- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: Herbs House; 1 edition (1 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0993060145
- ISBN-13: 978-0993060144
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
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Hell Cat of the Holt (a Novella): Supernatural Horror in the Shadow Fabric Mythos Paperback – Import, 1 Jun 2017
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". . . What you're seeing aren't the shadows you think they are, it's the veil shifting. Traces of the Shadow Fabric . . ."
We begin with an elderly couple on a drive, swerving to avoid the sudden appearance of a large black cat .. . .
Next we meet Anne, a woman who recently left behind an unhappy marriage to move back in with her grandparents--the ones that had raised her in the small town of Mabley Holt. Although Anne grew up here among the rumors of a large Black Cat that lives in the village, with a population of approximately 100, she hasn't known anyone who has actually seen the beast. That is, except for her grandfather--who told her that he had, just before his heart gave out. Her biggest concern now is that her pet cat and only companion, Murphy, has been missing. While putting up flyers about him, she can't help but notice how many other family pets have gone missing lately . . .
Anne is also not be the only one in this small town who's been suffering from sleep problems as of late.
". . . When you wake from a sudden sound, your first thought is whether it was real . . . "
While she is out searching the woods for her beloved pet, she comes across an enigmatic man named Leo. Leo seems to be an expert on the strange cat sightings and bizarre happenings that people in the village have begun to notice, yet he admits to only having been there for about a year.
Cassell's characterization of Leo is fleshed out especially well, considering his "unexpected" appearance. It didn't take long at all to make the connection that he is "in deep" with anything having to do with this "Shadow Fabric". Although we don't learn the origins of his experience, his character is one that is easy enough to believe and put trust in, immediately.
". . . This black stuff . . . is a kind of residue. It proves the veil between our world and . . . another, has been torn . . . ."
In this secluded town it is quite easy--almost inevitable--that we are able to quickly picture the events being spoken of. With the low population and vastness of the woods, this is an area readers will be able to imagine just about anything happening in. This town, like many others, has a violent history that lies upon the other side of the Fabric--one which doesn't discourage easily, and is anxious to get back into the world of the living.
The only thing I would have liked better in this novella, is some more information on how Leo became entangled in the Shadow Fabric to begin with. Included at the end is a bonus story that gives some additional information about Leo and his neighbor, Pippa. I found this to explain a great deal, but still not quite enough to satisfy my curiosity about Leo.
". . . It's all about the Shadow Fabric . . . "
Overall, a fast paced supernatural novella that starts right in on the action, and doesn't let up throughout its duration. I am very interested in reading more of this new Mythos that Mark Cassell has created.
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.
Mark Cassell doesn't use old clichés or the usual gimmicks that have become prevalent in current supernatural fiction. He weaves a curious and eerie tapestry together to create a unique new entity. The Shadow Fabric. A living, intelligent yet evil darkness that is separating the chords of reality from the discord of the unholy.
His chapters are peopled with believable and quirky characters and equally demented villains. Each chapter could be considered a stand alone ghost story that weaves and intertwines together into an exciting and mysterious story. A fun read...but not at night. Oh..and check on your cat.