The Haunted Storm


The Haunted Storm (1972) is author Philip Pullman's first book. He was only 25 at the time and it was "published by a publisher who didn't realise it wasn't a very good book".[citation needed] The Haunted Storm became joint winner of the New English Library's Young Writer's Award in 1972.

First edition
(publ. New English Library)


  • Matthew Cortez.
  • Elizabeth Cole.

Plot summaryEdit

Unease and suspicion divide a small village following violence and death. Matthew Cortez is physically involved in the investigation, finding his spiritual problems have a greater depth of reality. Only in the final disastrous confrontation in a ruined Mithraic temple does he, at last, glimpse the possibility of peace.

The book was described by Antonia Fraser as an "honest and enterprising attempt to interweave the eternal and immortal longings of youth into the texture of a contemporary story".[citation needed]