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The Third Grave

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When Thomas Ashley is invited to accompany the archaeological expedition of Sir Harold Gregory, he travels beyond the Great Cataract to enter a realm of endless sand, craggy cliffs, and the Egypt of the ancient pharaohs. Treading through the detritus of this vanished civilization, Ashley and his party uncover a New kingdom sarcophagus containing a mummy that has lain ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published February 1981 by Arkham House Publishers
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A personal favorite "classic" of mine, now back in print thanks to Valancourt Books!!
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Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
scary stuff! Only 184 pages, but they are of the very old classic type of horror...the kind that more builds in your mind rather than in the gory details present in modern horror fiction. The Third Grave was written in 1981, but still preserves the type of horror writing of older days. I like my horror cerebral rather than filled with gore so this one was perfect.

The book begins in Egypt, on an archaeological dig, where Thomas Ashley is working with Sir Harold Gregory. Ashley is an expert on
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
Better than I expected from this slim novel. I thought it would be a run-of-the-mill mummy story but it turned out that mummies were almost incidental to the story. There were zombies too. And creepy houses with locked doors. However, the author kept the plot fresh enough that despite all these tropes the story was pretty engaging. Plenty of suspense and eerie menace.

The writing was good and the vocabulary wasn't insulting and the author had me wanting to turn the next page so I gave it four
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
David Case's contribution to the horror genre - a couple of novels and two or three volumes' worth of short stories - is relatively unknown, but I find him compulsively readable and well worth the effort of hunting down whichever works are still in print. He writes in an unfussy British manner, with the sort of lean yet lyrical prose epitomised by Ian Fleming - no one has me reaching for the dictionary like David Case - and his stories have that 'Hammer Horror' feel to them; almost quaint, ...more
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I have long harbored a fascination with Egypt: hieroglyphics intrigue me to no end, I love the dusty magic of excavating shiny artifacts, and mummies! Come on. How much cooler does it get? I was in awe that the museum just had straight-up dead people in glass cases. I remember going to see King Tut when I was about ten and I was completely enamored. Take me to the pyramids.

David Case’s The Third Grave is a book I probably never would have found if it weren’t for the intrepid souls of Valancourt
Fraser Burnett
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good fun, quick read from the always interesting David Case. And yes, werewolves do get a mention

They're are no werewolves.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
This fairly obscure little book was a surprise in that it sent me to the dictionary ten or twelve times to look up words with which I was completely unfamiliar. It reminded me quite a bit of a Hammer mummy-horror film of fifty years ago. The tone of the novel made me believe the setting was in the late 19th century, but there was a casual reference to a jukebox in the bar with Tom Jones on it. An odd volume, but fun.
Kevin Jones
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a solid horror story with a Masterpiece Theater vibe. The story read like a gripping murder-mystery set in a small town in the English countryside. Amidst some moments of real terror with two mysterious and gruesome murders, The Third Grave dealt with some big themes about the human condition and the lengths to which people have gone throughout history in coming to terms with mortality. By the end, it becomes clear that the real monster of the book is the person who is willing to do ...more
David Edmonds
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After listening to David Case's The Third Grave, I was a little surprised to find that it was written in 1981; Case writes and creates an atmosphere that feels as if the story were written much earlier in the century, which is a good thing. There is a definite feel of antiquity to the story that lends itself perfectly to what at first feels like a typical mummy-themed adventure but what quickly turns into something more akin to Frankenstein and the accompanying horrors that can be done to a ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-fiction
Perfectly creepy story for this dark and stormy Spring night.
J Shaskan
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cartoonish characterization and an ending that can be spotted within the first thirty pages.
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David Case (1937-2018) was born in upstate New York. Since the early 1960s he lived in London, as well as spending time in Greece and Spain. His acclaimed collection The Cell: Three Tales of Horror appeared in 1969, and it was followed by the novels Fengriffen: A Chilling Tale, Wolf Tracks, and The Third Grave. His other collections include Brotherly Love and Other Tales of Trust and Knowledge, ...more