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Devil's Day

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,645 ratings  ·  340 reviews
A new novel by the author of The Loney, which was praised by Stephen King as "an amazing piece of fiction."

In the wink of an eye, as quick as a flea,
The Devil he jumped from me to thee.
And only when the Devil had gone,
Did I know that he and I'd been one . . .

Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the farm where he grew up, to help gather the sheep down from the moors for
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Hardcover, 295 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published October 19th 2017)
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Amalia Gavea
''Oh, the day is done, the harvest's won-
The apples and the hay,
The leaves will wither on the bough,
And all will fall by Devil's Day.''


Decades ago, the Endlands were attacked by the Blizzard. Livestock and residents fell to its wrath. But that was no ordinary blizzard. It was an attack orchestrated by the Devil.

Now, Devil's Day commemorates the survival of the community. Now, it is a day for gathering and remembering. An autumn ritual of golden leaves, acorns, and mossy branches. A chance fo
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Paromjit
Andrew Michael Hurley is an extraordinarily gifted writer with his lyrical and atmospheric prose, with his eye for details, inundated with beautiful descriptions. There is a subtle tone of portentous menace within the narrative, set in Briardale Valley, Endlands in Lancashire. In this gothic novel, there is much that is reminiscent of The Loney, whilst providing us with a different tale. Looming large throughout is the isolated bleak, harsh, wild and ravaged landscape, battered by extreme winds, ...more
Diane S ☔
3.5 This is one of those books that is not only hard to rate, but hard to describe. A book that because of it's slow pace will not appeal to everyone. The writing though is wonderful, the descriptions so vividly detailed that it allows the reader to see, feel and hear what the characters are thinking and feeling. The limited amount of characters, let the reader notice the things that change, and what changed them. Local lore, superstitions, a devil that skips from person, to animal, farmers that ...more
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

What an absolutely mesmerising read! This has the seemingly simple synopsis of following John Pentecost make his annual trip to his family home in the Endlands. This year, however, is different. He is accompanied by a new wife and one face is missing when he returns.

This is a very slow tale. The reader is drip-fed the action in-between long bouts of inactivity. But instead of feeling stalled, this gentle and slow unfurling of events allowed suspense rather than action t
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Mandy
This is a book set in a part of Lancashire called Briardale Valley. The main character, John, has returned to the farm in which he grew up to help bring the sheep down off the moors for the winter. He does this every year but this year he brings his new wife, Kat, who has just discovered she is pregnant, and also John's grandfather, who everyone called Gaffer, has just died.
The local families gather the sheep, and also partake in a ritual called Devil's Day, where they sing songs and eat food an
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Blair
After the unexpected success of The Loney, high expectations surround Andrew Michael Hurley's second novel. Can it possibly live up to his award-winning debut? In my opinion, it certainly does (and then some), but it is a very different animal. Readers hopeful that Hurley would continue to mine the seam of folk horror and weird fiction he so effectively employed in The Loney might be a little disappointed. Owing much to its rural setting, Devil's Day is a story about family and nature, imbued wi ...more
Heidi The Reader
A slow-moving horror story that asks the reader to consider what may be the truth behind ancient customs and myths, and what secrets a small, isolated community may be hiding from the rest of the world.

"One late October day, just over a century ago, the farmers of the Endlands went to gather their sheep from the moors as they did every autumn. Only this year, while the shepherds were pulling a pair of wayward lambs from a peat bog, the Devil killed one of the ewes and tore off her fleece to hide
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Susan
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressed by, “The Loney,” and so I was interested to read Andrew Michael Hurley’s latest offering, “Devil’s Day.” Again, we have a bleak and isolated community; in this case, The Endlands, where John Pentecost grew up as a boy. Now he is returning, with his pregnant wife, Kat, for the funeral of his grandfather, ‘the Gaffer.’

One hundred years ago, the locals believe that the devil got into a sheep in the Endlands. Those in the local village of Underclough blamed the farmers for the
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Emma
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As with The Loney, it is the writer's ability to so effectively evoke a sense of place and time that sets it apart, yet this offering has a stagnant, suffocating feeling. Centred on a sheep farming family in a rural and insular setting in Lancashire, the Endlands, the book follows John Pentecost as he returns home after the death of his grandfather, The Gaffer.

