Moors are lovely places, no werewolves at all

This may be my last bit of pleasure reading for a while, as the storm of a new semester strikes. But I’m happy to say I finally got to On the Moor: Science, History and Nature on a Country Walk by Richard Carter, and it was wonderful. Science and history and geography and evolution and culture all tangled up in musings while walking about the moors around Hebden Bridge — I got to visit that place a while back, and it was lovely and dense with a feeling of history. Now you too can sample it! Then get on a plane or train and go visit it! I’m sure Richard will be happy to give everyone a tour.

It’s also interesting for me since part of my paternal family came from that region in the Beforetimes, in the Long Long Ago. Maybe I should pick up a copy for my Out West family.


  1. Gregory Greenwood says

    I agree with Curious Digressions @ 1 – everyone should keep a close eye on PZ come the next full moon, just in case.

    Come to think of it, also watch him at the next king tide – he seems more likely to be a were-Cephalopod than a werewolf to me…

  2. davidc1 says

    So ,you are a Yorkshire Viking ?.Seeing as they colonised Yorkshire you might be a Viking Yorkshire Viking .

    How you ever heard of a 70s book called the “Unofficial Countryside” by Richard Mabey ?.
    It is about him finding wildlife in old industrial sites and other places.

  3. michaelvieths says

    *scratches ‘moors’ off of his vacation destinations* Getting harder and harder to find a good werewolf these days.

  4. Rich Woods says

    That day you visited Hebden Bridge, what was your welcome like in the Slaughtered Lamb? When you left, did you pay attention to the locals’ advice to stick to the path?

    Hmm. Now the beard makes sense.

  5. TheGyre says

    One of my long ago immigrant ancestors left Todmorden in 1750 under mysterious circumstances. He went to the North Carolina frontier at about the same time many sheep and cattle began to go missing. Coincidence?

  6. Larry says

    Have you checked out Trader Vic’s?

    As a matter of fact, he was having a pina colada.

    And his hair was perfect!

  7. birgerjohansson says

    Gary Larson (the cartoonist who made The Far Side) travelled across a moor in his youth where he encountered. …Elvis.
    (of course, back then Elvis was still alive). Larson was not bitten by a werewolf until later.
    ( from his autobiographical book The Curse of Madame C)
    — — —
    Moors also feature in the first chapters of the two last novels about the necromancer Johannes Cabal. No werewolves but one werebadger. And, of course his brother ( a vampire).

  8. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    Are there any Moors on the moors? Othello meets Lear would be an interesting mash-up.

  9. davidc1 says

    Sorry ,don’t want to upset anyone ,but American Werewolf was filmed in Wales .oh the horror.

  10. friendsofdarwin says

    Thanks for the plug, PZ. And thanks to all your readers who took your advice and ordered a copy. I hope they enjoy it.