The Man in the Moss

The Man in the Moss➽ [Download] ➺ The Man in the Moss By Phil Rickman ➸ – Perfectly preserved in black peat, the Man in the Moss is one of the most fascinating finds of the century But for the isolated community of Bridelow, his removal is a sinister sign—a danger to the Perfectly preserved in in the PDF/EPUB é black peat, The Man in the Moss is one of the most fascinating finds of the century But for the isolated community of Bridelow, his The Man Kindle - removal is a sinister sign—a danger to the ancient spiritual tradition In the weeks approaching the Celtic feast of the dead, tragedy strikes again and again in Bridelow And, Man in the ePUB ´ as zealots challenge an older, gentler faith, the village faces a natural disaster unknown since the reign of Henry VII.

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  • Paperback
  • 596 pages
  • The Man in the Moss
  • Phil Rickman
  • English
  • 08 September 2017
  • 9780330337847

10 thoughts on “The Man in the Moss

  1. Helen says:

    3.5 stars.

    Firstly, I would describe this book as 'folk horror' rather than just straightforward horror because there's a lot more going on here than just the typical horror yarn.

    Set in fictional northern English town of Bridelow (ah, feels like home), surrounded by bleak peat moss, the body of a 'bog man' is found during the construction of a road. When archeologists and other 'interested parties' take him away, things begin to go awry in Bridelow, including the replacing of the very tolerant Reverend who, in the words of one of the village elders promoted an outlook where 'a practical Paganism and humble Christianity have comfortably linked hands for so long'.
    There are lots of tangled strings of story here including a Scottish folk singer, a banished village bad boy and Goddess worship, which I found combined to make this a rather long read. It does, however, all come together in the end - eventually.
    I did enjoy the strong sense of place, though; the gloomy dark moors and peat, the little English village with its Post Office and Mother's Union (not the typical Mother's Union, I might add), the strong local traditions that everyone follows, even if they don't know why, and the northern accent. And of course, if you've ever seen any of the well-known 'bog men' in the news you'll appreciate the spookiness of their existence. I'm in sympathy with one of the characters who opines that such things are unnatural, things are meant to rot, to fade away. How wonderfully eerie it must be to come face to face with someone who died over a thousand years ago!

  2. Linda says:

    Things are about to change in the ancient village of Bridelow, in western England. Folks here are Christian, but have always adhered to their Celtic roots, and the Mother holds as much power here as the Christ. First, the brewery, producer of Bridelow Black, the famous local bitter, is sold, throwing most of the locals out of work. Then the Anglican priest, who well understands the need to coexist in this place, falls ill, and is replaced by a born again preacher who views Bridelow as an evil, pagan, abomination of a place. The final blow connects when an ancient bog body is discovered in the Moss, the huge peat bog through which the village is accessed. Revered wise woman, Ma Wagstaff, knows something's afoot, and the signals are not beneficent. Little does she realize.....

    There are many interesting and colorful characters in Man, just as there are in all of Rickman's work. The three central ones are Moira Cairns, a folk singer, Matt Castle, the Celtic musician who gave Moira her start, and Mungo Macbeth (really!), an American film maker in search of his roots. They will all play crucial roles in a diabolical plot planned by Bridelow's bad boy, exiled years ago but dying to return.

    Rickman's strengths lie in his ability to conjure a sense of time, place, and psyche. His shadings and subtleties are dense and evocative, his characters real and true, whether good or evil. The Man in the Moss is categorized as horror, but it is much, much more.

  3. John says:

    Story - 3.0 stars
    Narration - 4.0 stars

    Just too long. Too many characters to keep track of through the sometimes thick brogue of the narrator.

    If you get bored, skip to the last few chapters.

    Add a star if you just love a thick brogue...

  4. Bondama says:

    Ignoring the Merrily Watkins stories, Mr. Rickman displays an extremely vast knowledge of Celtic folklore. The book December is one terrifying read!! The Man in the Moss explores a field rarely touched, Celtic folklore still existing in the North of England (as opposed to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall)

  5. Christine says:

    This is not a Watkins book, though it does feature a supporting character who eventually appears in the book.

    The plot in the story at first seems like two plots - one the discover of a bog man who is unburied, and the other is the far out of a musician's death.

    The book makes great use of old belief and tradition, as well as the idea of co-opting such for one's own history. While I didn't like it as much as some of the Watkins, as always Rickman writes excellent women.

  6. Diane Dickson says:

    I found this a very entertaining read. There is so much in it - evil, good, mystery, realism, magic of all hues etc.etc.

    It was brilliantly atmospheric and I love that. I could hear the rain and really imagine the peat and the moors and the whole lot. I have to say that our emotions are played with somewhat up and down and up again.

    I think you have to be willing to simply let yourself go along with this one, don't question too deeply but just enjoy and as for the Mother's Union - Well, ooo'd a thowt it !!!

  7. Stephen Hayes says:

    Phil Rickman's books are difficult to find, and one buys them when one can. This was one of his earlier ones, which we hadn't read. Many of his other books have characters that appear again, but this one is in a different setting, with different characters.

    The characters are not as convincing as those in some of his other books. It is more tinged with horror and dark and evil forces. His later novels, especially in the Merrily Watkins series, turn out to be more like whodunits, and one misses the supernatural chills.

    In many ways I should not have liked it as much as I did. And I think the reason I liked it is that I have been in the kind of situations he describes. He gets the relationship between Christianity and paganism better aligned in his later books -- the kind of situation he portrays in The man in the moss has been shown to be historically inaccurate in England. But it is in many ways true to life in parts of Africa. It may be wrong in its setting, but move it to another setting, and it becomes true to life.

  8. Jeannie Sloan says:

    Pretty good book.Better than his other horror books.The story is interesting and all the history of the Celtic people I found facinating.
    It also has a satisfying ending which I find in most of the books that I really like.
    I won't go into the plot because others have but the main protagonists are believable and endearing.I found that I really cared about what was happening to them.
    Anyone who is a born again christian may have a problem with the book though because of the way it paints extremests.I found that satisfying though.
    This book is definutely worth reading and maybe in one setting.The pace keeps you guessing what will happen next.
    People who want to read other books by him may be steered to his supernatural mysteries.The series starts with The Wine of Angels and it's about a female priest in England and her 'supernatural' challenges.
    I am trying to let other people know about his Merrily Watkin's series because it really is one of the best series out there.

  9. William Stafford says:

    The discovery of a body in the bog beside an isolated Northern village triggers a series of events with more than a tinge of the supernatural to them. Phil Rickman populates his story with well-drawn characters with a gritty humour and no-nonsense outlook on what are rather outlandish occurrences. This is Twin Peaks meets The League of Gentlemen with something of The Wicker Man chucked in for good measure. The dialogue is naturalistic and funny; Rickman adds a sense of mystery by often not revealing who is speaking/thinking until well into a scene, a technique that allows him to surprise and shock us as needs be. With themes of old and new, tradition and revolution, the story is unerringly intriguing and the story-telling absorbing, atmospheric and vivid.


  10. Burt says:

    I just finished reading/listening to Phil Rickman's The Man in the Moss. Must give this one a five. It is chilling, in parts horrifying, supernatural. I am tempted to call it sprawling. An overlay of Goddess Worship and Christianity shield the town of Bridelow, until a malignant person brings to bear evil forces that have been years in the making.

    Rickman is more known for his Merrily Watkins mysteries, but Man is one of his stand-alone titles. It is the best novel I have read in quite a long time. If you don't shiver when the rain pounds down and the glow is over the moss, you're not doing it right.

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