Reviews of Dark Fiction

Goblin (A Novel in 6 Novellas) by Josh Malerman

Creepy town policemen. Graveyards where all the clients are buried standing up. Rain nearly all day every day. This is the town of Goblin and why anyone would want to live there is beyond me.

This is a collection of novellas which all take place in the town of Goblin, except the opening piece where the driver is on his way to Goblin. Some of these tales overlap each other, but combined they come together to paint a picture of Goblin and its often awful history. I’ve listed the stories I liked the most but to be honest, I liked all of them

PRESTO tells the story of an up and coming magician and what he has to do to make a name for himself in the field of prestidigitation.

A MIX UP AT THE ZOO broke my damn heart. I’ve had dark days where I go about my business on autopilot. I’ve never done anything like this though.

THE HEDGES spoke to me because I was attracted to the young girl who was supremely confident at first, but slowly became uncomfortable and afraid.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUNTER spoke to me in a different way. In a way that made me want to hurt these characters physically. I really wanted to punch a couple of them right in their ugly faces. In this story a lot of Goblin’s history is related and some of its secrets revealed.

Not all of secrets though! What is up with the creepy cops, Mr. Malerman? Why are these people, (Goblinites?), buried standing up? Do you have any intentions of making this right with your readers? Because I think you need to rectify this, stat! (Please.)

I deducted half a star because I thought these important questions would be answered. Sue me. 😉

*Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the eARC of this fabulous book in exchange for my honest feedback. In case you couldn’t tell, I loved it!*

Goblin Book Cover Goblin
Josh Malerman
Dark Fiction, Horror, Suspence
Del Rey

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie comes a chilling story that revolves around a mysterious small town, revealing its sinister secrets one by one.

“Must-read horror.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Goblin seems like any other ordinary small town. But with the master storyteller Josh Malerman as your tour guide, you’ll discover the secrets that hide behind its closed doors. These six novellas tell the story of a place where the rain is always falling, nighttime is always near, and your darkest fears and desires await. Welcome to Goblin. . . .

A Man in Slices: A man proves his “legendary love” to his girlfriend with a sacrifice even more daring than Vincent van Gogh’s—and sends her more than his heart.

Kamp: Walter Kamp is afraid of everything, but most afraid of being scared to death. As he sets traps around his home to catch the ghosts that haunt him, he learns that nothing is more terrifying than fear itself.

Happy Birthday, Hunter!: A famed big-game hunter is determined to capture—and kill—the ultimate prey: the mythic Great Owl who lives in Goblin’s dark forests. But this mysterious creature is not the only secret the woods are keeping.

Presto: All Peter wants is to be like his hero, Roman Emperor, the greatest magician in the world. When the famous magician comes to Goblin, Peter discovers that not all magic is just an illusion.

A Mix-Up at the Zoo: The new zookeeper feels a mysterious kinship with the animals in his care . . . and finds that his work is freeing dark forces inside him. The Hedges: When his wife dies, a man builds a hedge maze so elaborate no one ever solves it—until a little girl resolves to be the first to find the mysteries that wait at its heart.

The Hedges: When his wife dies, a man builds a hedge maze so elaborate no one ever solves it—until a little girl resolves to be the first to find the mysteries that wait at its heart.

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