Rated 4.83/5 based on 12 reviews
When a gravestone appears in his neighbour's garden Greg Micheals thinks nothing of it. Neither does anyone else.
Until everyone starts dying... More
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 7,910
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781452380346
About Justin Cawthorne

Justin Cawthorne is an author of tales that explore new ways to draw terror from both the known and unknown.

In partnership with the "Tales To Terrify" podcast, Justin Cawthorne was a recipient of the 2016 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form), awarded for the adaptation of his short story "Graves". He has a short story, "Colder Still" appearing in the anthology Shadows & Teeth Volume 2, published by Darkwater Syndicate.

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Reviews of Graves by Justin Cawthorne

vivascarlett reviewed on Jan. 28, 2014

I loved this book with it's unusual story line.
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Artie Margrave reviewed on July 31, 2013

I read this about two years ago and it was a masterpiece then, a keeper. Just today, as I was looking down my list for a new read, I fell upon it, and remembered I'd not told others about it yet. What a long time to keep a book hidden, so here:
First, this is a fantastic short and a complete one too. What I love about it was its conclusion: the mystery, though solved, still remained a mystery. It's an evocative book, very vivid writing, enjoyable to read and engrossing. Worth all of my time reading it. Recommended to all fans of horror, and authors too.
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June Swinford reviewed on Oct. 18, 2011
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Excellent read.
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Ecowitch reviewed on June 10, 2011

Set in a small town on a small island, this story tells the tale of a small community that is terrorised by something/someone unknown through the eyes...moreSet in a small town on a small island, this story tells the tale of a small community that is terrorised by something/someone unknown through the eyes of Greg Micheals. It begins with a gravestone being left outside his neighbours house, seemingly as a practical joke but events quickly escalate to bloody murder and the gravestone disappears...only to turn up outside somebody else's home and so the cycle begins. Cawthorne builds the tension and fear within the community and the reader simultaneously and the climax is gripping, terrifying and disturbing (I'm going to be checking for a gravestone outside my house for weeks now!). A superb short story that could easily be developed into a full length novel without losing any of its effect
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Richard Freeland reviewed on March 16, 2011

Great story by an outstanding author of suspense utilizing a unique twist with flair and imagination. If you thought walking past a graveyard was frightening, wait til the grave comes to you! Highly recommended. Hopefully, Crawthorne will see fit to expand this into a full-length novel, and further develop his protagonist for all our enjoyment.
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Jayne Lawrence reviewed on Oct. 18, 2010

This is a great story, highly recommended. It would be a great novel.
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Ken reviewed on Sep. 27, 2010

A gripping horror short story. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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GraceKrispy reviewed on Aug. 21, 2010

A grave randomly appearing in a neighbor's garden, an event that shocks the island, a mystery that terrifies the town...this story had me engaged from beginning to end! The plot was perfectly suited to the short story format, but I could see it being expanded into a longer novel as well. The writing was appealing and it was hard to put down. A fun read!
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gskidz reviewed on Aug. 12, 2010

Excellent. I'd like to see what Cawthorne could do with a longer piece.
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Kelli Caselman reviewed on June 19, 2010

Cawthorne has a good professional writing style. My only question has to do with plot. He's set his main character up as different from everyone else in town, a quiet, down trodden hero-in-waiting filled with inner strength. Simple rules of follow through say he deserved an ending that set him apart as well. He's just not the kind to get in line. My hero wants a new ending that lets him be all he can be.
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