Tacky Goblin

Novel. 134 pages, 2018.

A surreal journal about a brother and sister who live together. It started as a blog. Someone told me to submit it to a contest and it won and had a small print run, then got picked up by another publisher. I was 21-22 when I wrote it.


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Praise for Tacky Goblin

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

“The enormous energy and the over the top subversive anarchy in TACKY GOBLIN is that of transformation. The book is a wonderful debut by a talented, comic writer.”

— Stuart Dybek

"This book is weird as hell and I love it."

— Chelsea Martin