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Kori Persephone Driscoe suffered through her dad's mental illness. All she wanted was for him to get better, but instead he disappeared. Kori trespasses into the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital, the last place her dad was treated, seeking solace and traces of his memory. What she finds instead is something no longer human living deep in the underground tunnels. Du Kori Persephone Driscoe suffered through her dad's mental illness. All she wanted was for him to get better, but instead he disappeared. Kori trespasses into the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital, the last place her dad was treated, seeking solace and traces of his memory. What she finds instead is something no longer human living deep in the underground tunnels. During the last days of the hospital, a rogue psychiatrist had been manipulating the mood swings of the mentally ill, transforming patients into savage, manic creatures who seek justice by the light of the full moon. When the creatures hunt for prey, only an escaped patient and her beloved child can help Kori survive. But they better act fast, because the creatures want blood, Kori wants to save her dad, and the whole hospital is about to be blown to pieces and bury Kori alive. "A wickedly clever take on a well-worn trope, The Hobgoblin of Little Minds explores lycanthropy through the lens of mental illness and shows Matthews at the height of his powers as a cartographer of the many shades of darkness that inhabit human minds. This bleak, Odyssean, and impeccably well-wrought fable proves what many of us have known for quite some time: Mark Matthews is the reigning king of modern psychological horror." ~KEALAN PATRICK BURKE, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Sour Candy


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Kori Persephone Driscoe suffered through her dad's mental illness. All she wanted was for him to get better, but instead he disappeared. Kori trespasses into the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital, the last place her dad was treated, seeking solace and traces of his memory. What she finds instead is something no longer human living deep in the underground tunnels. Du Kori Persephone Driscoe suffered through her dad's mental illness. All she wanted was for him to get better, but instead he disappeared. Kori trespasses into the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital, the last place her dad was treated, seeking solace and traces of his memory. What she finds instead is something no longer human living deep in the underground tunnels. During the last days of the hospital, a rogue psychiatrist had been manipulating the mood swings of the mentally ill, transforming patients into savage, manic creatures who seek justice by the light of the full moon. When the creatures hunt for prey, only an escaped patient and her beloved child can help Kori survive. But they better act fast, because the creatures want blood, Kori wants to save her dad, and the whole hospital is about to be blown to pieces and bury Kori alive. "A wickedly clever take on a well-worn trope, The Hobgoblin of Little Minds explores lycanthropy through the lens of mental illness and shows Matthews at the height of his powers as a cartographer of the many shades of darkness that inhabit human minds. This bleak, Odyssean, and impeccably well-wrought fable proves what many of us have known for quite some time: Mark Matthews is the reigning king of modern psychological horror." ~KEALAN PATRICK BURKE, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Sour Candy

53 review for The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

  1. 4 out of 5

    Char

    Seeing that cool looking werewolf on the cover with a heart in its hand, makes you think you know what this book is about. You don't! THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS is full of surprises and werewolves are the least of them. Kori's father is bi-polar and his meds aren't working very well or at all. When they do work, her dad is not himself-he's numbed. When they're not working or when they become less effective, he becomes the exciting father she knows and loves. He's full of surprises...at least Seeing that cool looking werewolf on the cover with a heart in its hand, makes you think you know what this book is about. You don't! THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS is full of surprises and werewolves are the least of them. Kori's father is bi-polar and his meds aren't working very well or at all. When they do work, her dad is not himself-he's numbed. When they're not working or when they become less effective, he becomes the exciting father she knows and loves. He's full of surprises...at least until the mania cycles out and the depression sinks in. One or the other of her father's mental states often ends in a visit from the police and a trip to the psychiatric hospital. Unfortunately, his last visit to the hospital became permanent. There, he met Doctor Zita and his life changed forever. Is this a good change or a bad one? You'll have to read this to find out! There are several people in this cast of characters that intrigued me, but most especially: Dr. Zita. I'm a horror and dark fiction fan, so I've read the gamut of tales about villains and secret medical experiments, etc..., but rarely have I come across such an intriguing villain. Even though I ended up hating her guts, I felt like I could almost understand how she got to where she was. Aren't those the best types of villains? THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS had a personal effect on me, other than just the enjoyment of the novel. A few family members, including my mom, are bipolar, so I have some experience of it in my own life. I saw first hand many of the situations in this book. Medications that don't work, meds that entirely change a person's personality-so much so that they're not recognizable anymore. I've often wondered in those cases whether the meds were worse than the disease? Reading this book, all of the matters regarding mental illness rang very, very true. That's mostly likely because Mark Matthews has worked in the behavioral health industry and is a licensed counselor. I know that I'm focusing more on the mental health aspect to this book, rather than the werewolf aspect, but make no mistake! These...creatures are scary as hell, but also objects of pity. They're not exactly werewolves, but they cycle with the moon just the same. I'm not sure if this is a werewolf tale with psychological aspects, or a psychological horror tale with a werewolf aspect. As I was reading, I had Stephen Graham Jones' book MONGRELS in the back of mind, but I actually liked HOBGOBLIN better, (and I ADORE SGJ!) “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Overall, this novel is creative, linking the cycling of disease with other types of cycling in a unique way. We have a dark, manipulative villain in Dr. Zita, we have some commentary and observations on behavioral health and how it's treated in this country, and lastly, we also have some scary-ass abominations that are hungry. You know you want to read it, so TREAT YOURSELF! Recommended! Available January 28th, 2021, but you can pre-order here: https://amzn.to/3rmsWUK *Thank you to the author for the paperback ARC provided, in exchange for my honest feedback.*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Becky Spratford

