Master of the Moors
Sixteen-year-old Kate Mansfield and her blind brother Neil live in a manor on the edge of the Brent Prior moors. It is a dreary place populated by the dispirited and the disillusioned, where the young nurture desperate dreams of escape. And Kate is no different. But her plans to run away to the... show more
Sixteen-year-old Kate Mansfield and her blind brother Neil live in a manor on the edge of the Brent Prior moors. It is a dreary place populated by the dispirited and the disillusioned, where the young nurture desperate dreams of escape. And Kate is no different. But her plans to run away to the city are crushed one very ordinary morning when the quiet in Brent Prior is shattered by an inexplicable act of violence. In the wake of the tragedy, Kate's beloved father is stricken by a strange illness, and she and her brother fall under the care of the manor's caretaker and maid. Then, as if attuned to the melancholy that has stricken Mansfield House, a fog rolls in. Villagers begin to vanish. Lithe fleeting shadows are glimpsed in the mist, and a disfigured man arrives in Brent Prior. A man who has come back to settle an old score. A man who calls himself the Master of the Moors.
Pages no: 205
Edition language: English
This book is definitely a departure from other books that I have read by Burke, which are modern in style as well as theme. This is an homage to the great Hammer Horror films (or Universal Films if you see it that way) that I watched as a kid where werewolves prowl the moors. Atmospheric. Gothic....
This is an old school, gothic type horror story, complete with terrified villagers running around with torches in the foggy, craggy terrain. It's fast paced, it's fun and the characters are believable. The enemy is hard to define and that's one of the best parts of the ride. The ending snuck up on ...
Master of the Moors is a chilling blend of old school with a contemporary edge. Burke brings the moors to life; you can literally feel the tendrils of fog envelop you in this authentically atmospheric werewolf tale.
I haven't read the final version ... I read the version he posted to a Yahoo! group as he was writing it. It was a real page turner! I plan to read the final version someday ... it was that good.