The Man in the Moss

  • by Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by Seán Barrett
  • 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Though dead for two millennia, he remains perfectly preserved in black peat. The Man in the Moss is one of the most fascinating finds of the century. But, for the isolated Pennine community of Bridelow, his removal is a sinister sign. A danger to the ancient spiritual tradition maintained, curiously, by the Mothers' Union.
In the weeks approaching Samhain - the Celtic feast of the dead - tragedy strikes again in Bridelow. Scottish folk singer Moira Cairns and American film producer Mungo Macbeth discover their Celtic roots are deeper and darker than they imagined.
And, as fundamentalist zealots of both Christian and satanic persuasions challenge an older, gentler faith, the village faces a natural disaster unknown since the reign of Henry VIII.

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Another creepy wonderful Rickman story

I love Phil Rickman stories, they are viscerally unnerving, immersive and wonderful. He has quite a knack of keeping secrets that he exposes throughout the story, not just at the end where you would expect them. The narration is great, my only complaint being that I wish the speaker would pause a bit when scenes change, as I found it a little hard to follow. Definitely would recommend this book to any horror fan.
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- Barbara

Celtic Mysterium

Originally published in 1994, this stand-alone novel is classic Phil Rickman. Set in a remote and ancient village on the England/Scotland border (a setting which is just as much a character in the story as any of the human actors), the story begins with the accidental discovery of the corpse of a 2000 year old man preserved in the peat bog surrounding the village--a man who apparently was killed in a ritual 3-part Celtic sacrifice. The discovery triggers a number of events and a confrontation between Christian and pagan traditions which have long peacefully co-existed in the town--and also the intrusion of a much darker influence.
As I have said in other reviews of Rickman, he is a master of interweaving the materialistic, the mystical and the mysteries of the human psyche--never straining our credulity past the breaking point. The book is a little long but honestly I can say that I was sorry to have it end--a great story with a wonderful narrator.
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- Diane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2015
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd