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About Mark Cassell
Mark Cassell lives on the south-east coast of England with his wife and plenty of animals. His jobs have included baker, lab technician, driving instructor, actor, and was once a spotlight operator for an Elvis impersonator. As the author of the best-selling Shadow Fabric mythos, he has also seen over 50 stories published by, among others, Crystal Lake Publishing and The Sinister Horror Company.
His best-selling debut novel THE SHADOW FABRIC is closely followed by the short story collections SINISTER STITCHES and TERROR THREADS, all of which are a fraction of an expanding mythos of modern-day cosmic horror. The novella HELL CAT OF THE HOLT further explores the highly regarded Shadow Fabric mythos with ghosts and a black cat legend.
Collaborating with Future Chronicles Photography, Mark’s dystopian cyberpunk collection CHAOS HALO and his Lovecraftian steampunk horror novelette IN THE COMPANY OF FALSE GODS sees his prose in other genres.
More about Mark can be found at www.markcassell.co.uk.
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Whether you like Easter or not, you’ll certainly have a different view of it after you read the stories contained within these pages.
Grab an Easter egg, dim the lights, get cosy and get ready for some chilling tales by some of the horror world’s finest.
C.S.Anderson – He Has Risen
Christopher Motz - Magic Awaits
Veronica Smith - It’s Not All About Bunnies and Chocolates
Peter Oliver Wonder - Easter Gunny
Mark Cassell - The Rebirth
Andrew Lennon - Trying To Write A Horror Story
Mark Lukens - Mia's Easter Basket
Lex Jones - SonnesHill
JC Michael - Lord of The Dance
Steven Stacy - Echoes of The Bunny-Man
Weston Kincade & David Chrisley - An Easter Prayer
Christina Bergling - Hatch
James Matthew Byers - Killer Jelly Beans from Outer Space (poem)
Jeff Menapace - Paying It Forward
Jeff Strand - Rotten Eggs
Lisa Vasquez - Bunny and Clyde
Mark Fleming - Sulphur
Suzanne Fox - Last Supper
Briana Robertson - Baby Blues
Latashia Figueroa - Easter Eggs
Amy Cross - Lamb to Slaughter
Kevin J. Kennedy - A Town Called Easter
Predatory eyes flicker in darkness, a legion of abominations seeking human destruction. Slashing claws and gnashing teeth, hungry for flesh, eager to kill.
Clutch onto hope and pray for dawn. Creatures rule the night.
In Darkness, Delight is an original anthology series revealing the many faces of modern horror— shocking and quiet, pulp and literary, cold-hearted and heart-felt, weird tales of spiraling madness alongside full-throttle thrillers. Open these pages and unleash all-new terrors that consume from without and within.
The creatures are here. It’s now time to find . . . In Darkness, Delight.
- Josh Malerman: One Thousand Words on a Tombstone – Bully Jack
- Jeff Strand: The Last Thing You Want to Be
- Ray Garton: A Survivor
- Richard Chizmar: Father
- Mary SanGiovanni: The Giant’s Table
- Tim Curran: White Rabbit
- Christopher Motz: Scales
- Kev Harrison: Snap
- Evans Light: Gertrude
- Mikal Trimm: Infestation
- Mark Cassell: River of Nine Tails
- Mason Morgan: The People in the Toilet
- Andrew Lennon: Silent Scream
- Chad Lutzke: He Wears the Lake
- Adam Light: Valley of the Dunes
- Eddie Generous: The Newell Post
- Frank Oreto: The Worms Turn
- Gregor Xane: The Ugly Tree
- Kristopher Rufty: Hinkles
- Glenn Rolfe: Human Touch
- Curtis M. Lawson: The Green Man of Freetown
About Corpus Press:Corpus Press is a publisher of horror and weird fiction, specializing in modern pulp that emphasizes plot over gore. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the press has garnered praise from SCREAM Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Horror Novel Reviews, Hellnotes and others for its Bad Apples:Slices of Halloween Horror series, the anthology Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love, and for its short story collections and novellas.
Horror anthologies and collections from Corpus Press:
- Screamscapes: Tales of Terror
- Toes Up: Horror to Die For
- Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love
Halloween horror books from Corpus Press:
- Doorbells at Dusk: Halloween Stories
- Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror
- Screamscapes: Tales of Terror
Bringing you festive treats and Yuletide chills:
Mark Tufo, Amy Cross, Mark Allan Gunnells, Mark Cassell, Lex H. Jones, Chris Miller, Steven Stacy, James Matthew Byers & Kevin J. Kennedy
We hope your Christmas is both wonderful and terrifying.
