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Longbarrow [Kindle Edition]

Mark Morris
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"If you run round the church seven times in an anti-clockwise direction, you'll wake the Seven Sleepers. Then, if you look through the keyhole of the church door, you'll see the Devil walking up the aisle towards you..."
When David Wisher's mother inherits a house in the peaceful Yorkshire village of Longbarrow, David feels he is coming home. For he's seen the house in his dreams. And when he eventually arrives in Longbarrow, he finds a place touched by the stories and beliefs of the past. There's old Jonas Dyer, whose mystical visions have driven him to the verge of madness; Mr Toot, who uses magic to cure all ills; the little men, too small to be human, who are said to come out of the river; and Black Shuck, a ghostly dog with glowing eyes, whose appearance heralds approaching death. Most extraordinary of all, there's the legend of the Seven Sleepers, defeated in an ancient battle and trapped throughout the centuries, their evil powers dormant.
Redcap, Uther, Vinegar Tom, Gerennius, Shuck, Pyewackett and Cullen. Together they spread terror, pestilence and destruction. And now, because of David's unwitting actions, they are stirring once more...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (26 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F50EOQG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive...a little known gem!! 21 May 2007
By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When David Wisher's mother inherits a house in a Yorkshire village, he feels he is coming home, for he has seen the house in his dreams. When he arrives, he finds a place touched by ancient stories and beliefs - including the legend of the Seven Sleepers, which, legend has it, are awakened if you run seven times around the village church anti-clockwise!

This seems to be a hidden gem as with no reviews on the internet (that I could find) it's also not that easy to find any of Morris's books in your traditional bookshops, yet this novel is easily on a par with acclaimed horror writer James Herbert.

If you like the idea of day to day normality in Britain meeting horror, you'll love this book.

The characters are excellently described, very realistic and could be any large village in Britain!!...except for the Seven Sleepers!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripped 26 Nov 2011
By T. Hurt
Format:Paperback
I've read a couple of Mark Morris's books, but not for years. He's difficult to find in your average bookshop and, after the big promotional push of his first novel "Toady", seems to have slipped off the radar a bit. I really enjoyed Longbarrow. It takes a while at first to bring all the characters' stories together, but builds and builds until I literally had to read the last half in about two sittings.
Mark Morris has a very easy-to-read writing style that goes right to your cerebral cortex. And there are some really atmospheric parts too, especially an encounter with some strange "children" in a wood and a big set-piece later around the grounds of the local church. I won't spoil that one for you.
All in all a really good, and properly horrible, horror story. Off the back of this, I've already bought another of his books, Mr Badface, so he must be doing something right.
If you're a horror fan, you'll really like this one, honest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read 26 Aug 2014
By Dee Bee
Format:Hardcover
This is an interesting take on the haunted house- troubled village genre. Not as good as some of his earlier works, but still entertaining, with an interesting female main character and an eccentric supporting 'cast'. No last page revelations in this particular novel, but it does hold your interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Longbarrow 2 May 2014
By Gamer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book and will look out for more of this authors work,he is right up there with James Herbert and Stephen King and others in this genre...............
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive...a little known gem!! 21 May 2007
By Helen Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When David Wisher's mother inherits a house in a Yorkshire village, he feels he is coming home, for he has seen the house in his dreams. When he arrives, he finds a place touched by ancient stories and beliefs - including the legend of the Seven Sleepers, which, legend has it, are awakened if you run seven times around the village church anti-clockwise!

This seems to be a hidden gem as with no reviews on the internet (that I could find) it's also not that easy to find any of Morris's books in your traditional bookshops, yet this novel is easily on a par with acclaimed horror writer James Herbert.

If you like the idea of day to day normality in Britain meeting horror, you'll love this book.

The characters are excellently described, very realistic and could be any large village in Britain!!...except for the Seven Sleepers!!
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