Horror Fiction Reviews / Mark Cassell

The Shadow Fabric

By Mark Cassell


It will suck you in.


Leo remembers little of his past. Desperate for a new life, he snatches up the first job to come along. On his second day he witnesses a murder, and the Shadow Fabric – a malevolent force that controls the darkness – takes the body and vanishes with it. Uncovering secrets long hidden from humankind, Leo’s memory unravels. Not only haunted by the past, a sinister presence within the darkness threatens his existence and he soon doubts everything and everyone . . . including himself.

Now Leo must confront the truth about his past before he can embrace his future. But the future may not exist.

THE SHADOW FABRIC is a story revealing the unknown history of witchcraft and the true cause of the Great Fire of London. A supernatural novel of sins, shadows, and the reanimated dead.

Content Review

The Shadow Fabric is a brilliantly dark and fantastic tale that lays open the mysteries of ancient lore in a subtly Lovecraftian way.  Mark Cassell uses steady pacing and slow reveal to carry you ever onward into the mythos he has created.  I found myself not only sympathetic towards Leo, but also a bit afraid for and with him.  His amnesia lends him an almost naïve countenance that only adds to the chaos of the horrific and mysterious events he finds himself drawn into.

This twisted tale is expertly woven with strong characters and suspense that builds upon itself chapter after chapter. Just when you think you have the horrific mystery figured out, there’s more. Always more. The story sucks you in and you can’t decide if you want to keep reading or run and turn on all the lights.

It’s better to just have the lights on to begin with.

Get it on Amazon: US Link

Get it on Amazon: UK Link

Also in the Shadow Fabric mythos:  Hell Cat of the Holt  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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