    Review in January 2021 Horror Review column for Library Journal: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?revie... Three Words That Describe This Book: mental health, visceral, multiple points of view Draft Review: Framed by the well known Emerson quote referenced in the title and informed by Matthews’ 20+ years working in the mental health industry, this fast paced thriller, set in an abandoned mental hospital, tells the story of the effects of mental illness from the point of view of those who suffer and Review in January 2021 Horror Review column for Library Journal: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?revie... Three Words That Describe This Book: mental health, visceral, multiple points of view Draft Review: Framed by the well known Emerson quote referenced in the title and informed by Matthews’ 20+ years working in the mental health industry, this fast paced thriller, set in an abandoned mental hospital, tells the story of the effects of mental illness from the point of view of those who suffer and their families, but within the frame of a wholly original addition to the werewolf cannon. Readers will fall into the story quickly, connecting with the main characters as each point of view is explored. This is a tale that makes the reader squirm both because of the well executed, and visceral horror and because of the discomfort from a peek into the minds of people trying to live with mania. Verdict: Pairing an honest and respectful discussion of bi-polar disorder and how our current treatment options often fail its patients with a compelling, and action packed werewolf story, this is an obvious suggestion to fans of The Last Werewolf Trilogy by Duncan but also a great comp for thought provoking creature tales that contemplate the character’s trauma as part of the horror like Frankenstein in Baghdad by Saadawi.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catherine McCarthy

    To begin with, I was gripped by the setting. An abandoned asylum is always a win with me. Throughout the novel it was plain to see that the writer was familiar with mental illness, bipolarism in particular. The description of drug therapies and other treatments as well as symptoms, felt real and were accurately depicted. The periods of manic behavior, delusions of grandeur, followed by dark depression were well portrayed and interesting to read about. Some of the characters, Peter Driscoe Peter To begin with, I was gripped by the setting. An abandoned asylum is always a win with me. Throughout the novel it was plain to see that the writer was familiar with mental illness, bipolarism in particular. The description of drug therapies and other treatments as well as symptoms, felt real and were accurately depicted. The periods of manic behavior, delusions of grandeur, followed by dark depression were well portrayed and interesting to read about. Some of the characters, Peter Driscoe Peter and Maya in particular, were easy to empathize with and I found myself thinking of people I know who have suffered from this disorder, including the effects the illness has had on their families. I also liked the inclusion of religion turned bad – always a win from me. The use of metaphor throughout was thought provoking, as was Doctor Zita’s thoughts on hereditary factors, some of which I found myself mentally arguing against, or at least not wholly agreeing with. For example, she states, “Fears and threats experienced by earlier generations can influence the structure of our genes, making them more likely to switch on negative responses to stress and trauma.” To me this suggests the individual is not responsible, whereas it is my personal belief that a/ such reactions to triggers are often learned behaviors and b/ such reactions are not so much ‘remembered’ but rather, as a species, we have not traveled as far along the evolutionary scale as we like to think, therefore they are often a natural response. Our modern world, filled with ever-changing technology, has helped trick us into believing we have advanced in other ways. I enjoy this in a book – a challenge to what I believe – and that was my favorite aspect. What stood out to me was the recognition of what it’s like to live with someone with a mental illness. That sense that somehow it is your responsibility to ‘fix’ them. The scene towards the end where Kori has to ‘let go’ of her father for his sake was very well portrayed. In fact, it was the only part of the novel which elicited an emotional response from me. That’s a personal thing, though. Finally, I loved the inclusion of an afterword from the author. He starts by saying, “Who actually reads an afterword?” Well, me for one. I enjoy the insight into an author’s mind. There was one negative for me, and I apologize if this has already been addressed, since this is an ARC... the novel could do with another round of proofreading, specifically for inconsistencies in tense. Overall, definitely well worth a read. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher Wicked Run Press for the review copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader

