Tacky Goblin (pre-order)
Tacky Goblin (pre-order)
by T. Sean Steele
Winner of the First Annual Wild Onion Novella Contest, judged by Joe Meno
Nominated for "Best Debut" (2016 Chicago Review of Books Awards)
Included among "The Year’s Best Books About Chicago, by Chicagoans" (Chicago Magazine)
An aimless twenty-something struggles to make sense of reality after he moves to Los Angeles to live with his older sister. His legs are rotting, his apartment is haunted, and he’s in charge of taking care of a human baby that might actually be a dog. On top of it all, he has trouble making friends. Tacky Goblin blunders through particularly strange but familiar misadventures to remind us that, ultimately, learning to take care of yourself is hard.
PRAISE FOR TACKY GOBLIN:
"The enormous energy and the over the top subversive anarchy in Tacky Goblin, T. Sean Steele's prize-winning novella, is that of transformation. The book is a wonderful debut by a talented, comic writer."
—Stuart Dybek, award-winning author of Paper Lantern and Ecstatic Cahoots
"Travis Steele's Tacky Goblin is the future. It's also one of the most original, hilarious, inventive books I've read. Echoing the work of Richard Brautigan, Haruki Murakami, and Sam Pink, this novella presents the unending strangeness of becoming yourself. Through dog-children, black pills, and lost teeth, Steele traces the liminal moments of being lost in your twenties in LA and Chicago, and perfectly captures the travails of two siblings—brother and sister—as they negotiate the absurdities of the beginning of the twenty-first century."
—Joe Meno, author of Marvel and a Wonder and Hairstyles of the Damned
"Travis Steele’s LA is a place where clones haunt neighborhood basketball courts, dogs disguise themselves as human babies, and one-night stands attempt to swap your soul for a demon lover. This is pretty accurate, as far as I can remember from the times I’ve visited. His Chicago—a place where cars drift back to homes against their drivers’ wills, and rifts in time appear between front door and front lawn—I recognized immediately. For all the strangeness in Tacky Goblin, the strangest thing might be how true it all feels: the experience of waking up sometime in one’s early adulthood and realizing that the world will keep changing around us whether we like it or not."
—James Tadd Adcox, author of Does Not Love and The Map of the System of Human Knowledge
"This book is weird as hell and I love it."
—Chelsea Martin, author of Mickey and Even Though I Don't Miss You
"Weird, hilarious, and horrific."
—Adam Morgan, Chicago Magazine
Publication Date: April 2016