Andrew Michael Hurley (one of our writers)
August 2015
John Murray

About the publication

Winner of the Costa Book Award for best first novel. 

If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney - that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest.

It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is.

I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn't stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget...


The Loney is not just good, it's great. It's an amazing piece of fiction.

Stephen King

Modern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be both.

Sunday Telegraph

A masterful excursion into terror. Hurley (whose remarkable talent has previously been confined to short stories) fills the larger space this debut novel gives him with a slow, inexorable build-up of menace... Both the obliquely suggestive and the rawly physical are put to fearful effect as jeopardy tightens around the characters. Familiar properties of the horror genre aren't spurned ... but Hurley excitingly revivifies such material with the energy of his writing. Dankly atmospheric his eerie narrative is packed with the palpable and pungent

Sunday Times

Like the Wicker Man in prose, Andrew Michael Hurley's debut is a slow-burning tale of uniquely British terror... Stands out among a rising wave of literary horror. In the tradition of ghost story writer M. R. James, its fear factor depends not on monsters seen full-face but on hints, allusions and the indeterminate shapes formed in the reader's own hyper-sensitised mind... Hurley draws on a rich tradition and gives it his own distinctive touch. Nuanced, deliberate and building insensibly from a murmur to a shriek. The Loney is an unforgettable addition to the ranks of the best British horror


This wonderful 'horror' novel was first published by a small, independent press, but the quality of the bone-chilling, poetic writing is too good to box up inside a genre

The Times

Faith, mysticism and ritual circle around a community full of believable, complex characters, creating an atmosphere so thick and hot it will prickle the back of your neck. Gut literature at its best

Big Issue

The Loney is an uneasy stretch of land on the coast of Lancashire, with treacherous sands and sinister undercurrents - the perfect setting for this eerie, atmospheric tale of folklore, superstition and religious conviction

Sunday Express