Horror Fiction Reviews / Mark Cassell

Hell Cat of the Holt

Supernatural Horror in the Shadow Fabric Mythos
By Mark Cassell


A Haunting and completely unsettling story


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. This novella further explores his expanding occult mythos of demons, devices, and deceit.

Content Review

Hell Cat of the Holt begins with what could be a separate short story of truly horrific proportions.  It is a gruesome and shocking opening.  The story continues in first person as Anne becomes drawn into the dark, unimaginable mysteries of the world around her.  At times, I found Anne to be uncomfortably realistic, an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstance.  I enjoyed the imagery and the pace as well as the characters.  The story flowed well with signature dark tension and mystery that Mark Cassell wove in The Shadow Fabric.

Although part of the Shadow Fabric mythos, Hell Cat of the Holt takes a slightly different direction than the original novel as it addresses the lore and mysteries of black cat sightings, ancient stones, and more witchcraft legend.  I found much of it to be haunting and completely unsettling as the story continued to build.

This is another great addition to literature by Mark Cassell as well as an excellent piece of the Shadow Fabric.

Get it on Amazon: US Link

Get it on Amazon: UK Link

Also in the Shadow Fabric mythos:  The Shadow Fabric  and  Sinister Stitches


About the Author:  Mark Cassell

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.

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.

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.



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