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An unforgettable, surrealist gothic folk-thriller with commercial crossover appeal from a brilliant new voice.
1643: A small group of Parliamentarian soldiers are ambushed in an isolated part of Northern England. Their only hope for survival is to flee into the nearby Moresby Wood... unwise though that may seem. For Moresby Wood is known to be an unnatural place, the realm of witchcraft and shadows, where the devil is said to go walking by moonlight...
Seventeen men enter the wood. Only two are ever seen again, and the stories they tell of what happened make no sense. Stories of shifting landscapes, of trees that appear and disappear at will... and of something else. Something dark. Something hungry.
Today: five women are headed into Moresby Wood to discover, once and for all, what happened to that unfortunate group of soldiers. Led by Dr Alice Christopher, an historian who has devoted her entire academic career to uncovering the secrets of Moresby Wood. Armed with metal detectors, GPS units, mobile phones and the most recent map of the area (which is nearly 50 years old), Dr Christopher’s group enters the wood ready for anything.
Or so they think...
About the Author
Fiona Barnett lives in Edinburgh, but grew up by the New Forest with stories of Roundheads and Cavaliers, and ancient secrets in the heart of the woods. She has podcasted on the British Civil Wars, and her short fiction has appeared in Haunted Voices: An Anthology of Scottish Gothic Storytelling.
‘Blimey, this was creepy as hell!’ -- Claire North, author of Ithaca
‘Haunting and heart-stopping. The Dark Between the Trees marks the arrival of a bold new voice in British horror.’ -- MR Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts
‘Superbly tense.’ -- Adam Roberts, author of The This
‘Fantastically written and darkly mesmerising.’ -- Marianne Gordon
‘An assured, masterful slice of folk-horror strangeness.’ -- Simon Bestwick, author of Black Mountain
Surreal and haunting — Booklist
An impressive debut — The FT
Barnett’s grasp of ineffable oddness would make Algernon Blackwood proud. — The Guardian
The Dark Between the Trees is folk horror of the most classic kind, refreshed for the new century. — Esquire
An unsettling and compelling folk horror. — SFX
An ambitious exercise on timelines and genres — Aurealis
This novel is uncomfortable, phantasmagorical — The Fantasy Hive
The perfect spooky and eerie read for anyone looking for a gothic folk story with incredible ambience — FanFiAddict
A deeply enjoyable horror tale — Runalong The Shelves
A memorable, spooky tale. — The Guardian
A head-rush horror novel for readers who relish things that go bump in the night. — LoveReading