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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I always thought it’d make an excellent film, even now. It was freakin’ fate. Lolth, the wicked spider queen of the drow elves for example and their actions were realistic to me. 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 away on a shelf in plain view.

Coyne seems to be mellowing, and his new horror novel is considerably less offensive than The Piercing or The Searing.


Overall, a pleasant surprise and a page turner from John Coyne, I’m glad I took a flier on this one. Next, Coynf began to search for others who played the game, and within a couple of months had found new friends and a gaming group. Eric, it’s great to see you!

This page was last edited on 23 Septemberat And I know the early ’80s were still the formative years for tabletop RPGs, but dice haven’t magically started working differently since those days. He lives in Pelham Manor, New York, with his wife and son. John Coyne born is an American writer.


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Another book I read as a teenager. My “little one” is now 11 and still into horror and fantasy. And if the book was meant to warn coyyne from fantasy RPG’s, it had the opposite effect. I applaud it for not trying to make magic real, but at the same time the final parts of the book come out of nowhere, there is some gruesome parts, but it’s unbelievable, and worse.

Along with the better known Mazes and Monsters, this was one of the books written to cash in on the hysterical backlash against fantasy role playing games in the early ’80s.

Sorry, I am checking the blog so infrequently recently that your comment sat in the pending section a while. This novel sounds more interesting, and you’re right, they don’t make covers like that anymore.

What ever you imagined is a hundred and fifty times better than how the book handles it.

Langdon’s finest hour, but it serves him right. Want to Read saving….

A real sympathetic chap, this Scott. I keep it tucked away now; and the re-release is on my shelf. But to think that in the next twenty odd years, titles like this might be all but forgotten I hope you got around to that reread. Aug 02, John Ulrich rated it liked it. In this book there is hogoblin Role playing game called Hobgoblin Based on Irish folklore.

Hobgoblin by John Coyne (1982, Paperback)

The Illustrated Collection Books by J. The ending just stops.

Get it down off the shelf, and give it a go. There is no plot ,His Mom moves to a town for a new job at a castle that just happens to be of Irish origin. In both books, the protagonist is or at least appears to be suffering from schizophrenia or some analogous condition ; in both books, the attainment of mature adulthood is accompanied by the abandonment of role-playing games.


Hobgoblin by John Coyne

Nov 21, Jeff rated it really liked it. Still holds up well in spite of some hobgoblun prose and occasional melodrama. Skip to main content. Anthony Giordano September 19, at 9: Many times I’ve fantasized, when I was younger, and especially now that I am living Upstate and can see similar locations to the one that inspired Ballycastle, about getting a Hobgoblin movie made.

The Gat It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book where I didn’t like a single character in it. I read jkhn front and back cover blubs.

Hobgoblin – John Coyne Books

Jan 12, Scott rated it really liked it. This book also set me on a quest to find out more about Brian Boru. And while Columbine was still over 20 years later, the movie Carrie had come out 4 years before this, and yet instead of a solid and believable ending, the book jogn to ignore the obvious warning signs of the main character, and just deliver some crap that makes the reader wonder, why were these characters flaws even built.