Another of nosferatu's gift package, this novel (at least in the Arrow edition) has the blurb; On the black moors of northern England in the shadow of a modern missile base, a band of Druids enact their pagan rites... Rites which unleash a nightmare vision of two unspeakable horrors - ancient supernatural evil and nuclear catastrophe.' So far that's proved about as accurate as most blurbs (I'm on chapter 19). The story really starts with a man trying to find not just a girl but a place, a town called Moonwell, which is no longer on the maps and nobody else seems to remember existing. And the events leading to this seem to stem from the arrival in that town of an American evangelist and his band of brainwashed followers on a quest to stamp out paganism and free thought in the place. I've got to say, this one really does work for me. There is some immensely creepy stuff, and the unease and growing frustration of those who resist the evangelist's influence is so well portrayed I find myself sharing it. In fact it's so gripping I have to set alarms on my mobile to remind me I have other things to do than just read!
Small aside; I tried to reproduce the cover but my scanner seems to be defunct (well, it is over a year old) and since I can't afford a new one and the printer still works... And an image I found on the net seems not to want to show up here. Sorry. It has a lovely, night sky effect with a moon that segues to a skull.
Cthulhu loves me this I know, the Necronomicon told me so
I read this one on holiday a couple of weeks back and it is definitely a most chilling novel. The atmosphere of darkness around the little village is so vividly conveyed I started feeling it around me, even in a sunny seaside town. Diana's vision of the origins of the moon-thing was a thrilling piece of cosmic horror and there's just so much else going on that it's surprising it all fits in. I did feel the pace became notably drawn-out in the last dozen or so pages, but even that added something to the sense of experiencing everything with the characters.
Hmm, it seems just impossible to find a nice copy of this edition! This is the version I need. I have been keeping a lookout for years now. Well, big seller WorldofBooks offer it, but they just cannot be trusted, ... they only show a stock picture, and their condition descriptions are not specific, but general; ... I have received a couple of ill-used books from them.
I really like the raunchy, garish colored cover. It sets me in a good mood for reading.