'Starve Acre may well be his best novel so far' The Times
'A tour de force of physiological fantasia' Sunday Times
'Hurley's horror is beautifully written and triumphantly creepy' Mail on Sunday
'Expertly paced . . . creepy and marvellous' Daily Mail
The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby's son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five....more
Starve Acre is a folk horror tale, full of menace and fuelled by guilt. Richard and Juliette Willoughby, and their young son Ewan moved to Richard’s family home in the Yorkshire Dales following the death of his parents. The house known as Starve Acre has unhappy memories for Richard as he recalls his father’s mental breakdown. The unfriendliness of the house and the surrounding fields haven’t changed and the main field that folklore tells of homing the legendary Stythwaite Oak sees ...more
A young family moves to the moors, to a house where dreams and nightmares co-exist. The forest nearby hides secrets and strange apparitions. But the young parents are hopeful, away from the noise and threats of the big city. Soon, everything changes. A young boy becomes almost unrecognizable, his intentions inexplicable and violent. A tree appears at will and a presence, called Jack Grey, seems to have entered the boy's mind and is ...more
The story is woven around a folk tale of a tree that was used for hangings hundreds of years ago and which possibly made the soil barren around Starve Acre, a house that has belonged to the Willoughbys for generations. The house now belongs to a couple, Juliette and Richard, who grieve after the death of their five-year-old son. The theme sounds simple, however, everything that surrounds the house and the fields around it is not. In the course ...more
Richard and Juliette Willoughby are in mourning for their young son, Ewan. In the aftermath of his death, their ...more
Richard and Juliette have recently lost their young child and are each grieving in their own way. Richard hides on the moor, Juliette in her deceased son's bedroom. They grow further apart each day.
An occult healing session turns their world upside down.
Starve Acre is a story with few characters, traveling at a slow but very pleasant pace, ...more
All of this is ...more
"Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me."
As I made my way through Starve Acre, I could not help but notice the strong similarities between the initial conceit and that of the movie Wake Wood, a movie I greatly enjoyed. But the copyright on this edition read 1972, claiming that the book was originally published in that year and re-released by a reincarnated Eden Book ...more
It’s pretty typical fare as British ghost stories go these days; a couple grieving after their recently deceased young child, having not long ago moved into an isolated house in a Yorkshire Dale in which the husband’s father had died.
Intriguing though is that two novels called Starve Acre have been published within 6 months of each other by two ...more
However Richard and Juliette's son Ewan did give me that edgy feeling with things that he disclosed to his ...more
What we have here is a story that is dark and atmospheric. At times the story is frightening, and I had that “walking over my grave” ...more
Starve Acre is a gorgeous horror story with a compelling atmosphere, an overwhelming sense of grief and an astounding use of Gothic motifs.
My First Impressions based on a small snippet offered by Readers First: ...more
Juliette and Richard move to the family ...more
As someone who would normally give a wide berth to a horror story and the unexplainable I certainly did not expect to be mesmerised by Starve Acre, however between the brooding atmosphere and a growing sense of unease, it made for an oddly compelling read. Set in a richly described Yorkshire Dales first time parents, Richard and Juliette Willoughby, are six months on from the death of Ewan, their ...more
A brooding gothic horror set in the Yorkshire Dales from the prize-winning author of 'The Loney' - Andrew Michael Hurley.
After the tragic death of their young son, Richard and Juliette retreat to the chilly safety of their house by the moors, Starve Acre.
Abridged by Siân Preece.
Omnibus read by Bryan Dick
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie
First broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.
Juliette and Richard Willoughby were a happily married couple. They moved to a rural Yorkshire village into a house Richard inherited from his parents. Here, they think, or at least Juliette thinks, that this would be a much better environment for their little boy. But soon Richard gets obsessed by digging for the roots of an old tree on the field which belongs ...more
Richard & Juliette live in what was Richard's home growing up. They are still reeling from the death of their five year old son Ewan. Richard tries to continue with his work as a college lecturer but is forced to take some time off although he continues with his archaeological work in their field looking for the ...more
Richard and Juliette try in their separate ways to come to terms with the death of five-year-old son, Ewan. Richard fills his time with practical activity, digging for evidence of the Stythwaite Oak, a gallows-tree, in the field known as Starve Acre. Meanwhile, Juliette seeks solace with The Beacons, an esoteric group of preternaturalists led by the very ordinary looking Mrs Forde.
Starve Acre oozes with gothic atmosphere from the first ...more