The Hungry Moon: Fiction Without Frontiers Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"In every respect, Campbell's best." (Kirkus Reviews)
Isolated on the moors of northern England, the town of Moonwell has remained faithful to their Druid traditions and kept their old rituals alive. Right-wing evangelist Godwin Mann isn’t about to let that continue, and his intolerant brand of fundamentalism has struck a chord with the residents.
But Mann goes too far when he descends into the pit where the ancient being who’s been worshipped by the Druids for centuries is said to dwell. What emerges is a demon in Mann’s shape, and only the town’s outcasts can see that something is horribly wrong. As the evil spreads, Moonwell becomes cut off from the rest of the world.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 58 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 19, 2019|
|Publisher||Flame Tree Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #82,599 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,192 in Horror Fiction
#3,655 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#15,369 in Horror Literature & Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2021
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There are several worthy aspects to this novel: Campbell's imagery is genuinely disturbing, subtle and free from cliche; the attempts (perhaps neither, unfortunately, entirely successful) to address issues of religious fanaticism and nuclear weaponry - both still timely twenty years on; he also takes the trouble to paint his scene broadly, taking on a large cast of characters, most of whom are skillfully imagined. But this wide range is also one of the problems - there is simply too much content in the book, and furthermore, the quality of writing is somewhat uneven. I felt the novel was slightly too bloated, and its pace, although never exactly slow, overall a little too pedestrian.
And although Campbell generally avoids the more tedious staples of genre convention, some of the tropes are too wooden (one of the other reviews on this site nicely enumerates these creaking plot supports). Finally, although the prose is generally well wrought - transparent in its description and so on - it does stumble at places in the middle and towards the end of the book; although Campbell complains of being over-edited in his afterword, there was sufficient clumsiness in parts of the text to suggest that quite the opposite might be true.
All in all, the novel was perfectly readable, but not quite up to the standard of excellence I had hoped for given the author's good name.