wife and a number of animals. He often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. His jobs have included a baker, a laboratory technician, and a driving instructor, and 2018 sees him acting in the horror movie Monster directed by Matt Shaw.
As a familiar face on the UK convention scene, Mark sells his books as well as his photographic art, and doesn’t charge for selfies. The busy man that he is, he also hosts writing retreats for Writers’ HQ.
Primarily a horror author, his steampunk, dark fantasy, and sci-fi stories have featured in numerous reputable anthologies and zines. 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. The novella Hell Cat of the Holt further explores the Shadow Fabric mythos with ghosts and black cat legends.
The dystopian cyberpunk 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. He’s often alongside these guys at conventions all around the UK, and one of their shoots inspired the creation of his new Lovecraftian steampunk horror universe that begins with the novelette In the Company of False Gods.
His work has been compared with British horror authors such as James Herbert, Clive Barker, Dennis Wheatley, and Brian Lumley. Also, his influences spread over to the US where he admits to having been first inspired by Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Dan Simmons, and H P Lovecraft.
More about Mark and his work can be found at www.markcassell.co.uk. Plus, you’ll get your mitts on plenty of free stuff. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00NAAIEE6
- Publisher : Herbs House; 1st edition (October 31, 2014)
- Publication date : October 31, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 826 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 341 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,564 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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. He partners with Victor and Isidore, a first class thief, to recover the fabric before its power grows too large to contain.
Cassell understands pulp—fat, juicy and hurled against a wall to drip in all its gory delight. No literary pretense, this is slash an burn with visceral terror from page one when Victor slams his knife into his brother Stanley's chest until the last page when all's well that should end well. Only it doesn't.
Will Cassell deliver a sequel? Probably. He offers fans a collection of related short stories, Sinister Stitches. Plop your dime down now. The Shadow Fabric is worth the read.
5 = Delicious dialogue, crisp prose, clever characters & compelling plot
4 = Great read, won't want to stop (5 for many reviewers)
3 = Worth buying but…
2 = I will tell you what audience will like this, but other readers might want to look elsewhere
1 = If I review a book this bad I felt seriously compelled to warn you
Phillip T. Stephens is the author of "Cigerets, Guns & Beer," "Raising Hell" and "Seeing Jesus."
The Shadow Fabric is an action-packed and fast-paced run through the underbelly of a realm of darkness, insanity, and a secret mythos that all but the very few are aware of. Leo took my hand, gripped it tight, and yanked me along through it all right along with him. His fears became my fears. His desire to find the answers, were mine. The feelings of betrayal and hopelessness that he felt made me cling to each page, urging him to continue to fight and find the truth.
I’ve not been held so tight by a novel in a long time and am looking forward to reading more of Mark’s work in as near the future as possible. The mythology he’s created around the Witchblade and Shadow Fabric is rich and deep and there’s no doubt the depth will be plumbed even further in the other stories related to it. He left me knowing enough to end the story, but with the promise that theres more to this telling than a single novel can hold.
Seriously, though. 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.
New ideas, fantastic imagery, well-developed characters with believable personalities and a whole lot of dark terror make this book a must read for the horror/terror fan. If I were to have one slightly negative comment, I did get a bit lost in the last chapter of the book. Maybe it's due to my own limited imagination, but I'm not sure where it's going. There is one final death, one of many, and the lead character has some final thoughts. Those thoughts have been going through my mind all morning, as I try to piece it all together. Is this bad? I don't think so. It makes me want to read more, so I hope there is a sequel. All in all, an excellent book. Glad I found it while plunging through the waves of social media. Highly recommended.
4.75 of 5 Stars (which rounds to 5)
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The story follows Leo, a man who has been involved in a car accident (or so he thinks) that has left him with amnesia. His is helped by a man named Goodwin, a friend of Leo's family who he doesn't remember (or so he thinks). He's got amnesia, remember?
Leo takes a job with an acquaintance of Goodwin's, Victor. The man is rather eccentric and pays Leo handsomely for, well just basically driving him around the place. But Victor is part of some kind of ancient group who are battling to prevent the darkness taking over the world as we know it. Before he knows it, Leo is embroiled in the group's mysterious plans, where no one is who they seem.
The group are trying to prevent The Shadow Fabric, an ancient piece of, erm fabric, from engulfing everything good in the world. The fabric has been stitched together over centuries by the souls of evil-doers, and with a few more additions it will have the power to turn everything to darkness.
Throughout the book Leo is in the dark (or the shadows) over his previous life, as he remembers nothing about it. As the story unfolds the reader discovers just exactly what happened to him, along with Leo.
It's suspenseful, with twists and turns here and there – are they a baddie or a goodie? - and some pretty graphic carnage thrown in to boot. This is my first read by Mark Cassell, and the fact that there is a collection of short stories involving this whole Shadow Fabric mythos, is exciting.
A great book, and highly recommended. I had to change my black curtains in the lounge after it, though. At night they just seemed a bit more, I dunno, creepy!
Mark Cassell has a remarkable way with words and is a riveting storyteller and weaver of dark tales. The horror elements were both unnerving and raw, chilling in some scenes; leaving me wanting to find out more yet dare to tread deeper and find the secrets of the Fabric.
Set in a small town, actually a village, the descriptions were amazingly accurate with flawless metaphors throughout. I don't live too far off from where this story was based and it added to the atmosphere.
This is the first book I have read from this author and I have not been disappointed. An original idea that was expertly woven and with a decadent dark imagination with some nightmares intertwined, this has left me wanting more.
And like this to infinity, I would highly recommend.
I'm usually a fan of space novels (Star Wars), so this return to earth with was a refreshing change change for me. Not only that, but the book is set in the same part of the world that I live (as does the author, I believe), so the scenes & locations were easy to imagine & this helped the story move along.
I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book. Mark clearly has great things in front of him & I can only see his work going from strength to strength