The Good Goblin

Not all goblins are bad.

To be sure, most goblins are, but Ben is not like most goblins. He doesn’t have the same abilities, isn’t interested in causing mischief, and most disgraceful of all, has a secret admiration of everything human.

Tired of not fitting in with his own kind, Ben escapes to the nearby human city of Saint Louis eager to start a new life. Finding a job and a place to live prove a lot easier than he expects, but they don’t quell the loneliness he feels inside. Even in Saint Louis, a friend is not an easy thing to find for Ben. After all, a good goblin in a human city is still just a goblin.

But Ben is determined to make the most of it, at least until his past catches up to him.

The first in a series of short novels set in Saint Louis in the early 1900s and based on the 13th century Latin tale, The Benevolent Goblin.


Set in the early 1900s, a time rife with urban discord, The Good Goblin by David McElroy is a great wedding of the past and present worlds. This modernization of an old fable was heartfelt and told in a storybook manner I really enjoyed. In his search for a friend, a kind goblin named Ben migrates to the human world, settling in the concrete jungle of St Louis. He struggles against threats both human and otherwise in this endearing tale about friendship and kindness. A meaningful and entertaining read for any fantasy lovers out there!

Joshua, Amazon review

What a fun read! This is probably the best off-the-cuff-free-eBook-download that I’ve read this year. I downloaded it on a whim and started reading it on a whim. Turned out I couldn’t stop reading it. There was something about the style of writing that was enchanting and captivating. The plot itself was fantastic. It’s easy to judge a person by where they come from, but it’s important to remember that the person isn’t their family. You can’t choose family, but you can choose your friends. Overall: an amazing story that you should definitely try, even if you’re not into fantasy. I mean, who doesn’t love a story about a sweet goblin who reads the classics??

Virginia, Amazon review

I’m not usually much for fantasy fiction but I completely got sucked into this one–the characters are so well written that you can’t help but root for them. This was a quick read that made for such a pleasant Sunday afternoon on the couch. Passed it to a sister who loved it as well. Seems like this will make for a nice gift option this holiday season!

Andrea, Amazon review

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