CHILDGRAVE. New York: Published by Pocket Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Pocket 42161-1. The author's third horror novel, preceded by ELIZABETH and BAXTER, both published under the pseudonym Jessica Hamilton. "CHILDGRAVE is an ambitious, deeply unsettling horror novel about the relationship between Jonathan Brewster, a fine art photographer, and Sara Coleridge, a professional harpist. When Jonathan takes a series of portraits of Sara and his young daughter, Joanne, he discovers his negatives contain unsettling ghostly images, two of which resemble Joanne's newest imaginary playmates, Colnee, who eats raw meat, and his father, who dresses entirely in black. When Sara suddenly disappears, Jonathan tracks her to Childgrave, her hometown in upstate New York, a place of 250 residents that seems oddly unaffected by modern technology. Here, Jonathan must come to terms with the devastating possibility that God is not actually a reasonable being." - Boyd White. "That's the horror of CHILDGRAVE, a horror that takes a long time to manifest, but once on the page, it's adult and mature in a way that makes vampires and ghosts seem like ways of avoiding the subject. Jonathan can have Sara's love, he can have a wonderful life, he can live a deeply spiritual existence, but it requires him to do unthinkable things. Or, and this is where it gets truly horrific, things that he previously found unthinkable." - Grady Hendrix, "True Artistry in Paperback Horror: Ken Greenhall's CHILDGRAVE" (online). A fine copy. (#160644).
"First Pocket Books printing December, 1982 / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.