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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  3,499 ratings  ·  145 reviews
The nightmare begins before you sleep...

He had fled from the terrors of his past, finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. Until the 'sightings' began, visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils, violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts becoming intense.

He witnessed the grotesque acts of another thi
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 1987 by Onyx (first published 1985)
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Jul 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this didn't age well... not sure how fair it is to pass judgement in 2018, but here goes.
Typical 80s: melodramatic, somewhat gory and a little bit pervy.
It's set on the island of Guernsey, which is why I read it, and that aspect was the only plus for me.
I seem to recall reading one other Herbert over the last few years, and feeling pretty much the same, so I doubt there'll be any more in my future.
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Years ago I read Once by Herbert, which I didn't particularly care for and it sort of turned me off the author. Now I've decided to give Herbert a second chance with Moon and I'm so glad I did, cause this was a very good book. At its heart it was a murder mystery wrapped into a supernatural horror and I liked the ending revelation, but what particularly stood out was the writing. Herbert weaves a tightly plotted, intense story with well fleshed out realistic characters, excellent vivid descripti ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had read this book during the early months of the COVID-19 lockdown, but never got around to updating it on Goodreads.

This was my first book by James Herbert. I had heard or to be more precise read a lot about Herbert's skill as horror storyteller. Unsurprisingly I had some pretty high expectations from this book and which it failed to live up to.

From the title and the cover art I had assumed that it was going to be a werewolf tale. But, I was wrong. There are no werewolves in the novel whatso
Adam Light
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Illusions! ILLUSIONS!
Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

This was a decent horror novel with plenty of vividly detailed gore and tension was built nicely throughout. The descriptions were compelling and I enjoyed the setting quite a bit. Some of the descriptions were just mind-blowing, but the story sagged a little too much to survive on purple prose alone. It took a long time for the story to get going, but once it did, about two-thirds of the way through, it didn't let up until it was over. Not bad,
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The nightmare begins before you go to sleep...

He fled from the terrors of his past. Finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. Until the 'sightings' began. Visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils. Violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts became intense.

He witnessed the grotesque acts of another thing, a thing that glorified in murder and mutilation. A monster that soon
Paula Ward
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved it this was the first James Herbert book I have read. Others say it is not that good but I differ it has a lot going for it.
Slow to being with as you learn about the characters then it really ramps up. Yes it is gorey in places but that is part of the plot. Descriptive and a real page turner with a brilliant twist at the end.
Jonathon Childes a pyschic is the main character and very believable. He sees the crimes being committed through the eyes of the person committing the murder and he
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A teenage me found James Herbert to be dark and Edgy and scary and wonderful. Even then I knew it was not the greatest literature ever but I felt that it was just for me. I had found it, I was reading it and it made it special. My Mum was not so into the horror, only one or two of my friends were and the sex scenes in his books made them feel all the more adult. I hadn't read this book back then.

Having read it now I have to say it was still fun. I know now that his books were to get better and b
Sep 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Utter nonsense. I got a bit of a laugh out of how much of an old horndog Herbert was though. This was nothing new to me; I'd read, and loved his Rats trilogy in my teens, and even back then I remember thinking Herbert was a bit thirsty, but it's ridiculous here; it's basically Jackie Collins, but with ritualistic murder. I think he's maybe just upped the sex to cover for the fact there isn't much of a plot. But he can't help himself. There's actually a passage or two where he crosses the line ta ...more
It’s 1985, and Jon Childes is a computer teacher at a school for girls in the Channel Islands. He fled there after psychically aiding a police investigation three years earlier, causing his wife to divorce him, because it’s the ’80s and the “in sickness and in health” clause of the wedding vows doesn’t apply to mental breakdowns, at least not when you have a job at a real estate firm that’s really taking off. And while it’s not exactly complaint #1 with this book, it’s a major complaint: his dum ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read some James Herbert books as a teenager, and quite liked them. I mean, of course I did: the library had only a limited collection of horror, and his were one of the most gory ones there.

Then, too many years later, I found this in the university library's "giving away for free" shelf. So of course I had to take it, because FREE BOOKS! And then it sat in my shelf for several years waiting for its moment.

And the moment arrived, when I figured I am on a half-holiday for a week so I'll need a
Paul Brown
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I know you shouldn't speak ill of the dead but I may as well get it out of the way and say like Richard Laymon James Herbert will forever be a mediocre horror writer. I don't pick up one of his books expecting to be scared but because I want a light hearted bit of fun and as Herbert's novels play out like eighties video nasties (silly plots, buckets of gore and the obligatory but unnecessary sex scene) there's plenty of escapism to be found in these pages. To be fair Herbert has written a handfu ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Jon Childes has found a peaceful life. He lives on one of the Channel Islands, working at three different schools teaching computer science. His ex-wife and daughter live in England, but he’s found a new relationship with a fellow teacher, Amy Sebire. He hopes the horror from his past is gone forever.

But it’s not. Once again, the psychic visions are occurring. Once again, he’s made a connection with the mind of a vicious murderer. When this happened before, Childes was able to convince a police
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it
In December 2007 I purchased a box-set of six James Herbert novels for five of your English pounds (the books in question 'The Magic Cottage', 'The Spear', 'Haunted', 'The Fog', 'Creed' and 'Moon'). At that price I somehow couldn’t afford not to buy them.

