Alison Moore

Writer of fiction, from novels to a story on a postcard


Sunny and the Ghosts

Sunny and the Ghosts, my first book for children (7+), will be published by Salt on 15th November, with illustrations by Ross Collins.

Sometimes, when you open a door or lift a lid, you find exactly what you expected to find: coats in the coat cupboard, bread in the bread bin, toys in the toy box. And sometimes you don’t.

When Sunny’s parents buy an antique shop, they get more than they bargained for: in some of the old furniture, Sunny finds ghosts. Each of the ghosts has an unfulfilled desire, something they never did in their lifetime: Walter wants to learn to read, Violet wants to write a novel, Mary and Elsie want to go to the seaside. While Sunny is trying to help them all, it seems someone else is out to cause trouble…


My new novel, Missing‚Äč, will be published by Salt on 15th May.

Following a family tragedy, Jessie Noon moved from the Fens to the Midlands and now lives in the Scottish Borders with a cat, a dog and – she is convinced – a ghost in the spare room. Her husband walked out almost a year ago, leaving a note written in steam on the bathroom mirror, and Jessie hasn’t seen her son for years. When Jessie meets Robert, a local outreach worker, they are drawn to one another and begin a relationship; meanwhile, Jessie has begun receiving messages telling her I’m on my way home.

As a translator, Jessie worries over what seems like the terrible responsibility of choosing the right words. It isn’t exactly a matter of life and death, said her husband, but Jessie knows otherwise. This is a novel about communication and miscommunication and lives hanging in the balance (a child going missing, a boy in a coma, an unborn baby), occupying the fine line between life and death, between existing and not existing.

New Fears 2

This autumn, Titan Books will be publishing New Fears 2, edited by Mark Morris and containing a new story of mine called 'The Sketch'.

The Shadow Booth

The Shadow Booth is a new journal of weird and eerie short stories edited by Dan Coxon. Volume 1 includes a new story of mine, 'The Stone Dead', as well as work by Malcolm Devlin, Gary Budden, Richard V. Hirst, Annie Neugebauer, Paul Tremblay, Sarah Read, Richard Thomas, Dan Carpenter, Joseph Sale, Timothy J. Jarvis, David Hartley and Stephen Hargadon.

Shadows and Tall Trees 7

A new story, 'The Voice of the People', appears in Shadows and Tall Trees 7 - available from Undertow Publications in hardback and paperback, with covers designed by Vince Haig and paperback cover artwork by Yaroslav Gerzhedovich - and online at Weird Fiction Review.

Dead Letters

Dead Letters is an anthology 'of the undelivered, the missing, the returned', edited by Conrad Williams and published by Titan. Authors received an item of aberrant post as a writing prompt; this was in the mysterious package that came through my letter box, inspiring my story, 'Ausland'. Dead Letters was shortlisted in the Best Anthology category of the British Fantasy Awards 2017.