Review: The Boogeyman’s Intern by Matt Betts

Boogeyman's InternDisclaimer: The author is a friend, and I reviewed this novel as part of the publication process. I look forward to purchasing a hardcopy version of my own.

This was a weird book set in an even weirder landscape. Betts proves that the supernatural creatures created as part of all human cultures are very similar to the humans that they support/stalk/haunt. Despite his paranormal origins, Abe is just a guy. When he’s swept up into the first murder mystery his world has ever known, that’s when things get interesting. 

At times, warring plot lines seemed to distract from one another. At other times, Abe’s extended tour through his own world didn’t seem to have a point, but the things and people he found were so fascinating that one can’t help but keep reading. Even though things get tied up rather neatly at the end, I felt a lack of resolution to some elements. But considering an unreal character is the ultimate unreliable narrator, I’m still satisfied by the journey I took with him.

I could say something trite, like “These aren’t your kid’s fairy tales” or “These are paranormal creatures for the modern age,” but I’d rather let you meet this motley crew for yourself. Ultimately, this novel made me wonder a few things about my own Imaginary Friends and what they might be up to these days.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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