The Moor by Sam Haysom~Ellen’s Review

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About the book:

It begins with a ghost story around a campfire. Teenagers out on a walking trip, trying to act brave in front of each other.

But as the walk gets underway and the boys begin to fall out, odd things start to happen.

Noises in the night. A severed rabbit’s foot outside someone’s tent.

Soon, the boys begin to disappear.

As panic sets in and a storm approaches, the remaining boys must band together to face a darkness not even the local ghost stories could help them predict.

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The Moor by Sam Haysom

About the author:


Sam Haysom is a writer and journalist covering culture and entertainment for Mashable. He wrote the bulk of his debut novel, The Moor, during National Novel Writing Month in 2015. You can read all about his experience on Mashable’s website. He’s also written a number of short stories, one of which won first prize in a monthly competition run by the dark fiction website Spinetinglers.

A graduate of Cardiff University, he grew up on the edge of the New Forest and now lives in London.

You can follow him on Twitter @samhaysom

Ellen’s Review:

I was feeling particularly stabby recently and put a shout out for a good horror novel; within a few minutes of my request I had The Moor by Sam Haysom sat on my kindle ready to go!

The novel is told over two timelines; one in 2002 following a group of 13-year-old boys set out on a walking tour across the moors of South West England and the other in 2015 where we are back with one of the boys as he journeys back to the moor to face the evil he uncovered 13 years earlier.

In 2002 the weekend starts with the teenagers and their teacher exchanging ghost stories around a campfire, who didn’t scare themselves silly as a teenager swapping scary stories!? Strange things start to happen from that point….there are noises in the night…a severed rabbit’s foot turns up outside someone’s tent. Soon, the boys begin to disappear without a trace. The remaining boys have to band together to face a darkness not even the local ghost stories could have helped them predict.

There is an American Werewolf in London/IT/Blair Witch vibe to The Moor. A coming of age tale with horrifying undertones; I think personally this would really appeal to the YA market and would happily let my 15 year old daughter read.

I definitely enjoyed The Moor and look forward to what is next from Sam Haysom.