I read 'Creed' at the start of the year, and have now tackled 'Moon'.

The plot concerns a reluctant psychic with a link to a killer, who tracks him down and tries to ruin his life. It holds the interest – with some good horrifying descriptions –
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Jon Childes ran to the Channel Islands to escape his past - literally. Visions of child murders meant he helped the police track down a vicious killer, but also brought suspicion, fear and the break up of his marriage. Now he just wants peace. But when the visions start up again, he finds that he can't easily ignore what they are telling him. Unlike before though, the killer in these visions is aware he is being watched and relishes the chance to perform...and soon starts seeking victims that wi ...more
Billy Young
Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to get into but found this a good book once I had. You are left wondering if the killer is a thing or a man. You follow Jon as he is tries to help the police in finding a killer and desecrator of a childs grave. At first i was unsure of this , yet couldn't really say why. As I read on I got more into the tale as it unfolded and found it an enjoyable horror/thriller though it isn't Herbert at his best. Still if like me you do like his work it is worthy of taking a look at. ...more
Alexander Draganov
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first half of the book was boring, but the second half was extremely interesting. The characters are well developed and the hero is very likeable with his vulnerability. The monster is chilling. Overall, another good book by James Herbert.
Craig Gilbert
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Read this ages ago and is only James Herbert book I own. It's a good read, scary in places...I liked. I would like to read more of his work. ...more
As good as general horror books go.

The beginning was interesting, it kinda wavered in the middle but the ending was good.

Worth a read if you want an easy to read general horror story.
James Parsons
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This was the main book I chose to read over the Halloween period this October. I have been catching up with the Herbert books I have not yet read and this one fell somewhere in the middle of best to not his best. I could see the progress he was making as an author in trying to focus more on character and emotions which not so developed in his first few novels. I did enjoy this. It started a little confusing but I soon became interested with the events and main character. The unknown entity loose ...more
Frazer Lee
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Herbert’s darkest and more brutal novels, Moon takes the giallo thriller on an awaybreak to Guernsey where his tortured protagonist is haunted by extreme and visceral visions. The island setting and the aggression in this one, not to mention the delightfully OTT psychopathy, would make for a perfect Dario Argento adaptation.
David Roberts
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing the horror novel Moon by James Herbert which is a very good book and which I bought from a car boot sale. The plot is a man who is clairvoyant and feels he is being driven a bit mad by lunar forces sees a creature kill his daughter. He previously saw the creature kill a series a children and now it has killed his daughter's friend mistaken for her. He was a great help to the police in the series of murders and helped them find the bodies and track down the culprit but the creature ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book just dragged. Herbert is a decent writer, but this story was so boring. And the subject was nothing new. The twist at the end was also lame.

Jonathan Childes lives on an island because of some unwanted attention from the media. He also leaves his wife and child but for some reason this is only an issue to Paul Sebire, the father of Jon's current girlfriend. The problem with this story is that Jon's personal life and his "psychic" one were too imbalanced. The severity of his condition wa
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
There are some books that are slower than others no matter how many pages it has. This happened to me with this book, wich I read because I was fascinated with The Shrine from the same author. But with this book the action really stars almost in the middle.
Can we get into another person's brain? Even when we don't know that person? For Jon Childers the answer is yes, and means he can see what a crazy killer is thinking and doing... His long forgoten nightmares from his pass stars all over puting
Shona Drummond
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I began reading this as my grandad has a lot of James Herbert books and I'd already read Fluke so I was quite looking forward to it. This was actually really good. I agree with other reviews on the fact that the first half of the book is quite slow to start off, you'd get to a point where it could become scary and then the story would move away from it very quickly. The ending was quite surprising as i wasn't expecting the "bad guy" to be who it was. But i definitely would recommend giving it a ...more
Nawal Boghdady
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written. A must-read if you have a stomach for gory thrillers. Although I must admit I was a tad bit disappointed by the ending which teetered on the edge between 'serial killer novel' and 'paranormal ghost-story'. Still, the plot was very well developed and grips your attention and curiosity from the first page to the last. If you're looking for a new book to you can't resist letting down, this is a very good one to try. ...more
L J Field
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This was my first sojourne with James Herbert, an author I’ve been wanting to read for some time. And I loved it it — until the last twenty pages. The author cheated at the end bringing in some themes somewhat unrelated to the rest of the book. But, the story was quite well written and had me on the edge of my seat, especially as I moved closer to the conclusion. A bit disappointing, but still at least a four star effort.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This was a very entertaining read.I really enjoyed the story and the writing is impressive as it kept me reading on and on. Herbert has a way of keeping you interested and gripped until the end which is more than I can say for a lot of books that I have read over the years. An easy read but it was well worth my time.
For me this was a pretty average read. I like the idea behind the story line, but it took a while to warm up. There was a bit of blood. guts and gore, but nothing too horrendous and an attempt at a twist at the end. It certainly didn't have me jumping out of my skin, but not a bad read overall. ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jon Childes has a physic power that connects with pure evil. He is tormented by visions of murders, dismemberment and torture. He must find out who is doing this and why is he seeing this. This book kept me very engrossed. I really enjoyed it and the surprise ending was very good.
Felicia Chan
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by James Herbert and it has led me to become a fan.

Some parts were intense, some others a bit draggy and long winded. Nonetheless, still a good story line and I really like the writing style.
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He was one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty-three other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his 19 novels have sold more than 42 million

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