This creepy, campy tale incorporates many things I love: chilling stories around a campfire, multiple POVs, the use of mixed media sources and a delightful, ‘is it supernatural, is it not supernatural’ feel.
Once I started, I couldn’t put it down and ended up completing it in under 24-hours.
I was drawn in right away, thanks to the lore of the Moors, and the clever use of newspaper articles of missing persons and bodies found in the area.
Haysom has definitely created a compulsively readable story here. However, as intrigued as I was, it still felt very surface level.
I wanted MORE…
All puns aside, it felt like an abridged version of what the story should have been.
With this being said, I know not everyone enjoys 500-page tomes as much as I do, so for a lot of people this book will tickle that horror spot just as they want it to. If you like creepy, outdoorsy stories you should check this one out.
This did remind me a lot of Nick Cutter’s, The Troop, mixed with a creature feature of the 1980s.
In case it’s not clear, those are both great things!
Overall, I think this is a good horror novella. I see a lot of potential in his writing and would definitely pick up more works by Sam Haysom!
Thank you so much to the publisher, Unbound Digital, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate it very much.