Charles L. Grant – The Grave (Tor Books, 1988, Original 1981, 250p.)
Josh Miller has a talent for finding things. So far, the things people have asked him to find – antique tables, old movie posters – have been innocuous enough. And Andrea Montague, the daughter of a local writer, may be his most interesting find so far.
But no one's asked Josh to find the missing fifth victim of an unexplained auto accident – the one who vanished from the scene of the crash without leaving a trail of blood, though he must have been badly hurt. No one's asked Josh to look for other missing people – residents of Oxrun Station who mysteriously and inexplicably vanished on their birthdays.
Someone very definitely doesn't want him to find the clearing full of century-old gravestones, the clearing that feels so evil.
This time, whatever Josh is hunting is hunting him, too … and it's hungry.
Another nice Tor cover. What skeletons was for Zebra, it's the night and the moon for Tor. It is even an embossed cover. I actually started reading this, but didn't get far. The idea of the "Finder" was much later also done in a short-lived crime tv-series, called not surprisingly The Finder. A spin-off from Bones.
Another nice Tor cover. What skeletons was for Zebra, it's the night and the moon for Tor.
You are so right! All that time it's been staring me in the face and I didn't realise. Jessica Amanda Salmonson's 'Tales By Moonlight', even their Chetwynd-Hayes paperbacks, cover artwork ever dominated by a spooky full moon (often with skull, occasionally with cat face).
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.