Goblin A novel in six novellas

Josh Malerman

Book - 2021

"From the bestselling author of Bird Box, a novella collection in which every story reveals a sinister secret about a mysterious small town. The town of 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 the town's 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 of all he is afraid of ghosts. 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Horror fiction
Novellas
Published
New York : Del Rey [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Originally published in paperback in the United States by Earthling Publications, in 2017"--title page verso.
Physical Description
392 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780593237809
0593237803
Main Author
Josh Malerman (-)
  • A man in slices
  • Kamp
  • Happy birthday, Hunter!
  • Presto
  • A mix-up at the zoo
  • The hedges.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Originally published in 2017, Malerman's novel in six novellas introduces readers to Goblin, a very wet small town with large owls, a hedge maze, and possibly a forest witch. Goblin is the sort of place where lovelorn mutilations and zoo mishaps happen pretty regularly, and you can't even call the police because they are also upsetting monstrosities. Even something as innocent as a magic show ends up drowning in darkness. A sort of Tales from the Crypt meets Winesburg, Ohio, the book's macabre stories are linked only by their setting and recurring elements, like the town's never-ending rain. Goblin is at its best when it's suggesting horror, providing glimpses instead of long stares; when things get more overt, it starts to lose momentum. Though it's occasionally uneven, and not as accomplished as Malerman's excellent Bird Box books, there's still plenty of spooky fun to be had in these tales and Malerman's fans should enjoy their time in scenic Goblin. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Malerman (Bird Box) tantalizes readers with this enigmatic linked collection of horror novellas, which interweaves six stories set in the unsettling city of Goblin, Mich. "Prologue: Welcome" admirably sets the eerie tone, as truck driver Tommy is tasked with delivering a box to a resident of Goblin. Though Tommy agrees to the lucrative assignment, he's disturbed by the client's odd instructions: the package is to be dropped off only between midnight and 12:30 a.m., and no attempt can be made to open it. Additionally, if Tommy misses the delivery window, or no one answers the door, he's to destroy the package immediately. The tales that follow dive further into Goblin's many secrets while keeping up this off-kilter atmosphere, exploring the fallout from a friendship with a troubled loner ("A Man in Slices"), a sybaritic birthday party for Goblin's most notorious big game hunter ("Happy Birthday, Hunter"), a gifted magician who refuses to share his secrets ("Presto"), the solving of an elaborate puzzle-maze ("The Hedges"), and more. The dark, fantastic tone will put readers in mind of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. This is must-read horror. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Malerman (Bird Box) tantalizes readers with this enigmatic linked collection of horror novellas, which interweaves six stories set in the unsettling city of Goblin, Mich. "Prologue: Welcome" admirably sets the eerie tone, as truck driver Tommy is tasked with delivering a box to a resident of Goblin. Though Tommy agrees to the lucrative assignment, he's disturbed by the client's odd instructions: the package is to be dropped off only between midnight and 12:30 a.m., and no attempt can be made to open it. Additionally, if Tommy misses the delivery window, or no one answers the door, he's to destroy the package immediately. The tales that follow dive further into Goblin's many secrets while keeping up this off-kilter atmosphere, exploring the fallout from a friendship with a troubled loner ("A Man in Slices"), a sybaritic birthday party for Goblin's most notorious big game hunter ("Happy Birthday, Hunter"), a gifted magician who refuses to share his secrets ("Presto"), the solving of an elaborate puzzle-maze ("The Hedges"), and more. The dark, fantastic tone will put readers in mind of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. This is must-read horror. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie presents this novella collection in which every story reveals a sinister secret about a mysterious small town. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"From the bestselling author of Bird Box, a novella collection in which every story reveals a sinister secret about a mysterious small town. The town of 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 the town's 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 of all he is afraid of ghosts. 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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL • “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.