    I read my first book by Mark Matthews, Milk Blood, 3 years ago and I was amazed by his talent. I had never read anything quite like it and I needed more. I went on to read his books On the Lips of Children and Body of Christ along with a few of his short stories in anthologies. He writes addiction horror and has a career in behavioral healthcare. I think his personal experience is what makes his stories so unique and thought provoking His latest book lived up to my expectations and then some. I I read my first book by Mark Matthews, Milk Blood, 3 years ago and I was amazed by his talent. I had never read anything quite like it and I needed more. I went on to read his books On the Lips of Children and Body of Christ along with a few of his short stories in anthologies. He writes addiction horror and has a career in behavioral healthcare. I think his personal experience is what makes his stories so unique and thought provoking His latest book lived up to my expectations and then some. I didn’read the synopsis but I assumed it was a werewolf story by the stunning cover. It IS a one but not like any other werewolf story you’ve read before. The main character, Kori, grew up suffering through her father’s mental illness. One day he disappears and Kori decides she must find him. She breaks into an abandoned mental hospital where he was treated and encounters him but in a different form than she ever could have expected. That’s all I’m going to say about that portion of the plot because I don’t want to spoil it. There were many characters in this book that you immediately feel something for but the character that I really was the most intrigued by was Dr. Zita. She’s basically the villain of this book but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. There was a really interesting afterword byMatthews where you can learn more about the connection between bipolar disorder and werewolves. It also gives the reader details about the real Northville Psychiatric Hospital, the hospital in the novel. I’m giving this book 4 stars. I found it to be an informative and entertaining read. The release date is January 28th, 2021. Don’t miss this one! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher Wicked Run Press for the review copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    The cover of THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS by Mark Matthews may look like some sort of creature feature, but I’m here to tell you it most certainly is not. The creature on the cover was once human, and the story itself is sad, gruesome, and meaningful. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." - Ralph Waldo Emerson As the story goes, Kori Persephone Driscoe has endured her father’s mental illness her entire life. He has bipola The cover of THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS by Mark Matthews may look like some sort of creature feature, but I’m here to tell you it most certainly is not. The creature on the cover was once human, and the story itself is sad, gruesome, and meaningful. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." - Ralph Waldo Emerson As the story goes, Kori Persephone Driscoe has endured her father’s mental illness her entire life. He has bipolar disorder and has been on and off various medications for years. The many cycles of mania that accompany his illness is much like the cycle of the moon. After several incidents, he was admitted to the Northville Psychiatric Hospital, and then just disappeared. When Kori tries to locate her father, she visits the seemingly abandoned hospital, and finds out much more lurking in the dark. Secret medical experiments are being performed on these suffering patients causing them to transform into animalistic, bloodthirsty creatures. They turn with the cycle of the full moon and become savages in the night. Mark Matthews always writes introspective horror. His books of addiction horror are fantastic, and his new foray into mental illness is just as effective. Every character from the villain, to the protagonist, and to the were-creatures themselves are poignantly written. He is a licensed behavioral health counselor giving his stories that extra touch it needs for the readers to feel empathy for his characters. He does a tremendous job showing how medication or treatment in general can alter the person’s core personality. I found myself thinking about this book long after I finished. THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS is a beautifully and brilliantly written story about the many perspectives of bipolar disorder. It’s much more than a horror story with a malevolent creature - it’s a unique take on the woes of mental illness. Well done Mr. Matthews. Thank you so much to the author for my free copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    Sometimes I’ll read a book and feel unqualified to write a review. When the author is one whose work I respect and enjoy, I often feel that anything I might have to say would simply be silly. Such is the case with The Hobgoblin of Little Minds by the always excellent Mark Matthews. What’s so good about it? First of all, this book was written by Mark Matthews. I know that anytime I crack open something he’s written that it’s going to be inventive and imaginative, and usually go in a different dire Sometimes I’ll read a book and feel unqualified to write a review. When the author is one whose work I respect and enjoy, I often feel that anything I might have to say would simply be silly. Such is the case with The Hobgoblin of Little Minds by the always excellent Mark Matthews. What’s so good about it? First of all, this book was written by Mark Matthews. I know that anytime I crack open something he’s written that it’s going to be inventive and imaginative, and usually go in a different direction than what I might expect. THOLM is no exception; yes, it’s a werewolf story—but these are not your typical werewolves, and the direction the story goes is not what you might expect. Which brings me to my second point: the best horror writing is typically either allegorical or functions on multiple levels, and that perfectly describes THOLM. While it can be enjoyed as a mostly straight-forward story about werewolves, this can also be read as a dissection of how the children of parents with mental illnesses respond to growing up in that environment. The book centers around three relationships between mentally ill/werewolfy parents and their children, and the main meat of the book is really about how each of the children (some of whom are now adults) have dealt with their parents’ conditions. Some want to save their parents; some want to save humanity by any means possible; and some want to simply watch the world burn. The depiction of the mania and depression that is part of being a werewolf was compellingly written and extremely unnerving. So why four stars? Probably just personal issues. I found the overall characterization to be somewhat flat. The POV shifts every couple of chapters, but most of the characters seem to speak with the same voice. This was especially true of the female characters. However, the main issue that keeps this from being 5 stars for me is the extended monologuing (chapters 21-24) indulged in by the villain. If you need four chapters for the bad guy (or woman, in this case) to painstakingly explain what she’s been up to....well, there probably was a better (or more concise) way to give us that information. But what do I know—I am not an author. Overall, though, this was a wild ride and a good time, and I eagerly look forward to what Mr. Matthews has planned for us next time. *****I received a free ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*****

