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Publication date: May 2018
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A group of 13-year-old boys go hiking on the moors of South West England -- and gradually begin to disappear, one by one.

The Moor is a coming-of-age horror novel that explores themes of friendship, the cycle of abuse, and the struggle to shake off the bad things that happen to us when we're growing up. 

The main story takes place over a long weekend in 2002, as a group of 13-year-old boys set out on a walking tour across the moors of South West England — and gradually begin to disappear, one by one. The rest of the story takes place in 2015, and follows one of the boys as he journeys back to the moor to face the evil he uncovered 13 years earlier. 

Set against the windy darkness of Rutmoor, the weekend starts with teenagers exchanging ghost stories around a campfire. As their walk gets underway and the boys begin to fall out, though, odd things start to happen. There are noises in the night. A severed rabbit's foot turns up outside someone's tent. 

Soon, the boys begin to disappear.

As panic sets in and a storm approaches, the remaining boys have to band together to face a darkness not even the local ghost stories could have helped them predict.

Sam Haysom is a writer and journalist covering culture and entertainment for Mashable. He wrote the bulk of The Moor during National Novel Writing Month in 2015. You can read all about his experience here. He's also written a number of short stories, one of which won first prize in a monthly competition run by the dark fiction website Spinetinglers.

A graduate of Cardiff University, he grew up on the edge of the New Forest and now lives in London.

News Cuttings (1951 1997)

From the Devonshire Herald, 13th August, 1951

Police Appeal For Information Regarding Missing School Children

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of two missing school children in the Rutmoor area has been asked to contact Devon and Cornwall police immediately

Devon and Cornwall Police have issued an urgent appeal for information regarding two school children who were last seen on Friday evening.

Matt Reece, 16, and Charles Gregson, 14, were reported missing on Saturday after wandering off from a school camping trip in Rutmoor National Park.

Teachers and classmates, who camped in the North East of Rutmoor just south of Gorgon Tor, noticed their absence after they failed to show up for roll call at 8am on Saturday morning. Upon inspecting their tent, trip leader and school PE teacher Mr Simon Matthews found it to be empty.

Aside from two pairs of walking boots, the rest of their possessions were still in the tent.

Police were contacted by Mr Matthews after a search of the surrounding area yielded no trace of the boys.

Reece is described as being an athletic, sensible young man with several years’ walking experience and a good knowledge of the surrounding area. He was in training for the 12 Peaks Challenge (Gold Award) after successfully completing the Silver Award the previous summer.

Gregson is described as sensible and intelligent, but an inexperienced walker. It was his first visit to Rutmoor National Park.

The boy’s mother, Mrs Sarah Gregson, has issued a passionate plea for information regarding her son’s whereabouts.

“If anyone has seen my boy or has any information at all, no matter how small it seems, please contact the police immediately so we can get him back safely,” she said. “Charles doesn’t know the area at all well and we’re very, very worried about him. Please come forward so he can be safely returned to his family.”

Chief Inspector Douglas Brown, who is heading up the investigation, said the public should not to hesitate to contact police.

“No matter what you think you may have seen or heard, no matter how small or insignificant you think it may be, we would like to hear about it,” he said. “We’re also interested in speaking to anyone who was out walking or camping on Rutmoor on the night of Friday 10th August or at any time over the following weekend.”

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Monday, 13 August 2018

Hello!



I just thought I’d send out a quick email to update you all on a) outstanding pledge stuff and b) how things are progressing with The Moor.



First (and most importantly), I’m aware that I’ve been woefully silent on the topic of flash fiction, short stories, and the other items that came with a few of the higher-priced pledge levels. They’re all on the way though, I promise. The most expensive…

The Moor is an Amazon best seller...

Monday, 11 June 2018

The moor canada update

...in Canada! Yep, I was confused too.

Last week on Thursday, I noticed that my book was getting a lot of attention from Amazon's Canadian site. It was suddenly a best seller for Occult Fiction eBooks, fourth in the Psychological & Suspense Thrillers category, and the only book ahead of it in the overall Horror category was Stephen King's new novel! At one point it even made it into the top 50…

2 weeks in...

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The moor reviews

Hello book friends!

Amazing to think it's already been nearly 2 weeks since The Moor came out. By now you should hopefully all have received your copies, but if you haven't please do drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter and I'll look into it for you right away.

Anyway, so far things are looking good. We've had a bunch of lovely feedback from bloggers both in the UK and the US -- here's a link…

Here. We. Go...

Monday, 7 May 2018

The moor smiley2

The big day has finally arrived! Tuesday the 8th May is The Moor's official publication date -- the book is now available on Amazon and in other major retailers, and if you haven't already had your copy through in the post it should be with you imminently!

Here's a rough artist's impression of how my face looks right about now:

I really hope you enjoy my book. I can't tell you how grateful…

The countdown begins...

Monday, 30 April 2018

The moor unboxing

I started writing The Moor two-and-a-half years ago. After many months of re-writes, tweaks, and edits, it was picked up by Unbound last summer. Now, thanks to all of you, it's only a week away from being published!

I got my first physical copies in the post on Monday, and you should be getting yours through any day now.

In preparation for the big day, I have one final (really important…

Exciting book update...

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Moor front preview

First of all, sorry for my radio silence over the past few months. There's been a bunch of stuff going on behind the scenes with The Moor -- the developmental edit; the copy edit; the cover design -- but I thought I'd wait until I had something concrete to share before I sent round this next update.

Well, good news: I now have three concrete things to share at once!

To start with, The Moor now…

So when's the book out?

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Hello beautiful people,

This update is long overdue. Ever since The Moor became fully funded on the last day of July (THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me get it there, by the way) I’ve been meaning to let people know what the process will look like going forward. Due to a hopeless lack of organisation on my part, though, I’m only just getting round to it now.

So: when will you actually be getting…

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