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Good old fashioned horror

Childgrave - Ken Greenhall

Jonathan Brewster , a photographer, lives with his 4 year old daughter Joanne in New York. At a musical event in the city he meets and becomes besotted with Sara Coleridge, a harpist. Ghostly spectral images  begin to appear in a number of his photographs and added to this Joanne's new invisible friends and her obsession with a place called childgray. When Jonathan researches the word childgray he realizes what is daughter was meaning to say was Childgrave which reveals itself as a small community/village north of New York. He becomes convinced that he must visit Childgrave especially when he is informed that Sara Coleridge also resides there. An invitation is sent from the good citizens and Jonathan heads north for a new life..


This is a good old fashioned horror story that culminates in the unveiling of a community that time has forgotten. A community with its own laws and rituals, a community that an outsider should fear. But Jonathan is a man deeply in love unaware of the  dangers that he and his precious daughter will soon be subjected to. A beautiful story bristling with the supernatural containing some very intriguing characters none more memorable than Delbert Rudd Childgraves chief of police. Many thanks to the good people of Valancourt books( an independent small press specializing in the rediscovery of rare and out of print books including horror and gothic fiction), for sending me a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written. Highly recommended.