  7. 5 out of 5

    Escapereality

    First off, the cover of this book is amazing. A werewolf holding a heart. The blue and red’s were just beautiful together. I ripped into this book without reading the synopsis because it was a book by Mark Matthews. I have loved all his books so far. He writes addiction horror that really gets under my skin. “The Hobgoblin of Little Minds” takes a departure from addiction and explores mental illness. Kori Pershone Driscoll has suffered through her dad’s mental illness. She wanted him to get bett First off, the cover of this book is amazing. A werewolf holding a heart. The blue and red’s were just beautiful together. I ripped into this book without reading the synopsis because it was a book by Mark Matthews. I have loved all his books so far. He writes addiction horror that really gets under my skin. “The Hobgoblin of Little Minds” takes a departure from addiction and explores mental illness. Kori Pershone Driscoll has suffered through her dad’s mental illness. She wanted him to get better but he does not seem to improve. One day, he disappears and Kori is determined to find him. She breaks into the abandoned hospital that used to treat him and is unprepared for what she finds. Every character in this book was so well written that you have sympathy for them. Dr. Zita, suffered her own trauma, which in turn caused her to be the villain. Although her acts are horrific, I could see the driving force between these actions. I wanted all the characters to find peace. This was a well written book about bipolar disorder. It touches on how medications and medical treatment can influence individuals with mental illness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was an incredibly unique and thoughtful take on mental illness, bipolar disorder in particular, with a twist on the traditional werewolf lore. Ironically, I think the word werewolf was only used once? And then shut down really quickly, which I thought was a nice addition. The descriptions of what it felt like to go through a manic episode were some of the most haunting and beautiful I’ve ever read. Bipolar disorder has some very negative connotations attached to it, however there is beauty i This was an incredibly unique and thoughtful take on mental illness, bipolar disorder in particular, with a twist on the traditional werewolf lore. Ironically, I think the word werewolf was only used once? And then shut down really quickly, which I thought was a nice addition. The descriptions of what it felt like to go through a manic episode were some of the most haunting and beautiful I’ve ever read. Bipolar disorder has some very negative connotations attached to it, however there is beauty in the heightened awareness that both Peter and Maya observe, and later Lilith. “She wanted to rip the walls down, wanted to sing her song of rage and pain.” “Atoms in her brain and all the fluids lubricating her spine started to ooze like hot lava” The characters were engaging and very fleshed out. I wanted Kori to find peace with her dad. I wanted Maya to find Lilith and be reunited. I wanted Hades the dog to be ok! And I suitably hated Zita. It seemed she justified her cruelty and her Frankenstein complex with her past. I was drawn to the book by the amazing cover, but I kept reading because of the descriptive prose that Mark Matthews wrote. I felt like I was living a manic episode. 5 stars and will be buying a physical copy when it comes out!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” This famous quotation from philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, was speaking out against conformity, and encouraging people to form their own ideas and opinions. In Mark Matthews new novel, ‘The Hobgoblin of Little Minds’, the quote is used often in the context of bipolar disorder and mental illness in a clever blending of the real-life struggles of these conditions, and the classic horror tropes of the werewolf myth. Kori hasn’t seen her fathe “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” This famous quotation from philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, was speaking out against conformity, and encouraging people to form their own ideas and opinions. In Mark Matthews new novel, ‘The Hobgoblin of Little Minds’, the quote is used often in the context of bipolar disorder and mental illness in a clever blending of the real-life struggles of these conditions, and the classic horror tropes of the werewolf myth. Kori hasn’t seen her father in over a decade. Following a number of incidents and suicide attempts, he was admitted to the Northville Psychiatric hospital and was never heard from again. Kori often visits the now-abandoned hospital, hoping to find a trace of her lost father and learn what became of him. What she finds instead are vicious, malformed creatures living deep under the hospital grounds, where secret experiments were performed, turning people into savage, bloodthirsty animals whose primal needs become uncontrollable when the moon is full. Can Kori find and save her father or is he now beyond her