Today I am on the blog tour for award-winning author Ramsey Campbell’s horror novel, The Hungry Moon.
A town trapped in the grip of spreading evil.
Isolated on the moors of northern England, the town of Moonwell has remained faithful to their Druid traditions and kept their old rituals alive. Right-wing evangelist Godwin Mann isn’t about to let that continue, and his intolerant brand of fundamentalism has struck a chord with the residents. But Mann goes too far when he descends into the pit where the ancient being who’s been worshipped by the Druids for centuries is said to dwell.
What emerges is no longer Mann, but a demon in Mann’s shape, and only the town’s outcasts can see that something is horribly wrong. Slowly, as the evil spreads, Moonwell becomes cut off from the rest of the world. Telephone lines become disconnected. Roads no longer lead out of town. And the monster’s power only grows… and grows.
Official blurb for The Hungry Moon
Anyone who has been on my blog will see I tend to read all sorts of genres, but one I seemingly slip back to is horror. From Bram Stoker to Stephen King, I am enthralled at how the horror genre can make your blood curdle just by words upon a page.
When I got the opportunity to be on The Hungry Moon’s blog tour, I jumped at the chance, hoping that this novel would live up to my expectations. And guess what – it sure did!
This masterpiece is set the eerie town of Moonwell in England. This quaint setting is the perfect place for your imagination to run wild with the legends and dark secrets Moonwell offers. Quickly, the reader realises things are not as they seem as cracks begin to show and the shadows swoop in…
The setting is perfect and adheres to typical gothic elements; mysteries, curses, demons etc, all show themselves from the outset which not only excels the tension of the story, but sets up the terror of the novel as a whole, much like Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897).
There is a phenomenal amount of characters present in this novel, each with their own unique (and disturbing) personalities. The townsfolk echo the suspicious vs sceptical, only adding to the tense atmosphere. A few characters in particular take the lime light, however they may not be the friendliest of folk… as the town tackles its own history by simultaneously trying to overturn it, something sinister is awoken by the unrest. After all, actions have consequences…
As always, there are no spoilers in my reviews. I have tried to be even more careful as even a slight slip may ruin the atmosphere of this terrifying novel. Written in the third-person, the reader is not caught up in a single story, but acts on behalf of a towns-person themselves, observing the unfolding of events before their very eyes. I thought this narrative style had a fantastic chilling effect as Campbell chooses to reveal the information cautiously, urging you to read on. I also thought that this style captured the overall feel of the book perfectly. Great attention to detail and imagery are fixed between the pages of this novel, creating an enigmatic, and at times frightening, story.
If you are a fan of classic horror but want to read something with a contemporary twist, then this book is for you. The author wastes no time in getting stuck in, yet leaves just enough secrets for the tension to rise. At times, I was genuinely scared whilst reading this novel, which is what a good horror should do. You won’t be able to rely on your senses, intuition, or trust in this story as everything goes out the window! A shot up your spine, a chill in the air, what else can I say except- beware…
How to get your hands on a copy
Thank you to Anne Carter from Random Things Blog Tours for my wonderful spot on the blog tour and to Flame Tree Press for my advance reading copy.
About the author
Ramsey Campbell was born in Liverpool in 1946 and still lives on Merseyside. The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes him as “Britain’s most respected living
horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature.
His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain, where a film of The Influence is in production. He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films.
The Hungry Moon, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
Grand Master Award, World Horror Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, 1999
Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild, 2007
A Life Achievement Award, World Fantasy Awards, 2015
FLAME TREE PRESS website
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Happy reading! Lx