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The worst kind of goblin.

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The first couple years of Tacky Goblin have been taken down from the internet and published as a sold-out novel. With interior illustrations and cover art by Jenna Caravello. And here’s an animated trailer also by Jenna.

UPDATE:  It had a limited release in 2016, and is forthcoming worldwide in July 2018. Preorder it here.

Chicago Magazine called it one of the year’s best books about Chicago.

“T. Sean 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

“A humble comic tour de force that leads the reader through a maze of laughter and absurd, ridiculous delight. There is a wise, mordant, and beautifully crystalline vision of the universe here, and I would read a billion more chapters of this book; T. Sean Steele is a reborn Barthelme.”
—Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River and creator of Netflix’s Maniac

“Tacky Goblin is abruptly funny, disorienting, and—despite the ghosts, dimensional shifts, and weird demonic possessions—a totally relatable tale of ennui. Watching the lazy, deadpan narrator coast through this long chain of increasingly bizarre inconveniences is a real treat. I laughed on every page.”
—Halle Butler, author of Jillian, Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35

“Tacky Goblin is quite simply one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The weird turns the story takes provide both humor and depth instead of just being purposelessly surreal. A lightning-fast read that will stick with you in unexpected ways.”
—Jac Jemc, author of The Grip of It and My Only Wife

“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, author of Paper Lantern and Ecstatic Cahoots

“This book is weird as hell and I love it.”
—Chelsea Martin, author of Mickey and Even Though I Don’t Miss You

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