Charles Dickens wrote four Christmas ghost stories, of which the first was "The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton" (ch. 29 in The Pickwick Papers). A Christmas Carol, the second, largely followed its outline. In Goblins, a surly, malicious sexton (gravedigger) is kidnapped by goblins on Christmas Eve. They take him to their underground cavern and through various scenes shown him, redeem him from his evil ways.
Utilizing character names from other Dickens' stories, Kenneth Chumbley used the outline of the original Goblins to create a 10,000 word novella, The Goblins and a Gravedigger. The drama involves child abuse (a classic Dickens' theme) and is a darker story that Carol. In writing fantasy, any mythical character can be used (elves, dwarfs, goblins, etc.), but the story must be real and human. This is exactly what author tried to do in his adaptation.
Paperback: 80 pages
Publishing date: April 1, 2019
Product Dimensions: 6 x0.5 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)
is a minister, publisher, and the author of two illustrated children's books: Ol' Pigtoes
and The Green Children
, the Literary Classics 2017 Enchanted Page Award recipient for best children's storybook of the year. A series of short essays he has written on fairy tales have appeared in the on-line literary journal Modern Literature
(modernliterature.org). In addition to his writing, he is the playwright, along with his coauthor, Jim McGuiggan, of The Green Children
musical play, which premiered in the fall of 2017, and he is the playwright, along with his coauthor Tonya Clarkson-McCain, of A Goblins Christmas Carol
, with lyrics by himself and original music by Kyle Shaw, DMA.
Kenny is a lifelong resident of the Illinois prairie. He holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MA and MDiv from Trinity Theological Seminary. Most importantly, he is the father of Gary, Kelly, and Steve, and Grandpa to Maddie, Mia, Aniyah, Honor, Millie, and Wrigley.