Goblin: A Novel in Six Novellas

Earthling. Nov. 2017. 376p. ISBN 9780996211857. $50. HORROR
Goblin, MI, is a strange town where it rains constantly, the local cops are a bit off, and a witch supposedly inhabits the local woods. Malerman sets six novellas in Goblin, bookended by the tale of a truck driver making a mysterious delivery to the area with specific instructions. The first novella, "A Man in Slices," tells of a man who fears that his childhood friend has done something awful to please his new girlfriend. A big game hunter obsesses over catching one of the huge owls that haunt Goblin's woods in "Happy Birthday, Hunter!" The final entry, "The Hedges," features an enormous hedge maze created by a man grieving over a terrible loss and the little girl who is the first to solve his creation.
VERDICT Bram Stoker Award winner Malerman (Bird Box) delivers a chilling collection of tales about a place that's likely to linger in the imagination, one that readers shouldn't plan on visiting.
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