help. Larger than life horror as a metaphor for real-world issues is a fine balancing act. Too subtle and the message gets lost; too on-the-nose and it becomes a distraction to the story. It is rare to find a novel that avoids these pitfalls quite so deftly as Mark Matthews does here. The book bounces between chapters told from the point of view of a handful of main characters, many of which suffer from bipolar disorder. These voices are understandably disjointed and the narration shifts wildly between franticly paced and sombrely downbeat, and we, the reader, are not always necessarily fully aware of what is going on, as we often catch up with a character whilst they are in the midst of mood swings or mania. It makes for a difficult but fascinating read, to be told a story largely from the perspective of somebody suffering from a mental illness. We are firmly in literary horror territory and the prose is suitably captivating. The author (who is a behavioural health professional) writes with an assured grasp of his subject matter and the whole book feels very authentic and consistent. He also doesn’t shy away from the horror, both physical and emotional. It is a harrowing and downbeat read at times, punctuated by moments of bloody violence, but you can’t look away. The characters are so engaging, and their situation so unlike anything you find in a typical horror story, that you can’t help but find yourself invested in the unpredictable narrative that unfolds. ‘The Hobgoblin of Little Minds is a challenging yet ultimately immensely rewarding book. As a new take on the werewolf story, it is a fascinating read but as a deep dive into the realities of mental illness, the book is an absolute triumph. You can read more reviews of new and upcoming horror releases at https://www.myindiemuse.com/category/...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Mark Matthews provided me with an ARC of this short book, and I am happy to have been able to take in another one of his works. He is a writer who specializes in psychological horror that pertains to addictions and mental illness. This is clearly his wheelhouse and he writes it with fervor and compassion. This story is about Kori Driscoe, who grew up with a mentally unwell father who she loved dearly. He certainly loved her back, but without knowing how to express it in the best way. Her father, Mark Matthews provided me with an ARC of this short book, and I am happy to have been able to take in another one of his works. He is a writer who specializes in psychological horror that pertains to addictions and mental illness. This is clearly his wheelhouse and he writes it with fervor and compassion. This story is about Kori Driscoe, who grew up with a mentally unwell father who she loved dearly. He certainly loved her back, but without knowing how to express it in the best way. Her father, Peter Driscoe, was so consumed by his bi-polar and manic episodes that he felt he could not provide his daughter the love she needed. Despite receiving various forms of treatment, he ended up leaving and not returning during one of his episodes, which unearthed feelings of abandonment for Kori. She decided to visit the soon-to-be demolished Northville Psychiatric Hospital where her father was last treated and ended up finding him there, but changed. The other creatures she discovered with him were similar in their state, having been former patients of a psychiatrist bent on ‘perfecting’ these mental disorders into something powerful and messianic that could be bred and harnessed. I truly enjoy the pain that Mark Matthews brings to the page. It is emotionally rich and sincere in its personal agony. He described Peter’s thoughts on Kori while he was being intimidated into becoming one of the psychiatric ward’s experimental patients, “So many locked doors and walls between them, if only he could just reach through the screen and speak to her the splendor of words he’s always hoped to say. Everything he had done in his sickness was just another way to scream her name.” It is also very commendable how much homework the author does to be as accurate as possible with describing setting, mental illnesses, and their causes and effects. One of my favourite parts in this book that I spent some time pondering was when he wrote, “We disparage these individuals who crave illegal drugs, not asking ourselves if the body really knows something. Does it want cocaine to release something special? Or alcohol to quench a fire that is dangerous? Can we honor what we call illness as a special quality instead?” I really enjoyed the allegory at play here between lycanthropy and mental illness. It is meaningful and somehow tender to the people suffering from these manic and depressive states. Matthews did not dishonour those who have mental illness in any way by creating this comparison, but rather brought attention to their very personally perceived situations with a compassionate and empathetic eye. I love this about his writing and I think you will too!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Weevil Dead

