It should have been ridiculous. It wasn't. Instead it seemed somehow sinister - these utterly inexplicable, meticulously constructed stick lattices spread through a wilderness where only a tree-grown embankment or a forgotten stone wall gave evidence that man had ever passed through.
Readers may not know Wagner trained as a psychiatrist but left the field to pursue writing, which lends a trenchant psychological insight to his works. Stories like "Old Loves," "The Last Wolf," "Neither Brute Nor Human," and "More Sinned Against" from Why Not You and I? (Sept 1987, Tor, cover art by J.K. Potter) display a knowledge of the world of writers and horror fandom and some attendant dangers of real-life love (hence the kissing skulls). The latter tale, about the horrifying fate of a Tom Selleck-style action TV star, was my first introduction to Wagner when I read it in the rollicking splatterpunky collection Silver Scream (1988), edited by David J. Schow. It took me a couple years to track down affordable used copies of these old paperbacks; they're well-worn but comfortably well-loved and hold a position of some renown in my collection.