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Starve Acre


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Andrew Michael Hurley is based in Lancashire. His first novel, The Loney, was originally published by Tartarus Press as a 300-copy limited edition, before being republished by John Murray. It went on to sell in twenty languages, win the Costa Best First Novel Award and the Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards. Devil's Day, his second novel, was picked as a Book of the Year in five newspapers, and won the Encore Award.


Startlingly and daringly original, a story that shivers itself deeply into the consciousness - David Park, author of the 2018 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Travelling in a Strange LandA deeply unsettling tale, superbly told - BooksellerA brilliant interweaving of psychological realism, folklore, and the haunting presence of the supernatural. I would put it in the company of some of M. R. James's fiction, Daphne du Maurier's 'Don't Look Now', Piers Haggard's The Blood on Satan's Claw, and Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby . . . in his ability to render the liminal space between the psychological and supernatural, Hurley most closely resembles Shirley Jackson . . . Andrew Michael Hurley is writing the very best folk horror fiction out there. In that, he has no rival. Indeed, he's writing some of the best fiction period. His novels cannot be easily categorized. They are always luminous representations of human nature, in all its frailty, spliced together with the disconcerting power of the natural world and the myths and rituals by which we attempt to reconcile ourselves to that power. In the interstices of these things-human emotion, nature, ritual-Hurley offers glimpses of what we could call the supernatural - Horror Home RoomSometimes somebody comes along who truly has an original voice - Hurley is one of those people . . . Starve Acre is without doubt the most complex and thought-provoking book I've read in a long time. It's a week since I finished it, and it's still plaguing my thoughts. It's not the kind of throwaway novel you take with you on holiday; this is a tale that almost seeps into your soul, leaving the mind boggled and the heart in turmoil. I can't wait for whatever Hurley does next - ON MagazineWriters such as Andrew Michael Hurley are special and Starve Acre does not betray the legacy he's established with his previous two books . . . What makes Starve Acre such a superlative piece of folk horror is that Hurley is as good a nature writer as he is a horror writer and manages to give the environment a sense of identity and presence that goes well beyond merely describing a picturesque scene - Sublime HorrorA tour de force of physiological fantasia . . . Writing of this quality - sensuous, exact, observant - ensures that other scenes, too, pulse with vitality . . . Hurley's gothic storylines send spectres of deathliness through his fictional world. His prose brings it vividly alive - Sunday TimesBeautifully written and triumphantly creepy - Mail on Sunday

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