Goblins are mythical creatures. However, a great deal of mythology is designed to make living mortals more comfortable. If there is mythology about something within the Unknown Province, then that’s good. Mythology means it can’t be real. Right? Wrong! Here’s the catch. If something exists within the Province, and the Province is real, well then, that something is real too. And, the fact is…the Province is very real!
Goblins are grotesque, greedy, phantoms. They have existed within the UP ever since humans set foot, or were placed, upon this planet. The question is not whether goblins exist. Instead, there are two more important questions. The first is: Where do they come from? Note that I say do and not did. They continue to occur each day. The second question is: What are they?
Goblins come from the human population. They are dead people: phantom souls at the cross roads of ethereal life. These creatures straddle the fence. They are in the midst of negotiations with the essential powers of good and evil. They struggle to cut a deal with the devil or to make amends with the highest life force. A goblin’s acts and deeds while within the Unknown Province will ultimately define its destiny.
If a living mortal vacillates between right and wrong throughout life; if the person does good and then evil time and again; then which pathway should he or she take after death? The universe is confused, the jury is still out, and more evidence is needed. And so, this poor, wretched soul passes beyond the gossamer vale and wakes up as a goblin within the Province to stare in awe as all humanity passes by. Sometimes, the not-so-subtle powers of darkness provide a gentle shove, or a hard push, toward destiny. Within the Province, the playing field is very often not level.
Therefore, dear reader, listen carefully if you want to avoid the fate of a goblin existence. To become a goblin is to know misery, madness, and even murder. The stench of a goblin body is not attractive. The face and form of such a beast is a burden to the owner. Much can be learned of goblin life – and even how to avoid it – by understanding the case history of one. I refer to that quintessential example of goblin-hood: Walter Harold Ishmael Prescott Malone. Walter was the well-known Manhattan businessman who became “The Goblin of Central Park.”
I invite you to enter Walter’s world by reading the short story below.
Best wishes, Michael Goldcraft