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High Moor [Kindle Edition]

Graeme Reynolds
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Book Description

When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life.

It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods. When Sergeant Steven Wilkinson begins an investigation, with the help of a specialist hunter, he soon realises that this is no ordinary animal attack. Werewolves are real, and the trail of bodies is just beginning, with young John and his friends smack in the middle of it.

Twenty years later, John returns to High Moor. The latest attack involved one of his childhood enemies, but there’s more going on than meets the eye. The consequences of his past actions, the reappearance of an old flame and a dying man who will either save or damn him are the least of his problems. The night of the full moon is approaching and time is running out.

But how can he hope to stop a werewolf, when every full moon he transforms into a bloodthirsty monster himself?

"Graeme Reynolds has written a real-deal werewolf story. In these dull days of nice, friendly lycanthropes, it is refreshing to see some brutality and animal instincts in what is a very fine British horror novel. Reynolds draws vivid pictures with words. His descriptions of High Moor the town is excellent, portraying an area in decay, one that suffered during the 1980s, and has yet to recover into the 21st century. The transformation scenes, where humans become wolves, are brilliantly done, and you can feel every crack of bone, every tear of flesh. High Moor is a worthy addition to the werewolf canon. - Thomas Emson, Author of Maneater, Prey, Skarlet, Krimson, Zombie Britannica"

Ripe for a film or TV adaptation and left open for a sequel, High Moor is an excellent example of great British writing that deserves to be read. - Starburst Magazine. 9/10

If you’re craving some good werewolf action with well-developed characters and a fantastic plot, skip the Hollywood films and go straight for this electrifying novel, which is far more entertaining. - Hellnotes.com

Graeme Reynolds has written a captivating, action packed, this-should-be-a-movie werewolf novel in High Moor and if this is going to be a series of some sort, count me in for the ride. It should be a fun one. - Horrortalk.com

This is an action filled horror novel that also has fully realized characters; the fact that Reynolds brings the characters to life so well just adds to the terror you feel as a reader. - The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog

It takes a writer of tremendous skill to imbue a an action packed novel with as much depth, as is displayed here. This book was a joy to read, not just for its ability to transport me back to a time gone by, but also because it is so well written. If this is the level of writing Graeme is capable of producing in a début novel, then I for one cannot wait for his next novel. - Gingernuts of Horror

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 563 KB
    • Print Length: 355 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing; 1 edition (15 Nov. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0068NOYM8
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Graeme Reynolds was born in England in 1971. Over the years, he has been an electronic engineer in the Royal Airforce, worked with special needs children and been a teenage mutant ninja turtle (don't ask).
    He started writing in 2008, and has had over thirty short stories published in various ezines and anthologies before the publication of his first novel, High Moor, in 2011.
    When he is not breaking computers for money, he hides in a remote Welsh valley and dreams up new ways to offend people with delicate sensibilities.

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I have to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of books based on werewolves. I've seldom read any that have truly impressed me and if I'm honest, I'm of the opinion that there's only so much you can do with a werewolf story.

    Against that background, I started reading Graeme Reynolds' High Moor with some hesitation.

    I found the synopsis for High Moor to be uninspiring and fairly generic. However, this is not a fair reflection of the contents of High Moor. There are no cursed noblemen here or hybrid vampire/ werewolves; Reynolds takes the lycanthropic legend and drops it off in the North East of England of the mid-1980s; replete with unemployment, urban decay and other realities associated with the area at that time. Moreover, Reynolds central characters being children are not the naive youngsters might see in many horror films or books but streetwise, with mouths like sailors; and an attitude that is appropriate for kids growing up in such surroundings. Reynolds clearly remembers the 80s with numerous references that were a real blast from the past for me: computer games on cassette, World Cup sticker albums, etc. It's little flourishes like these that start to set High Moor apart from other werewolf tales.

    Where some authors would have been content for their work to finish, I found that Reynolds continued. In fact, I felt that there were two natural points during proceedings (setting aside the open ending) when the story could have been satisfactorily concluded. Instead, Reynolds chooses to advance his werewolf tale and at no point, did it feel like it was dragging out. It gave me a great sense of fulfilment to know what ACTUALLY happened to characters after the dust had settled on their own werewolf encounters and how it had impacted on their lives.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Werewolves? There wolves 7 Dec. 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    NOTE : This is an updated review of the original book to take into account the audiobook version.

