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The Moor

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  173 reviews
'There's a delightful bit of sleight-of-hand at the heart of the novel that I particularly enjoyed.' – Owen King, co-author of Sleeping Beauties

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.

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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Unbound Digital
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Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read

This creepy, campy tale incorporates many aspects I love in a Horror story.

It all begins with chilling stories around a campfire, then follows multiple POVs over different timelines, piecing together a story of local lore and distress.

Haysom uses mixed media sources throughout.

To me this plot device enhanced the narrative by bringing a delightful, 'is it supernatural, is it not supernatural feel.

Once I started The Moor, I couldn't put it down and actually ended up completing it in
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Camping and survival go hand in hand...don't they? You are sleeping in a tent, preparing your own meals, hiking miles and miles each day over tough and unforgiving terrain. Pushing yourself, seeing what you can accomplish, the feeling of joy when you reach the top! There's the campfire, the comradely of being with your peers, telling ghost stories around the fire. This should have been a rite of passage for these boys - it should have been! Shouldn't excursions such as this one be one of the thi ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evil is lurking in the moors.
There have been reports of disappearances and animal mutilations over the years. Are these just ghost stories recounted around the camp fires to scare and entertain or is there a sinister being made of flesh and blood. A genuine evil, lying in wait to take innocent lives.
A group of teenagers are about to find out, as they set off hiking across the moors guided by charismatic and amiable Mr. Stevens. What they encounter is anything but fun and they soon realize that
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I don't even know if I can describe what the heck it is I just read!

It's reminiscent of a really good ghost story, with enough creepiness and horror mixed in that it will keep you up at night.

The length puts this more in lines of a novella, (my ebook came in at 171 pages) but there isn't a word wasted. Told from multiple POV's with jumps from past to present, The Moor sucked me from the start and never let go. Based on the subject matter, there was a lot of potential for this story to go si
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
A weekend camping trip for five boys all goes terribly wrong in The Moor.

Strange disappearances, animal mutilations, tales of witches haunting the woods. What is truly happening? Is it really the ghost of Emily Brown or something far more sinister?

We have Before chapters, After chapters, and sprinkled throughout are news paper clippings which is something I always love.

The ending, for me, delivered!

A lovely combination of mystery and horror. Not too graphic but spooky and suspenseful in all
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Paranormal sightings and boys disappearing on a camping trip?! I was totally in!!

I am a huge huge horror fan... would consider this more on the horror side then mystery/thriller. I haven't read a great horror novel in awhile... so I had my hopes held high for this one including the 4-5 star reviews from other friends. BUT, unfortunately... I just thought this was pretty lame and fell extremely flat for me.

I have seen many excellent horror films.. including fantastic ghost stories and this one I
THE MOOR had such great potential beginning and alternating with newspaper clippings of young teen disappearances from a National Park with a dark history, but unfortunately fell flat and short of my expectations.

The evil presence was easy to depict early on in this teen field trip....really would have liked more on ITS history, and segments of the storyline were just too similar to others of its kind.

Great setting though and this short easy read did keep me interested enough to find out how i

Johann (jobis89)
“A gust of wind blew through the campsite and caused the slowly dying fire to gutter, making their shadows dance in the orange light.”

A group of teenagers are out on a walking trip with a group leader, but pretty quickly there is tension within the group and some of them start to disappear...

I’ve never been much of a camper... I was forced to join the scouts when I was younger and I knew pretty quickly that this outdoors shit was not for me. The Moor has reinforced this aversion to camping - it’
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since 1951, teenagers have been going missing in Rutmoor National Park. Kids on school outings, campers, hikers....gone. Usually without a trace. Matt was on a trip where two of his friends disappeared. Only he and two others know the truth about what happened that day....the horrible truth.

