Murder in the Moors: Crime Fiction Books Set in the English Moors

Crime Fiction Books Set in the English Moors_NovelSuspectsGothic novels are probably best known for being set in a manor house of the aristocracy, usually decadent and depraved, with the new generations haunted by the sins of their predecessors, unable to determine (or unwilling to admit) what exactly is causing all their turmoil… but there’s another element of the Gothic novel’s setting that still inspires terror. The moors. Dry, heather-covered tracts of country land, or wet, acidic peat bogs, England and its neighboring countries are known for the horrors set in these ecosystems, and there’s no better Gold Standard than this one:


Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.