    This is not your average werewolf tale. The light of the moon indeed triggers the frenzy of devastation in these books, but this is a work about mental health, and especially bipolar disorder. The author, Mark Matthews, has had a career in behavioral health for over 20 years, and is a licensed professional counselor. This book was written with a lot of care and knowledge into what it means to live with a mental illness. Although there were plenty of horrific events, I really found myself thinkin This is not your average werewolf tale. The light of the moon indeed triggers the frenzy of devastation in these books, but this is a work about mental health, and especially bipolar disorder. The author, Mark Matthews, has had a career in behavioral health for over 20 years, and is a licensed professional counselor. This book was written with a lot of care and knowledge into what it means to live with a mental illness. Although there were plenty of horrific events, I really found myself thinking about mental health, medications, and what it means to take medications that alter your core self. I haven't read a book centered around mental health for a long time. This was extremely thought provoking, chaotic, as well as enlightening, painful, and beautiful; which is what I imagine it may feel like to live with bipolar disorder, or love someone who has it. The character of Dr. Zita in this was really interesting to me. Although she is the villain in this, performing unspeakable acts on patients, and of course her unethical abuse and tactics of her research makes her a monster, she too is motivated by her past experience with those she loved being consumed by their mental states. Matthews included a really insightful afterward in which the reader can learn more about the correlation between werewolves and mental health and Northville Psychiatric Hospital, which is a real place. I am giving this book 4 stars because it was challenging to read, and it was a very good novel, with a lot of care and work that went into its creation. I was glad to read something that was more out of my comfort zone, and a book encouraged me to think differently. The Hobgoblin of Little Minds also has fantastic cover art by Vincent Chong! My official review will be out on www.scaretissue.com on January 1st 2021!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Fenlon

    A unique and admirable werewolf story, written with genuine care and understanding towards mental illness. Mark Matthews has done himself proud. Believable characters. Great setting. Everything was handled wonderfully. Not much else I can add. It's all in the synopsis. Five stars. Buy it. A unique and admirable werewolf story, written with genuine care and understanding towards mental illness. Mark Matthews has done himself proud. Believable characters. Great setting. Everything was handled wonderfully. Not much else I can add. It's all in the synopsis. Five stars. Buy it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    Four star review coming to Kendall Reviews!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    As someone who loves someone with bipolar disorder, I found this a remarkable work of horror. It's a unique representation of mental illness, and it's left me with a lot to chew on. Hard to rate but glad I read. Also, another afterword worth sticking around for. As someone who loves someone with bipolar disorder, I found this a remarkable work of horror. It's a unique representation of mental illness, and it's left me with a lot to chew on. Hard to rate but glad I read. Also, another afterword worth sticking around for.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    The hobgoblin of little minds by Mark Matthews. Kori dad is in a mental institution. It is due for demolition. Can she save him before the demolition?. This was a very good read. A little confusing but after reading it I found this dark on creepy. Good story. And some good characters. 4*.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Blake Blanco

    Review to come...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Also reviewed on www.curiosityboughtthebook.com The Hobgoblin of Little Minds is the story of Kori, who has been suffering through her dad’s mental illness for most of her life. He was in and out of hospitals, and his mood was unpredictable and changed in a matter of minutes. The last time she saw him was in a psychiatric hospital. The same hospital that is now closed and about to be torn down. Kori has been haunting the hospital halls for years, looking for answers and her father. Once she finds Also reviewed on www.curiosityboughtthebook.com The Hobgoblin of Little Minds is the story of Kori, who has been suffering through her dad’s mental illness for most of her life. He was in and out of hospitals, and his mood was unpredictable and changed in a matter of minutes. The last time she saw him was in a psychiatric hospital. The same hospital that is now closed and about to be torn down. Kori has been haunting the hospital halls for years, looking for answers and her father. Once she finds him it becomes clear that what lives in this empty building is no longer her beloved dad at all. Looking at the cover of The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, you might expect a good ole’ werewolf horror story. Like myself, you might also not be a big fan of the werewolf trope. Well, let me assure you this book is so much more than that. What Matthews did here is amazing and deserves a much better review than I will ever be able to give. He combines the supernatural with the world of mental illness, and does a phenomenal job at that. Now, there are still a lot of horror elements in the book. The creatures are creepy and gruesome. But at the essence, they are broken human beings that have been let down by the people they trusted the most to help them. Mark Matthews truly is a special gem, and I look forward to reading a lot more of his works to come. Thanks to Wicked Run Press and Netgalley for the advanced copy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul Preston