I enjoyed the suspense of this story. It builds slowly and then the truth jumps out. When I realized what was going on...yikes! The ending caught me by surprise. Nice touch! I will definitely be looking behi
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a book that I would normally rave about, so.....yeah, I'm not about to start here. Truth is that I've read this story many times in all its different incarnations. Yet, I was glued to the pages! Mr. Haysom did an excellent job of keeping me curious. The big bad in this story is something that I wish he'd spent a bit more time on, but again...The strangulation scenes were just freaking scary as hell. I would like to come back to this author and see how he develops. Like I said the stor ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I think camping trips make the best horror stories! : ) They'll make you think twice about going on one though. This story is about a group of boys that go on a walking/camping trip out on "The Moor" which ends up turning disastrous. And that's all I'm going to say so I don't spoil it...

The author does a really good job of making you feel the fear that the characters do and I like the use of the moor setting which always make for a nice creepy atmosphere when done right. In this case, I think t
Liz Barnsley
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
The Moor is a fast and creepy read set mostly on a weather beaten Moor where mysterious disappearances abound, a bit like a British Bermuda triangle. We follow a group of boys on a camping trip that goes horribly awry, then years later one of the surviving members returns to finally lay his ghosts to rest.
The writing is tense and atmospheric, Sam Haysom does a brilliant job of bringing the moor to vivid haunting life. The tale is dark and scary, the characters matching the setting leaving the re
3.5 stars

THE MOOR is the debut novel from Sam Haysom. Not having read anything previous of his to become "familiar" with his style, I went into this one with no more than a look at the synopsis on NetGalley. The tale alternates mainly between two time frames, 2002, and the present. There are some short newspaper clippings referring to earlier years, but these are easily assimilated into main story.

"Small things that for some reason brought on strong memories . . . "

The crux of the story hin
A very enjoyable tale of horror set in the ingeniously atmospheric surroundings of the Devonshire moorland. We surmise, from a collection of newspaper clippings scattered throughout the book, that this particular area – Rutmoor – is especially inhospitable. So when a group of teenagers (and one parent) set out on a walking and camping trip across the moor, it obviously isn't going to end well. 13 years later, the survivors travel back to Rutmoor. It's ostensibly a yearly ritual – but this time s ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Actual rating 3.5 out of 5 stars

A group of teenage boys are on a hiking trip at Rutmoor with one of the boy's father. A ghost story is told at the campfire about a witch that was murdered long ago and some people still hear and see her. Soon, one by one, the boys in the group disappear.

Alternating between past and present, the story is told between several different POV's. Newspaper clippings also adds some mystery to the story. The story was fast paced and held my interest throughout. Missing
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was sent me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I had no idea what to expect from this one. Usually when I get a book in the mail from an author or a publisher I wait to read the blurb until right before I read the book. It's an odd ritual of mine, but that's the way I've always done it. When I read the blurb for The Moor and it promised a camping trip gone wrong, I was immediately excited. Nature horror is one of my favorites, right up there next to haunted house stories. I
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Nov 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Unbound and Netgalley for the review copy of this book, which was given in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, The Moor was not for me. For one, it isn’t even horror. It’s a suspense-thriller . . . ‘thriller’ being used very loosely. But this title being wrongly marketed is not the main cause of my dislike; this tale of a camping trip gone wrong is a limp attempt at a world-changing, epic rumination on childhood trauma and its impact on adult life a’la It (complete with shifti
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
"It's going to drag me into the fire and we'll burn there together."

The Moor has an intriguing synopsis - it's about a group of boys who go on a camping trip on which strange things start happening, and they begin disappearing. Camping horror stories can end up being really creepy, so this was one I had been looking forward to.

This book seems like it's going to be a ghost story, and it ends up being a creature feature. I feel like something along these lines has happened with a few books recen
Sadie Hartmann
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: night-worms
Thank you Sam Haysom for sending the Night Worms review copies of THE MOOR.
3.5 stars!
This book has a lot going for it by way of what horror fans are looking for--a great set up: A camping trip to 'Rutmoor National Park' with a group of teen boys and one dad, ghost stories told around the campfire and the promise of something eerie, maybe paranormal.
At first blush, I was getting some Nick Cutter "THE TROOP" vibes with the newspaper articles/clippings and subject matter but soon enough, Sam Haysom
Bill Lynas
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I have to admit I found the opening of this book a little irritating. It starts with news articles relating to missing children training for the 13 Peaks Challenge on Rutmoor National Park. While I don't mind novels set in fictional areas these names obviously refer to the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor, so I don't know why the author changed this! Excuse my little rant! Anyway, on with the review....
What starts off as a simple trek across the moor soon turns into something far more sinister, as
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book begins with newspaper clippings spanning several years that show why Rutmoor National Park may well be a place to avoid. Over the decades there have been quite a few deaths and disappearances. Sometimes bodies are found.. sometimes people just vanish without a trace.
The story moves back and forth between the present day, when someone (I was not sure who at first) recollects a camping trip in Rutmoor over a decade ago and the events of that trip when he, along with a small group of 13 y
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I've been wanting to read this for quite some time but as the cover reminds me of a certain book I didn't like that everyone else loves (AKA: Katsu's The Hunger) I kind of put it off. However, with some encouragement from my blogging BFF, I finally picked it up, and she was right, I really did like it.

