SHORT FICTION: She was the one who was afraid of the dark, that's why the other vamps in her gang laughingly called her Shade, but now the joke's on them, and she's the one still breathing. When a night on the town turns deadly, when all her friends are slain, Shade must stalk the man who slaughtered them or join them in the grave. But he's no ordinary vampire slayer... and Shade is no ordinary vampire. Only one of them is getting out of this alive...
Mark Cantrell is one of those curious creatures that likes to live by the word. Well, it's better than living by the sword because everyone knows how that ends. Born and bred in Bradford, West Yorkshire, he now lives in Stoke-on-Trent, making him something of a Tyke in exile. Mark is the author of two novels -- Citizen Zero (2017) and Silas Morlock (2013) -- both published by indie press Inspired Quill.
The truth is hard to take, even for a vampire, but faced with the possibility of extinction, like any animal, poor Shade must find the strength to survive -- or succumb. When all is said and done, the truth of her existence can only be found within herself -- and her determination to exist.
Deadly Night Shade
"No. You're a figment of the imagination. A gothic fantasy.
You don't exist. You never existed. But I'mreal."