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The Moorstone Sickness

Narrated by: Matthew Lyon
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

After the death of their infant son, Hal and Rowan Graham decide to leave the mad bustle of London and move to a quiet country refuge. And the rustic village of Moorstone seems perfect. Too perfect? Lying beneath a hill capped by an enormous stone, Moorstone hides mysterious secrets. Why does such a small town need such a large insane asylum? Why do the village's elderly residents leave everything they own to young newcomers they barely know? And why is everyone so friendly, so handsome, and so preoccupied with Hal and Rowan's health?

Before the Grahams can piece the insidious puzzle together, they are plunged into a spiraling terror of ancient mysteries reborn, people who are not quite what they seem, and a village that is quaint, charming - and deadly!

When it comes to spine-chilling tales of quiet horror, no one surpasses Bernard Taylor, the best-selling author of the classic novels, The Godsend and Sweetheart, Sweetheart.

"Reaches its horrifying climax with seductive grace." (Library Journal)

"A fine atmosphere of terror." (New York Times)

"Slow-building occult horror." (Kirkus Reviews)

"His fiction grips and holds the reader.... Taylor is a master." (Publishers Weekly)

©1982, 2018 Bernard Taylor (P)2018 Valancourt Books

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Good listen

This book was written in the 80s if I remember correctly. The horror is more suggested than overt. Classic horror scenario.

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The Thicker Man

Subdued English folk horror from admired genre author Bernard Taylor. In all honesty I wanted to enjoy this more than I did; despite the winning combination of picturesque village and sinister pagan stones, this is a book that shows its hand early and offers few surprises. The pace is stately and the scene-setting competent if uninspired. Recent cinematic variations on the theme, such as The Skeleton Key or Get Out, added much needed subtext or post-modern smarts. Originally published in 1982, this actually feels more dated still, like something from the '50s or '60s (one embarrassing sex scene aside). Unable to keep a poker face for any length of time, it falls victim to making its protagonists appear dense and obdurate in the face of the blindingly obvious danger that surrounds them. Ironically, the troubled relationship of the main characters is well-handled and would have been more interesting without the occult window dressing. The book's conclusion picks up the pace considerably, but leads to the sort of gritty ending common in '70s cinema and is something I absolutely hate. Narrator Matthew Lyon has a mannered, rather starchy delivery, which adds to the slightly old fashioned feel of the book, and, interestingly for a male narrator, his female voices are more engaging than his men.

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  • Erin E. Hunter
  • 02-08-20

Fantastic horror, deeply sad.

Just absolutely heartbreaking work of fiction, and an exceptional horror story because of it. A classic for a reason.

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  • Jennifer Stover
  • 15-01-20

Was slightly predictable

I figured it out that is the what and why but ending was a surprise still. That said it was still very good story and narrator did very good job with different voices. It reminded me of a movie I saw I think the name of it was the key or something along those lines with Kate Hudson. Which I might add I loved so I really did enjoy this book. Yes I would recommend this title to anyone interested. I was given this audio in exchange for honest and fair review for free. P.s I finished this audio in less than two days, couldn’t put it down.