Determined to get answers, Leo has no idea where to turn. Revelations come in the most unlikely places, and secrets of witchcraft and ancient artefacts unfold. In particular, a device used in the 17th century to extract evil from witches proves key to his discoveries. With these truths long hidden from humankind, his memory unravels. Not only haunted by the past, a sinister presence within the darkness threatens Leo’s existence and he soon doubts everything and everyone...including himself.
The relentless and destructive power of the Shadow Fabric compels Leo to fight not only this growing darkness, but also the entity beneath the Fabric’s surface. While these supernatural horrors rage and his world crumbles, Leo must confront his past before he can embrace his future. But the future may not exist.
THE SHADOW FABRIC is a modern-day story revealing the unknown history of witchcraft and the true cause of the Great Fire of London. A subtle horror novel of sins, shadows, and the reanimated dead.
A bestselling supernatural thriller by Mark Cassell
"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." - Five-star reviewer.
Interview with the author:
Where in the hell did you come up with the scenes for this? It is very involved and imaginative.
MC: I laid out plans from the very start, knowing the beginning and end, and wanted to avoid every cliché there was. It took time. Some scenes were lifted straight from dreams whereas others took a great deal of shaping. For instance, I needed to develop a device with which to stitch the Shadow Fabric, and even after creating a 17th-century hourglass complete with wrist harness, I still had the issue of bringing it into the 21st century. When it came to precisely how the stitching occurs, that's when I truly had fun.
So none of this is taken from anything similar in legends or folklore? This is all out of your imagination?
MC: Entirely from my noodle, yes. I think that's why it took so damn long to lay down the groundwork. I think I scribbled and scrawled more than I ended up typing, no joke. I didn't realise it at first but as the plot evolved, it was necessary to reshape witchcraft and demonology into something more than a standalone novel.
THIS BOOK DOES NOT INCLUDE A FREE SET OF STICKERS
100 Word Horrors: Book 4 brings you over one hundred new drabbles from a wealth of horror authors. Some new, some old, but all great. Each and every one of us hope you have a blast with the final instalment in the series.
Included between the pages:
Adam Light - No Time Like the Present
Alanna Robertson-Webb - U R Next
Amber M. Simpson - The Old Man
Andrew Lennon - Cinema
Andrew Lennon - Motivation
Andrew Lennon - The Wave
Ann Christine Tabaka - Water World
Ann-Christine Tabaka - The Children of Earth
Billy San Juan - My Sincerest Apologies to any Innocent Victims
Callum Pearce - Cats
Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer - Haunted House
Chad Lutzke - Shingles on a Graham-Cracker Roof
Chloe Lennon - Hunger Pains
C.M. Saunders - Louie's Room
Constanze Scheib - Sanatorium
Darren Tarditi - The Hunter
David Owain Hughes - Books-A-Million
David Owain Hughes - The Golden Sticker
Dawn DeBraal - Cannibal
Dawn DeBraal - Revived
Dawn DeBraal - Road Kill
Eddie D. Moore - Hide and Seek
Ellen A. Easton - Every Fifty Years the Roots Need Blood
Eric J. Guignard - Misadventures of an Aggrieved Recluse
Evans Light - Getting Carried Away
Evans Light - Swing Low
Evans Light - This Little Piggy
Gary McDonough - Curiosity
Greg Bennett - Tiny Terrors
Harris Coverley - Coins
Howard Carlyle - The Theatre of Screams
J. C. Michael - Domestic Bliss
J. C. Michael - Spectrum
