The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Wicked Run Pr. Feb. 2021. 204p. ISBN 9780578786834. pap. $12.99. HORROR
This wholly original addition to the werewolf canon is framed by the well-known Emerson quote referenced in the title and informed by Matthews’s (Lullabies for the Suffering) 20+ years working in the mental health industry. The fast-paced thriller, set in an abandoned mental hospital, recounts the effects of mental illness from the point of view of those who suffer and their families. Readers will fall into the compelling, action-packed story quickly, connecting with the main characters as each point of view is explored. Matthews offers a tale that makes readers squirm owing to its well-executed, visceral horror and the discomfort arising from a peek into the minds of characters trying to live with mania.
VERDICT A deft and unique blend of werewolf story with an honest and respectful discussion of bipolar disorder. It is an obvious suggestion for fans of The Last Werewolf Trilogy by Glen Duncan but also a great companion to thought-provoking creature tales that contemplate the character’s trauma as part of the horror, such as Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad.
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