Starve Acre: A Journey into English Folk Horror with Andrew Michael Hurley

Explore the occult possibilities of the English landscape with Andrew Michael Hurley as he joins us on Halloween to read from his highly-anticipated new horror novel 'Starve Acre'.

Foyles Charing Cross Road, London

Thursday 31st October, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Reading


About the Event

Taking us behind the scenes of of his disquieting and devastating narrative, Andrew will invite us into Richard and Julie Willoughby’s moorland house—a home left bereft since the recent death of their young son Ewan. Convincing herself that the boy still lives with them somehow, Julie is drawn to a seemingly benevolent group of occultists known as the Beacons, while Richard begins to find a distraction from his grief in a search for a legendary oak tree in a nearby field.

Drawing on the recent revival in folk horror, Andrew will reveal the influences that shape his work, and discuss why the search for ‘ghosts’ says more about the modern world than we may wish to admit.

The event will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.

Venue Information

Foyles Charing Cross Road
107 Charing Cross Road
United Kingdom

About the Book

Starve Acre
Starve Acre

Andrew Michael Hurley

Publisher:John Murray Press

Publication date:29 Oct 2019


4.06 out of 5
9 reviews
"Andrew Michael Hurley returns to a strange but familiar terrain"
Times Literary Supplement
"A deeply unsettling tale, superbly told"
The Bookseller
"The award-wining novelist returns with a gothic terror tale set in a haunted house"
The Sunday Times
"Starve Acre, leaner and perhaps even more unsettling than its predecessors, may well be his best novel so far"
The Times
"demands a phenomenal control of language and atmosphere to work at all, and Hurley provides it in spades"
The Spectator
"(a) chilling novel redolent of 70s folk-horror"
The Observer
"Andrew Michael Hurley knows his shtick and he is sticking to it."
The Scotsman
"Starve Acre is a haunting portrait of what happens in the liminal space between grief and insanity."
Irish Times
"I would hope to see him being a little more adventurous – and less accommodating – on his next outing."
The Guardian

The new novel from 'the new master of menace' (Sunday Times)