Kent’s Desert is Perfect Setting for Supernatural Thriller

Supernatural horror writer, Mark Cassell, penned his new novel, Parasite Crop, after a visit to Dungeness. The location was perfect for an idea that formed after a trip to the lighthouse where Mark learned about the many ships that had come to grief running aground before the first lighthouse was built.

The east Sussex based author’s novel follows his debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, with a supernatural tale on Kent’s coast and the UK’s only designated desert. “The atmosphere in Dungeness was striking and the vistas made it perfect for setting a supernatural thriller. There is something about the English coastline that can be beautiful but haunting, especially at dusk and night. It was only a stretch of my imagination to add the ingredients to make this horror tale come to life.” Mark said.

Parasite Crop follows Cane and Jo as they visit Jo’s estranged grandfather. Little by little Cane is drawn into a mystery which as he gets closer to exposing seems more unreal as they meet 12-year-old Sydney. The only thing is, Sydney was born 150 years ago…

Parasite Crop by Mark Cassell is published by Caffeine Nights Publishing in paperback and eBook with the audiobook version scheduled for April 2022


Twelve-year-old Sydney often looks out across the ocean, recalling the night in which the ship sank. He still tastes the salt water that stole his life over one hundred and fifty years ago.


Cane and Jo visit Dungeness, combining a family reunion with a house hunt. Not only do they discover two generations of secrets, they also unearth a local horror beneath the shingle beach.


When the lives of Sydney and the couple entwine, the crop has other ideas about the true meaning of happily ever after.

Surviving the harvest is the easy part…

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 

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