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The Boogeyman's Intern

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Not everyone lands their dream job.

Take Abe: He’s bottomed out as an Imaginary Friend and has to find a new job before his bosses assign him a truly crappy one. Just as he’s about to resign himself to a life of making toys in a workshop, he’s given a reprieve—of sorts.

Now he has the opportunity to be the first policeman on the Hill and solve an impossible murder. For assi
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Raw Dog Screaming Press
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3.5 stars.

THE BOOGEYMAN'S INTERN, by Matt Betts, is quite an original novel which crosses over into the thriller, fantasy, psychological, comedy, and even crime genres.  In the land of "Imaginaries", where thing that humans dream up stay until they're needed, an "imaginary friend" named Abe is having another bad day.  Just before he can be re-assigned, the impossible happens--one of the imaginaries, dies.

". . . Ira couldn't die.  Yet Ira was dead . . . "

A meeting with none other than Mother
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration.

I knew when I accepted The Boogeyman’s Intern that there was a strong chance I wouldn’t end up liking the book. I even told the author up front that I was concerned because it was the type of book that sounded very hit or miss for me. Luckily, that wasn’t the case, and I actually did like the book. However, that doesn’t mean the read went without problems.

The first half of The Boogeyman’s Intern went swiftly. It

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I think this book will be very appealing to readers of fantasy or traditional fairy tales, if you like tradition turned on its head and knocked for a loop. This is NOT your grandfather's fairy tale. I was reminded of Sir Terry Pratchett' s SMALL GODS, as THE BOOGEYMAN' S INTERN deals quite a bit with lack of belief and how that affects deities and other non-worldly entities, including Imaginary Friends, the category into which our feckless protagonist
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have a list of authors who I'm annoyed with because they came up with ideas that I wish I had thought of.

You can add Matt Betts to that list.

The Boogeyman's Intern takes place partially in our world (ironically called the Otherworld in the story) and also an alternate world filled with Imaginaries. These represent everything from the Tooth Fairy to Bigfoot, from your Imaginary Friend to the Boogeyman under the bed. Time, Mother Nature, Death...all imaginaries living in this world. Some take jo
Shawn Remfrey
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those few books that's going on my reread shelf. There aren't quite a dozen books on this shelf, but I faithfully go back and read them once a year. Minimum. These are the stories that I can't get enough of...the ones that feel both brand new and like a comfortable blanket each and every time.

If it weren't for the language, and a scene or two, this could be a young reader least on the surface. As with Betts' other work, it's far deeper than it first appears.

The biggest
Jason Meuschke
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very cute story, lots of fun. I like the way the author blends so many characters together from different genres. Imaginary, legendary, fairy tale, heroes, and from Norse Gods right down to the tooth fairy and the boogeyman, they're all together in one universe with tongue firmly planted in cheek. ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Disclaimer: The author is a friend, and I reviewed this novel as part of the publication process. I look forward to purchasing a hardcopy version of my own.

This was a weird book set in an even weirder landscape. Betts proves that the supernatural creatures created as part of all human cultures are very similar to the humans that they support/stalk/haunt. Despite his paranormal origins, Abe is just a guy. When he's swept up into the first murder mystery his world has ever known, that's when thing
Yvonne Davies
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a child, did you have an imaginary friend. Did the tooth fairy visit you when you lost a tooth. These and other creatures all live together on the Hill, rubbing shoulders with the Gods from the ancient beliefs.
Abe was an imaginary friend, good at his job until he got bored. On his final strike, the committee gave him one more chance, find out who killed one of the elite, the boogeyman Ira. Being the first policeman on the Hill, he puts together a team involving his friend Zane another boogey
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi, dnf
DNF 50% When I first opened this book, I literally read 50+ pages in one sitting (which is very unusual for me) because it was so funny! I was loving the world building in the city of imaginary friends, tooth fairies, big foots, boogymen, etc. However, once Abe is assigned to find out who killed a boogyman by Father Time et. al. I started to become bored with the book. And then Father Time takes Abe on a Very Long journey to all of these bizarre locations while all I wanted was to get back to Ab ...more
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I kept wanting to like this but the execution never really came together.
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I've been writing for a number of years and had some good fortune in getting my work in print and online venues. I've also contributed as a staff member to a few magazines. I'm a big fan of pop culture. I love old movies; good ones, bad ones, doesn't matter. Actually, I sometimes prefer the bad ones.

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