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The Shadow Fabric: a supernatural horror novel

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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 w ...more
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published October 31st 2014 by Herbs House (first published October 18th 2014)
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Nev Murray
"One thing is for sure. I will definitely be reading more of Mark Cassell. His writing is extremely good. The way his words flow should put many other authors to shame and to be honest, there are a few who should read this book to see exactly how intelligent writing is done. I think they will pick up some valuable tips."

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The Shadow Fabric

Phillip Stephens
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversion
Every monster in an old fashioned Saturday matinee

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, rea
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Chromis
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Cassell's THE SHADOW FABRIC is an outstanding debut. A well-researched and emotionally involved piece, the novel's exciting characters lead us on a terrifying journey of dark discovery.

The story follows the experiences of our baffled and terrified protagonist Leo as his world and the laws that govern it unravel and break apart. Chunks of Leo's memory are missing and, as they return, gradually reconstruct a puzzle that the author disassembled to create his work. Leo's antagonist is a primal
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Dawn
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing

Loved this book! Can't wait for the sequel. Vivid characters, a great story and lots of action. Highly recommended by me.
Charlotte Munro
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow Fabric is a thrilling, fast-paced page turner. An exquisite dark story woven with the brilliant supernatural twist, it leaves no room for error. A mixture of characters that leap off the page with their realistic flaws and personalities.

Mark Cassell has a remarkable way with words and is a riveting story teller and weaver of dark tales. The horror elements were both unnerving and raw, leaving me wanting to find out more yet dare to tread deeper and find the secrets of the Fabric.

Set i
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Morgan Scorpion
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
It just didn't work for me.
I got about one third of the way into it and just wandered off.
Life's too short.
Mark M J Green
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was an interesting journey that led me to purchasing this book and it all started on twitter when something that I had been mentioned in was re-tweeted by a chap named Mark Cassell. As I often do, I decided to look him up and find out who he was and I soon discovered that he was an author and that he had written a novel that was titled The Shadow Fabric and that it seemed to be garnering some rather good reviews on amazon.

Intrigued, I decided to by myself a copy but before I did, I found out
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Morgan K Tanner
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Now this here's a book that will make you scared of the dark. Is that a shadow in the corner of the room or a black, venomous tentacle of a shadowy beast that's waiting to impale me and spill my chunky viscera all over my bedsheets? OK, it was actually just a shadow that time!

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 th
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Pamela Morris
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the second day of his new job, Leo is witness to a murder. His boss, Victor, stabs his own brother, Stanley, with a mysterious dagger known as the Witchblade. But Stanley suffers from no normal stab wound. Instead he is drawn into what appears to be a black piece of fabric and is consumed. No body is left behind and Leo can’t rid himself of the final, terrifying image of Stanley before he completely vanishes. What madness has Leo gotten himself into by taking a simple job as a chauffeur? The ...more
Bau Johnson
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
The evil contained in this book is relentless. Seriously, just when you think that something good has happened, it snatches it away. With fury too. This read takes you through a journey through a somewhat-unreliable narrator, and the all-too-mysterious Shadow Fabric and the revolving world within. I'm pretty sure that there are mysteries that are still left unsolved, even with everything that get explained.

All the characters are distinct, and though each one of them have their own motivation (wh
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Lisa Lee
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 expertl
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Miranda Kate
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After being pulled into it's darkness, The Shadow Fabric slowly enfolded me into its depths, and held me there! It's for those that aren't afraid of the dark and want to try and work out a puzzle. It keeps going, each time you think you have reached the crescendo, there is still more to come. A good read, good exceptional writing! Mark is not only a master of expressing a lot in short, succinct sentences, this was one of the 'cleanest' books I have ever read in terms of grammar & typos! Get ...more
Donna Colquhoun
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I started read The Shadow Fabric I was hooked and couldn't put my book down!
I have read many horror/ supernatural stories but this one just grabbed me and kept me wanting to read more!
Reading about Leo and Victor and being pulled into the darkness of the story kept me gripped till the end.
I highly recommend this book you definitely will not be disappointed.
Claire Armstrong-Brealey
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stonking good read

I was a virgin to this author but I am so glad I popped my cherry on this story. Very well written and...not to give the game away...there may be more. You are left dangling at the end with a soreness to get the next book straight away. There are not that many authors that do this. Top banana
Mark
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Entertaining -- and dare I say it -- old school supernatural horror. If you like, say, James Herbert's work then you'll certainly find this a worthy addition to your shelves. Inventive, dark and highly readable.
Jason
Superbly written

I bought this book long ago, I finally read it and can say it was outstanding! Part supernatural mystery part cosmic horror, this book is creepy! I recommend this book to all fans of modern horror!
D E McCluskey
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great fast paced book... gripped me from the start... got a little bit confusing in the middle as there were a few too many characters introduced for my little brain to comprehend... but in all... I will be reading more into Marks fabric universe
Keeley
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-finished
3.5/5

I was really enjoying this however I feel like the last 20% of the book sort of dragged on. The last two or three chapters were perfect, but there were a few before them that the story could do without and would be much stronger.
Josh
Apr 09, 2016 added it
review forthcoming
Jim Kratzok
Nope....

Didn't much care for this one. Although well written, I don't care for all the good vs. evil that this story is based on especially when the evil is such a nebulous thing. Just doesn't work for me. But if you like stories that will have you avoiding shadows from now on and watching them closely to make certain they don't move on their own, you might enjoy this book.
John Morris
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Not sure about this one!

This story started off at a fast pace and had me enthralled for about the first third of the book. After that I thought the story became drawn out and repetitive. At that stage my attention started to wander and I lost interest in the story. I made it through to the end but didn't enjoy the book.
Catriona
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
A well-written, horrifying tale

I enjoyed this book immensely. I was reminded of what I liked best about books by King, Koontz, Straub, Barker and others, but the story is quite original. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Erth
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Darryl Foster
HORROR HAS A RISING TALENT: Book Review of Mark Cassell’s, The Shadow Fabric

ABOUT THE SHADOW FABRIC: 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 threa
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J.C. Stockli
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 p
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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 fr ...more
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