    Kori’s father, Peter, suffers from bipolar disorder and he tried hard to do right by his family. However, one night Peter hurt Kori and was admitted to Northville Psychiatric Hospital, never to be heard from again. Fifteen years after he was admitted, after the hospital was closed and abandoned, Kori wants to say a final goodbye before the building is demolished. What Kori discovers leaves her questioning everything she has been told. Bipolar disorder is a transformation of the mind from mania, Kori’s father, Peter, suffers from bipolar disorder and he tried hard to do right by his family. However, one night Peter hurt Kori and was admitted to Northville Psychiatric Hospital, never to be heard from again. Fifteen years after he was admitted, after the hospital was closed and abandoned, Kori wants to say a final goodbye before the building is demolished. What Kori discovers leaves her questioning everything she has been told. Bipolar disorder is a transformation of the mind from mania, back and forth with depression, sometimes extreme in nature. Maybe sometimes the mind isn’t all that transforms. Sometimes science and genetics create a perfect vessel. Mark Matthews knows the ramblings of a confused, distracted mind. He writes with sensitivity of those who society would consider “crazy”. He perfectly captures the deep regret that Kori feels for being the cause of her fathers institutionalization, making her somber, and nostalgic but determined. Overall I did find this to be a difficult read even though I know this will stick with me. There is lots of internal monologue from those with mental health issues. “The sun was just rising, golden eyelids over the horizon, birds happiest at this hour, and together they sing the song of the universe. Words he understands and they pull him along the sidewalk.” This book would work well as a reread because you would know more of where the characters were coming from but for the first time through it gets confusing as to what may be important and what seems like mumbled nonsense. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michela

    "She was going to find a way to fix bipolar disorder. To siphon out the worst parts, and make the best parts boil to the top. She had to try something new, because foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. The same efforts bring same results." Kori has been suffering though her father's mental illness since she was a child. She witnessed his sudden mood swings and his pain until he was admitted in the Northville Psychiatric Hospital, and this is where she last saw him years ago. Now t "She was going to find a way to fix bipolar disorder. To siphon out the worst parts, and make the best parts boil to the top. She had to try something new, because foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. The same efforts bring same results." Kori has been suffering though her father's mental illness since she was a child. She witnessed his sudden mood swings and his pain until he was admitted in the Northville Psychiatric Hospital, and this is where she last saw him years ago. Now that the hospital is closed and its patients transferred to other facilities far away, Kori wants to visit his father and she finds him living in that very same abandones hospital. But he is not the person she expected, and he is not alone... Let me start by saying that I was drawn to this book by its stunning cover, which caught my attention on bookstagram and brought me to Netgalley. And since there's scary werewolf holding a human heart in front of a huge red moon, I was expecting a nice horror story with hairy howling creatures. But The Hobgoblin of Little Minds turned out to be so much more: yes it's a horror story, but it also describes mental illness and bipolar disorder in a way that I personally found very respectful and real. There's action and tension, internal monologues and a very well written villain, which was also my favorite character. I admit that I didn't immediately connect with Kori or the other characters, as I found the first third of the book a bit confusing (mostly because of the time jumps and my inability to remember names), but then I really enjoyed the story and loved the ending. I was also really happy when I found out that there is going to be a second book, I feel like this story has more to give and I can't wait to read it! 4 stars. * Thank you to Wicked Run Press and NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Nash

