“A Digger must not refuse a request from the Dead." —Rule Five of the Gravedigger’s Code
Ian Fossor is last in a long line of Gravediggers. It’s his family’s job to bury the dead and then, when Called by the dearly departed, to help settle the worries that linger beyond the grave so spirits can find peace in the Beyond.
But Ian doesn’t want to help the dead—he wants to be a Healer and help the living. Such a wish is, of course, selfish and impossible. Fossors are Gravediggers. So he reluctantly continues his training under the careful watch of his undead mentor, hoping every day that he’s never Called and carefully avoiding the path that leads into the forbidden woods bordering the cemetery.
Just as Ian’s friend, Fiona, convinces him to talk to his father, they’re lured into the woods by a risen corpse that doesn’t want to play by the rules. There, the two are captured by a coven of Weavers, dark magic witches who want only two thing—to escape the murky woods where they’ve been banished, and to raise the dead and shift the balance of power back to themselves.
Only Ian can stop them. With a little help from his friends. And his long-dead ancestors.
Equal parts spooky and melancholy, funny and heartfelt, The Gravedigger’s Son is a gorgeous debut that will long sit beside Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Jonathan Auxier's The Night Gardener.
Sky Pony; September 2017
- ISBN: 9781510710740
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- Title: The Gravedigger's Son
- Author: Patrick Moody; Graham Carter (ill.)
Imprint: Sky Pony
In The Press
“Moody packs his cemetery with magic and monsters and makes digging up the dead a lot of fun.” -- J.W. Ocker, Edgar Award-winning author of Death and Douglas
"Deliciously eerie and heartfelt, The Gravedigger's Son sweeps you into a world of Diggers, Voicecatchers, and Weavers, where only a reluctant young gravedigger can save the day." --Sarah McGuire, author of Valiant
About The Author
Patrick Moody is a middle school custodian who draws inspiration from the spooky night-time halls. He lives with his family in Connecticut. The Gravedigger’s Son is his first novel.
Graham Carter is considered one of the most collectible printmakers in the UK, and has worked with a broad range of clients. He lives with his family in Seaford, England.