Jacek Wilkos - Lair
Jack Lothian - Diamond Lake Killer
Jack Lothian - The Guest Room
Jackk N. Killington - Zombie
Jason Parent - Shape in the Dark
Joe X Young - Believe in Me
Joe X Young - Panto Season
Joel R Hunt - Mister Mushroom
Joel R Hunt - The Transylvania Box
John Boden - Meal
Josh A. Murphy - Slithering
Julian J. Guignard - Molly's Wedding
Kevin Cathy - Inescapable
Kevin Cathy - The Coffin
Kevin J. Kennedy - Missing Halloween
Kevin J. Kennedy - Wrath of the Old Ones
Kevin Wetmore - Chiaroscuro Morning
Kevin Wetmore - Take the Long Way Home
Lee Franklin - Feed the Beast
Lee Franklin - You Look Prettier When You Smile
Lee Mountford - Choke
Lee Mountford - Predator
Mark Cassell - New Home
Mark Steensland - Stop
Matthew A Clarke - Worth It
Micah Castle - Inescapable End
N.M. Brown - Extra-Curricular Clone
Nerisha Kemraj - Asylum
Nerisha Kemraj - Mine
P.J. Blakey-Novis - A Friend for Ellie
P.J. Blakey-Novis - Captive
Paul D. Brazill - Swamplands
Regina Kenney - Fantasy
RJ Meldrum - Livestock
RJ Meldrum - Phantom
RJ Meldrum - Summer Snow
Robin Braid - Blood in the Moonlight
Robin Braid - Undead Champion
Ron Davis - The Job Interview
Ross Baxter - Eternal Life
Ross Jeffery - Poached Egg
Russell Smeaton - Bus Home
Ryan Colley - Cattle
Ryan Colley - Memory Stick
Ryan Colley - Ride-Hailing
Sheldon Woodbury - A Prison Inside Us
Sheldon Woodbury - The Museum of Horrors
Simon Cluett - Lanterns
Stacey Jaine McIntosh - Blood and Bone
Steve Stred - Open Call
Steve Stred - Terra
Terry Miller – To Feed a Monster
Theresa Jacobs - Armageddon
Timothy Friesenhahn - Hair
Timothy Friesenhahn - I
Tina Piney - Awaken to Death <
Includes stories from David Owain Hughes, Matthew V. Brockmeyer, Tim Lebbon, Lou Yardley, Cortney Palm, Lee Franklin, MJ Dixon, Singh Lall, and many, many more.
If you love horror, Halloween is probably your favourite time of the year. Well… It’s ours, too.
A mixture of authors from Collected Christmas Horror Shorts and Collected Easter Horror Shorts have come back together, and invited a few friends, to make this Halloween an extra special one.
Lock your door, dim your lights, add some pumpkin spice to whatever you are drinking and light your jack-o’-lanterns. This will be a Halloween you will never forget.
Table of Contents
John R. Little - The Halloween Phantoms
Lisa Morton - Pumpkin Rex
Richard Chizmar - Mister Parker
Christopher Motz - The Halloween Playground
Kevin J. Kennedy - Halloweenland
Mark Cassell - A Story of Amber
Peter Oliver Wonder - Dressed For Success
Christina Bergling - Black Widow
Stuart Keane - Hollowed Be Thy
Andrew Lennon - Girlfriend
Briana Robertson - Trick Turned Treat
James Matthew Byers - Jenny Greenteeth
J.C. Michael - The First Shot
Mark Lukens - The Coffin Man
Suzanne Fox - The Devils Fruit
Steven Stacy - Don't Fear the Reaper.
Shallow Waters—where nothing stays buried.
With 25 dark tales diving beneath the surface of life, death, and the pain between them.
Shallow Waters is the official monthly flash fiction challenge hosted by the award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing. Every month a new challenge is posted online, with authors submitting via email. The best submissions are then posted on Crystal Lake’s Patreon page, where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner. What you’ll find in these Shallow Waters anthologies include the most popular of our finalists.
Stay tuned for more volumes in this series, or find Crystal Lake Publishing on Patreon to enter or vote on future challenges.
Volume two includes horror, thrillers, suspense, and stories of life after death, the supernatural, murder, and the beauty beneath it all.