    The hobgoblin of little minds is a modern day masterpiece. It's brutal and uncompromising, and reading it made me feel as grimy as the underground hospital walls that appear throughout. I believe that was intentional. Matthews definitely knows his stuff when it comes to psychology and mental illnesses and here he uses this knowledge to create a completely different take on the werewolf genre. It felt real and relevant. The afterword suggests that Matthews feared his readers may take offense in the The hobgoblin of little minds is a modern day masterpiece. It's brutal and uncompromising, and reading it made me feel as grimy as the underground hospital walls that appear throughout. I believe that was intentional. Matthews definitely knows his stuff when it comes to psychology and mental illnesses and here he uses this knowledge to create a completely different take on the werewolf genre. It felt real and relevant. The afterword suggests that Matthews feared his readers may take offense in the way some medical ailments are used throughout, but I never felt that way. In fact I remained constantly fascinated. It's only January but I believe this will be a contender for my book of the year. Its that good.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    16 Yrs. prior. Northville Psychiatric Hospital. Peter Driscoe (husband/father, 296.43 Bipolar I, former Edison HS history teacher) was getting Depakote, Lithium, & then Haldol injections. Jankowksi was his roommate. Dr. Herrick (Psychiatrist, MD) was counseling Jankowksi & Doctor Zita (Psychiatrist, MD) was counseling Peter. Maya (PG) had been fired from Detroit Edison as a production line worker. She was had been seeing Pastor Ron of the Word of Faith Church. Doctor Zita was counseling Maya (296.5 16 Yrs. prior. Northville Psychiatric Hospital. Peter Driscoe (husband/father, 296.43 Bipolar I, former Edison HS history teacher) was getting Depakote, Lithium, & then Haldol injections. Jankowksi was his roommate. Dr. Herrick (Psychiatrist, MD) was counseling Jankowksi & Doctor Zita (Psychiatrist, MD) was counseling Peter. Maya (PG) had been fired from Detroit Edison as a production line worker. She was had been seeing Pastor Ron of the Word of Faith Church. Doctor Zita was counseling Maya (296.53 Bipolar I) & she was taking Haldol & Ativan. She remembered the abortion. Pastor Ronald “Ron” was helping Trudy with her personal issues. there would not be a Sunday service Kori Persephone Driscoe (25, daughter, 296.99 Disruptive Mood Dysregulation D/O) didn’t like arguing all the time with divorced/mother. She hasn’t seen Peter Driscoe (divorced/father) who had been getting outpatient treatment for a long time. Mother had remarried & was moving to Hollywood, FL. Detroit, MI. The Evil Woods & Northville Psychiatric Hospital (closed/abandoned) were set for demolition. Kori went to explore 1 more time. Later, the Security Guard had seen her. The Vrykolakas (aka Peter) yanked its chain forward but couldn’t get to Kori. Detroit, MI. Dr. Zita checked her/Lilith (12, daughter) into a motel room. Dr. Zita was pregnant with a child. Lilith had traveled all night on the top of semitrucks. 2018, Kori Driscoe & her dad were hiding in the Northville Psychiatric Hospital tunnels. Northville, MI. The Carter & Co Demolition wrecking balls/cranes were parked outside. The security guard continued his job. What does Pastor Ronald Pennington know? I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. An awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very professionally written psychological paranormal book. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great description list of unique characters, settings, facts etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great psychological paranormal movie, or better yet a mini-TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is an extremely easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Wicked Run Press; Goodreads; MakingConnections; Making Connections discussion group talk; ARC; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Book Gawdess

    I received a free ARC and am leaving this review voluntarily... The Hobgoblin of Little Minds was about Kori Driscoe and the struggle her father had with mental illness. He ends up in a psychiatric hospital where a psychiatrist, Dr Zita, was using the mental illness of the patients to create monsters. Timing their mood swings and the cycles of the moon, the doctor was using drugs to create things which were no longer human. Kori is determined to find out where her father disappeared to and she en I received a free ARC and am leaving this review voluntarily... The Hobgoblin of Little Minds was about Kori Driscoe and the struggle her father had with mental illness. He ends up in a psychiatric hospital where a psychiatrist, Dr Zita, was using the mental illness of the patients to create monsters. Timing their mood swings and the cycles of the moon, the doctor was using drugs to create things which were no longer human. Kori is determined to find out where her father disappeared to and she enters the ruins of the hospital which has been abandoned and earmarked for demolition. She isn't prepared for what she finds in the ruins.... This was a unique way to look at bipolar disorder. The descriptions used to demonstrate what having a manic episode felt like were haunting. Linking it to werewolves made it even more fascinating. I was a bit worried that the writer would exploit the very real issues mental health patients have and spoil the book. However, he described bipolar disorder with such profound respect that I felt like he opened a door for us to see what people afflicted with this disorder go through. The character development was quite well done and left me feeling quite sympathetic towards the doctor at the end. But my favorite character would have to be Hades, Kori's dog. I just wanted her to be okay. I would definitely try more books by this author based on this offering. This book has very graphic sex scenes and a heavy dose of violence. For these reasons, this book should be read by adults only. 

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