Patrick Conroy, a young American student of medicine in Dublin, decides to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city and spend a month in the quietude of the wild and beautiful Glencree Valley, County Wicklow. However, surrounded by local legends and myths, he is soon dragged into an ancient mystery that has haunted the village of Ballymoor for centuries. Set on the background of the tumultuous years preceding the War of Independence, and colored by Irish folklore, the Haunter of the Moor is a ghost story written in the style of Victorian Gothic novels.
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The performance is fine, the story is cliche'
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A Gothic story in the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft
The narrator, Tim Kennedy, along with his voice acting, is wonderful. Each character is voiced individually and are easily recognizable. The accents are fun while remaining effective.
Jeffrey Kosh’s The Hunter of the Moor, harkens back to those grey spaces where H.P. Lovecraft and Alfred Hitchcock call home.
The Travelers as their motives and knowledge of local legends push the story along.
The stories follows an American medical student, from a wealthy family, to the Irish moors where he seeks a secluded place to study. Unfortunately, his lodgings and the surrounding area is inhabited by mysterious entities and standing stones, which draw him into unnatural occurrences.
The story is delivered via journal entries, akin to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with which it shares an ominous mood. The writing is clean and distinctly English in its charm. The characters are unique and distinct, a pleasure to spend time with. The environments are richly described, so much so that mentioned landmarks and specific items do not become obvious plot points, which is far too common in modern literature. The setting feels real and the local culture is explored to such a degree that one can imagine it completely.
The author, Jeffrey Kosh, has an unquestionable mastery of the English language, making his first person journal based writing a pleasure. His pacing feels classical, even, and unrushed. If criticism were necessary, it could be said that the intricacy of his prose require active listening rather than leisurely listening. If one were not accustomed to, nor a lover of, classical literature one might find the pacing too slow to hold one’s attention.
If you like H.P. Lovecraft, Hitchcock, and Bram Stoker, then this work will be a welcomed addition to your audio library.