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
“Night Swimming” by Michael O’Brien
“Hush Little Baby” by Matt Shaw
“The Vessel” by Mark Allan Gunnells
“The Southland” by Pedro Iniguez
“Biter of Dust” by Austin James (winner)
“Gently Used” by Jonah Buck
“Ollie Visits Grandma” by Mark Cassell
“The Water Tower Ghost” by Darryl Foster
“Standing Tall” by Kenneth W. Cain
“The Only Thing That Remains” by Jess Landry
“(Almost) Joined at The Hip” by Dan Weatherer
“Remy and the Elephant” by Linsey Knerl
“She Fluttered” by Andrew Garvey
“Just A Cup of Coffee” by Theresa Derwin
“Malignant” by Steve Thompson & Kenneth W. Cain
“Welcome to the Future” by Diana Grove
“Makes Three” by Michael Harris Cohen & Mark Allan Gunnells (winner)
“A Tea Party for the Dead” by Dani Brown & David Charlesworth
“A Game of Hide and Seek” by Joe X Young
“The Allotment” by Theresa Derwin
“Hourglass” by Chad Lutzke & John Boden
“The End of the War” by Joseph Mulak
“Long Distance Cull” by Tony Logan & Red Lagoe
“To Stop Further Slaughter” by Raymond Gates
“Baited” by Chad A. Clark
“Curtain Call” by Raven Dane (winner)
In this volume…
- A man is visited by his wife the night before her funeral.
- A tale of brotherly love turns sour.
- What happens when the ghosts of our past refuse to forget?
- A man contemplates the sacrifice he must make to stop a killer.
- When popping in to see a grandparent, don't always expect biscuits and tea.
- She rose from the dead, but by cheating death she must gamble again with life.
- A grieving mother preserves the memory of her son in a very curious manner.
- During an interrogation in the sweltering summer heat, a Los Angeles detective struggles as he loses his grasp between reality and madness.
- A bizarre black mold problem leads to the most extreme of solutions.
- Dawn comes for the dead locked in a forgotten room inside the Neon Dream.
- An ancient soul finds himself and his people threatened by an ever-growing hostile race.
The Legend Continues…
Twenty-four heart-rending tales with elements of terror, mystery, and a nightmarish darkness that knows no end.
Welcome to my lake. Welcome to where dreams and hope are illusions…and pain is God.
- This anthology begins with Joe R. Lansdale’s The Folding Man, one of his darkest stories ever written.
- Kealan Patrick Burke’s Go Warily After Dark pulls us into a desolated world, and reminds us of the price of survival: a guilt that seeps into the marrow.
- Damien Angelica Walter’s Everything Hurts, Until it Doesn’t places us in the middle of a family whose secrets and traditions are thicker than blood.
- Jennifer Loring’s When the Dead Come Home explores a loss so dark, that even the stars are sucked into its melancholic vacuum.
In the spirit of popular Dark Fiction and Horror anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and the best of Stephen King’s short fiction, comes Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from The Lake anthologies.
This fourth volume of Speculative Fiction contains the following short stories:
- Jennifer Loring – When the Dead Come Home
- Joe R. Lansdale – The Folding Man
- Kealan Patrick Burke – Go Warily After Dark
- T. E. Grau – To the Hills
- Damien Angelica Walters – Everything Hurts, Until it Doesn’t
- Sheldon Higdon – Drowning in Sorrow
- Max Booth III – Whenever You Exhale, I Inhale
- Bruce Golden – The Withering
- JG Faherty – Grave Secrets
- Hunter Liguore – End of the Hall
- David Dunwoody – Snowmen
- Timothy G. Arsenault – Pieces of Me
- Maria Alexander – Neighborhood Watchers
- Timothy Johnson – The Story of Jessie and Me
- Michael Bailey – I will be the Reflection Until the End
- E.E. King – The Honeymoon’s Over
- Darren Speegle – Song in a Sundress
- Cynthia Ward – Weighing In
- Michael Haynes – Reliving the Past
- Leigh M. Lane – The Long Haul
- Mark Cassell – Dust Devils
- Del Howison – Liminality
- Gene O’Neill – The Gardener
- Jeff Cercone – Condo by the Lake
With an introduction by editor Ben Eads. Cover art by Ben Baldwin. Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from The Darkest Depths.
Additional book categories:
- Short stories
- Anthologies <
Take a terrifying journey to a coastline associated with candyfloss and amusement arcades, and see it stripped to the bone.
Whether it's seagulls that prove to be more than a nuisance, the mysterious inhabitants of a forgotten village, or a fisherman whose Easter eggs are not for consumption, the horrors are always there ... and much closer than we care to admit.
- The Rebirth
- The Commission
- Demon Alcohol
- Away in a Mangler
- The Stealth of Spiders
- You Have One Message
- Furzby Holt
- The Pensioner Pirates of Marine Parade
- Normal, Considering the Weather
- Double Rainbows
Please note: This book is FICTION.