This is my first book from Malerman and I genuinely enjoyed the classic horror atmosphere, original narrative, and interesting characters. While it is made up of some conventional parts, or at least things that horror fans are familiar with, I absolutely wouldn't call Goblin a typical novel at all, and that's not just because it's a story made up of several smaller stories. I would go into each of the stories in turn here but I think that the actual experience of reading the book is just too good to spoil by laying every bit of it out and picking it apart in front of you. Instead, I"ll just express that Goblin is every bit its own city with its own legends and existing experiences, I really enjoyed reading each of the stories even when there were parts that left me feeling a little sad or conflicted, and that says a lot in itself. After all, how many authors manage to write something that allows you to feel those emotions and still find yourself genuinely glad to have experience them?