"The Moor" has dual timelines, something I really tend to enjoy, and tells the story of a group of boys who go on a camping trip with a coach and his son in the moor, an area wrapped up in urban le
Brandy Humphrey
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will be the first to admit that I am quite the picky reader. It takes a lot to hold my attention, and I've even found myself being critical of the most successful authors for not pulling me in right away, or not being able to consistently captivate me throughout. This was absolutely NOT the case with The Moor. I absolutely loved the protagonists of the story, although I will say I may or may not have wished for someone to throw Gary off a cliff at one or more points during my reading. I enjoye ...more
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Thank you to the author, Sam Haysom, for sending this book to the Night Worms in exchange for an honest review.

Sometimes I receive some books that I have researched a lot or am intimately familiar with the plot. Other times I just know a few basic facts of a book before starting. This was the latter. I knew nothing much about this book other than the cover looked desolate and eerie. Sometimes I love going into a book cold, and this was one of those times. I had NO idea what to expect and that ju
Stuart Monroe
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's cliched, but you have to grab me right from the start with your story. I'll always give it at least 50 pages to see how it develops; don't get me wrong. However, you need to set that tone, you know? Grab a reader by the short & curly hairs and scream (or whisper) "LISTEN UP".

Hey, Sam Haysom- you can let go now. And I really do prefer the whispering (nudge nudge, wink wink!).

Here's your setup- a group of teenage boys (Matt, Tom, James, Gary, & the awkward and silent Tim) are on a walking tri
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I'll start by saying that the back and forth timeline here kind of bugged me at first. It wasn't seamless for me. However, once I got used to that, I was all in.

The book has shades of Stephen King. It's very atmospheric and it's got a kind of a slow build. It doesn't truly feel like horror...until it does.

Once the author lets us in on what's really going on in those woods, it's hard and fast horror - and I didn't want to look away from the page.

And as for the ending? What a terrific surprise
Icy Sedgwick
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I go any further, I should note that I read this book in two days. On day one, I read in fits and starts, unsure how the chopping and changing between time periods, characters, and newspaper clippings would play out. On day two, I read in one go until I was done. It's a well-written, chilling tale of inhospitable places, fraught friendships and monsters that perfectly captured the awkwardness of teenage boys. It's a real page-turner and I'll be very interested to see what Sam does next! ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

Swapping between past and present, utilizing different POV's without feeling awkward or clunky, newspaper clippings also add mystery to the story.

I'd highly recommend this and will look out for more by this author.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an h
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid horror tale from Haysom about a rash of missing people and murdered animals over a several year span and the connection to a walking trip taken by a group of friends and one of the friend's dad in 2002 where bad things happen. The story jumps back and forth from 2002 to 2015 with some of the older boys from the trip now dealing with more recent disappearances and animal deaths. News clippings over that time about these happenings are interspersed throughout. The story starts out somewhat s ...more
Alex Thorne
The Moor is Sam Haysom's debut novel and though it seems to have pretty high ratings, I found it to fall short of my expectations. The book encompasses the story of a handful of thirteen-year-old boys on a hiking trip through the moors. During this trip, things go wrong and... well, that's where it tries to be two stories at once: a ghost story and a creature feature.

The ghost story side of this book is fantastic. It's written in a way that captures the reader's imagination and honestly, I could
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