Morrissey has published a section from his forthcoming autobiography.
An essay by the former Smiths singer entitled ‘The Bleak Moor Lies’ appears in new book ‘The Dark Monarch: Magic & Modernity in British Art’, published by Tate St Ives.
The apparently fictional story, which Morrissey has said is taken from his autobiography, concerns a group of friends who travel to Saddleworth Moor in the South Pennines and encounter a ghost.
Saddleworth Moor became infamous in the ’60s when serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley used the site as a burial ground. As a result, Brady and Hindley were labelled the Moors Murderers, who Morrissey later wrote about the murders in The Smiths‘ song ‘Suffer Little Children’.
In his essay, the singer asks: “How many unfortunates have Saddleworth Moor as their resting place?”
Edited by Michael Bracewell, Martin Clark and Alun Rowlands, the book also includes contributions from Jon Savage and Damien Hirst.