Local life is a swirl of old resentments, local traditions, superstition, and the power of nature; all of which would have made for a in
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Tara Rock
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about "the land" and the people who have lived there for generations. It simply reeks with atmosphere and is not to be missed. It is slowly paced, though mesmerizing. If you liked "The Loney", you're in good hands. I will be waiting for the next book from Mr. Hurley.
Ceecee
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much that I finished it in one sitting. Having also enjoyed The Loney I felt certain this would be my kind of book. What makes it so appealing is the quality of the writing. The author has created a tale full of tradition, tensions, magic and superstition supported by a brooding Lancashire setting where making a living is full of hardships not least of which is the weather. This is demonstrated very clearly in the latter part of the book in The Gathering where the sheep are ...more
Lucy Banks
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Evocative, powerful writing, but didn't move me quite as much as I'd expected.

Set a story in the Northern moors, add a remote community and The Devil himself, and you've got a recipe for sure-fire success, wouldn't you think? Well, for the most part, the author delivers (and delivers with exceptional confidence and skill), but there were a few parts that I felt strangely unmoved by, without really understanding why.

T
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Nancy Oakes
a 3.5 and no apologies for it.

Andrew Michael Hurley is a gifted author; there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I will be reading every book this man writes. He has this uncanny ability to bring nature and landscape to life to the point where they are inextricably bound to plot and characters. The Loney is a perfect example of how he does this, and he's managed it once again here, in Devil's Day, set in a remote farming village in Northern Lancashire.

The book starts out with a bang. As the
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Lily S.
Feeling a little underwhelmed by this book, I decided to leave 2.5 stars as a final rating.

The premise is very exciting, John Pentecost goes back to the place where he grew up to help gather the sheep from the moor. In the small, highly conservative village there are tales of the Devil and each year they proceed with their own rituals and celebrations to prevent the 'Owd Feller' from infiltrating the community. While things hardly ever change that year John's grandfather died and he takes his w
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Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC! This will be published October 2nd.

1.5/5 – DNF at 35%

CW: family death, pregnancy, and bullying


What this book comes down to is that it’s all atmosphere and nothing else of substance.

It follows the story of John Pentecost going home to his small town near the moors after the death of his grandfather, affectionately called the Gaffer. He goes to see his father, Dadda, with his new wife, Katherine, who is also pregnant.

It’s to
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Rachel Bea
Also posted on my blog, Serpent Club.

“Look for an animal trying to be an animal, Johnny lad, and it’s probably him. He can’t always get it right. That’s why he likes to hide himself in a flock so no one notices.”

Devil’s Day is a horror novel set in The Endlands, a rural community where a few farming families cling to their traditions and rituals.

John Pentecost and his newly pregnant wife, Kat, return to the Endlands after John’s grandfather, The Gaffer, passes away. John has been absent from his
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SueLucie
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
With thanks to John Murray Press via NetGalley for the opportunity to read this.

I remember from reading his first novel, The Loney, that the author has a talent for creating atmosphere and was delighted to see more of the same here. The open moorland, vulnerable to extremes of weather, the often brutal life of farmers in these hills and valleys, the superstitions clinging on in an isolated setting - all come together to make a striking impression. Added to this is a creeping sense of foreboding
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Fictionophile
In rural Lancashire, almost on the Yorkshire border, there is a place called the 'Endlands". A place where generations of the same families have eked out an existence from farming. An insular place riven with superstition and long-standing family feuds.

"The Endlands are remote, not secluded; watchful rather than peaceful."

We arrive in the Endlands with John and Kat Pentecost. John left the farm when he went off to university. Now he works as a schoolteacher. He met his wife Kat and they now live
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Julie (JuJu)
Interesting story and Hurley is good writer.

Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the family farm to help gather the sheep from the moors for the winter. This year he brings his new wife, Kat, who is pregnant. And this year they will be attending the funeral of his grandfather, the Gaffer.

John discovers how much he misses the farm and realizes now that the Gaffer is gone, his aging father will need help. He tells Kat he wants to return home to raise their family and help with the family farm.
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Jessica Woodbury
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, arc
If you're looking for a novel with a deep sense of place with mythology so woven into the fabric of it that the tales people tell are meant more literally than metaphorically, then you can't really go wrong with DEVIL'S DAY. Set in a remote part of Lancashire in Northern England called the Endlands, this is a place where people refer to the devil as an everyday kind of being, where their rituals to call him forth and shut him out are done for show but are absolutely necessary to survive.

