Ghosts on the Moor

Three women spend Christmas in a remote cottage on Dartmoor to escape problems at home, but a Christmas Eve hike across the moor turns tragic as old ghosts return for vengeance…

A chilling new short story (10,000-words) in the vein of Andy Conway’s other timeslip novellas Touchstone and The Very Thought of You.

 

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Reader comments

“A very spooky short story! Having read and thoroughly enjoyed a lot of Andy Conway’s other work, I expected that I would enjoy this one too… and I wasn’t disappointed. A very good short tale with some excellent twists and turns!”

“A ghost story set on Dartmoor at Christmastime. What a spine-tinglingly perfect setting for a ghost story. Three friends, Zara, Liz and Sian rent a cottage in a Dartmoor village to spend Christmas together, a mixture of country pubs and moorland hikes. Things don’t quite go to plan however…  The three women with a complicated past could take the book into a dreary (for me) chicklit direction, but it actually gives the ghost story its bite. It might arguably be described as a present-day M.R. James as thoroughly malevolent ghosts wreak havoc on our heroines.  The Christmassy High Street in Totnes was nicely described, though I didn’t quite get the feel of a brooding wintry Dartmoor, but in the space available it’s a cracking little ghost story.”

NOT to be read at bedtime! Glad I read this in the morning – at least I got my sleep in first. I shall think twice about going to Devon again!”

Jimmy Sangster, British horror screenwriter, goes to the blood-spattered Underwood in the sky

I suppose it’s normal that most screenwriters who pass away go to that Underwood in the sky with little ceremony. Sometimes we don’t even notice their passing ourselves, and often we don’t realise how much certain screenwriters mean to us or what they’ve given us over the years.

Jimmy Sangster was a self-effacing screenwriter, director, producer who, while giving DVD commentaries recently, seemed surprised that anyone would be interested in his life’s work. But to this screenwriter, he was a name I recognised and one of the first screenwriters to have a direct effect on me. Continue reading