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Sussex Horrors: Stories of Coastal Terror and other Seaside Haunts by Mark Cassell, Jonathan Broughton and Rayne Hall

March 26, 2018 - 1:46 pm 3 Comments

Sussex Horrors: Stories of Coastal Terror and other Seaside Haunts by Mark Cassell, Jonathan Broughton and Rayne Hall
Published by Herbs House on 26th January 2018
156 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

My turn on this blog tour

Three horror authors who live in the Sussex area, get together and publish 12 short stories. With various length and a different topics, each story is had its only scary interpretation of the coast
Some of my favourites were:
Seagulls by Rayne Hall. Living by the coasts, I am used to seagulls and I have a cheeky one who will sit watching us at my kitchen door. Knowing how dangerous they can be especially when they dive at you for your food, this story plays on your fears. It shows the evilness of the birds and I did have a snigger at the end as I could imagine some of my feathered friends doing this.
The Rebirth by Mark Cassell: A wooden egg and a nasty surprise. I like how throughout you are following Kelly as she tries to rescue one of her students. The descriptive style makes you feel as you are walking Kelly steps. Whilst this is not graphic is has that creepy feel to it and will make your imagination work overtime.
You have one message by Jonathan Broughton: With more of us reliant on technology and the majority having a smartphone attached to their hands. This story is like a peephole into the future. With not much explanation to what caused the phenomenon, this may put you off using too much tech.
That is just 3 stories that I liked but I the majority of them. Normal Considering the Weather reminded me of most summers up here where we can get an infestation of flies where even fly spray will not kill them. Furzby Holt has a population of very aged characters and Away in a Mangler had a different take on mass production for those little trinkets that you buy whilst on holiday.
This was a quick read and I finished it in one sitting. Only being familiar with one author it was great to find some other authors for me to follow. A good British horror read

Hell Cat Blog Tour

July 14, 2017 - 5:32 am No Comments

Yesterday we found out about the author behind the book. Today here is our review of Hell Cat.

Hell Cat of the Holt (a novella): supernatural horror in the Shadow Fabric mythos by Mark Cassell

Published by Herbs House on 1st June 2017

148 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Living in Mabley Holt, Anne’s only concerns was to make her accountancy deadlines and to find her missing cat. Hearing rumours of a black cat roaming the village Anne starts to investigate, but finds herself embroiled in an ancient legend

Although Anne had only heard of the black cat from her grandad, she still decided to walk for miles looking for her missing cat. Whilst most of her walks were uneventful, on one occasion she meets a new neighbour Leo, who was knowledgeable of the local legend. Using him to learn more about the mysterious happenings in the village and the black cat.

This story starts with Anne’s grandad and grandma and the end of chapter 1 sets you up for a turbulent journey. As well as the black cat, there is a black fungus appearing all over the village and with the appearance of ghosts makes this a chilling read. As soon as Anne met Leo, the pace of the story changed. The illustrative way the author wrote made this story intense and once I started this story I had to finish it in one sitting. Whilst reading this you can imagine the fungus growing at a pace suffocating the light and the black cat creeping in the shadows.  An added story at the end The Artist and The Crone tells the story of Leo a year before Anne arrived in the village and ties up this novella perfectly.

This was the first story I have read from this author and looking on my kindle it won’t be the last. A great chilling read and a good companion to The Shadow Fabric Mythos

Hell Cat Blog Tour

July 13, 2017 - 6:32 pm 1 Comment

We are honored to be part of the Hell Cat Blog Tour. Today we here from Mark Cassell the man behind Hell Cat of the Holt. Tomorrow read my review of Hell Cat of the Holt

HELL CAT OF THE HOLT – a novella in the Shadow Fabric mythos

Available from

Amazon UK

Amazon US








From Pens to Pentagrams

“Stop f**king about and write some words” is the Writers’ HQ motto, and it’s something that us as authors should remember. The procrastination demon often creeps up on us, to pull our floppy minds into the distracting nonsense of social media. Perhaps it even drags our limbs towards the kitchen to make yet another cup of coffee… and grab biscuits!

Writers’ HQ host retreats and offer online courses. The retreats give writers, from any field and of any level, a day in which to focus. Indeed, to stop fucking about and write some words. It’s a room of collective energy, where we all hammer at our projects often without talking about our work. The aim is to hit your word target by the end of the day. Plus, they supply lunch and endless tea and coffee. And biscuits.

They have now expanded to include Birmingham, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Portsmouth, and Hastings, hosted by yours truly. I am excited to be part of the team and to host my first retreat on 13th of August 2017. As one of the most regular Brighton venue attendants, they stopped me from fucking about and helped me tune in to my debut novel, The Shadow Fabric (2014).

Since I went “all serious” with writing, I’ve written or edited most of my stories under their roof. During one retreat, my recently published Shadow Fabric mythos novella, Hell Cat of the Holt, underwent some ruthless red pen edits. It centres around the fictional village of Mabley Holt, and is a tale of ghosts, a sneaky demon, and a legendary black cat that stalks the woodland. Incidentally, this village draws inspiration from local areas such as Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, and down to Hastings.

This particular town in East Sussex, England, is famous for its roots in history: the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Research for my novella led me to learn that in the 19th century, two mummified cats were discovered in the chimney of the Stag Inn while under restoration.

These cats were apparently the familiars of a local 17th century witch. Friendlier than most witches of that time, Hannah Clarke was seen to help prevent the Spanish Armada reaching Hastings, often using her powers for the town’s protection. For whatever reasons, she moved on, yet her familiars remained. Until the Great Plague hit.

Cats, rather than rats, were commonly assumed to be plague carriers and having been owned by a witch, this pair of animals were the first to succumb to accusations. For fear of any bad omen to befall the people by killing the cats, a decision was made to wall them in at the pub which led to their mummification.

I will add here that the WHQ retreat venue is not at the Stag Inn, it’s at the Southwater Area Community Centre in St.Leonard’s, just outside Warrior Square train station. More information about the retreat can be found at:

Gather your notebooks, laptop, or whatever magical instruments you need, and get your arse down to Hastings. I’ll make you write.

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.

Mark’s 2017 release HELL CAT OF THE HOLT further explores the Shadow Fabric mythos with ghosts and black cat legends.

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.

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