The Moor

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

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.

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About the author

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.

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Why We Like It

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  • Atmospherically eerie, this book is packed with spine-chilling intrigue
  • A fantastic debut from an author to watch

Sam Haysom

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.

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