Hobgoblin. Hobgoblin. Add to Wishlist. Hobgoblin. By: John Coyne Scott plunges deeper and deeper into the dreamlike allure of Hobgoblin until more than. Hobgoblin is just a game. Ballycastle is just a house. Scott is just a lonely teenage boy. Until one Hallowe’en, a Hobgoblin kills everyone he loves. Hobgoblin. Hobgoblin. Hobgoblin by John Coyne. Published July by Berkley Books. pages. So last night I finished my long-overdue reread of.
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Couple years ago I read Coyne’s ‘The Searing’ and thought it was passably ok as a bestseller horror novel with skeevy sex and violence. This novel sounds more johnn, and you’re right, they don’t make covers like that anymore. Thanks for commenting Will.
I am hoping to track down one of Coyne’s other novels and get a review up for Halloween Horrors Month tentative name. I recently read a very short story by him, The Crazy Chinaman, which was a little more experimental, and fairly serviceable, but not great.
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In Hobgoblin, like I mentioned, you get those juicy sexual and violent themes that were commonplace in those novels gracing the spinning wire racks in local drug stores like the one we got our copy inbut it does not come off as arbitrary and cheap. Hopefully your local library database has a copy in it.
I read hobgobllin more than once as a year old kid circa I was just on a journey joohn find a Kindle version of it when I ran across hpbgoblin site. Nice writeup and it’s a great book. I really appreciate the compliment. I was reading it myself at around the same age, around the same time period. It is a solid little chiller, but the RPG component really ups it.
Obviously this cohne has a solid fan base, as it is easily my most viewed review. And it deserves it. You also mention something that raises a good point: I personally like having a book in hand, but am coming to terms with the inevitability of the ebook slaying the mass market paperback.
Sad thing is, for so many books like this, it looks like they might get lost in the shuffle. Keep one copy on the shelf, and one in the bins as you can still get a used copy hobgoblinn and cheap.
But to think that in the next twenty odd years, titles like this might be all but forgotten My mom has an original first edition that I read from time to time. It’s one of those books that never gets boring. In fact I’m thinking about rereading it now, it’s been awhile. I hope you got around to that reread. I need to do one myself over the summer or around Halloween time.
Definitely this book stands up well with rereads, and is a great recommendation for friends As a blogger, I’m sure it’s annoying to have to sift through comments years after you’ve posted. But this book ‘means something’ to me. In ’82, when I was about 7 or 8 years old, I was in a local drug store with my mom. I saw the book and, as any kid that age at that time would do, I HAD to know what was the art underneath the cover.
I was blown away. Everytime after, while it was on the small rack for then new paperbacks I had to hbgoblin at it. For years after the image stayed with me and I very often wondered what the book was Later, by then a gamer and fantasy freak, I wondered still about this book.
Once, when I was in a nearby used bookstore in late ’87 then in 8th grade I was looking through the horror section. Seeing the word “Hobgoblin” caused me to pull the book out. I read the front and back cover blubs. It was freakin’ fate. It was the first horror novel I’d ever read though I’d enjoyed joohn smattering of King short stories by then.
You’re right about Scott. Ever since then, when I come across a copy of Hobgoblin that’s in really good condition I’m compelled to buy it as though I have to keep grabbing and finding and keeping something I was certain I’d never see again or ever find out what it was.
Your review was spot on and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. As fate there it is again would have it, my girlfriend is reading it on my recommendation. Perhaps our little one at age 8 already loves both horror and fantasy stuff will read it after some years. Hi Eric- Thanks for taking the time to make this in-depth post.
Actually, I get so few comments here that there is no sifting to do Cotne actually good to know that some people are still out there reading this. And I can always find time to come back to Hobgoblin. It’s been in my life for a very long time.
This review is still my top-viewed post, and it’s always great to here from fellow fans of it. From your post, I’m guessing we’re ciyne the same age I was born in ‘ But I would always find the copy, and stare at that great cover, and read what I was able to comprehend and retain. At about I read the whole thing through my only other horror reads up til that point were a few stories from my brother’s copies of the Books of Blood, Firestarter, and a copy of The Amityville Horror that I grabbed at a flea market for like a dime.
And it blew me away.
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coyen But Hobgoblin was so much better. And now that I am older, I can truly appreciate the finer touches; how Coyne wove the Celtic myths into it so well, rather coyn making up names for random creatures. How he didn’t use a stereotypical gamer template for Scott weirdo, social outcast, etc. He made Scott real; a little emotional, high-strung, awkward as a teen his age would be, angry over the loss of a parent, but also intelligent and capable of nobility.
Also, the things I thought were overdone when I read this as a kid; the level of bullying, the concept of a mob of teens partying in a castle Not too long ago we saw teens raiding an NFL players vacation home to throw hobfoblin party.
So now it all seems a bit more genuine. Anyway, I’m rambling too much here. I hope your girlfriend truly enjoys it. I recommend it to all my friends as well. They might never feel that hobgkblin exhilaration we did so long ago, when it felt like a book custom-made for us. But it is still a damn good read. And I hope your little one likes it too.
We are raising our 4 kids on a hearty diet of horror and such, and I leave a copy of Hobgoblin I actually have two back-ups squirreled jonn on a shelf in plain view.
They have started asking about it, and I keep telling them “Oh it’s a great book, maybe when you are a bit bigger you can handle it.
Thanks again for posting! I wonder if you’ll see this. I’m the very same Eric that posted my long comment years ago. I’ve come across and read yet again your review. I was actually trying my damndest to figure out the artist who painted the awesome inner art, and it would seem, the art to McKiernen’s two paperback editions of his Silver Call duology. No luck, despite that I thought I HAD come across info some years back that granted me the name of the artist. My “little one” is now 11 and still into horror and fantasy.
I’m not sure she’s ready yet, however. Also, the person who commented some time after my original comment: That would be wonderful. Hopefully it’s not too far off from coming to fruition.
Be mindful at night of the nuckelavees and the Black Annis! After all, Samhain is not too far away! Eric, it’s great to see you!
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Thanks for stopping back! Sorry, I am checking the blog so infrequently recently that your comment sat in the pending section a while. I will dig up my copy of the old edition of Hobgoblin as soon as I can. I keep it tucked away now; and the re-release is on my shelf.
Hopefully it will say who the interior artist is. Sorry to hear that your wife hasn’t gotten around to reading this book yet Wasn’t she your girlfriend than? All the best in your efforts towards making a Hobgoblin game I wish some like minds like us could get together and Kickstart something; especially since it would incorporate tabletop minis, and cards as well And maybe, yes maybe a movie down the line Give it a retro VHS style cover; maybe some dice, a figure, and some cards on home release.
Man, it’s good to dream.
Looking forward to Samhain as well! I’ll keep an eye over my shoulder for those creatures. All the best, and come back again! One of my parents owned this book, and I found it one day in their bedroom.