John Pen
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Rebecca
(3.5) In Hurley’s Lancashire farmland setting, Devil’s Day is a regional Halloween-time ritual when the locals serve up the firstborn lamb of spring as a sacrifice to ward off the Devil’s shape-shifting appearance in the human or animal flock. Is it all a bit of fun, or necessary for surviving supernatural threat? We see the year’s turning through the eyes of John Pentecost, now settled back on his ancestral land with his wife, Kat, and their blind son, Adam. However, he focuses on two points fr ...more
BucketOfEntrails
3.5/5 very slow and atmospheric but ultimately unsatisfying. Builds up a real sense of foreboding which just sort of fizzles out towards the end. Nice to see my home town get a shout out a couple of times though :)
Indieflower
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very slow burn of a novel but oh so atmospheric. The setting and the strange rural farming community is so well drawn, steeped in tradition and superstition. A disquieting sense of creepiness pervades everything - are the stories the family tell true or is it just superstition? The strangeness of the girl, Grace, I found most disturbing and at times genuinely scary. Poor Kat, I felt for her and the gradual sense of inevitability of having to give up her comfortable life and make her home in th ...more
Eric Anderson
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Michael Hurley is something of a genius in how he amps up the creep-factor in his writing about isolated rural traditions and village secrets. His phenomenally-successful novel “The Loney” was certainly one of the most atmospheric novels I read last year. New novel “Devil's Day” also produces that unsettling feeling which makes you fearfully look over your shoulder late at night. The narrative artfully plays upon superstitions and anxiety to draw the reader in. John returns to the remote ...more
Jess
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, bah-humbug
This was another of those times where a fantastic premise entirely disintegrated at the hands of a somewhat lustreless storyteller.

The Lancashire landscape is beautifully evoked and exquisitely described, but the rest of the novel lacked substance in every other facet. The plot meanders aimlessly with very little suspense or tension and the lukewarm characterization relies heavily on stereotype and exposition. Ultimately, the novel isn’t exactly engaging or even mildly compelling; there's nothi
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The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher through bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.

Where to begin?! I honestly don’t know! Devil’s Day is like nothing that I’ve ever read before!

Just over one hundred years ago a blizzard struck in the Endlands. Bad luck and ill omens befell the community and resulted in the subsequent deaths of a score of the local vil
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Amybibliophile
Devils Day is a slow moving Gothic horror, where for the most of it nothing actually happens.
Although it has a serious slow-pacing I found myself enjoying this read more than I thought I would. The character & scene building brings life to the point I can feel the stark, hard and bleak landscape of the Endlands. I can see the Moors and the Village when I close my eyes. I feel like I know these people, their histories & relationships with one-another is as if I'm really there with them but all th
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Melanie
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Like several other reviewers, I'm finding this one difficult to rate, and here's why.

1. It's not my usual consumption. You know when you feel like a stinking hot vindaloo, (you know, the ones where your eyes water and lose all feeling in and around your entire oral cavity and the drive home afterwards sucks 'cause your stomach is on fire and you know you should have been prepared and bought the extra large pack of super-dooper-soft-and-thick bum paper for the morning?) and the halflings that yo
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switterbug (Betsey)
It’s difficult to convey what I am compelled to say about this novel, as THE LONEY was just about my favorite book of 2016. Andrew Michael Hurley is a writer of commanding talent, and I will still be first in line for his next novel, when it comes out, as his elegiac tone, haunting atmosphere, and undulating and metaphorically muscular prose is still on full display in DEVIL’S DAY, despite it being a disappointing book for this reader.

This is how I can best describe it with analogy. It’s like I
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Rob Twinem
Having enjoyed immensely The Loney with the quiet and isolated Lancastrian coast, I was hoping to be equally enthralled by Devil's Day where John Pentecost returns to the place of his childhood, the rural farming community of the Briardale Valley known as the Endlands. On this trip he is accompanied by his wife Katherine who is heavily pregnant with their first child. The reason for the journey is to attend his grandfather's funeral affectionately known to everyone as Gaffer.

Whereas The Loney h
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Andrew Michael Hurley (born 1975) is a British writer whose debut novel, The Loney, was published in a limited edition of 278 copies on 1 October 2014 by Tartarus Press[ and was published under Hodder and Stoughton's John Murray imprint in 2015.

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