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The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  43 reviews
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.

Paperback, 204 pages
Published January 28th 2021 by Wicked Run Press
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Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 least
Becky Spratford
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review in January 2021 Horror Review column for Library Journal:

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
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
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Hobgoblin of Little Minds…just how on earth do you review something of such important magnitude? The implications, the research, and the depth of such a poetic narrative…it blew my mind. This is the type of book that authors spend their entire careers trying to pen. The depth of feeling took it to a higher level, the bar being set with flair and empathy. This is the kind of horror that gets my gears churning, there is nothing more horrifying than the human condition and Matthews handed me a ...more
Catherine McCarthy
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 ...more
Janelle Janson
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Aiden Merchant
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Matthews has certainly created a version of werewolves I can get behind. Oddly enough, I’m not much for the classics - mummies, vampires, werewolves, zombies … they’re just not my cup of tea. They need to have something fresh about them to get my interest. Matthews has managed to do just that with The Hobgoblin of Little Minds.

The afterword proved to be especially memorable for me. I wasn’t aware Matthews is a licensed professional counselor in behavioral health, for one. Clearly, that backgroun
Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees
Whoa that was a ride! Full RTC!
Justin Lewis
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds..." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not only is the title pulled form this quote, it's referenced several times throughout the novel by different characters for different reasons; some in moments of justification and some in moments of self-reflection. Doing the same thing the same way because it's the way it's always been done leads to folly. One thing's for sure, this novel isn't doing anything the way it's been done before and it's one of the best
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, netgalley
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
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Wicked Run Press and Netgalley for an ARC of this novel.

When I first saw the cover I wasn’t really sold. Out of all of the famous monsters I’d have to say that werewolves are my least favourite and I never really search them out. Yes, I’ve seen all the most lauded films (The Howling, Dog Soldiers, Ginger Snaps,) but I have avoided the novels. Even just now searching the best werewolf novels a lot of them look more like erotica than horror. (Which is not a judgement in itself, eroti
Steve Stred
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

I’ve quickly become a fan of Mark Matthews after reading his novella ‘Body of Christ’ and his short story in Lullabies for Suffering. Mark is a highly educated man who always makes sure to put depth and meaning into his work. Because of that, I was very enthralled when he announced his next release would be set in an abandoned asylum which was based on a real location.

What I liked: ‘The Hobgoblin of Little Minds’ is a very unsettling read. Tw
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
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The Hobgoblin of Little Minds is an absolutely profound and perfect allegory showcasing bipolar type 1 through the eye of lycanthropy. Wicked Run Press is absolutely correct: “You’ll never think of a werewolf the same way again.”

I love the religious themes that Matthews uses throughout his writing and, like the delicate subject of mental illness, I feel he is respectful and very aware of all potential audiences.

Matthews’ afterward put to rest any lingering questions regarding his thoughts on m
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 10, 2021 added it
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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. ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
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,
Jessica Walters
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've read more horror in the last year than I have in my entire life. This was just wow. This little book sinks it's claws in and spits you out. Creepy indeed. ...more
Wayne Fenlon
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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.
Richard Martin
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
“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
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Hobgoblin of Little Minds by Mark Matthews is a wild and untamed piece of Literary horror. A mind bender of a roller coaster ride, being trapped inside the inner workings of a person with bipolar disorder, hitting all their highs and lows at disastrous speeds.

“𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦, 𝘵𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘭𝘶𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 — 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘦’𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨”

I can’t even begin to describe the inner dialogue of these characte
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely enjoyable different take on the werewolf legend. Interesting characters and a plot involving an obsessed psychiatrist, Zita, who manipulates the rage through a concoction called Luminex containing traces of silver. I highly recommend this horror/suspense thriller.
Weevil Dead
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
The Book Gawdess
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

NetGalley and the publishers provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing — the very first thing — that struck me about The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, before I even started reading it, before I even looked at the cover or researched the author Mark Matthews, was its title. The phrase is mentioned quite a few times in the text, and it is by no means a throwaway title. It means something to every character in this engrossing horro
Blake Blanco
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A young woman, Kori, discovers the one thing she has longed for, hoped for for as long as she can remember, who would have thought that the decrepit old mental health hospital would have all of those secrets.

With The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, Matthews has crafted a captivating, magical imagining of the Werewolf trope, but also skillfully brings forth the tragedy that is mental illness. In this case it is Bipolar, but not in the traditional frowned upon disorder. Emotionally, his descriptive pro
Sue Wallace
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
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*.
Shannon Hovey
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you’ve ever known anyone with Bipolar Disorder, you know that mania and depression can alter a person’s personality, bringing out the very best and the very worst of them. But what happens if we push it to its most extreme? Can we irradicate the bad parts of Bipolar and leave only the good?

With twenty years experience as a mental health counsellor, Matthews expertly describes the ways Bipolar manifests, from the grandiose energy and acute awareness of mania, to the crippling, coma-like depre
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Matt Bliss
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021
A dark and moving look at mental health through the lens of horror.

When Kori Driscoe heads to the now abandoned mental institution, the last known place of her father, she finds far more than she expected. Peter Driscoe has suffered from mental illness his whole life, and his family suffered along the way. After Peter is admitted Northville Psychiatric Hospital, a doctor offers him a new kind of treatment. One that would put a new meaning to his cycles of mania and depression, one that will fore
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Mark Matthews is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a licensed professional counselor who has worked in behavioral health for over 20 years. He is the author of On the Lips of Children, All Smoke Rises, and Milk-Blood, as well as the editor of Lullabies for Suffering and Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror. His new novel, The Hobgoblin of Little Minds, will be available in Feb, 2 ...more

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