Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hell Cat of the Holt by Mark Cassell

Anne returns home to the village of Mabley Holt. She is trying to hit reset on her life and put the pieces back together. Things don't turn out like she wants. In the village of Mabley Holt there is a local legend about a black cat. Is it a legend or is there something more sinister at play? Anne's cat disappears along with all of the other village cats. While out looking for her cat, Anne almost drowns, but she is saved by Leo. The strange man has come back to Mabley Holt as well. Leo informs Anne of The Fabric of Reality and the shifting veil that allows entities to move between worlds such as ghosts, spirits, and demons. I will stop there because I don't want to give anything away. 

Mark Cassell has created a creepy world! His characters are smart and easily relatable. This novella is fluid and doesn't miss a beat. The author does a great job of building the suspense. Mark Cassell gets small town horror! Mabley Holt is a village, but you catch my drift. What's more, you don't have to be familiar with the Shadow Fabric Mythos to enjoy this novella. It reads like a stand alone. Great novella! 

Hell Cat of the Holt comes with a short story. I'll be honest, I love a great bonus story! The Artist and the Crone is set one year before Hell Cat of the Holt. It is about two of the characters from Hell Cat of the Holt. This short story is helpful because it provides the background of the two characters. Great short story!

I highly recommend this novella to fans of horror! 

5/5 stars! 

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