    I'm going to get right to the point you need to go and buy this novel. Normally when I read the debut novel from an author, I lower my expectations a little. It takes time for an author to hone their craft and find their own voice and style. This is a brilliant book, I decided to cast aside all first novel expectations after 30 minutes of reading this book. Graeme has produce what can only be described as howling success of a novel (see what I did there folks)

    I'll be honest I can count the number of werewolf books I have read on one hand, so I have very few points of reference to judge this book against. What I will say is that out of those books this ranks up there with the best of them. This is an utterly thrilling read, that will have you turning the pages at breakneck speed. The book is littered with great characters, both loveable and despicable. Characters that you will grow to care about, to such extent that the midway climatic scenes ring with emotional intensity.

    As for the werewolves Reynolds has created a great and believable mythos. The pack has a strong identity, these are not just the monster of the week type werewolf, their actions and rules are an important factor in what makes this a great book. These are proud, but vicious animals, don't go into this book looking for cuddly furballs, you will be disappointed, these werewolves have big sharp teeth and claws, and they are not afraid to use them

    The majority of the story takes place in 1986. I was 15 in 1986, having a ball of time. Reading this book is like looking back at old film footage of my life.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Werewolf Book. 14 Dec. 2011
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    I really enjoyed this book. Great to have a good British based horror novel on the shelves. Reminded me of American Werewolf in London, The Howling, Silver Bullet etc with both the adult and child perspectives. I am looking forward to the next installment.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    Werewolves and vampires have, for want of a better phrase, 'fallen in stock' over the past decade. There's a variety of reasons for this - I won't go into them here - but needless to say, it's always fresh and exciting when someone pumps new blood, no pun intended, into either genre. Vampires - step aside, we're talking about werewolves for this review. For me, Lycanthropes take me back to my childhood. Movies such as The Howling and An American Werewolf in London - references are forthcoming - scared me witless. They proved horror can be simple yet terrifying at the same time. After all, a werewolf is nothing more than a huge dog gone bonkers, right?

    We'll get to that in due course.

    High Moor is a revelation. Told over a timespan of twenty-two years, it details the events of a small town, High Moor, which is rocked by several brutal murders at the hands - or claws - of a large animal. The police are clueless, the local kids terrified. After several sightings, one of the kids moves away from town, but is forced to face his demons twenty-two years later when the animal resurfaces. To say much else, would ruin the intricate, well-written plot.

    Werewolves are anything but large dogs with a case of the rage. They are humans who turn into wolves on a full moon - normally. Most readers will already know this. That's where High Moor becomes interesting and refreshingly original. Reynolds switches the story up a notch by introducing different species of werewolf, those who battle against one another and even those who follow a sketchy, moral code. Where the plot could be quite linear - stay in on a full moon, job done, you survive -, Reynolds has just torn down the standard genre walls. Day walking werewolves, those who can change at will...
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    Really enjoyed this werewolf horror story ,a great page Turner and can't wait for the second book in the series .
    Published 2 months ago by Robby
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Gripping werewolf horror!
    Published 3 months ago by Richard J Hutt
    5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
    A really enjoyable read. Plenty of action and atmosphere with decent characters.
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
    Gripping to the end. Brilliantly written British horror by an extraordinary writer.
    Published 4 months ago by Samantha
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    Having trawled Amazon for some decent 'local' horror novels, I stumbled across High Moor and so glad I did! Read more
    Published 4 months ago by mwd murray
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well structured and enthralling tale
    A very well structured story. With the book's historical beginnings, the author Reynolds, put a great deal of effort into linking many well-publicised "pop-culture" real... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by LEdwards
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the horror/mythical monster genre then buy buy it and ...
    One of those rare reads that keeps you gripped and you find yourself making time to read and struggle to put down. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by A J BIBBY
    5.0 out of 5 stars High moor
    A great werewolf book! I really got to know the characters, and miss them when they were killed. Or were they? I am going to read the sequel straight away. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by nigel saunders
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Brilliant read.
    Published 7 months ago by L. Anderson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    really enjoyed this book could not put it down can't wait for book two hope they make a film of this
    Published 9 months ago by Craig Billance
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