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High Moor [Kindle Edition]

Graeme Reynolds
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

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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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"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

It takes a writer of tremendous skill to imbue a an action packed novel with as much depth, as is displayed here. - Gingernuts of Horror.

About the Author

Graeme Reynolds has been called many things over the years, most of which are unprintable. By day, he breaks computers for a living, but when the sun goes down he hunches over a laptop and thinks of new and interesting ways to offend people with delicate sensibilities. He lives somewhere in the UK with two cats, a flock of delinquent killer chickens and a girlfriend that is beginning to suspect that there is something deeply wrong with him. He has over thirty short story publications to his name, and is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the British Fantasy Society. http://www.graemereynolds.com http://www.facebook.com/HighMoorNovel @graemereynolds

Product Details

  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957010311
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068NOYM8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, but.... January 1, 2012
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Just finished reading this on my Kindle, and it really was a very good book. The author does a great job of telling the story, and you could identify with the characters, like they were real people. The descriptions of the werewolf transformations were so realistic, you could actually visualize it as you were reading it. It had just the right amount of "gore" when people were being killed, without being too graphic or drawn out. And even through all the fast-paced, scary moments of the book, there were funny comments that made you laugh.
I would give this 4 1/2 stars though, if I could. Only because I felt like it ended VERY abruptly, and left quite a few unanswered questions. Like what actually happened to the main character's parents ( and a few other characters)? And the differences in werewolves could be confusing at times. I can't say too much more than that though without giving away parts of the book.
I know it probably ended the way it did so that there can be another book, but it still left me thinking, "That's it?!"
After all that though, I'm hooked....and hoping for a sequel of some kind! I would definitely recommend this book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of werewolves! January 4, 2012
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A modern take on the werewolf concept---sort of like Blade was for vampires. More action than horror but lots of fun. The story was well-paced and interesting; there was plenty of tension, suspense, and surprises; the characters were well drawn and believable; the writing style was very fluid and mature; the plot made sense and could easily sustain another installment to further develop the story(ies).

And the werewolves were big, vicious and nasty as they are supposed to be. And some of the people were too....

I will be watching for this writer.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting and Enjoyable Take on Werewolves February 10, 2012
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Right off, I have to admit that I am a sucker for werewolves. I have always had a place in my heart for them, and I find them the most fascinating of all the creatures who go bump in the dark. So I am a willing reader of lycanthropic stories.

High Moor mostly delivers. The novel opens with an outbreak of werewolf-related violence in the UK some 20-plus years ago, people being torn apart in bloody orgies of destruction. The police are baffled by the deaths, and fear pervades the community. The storyline initially follows a young brother and sister and their friend, a cop who discovers the truth in the cause of the killings, and an American werewolf hunter.

It turns out that the initial killings are being done by a "moonstruck" werewolf, someone who cannot control her animal urges and becomes a mindless creature of death and destruction. Other weres try and keep a lid on the situation. They can control their changings, and they strive to blend into society, letting no one know of their abilities.

I will write up front that many of the prime characters meet their end, both back in the early part of the novel and then again when the timeline jumps up to the present. And most of their deaths are quite graphic in detail.

One of the difficulties in writing a tale where so many people die is how to describe their deaths in a way which elicits horror, but does not become mind-numbingly repetitive. Just how many ways can a writer describe a bite to the throat and still evoke a sense of horror? In this case, the author does a very credible job of managing this difficult task. The violence is quite gory, but each scene brings something new.

Characterization is a strong point in the novel.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First of a series... again. April 21, 2013
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I was hoping for a self-contained story. I got a cliffhanger. Why is it everything has to be serialized instead of just being a tand-alone?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great werewolf story February 4, 2013
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High Moor is a really well done Werewolf novel. Half the novel takes place in 1986 and the other half takes place 12 years later in 2008 following John and the people around him getting caught up in werewolves and death. The story was pretty good and kept me interested throughout. I enjoyed reading about John and his friends as kids and the parts of Steven and Carl hunting werewolves. The plot wasn't anything new, but it was done pretty well. The dialogue was more fit for the area it takes place in, which is a little different then what i'm used to, but still wasn't anything hard to understand. Some books I've seen take the local dialogue a bit far and can make some characters almost unreadable, but that wasn't the case here. The story ended in a great cliffhanger and sets up for the next book really well.

Overall a great story, i look forward to reading the sequel whenever it comes out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid British Werewolf yarn that's a cut above the rest October 30, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gorey but good!
Published 5 days ago by elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars High Moor is a master-class in old school horror, written for an...
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... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Stuart Keane
5.0 out of 5 stars This and the squeal are very good reads for the genre
Reynolds has a bright future ahead of him. This and the squeal are very good reads for the genre.

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Published 28 days ago by Jason T. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Drat!! Another new 5-star author!!!!
Vampires are my faves, but werewolves are moving up the list. Not to worry, they will never take the place of my vampires (it's a neck thing). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Meddy's Mind
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I've always been a fan of werewolves since the days of Lon Channey and black and white movies. This book was great: well written with a great plot and memorable characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Poindexter
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book, I was able to get it with narration which took me over the edge!!!! I could not put the book down, I also would take it to the gym with me and listen... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Celia
3.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the story
I really enjoyed the story. His depictions leaves very little to be imagined.....BUT, the language is extremely offensive and unnecessary. It adds nothing to the story line. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars praise for High Moor
Good read with good ideas. Wish it was longer and will read sequel.
Published 2 months ago by KEITH BESSLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great thriller, keeps you on a edge.
Published 3 months ago by Ivonne Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Cant wait to read the next one
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More About the Author

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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High Moor 2: Moonstruck - To be released on 26th April 2013
im looking forward too this book.
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