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A Cosmology of Monsters

By: Shaun Hamill
Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
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Publisher's summary

"If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it." (Stephen King)

Noah Turner sees monsters.

His father saw them - and built a shrine to them with The Wandering Dark, an immersive horror experience that the whole family operates.

His practical mother has caught glimpses of terrors but refuses to believe - too focused on keeping the family from falling apart.

And his eldest sister, the dramatic and vulnerable Sydney, won't admit to seeing anything but the beckoning glow of the spotlight...until it swallows her up.

Noah Turner sees monsters. But, unlike his family, Noah chooses to let them in....

©2019 Shaun Hamill (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Shaun Hamill’s A Cosmology of Monsters brilliantly combines the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft with a contemporary story of a family under threat of destruction from supernatural forces. It succeeds because these are good, likeable people that we root for; they could be our neighbors. Horror only works when we care for the people involved, and because we care for the Turners, their nightmare becomes ours. Hamill’s prose is simple, and simply beautiful. If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it, and think you will, too.” (Stephen King)

“A monster stalks a family across generations; a hidden city beckons from beyond perception; trauma and human frailty and loss bear their terrible fangs. . . . A Cosmology of Monsters is as weird and compelling and ambitious a horror novel as you could possibly want.” (Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties)

“Sometimes you read a book and you know it’s special. A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill is just such a book. It’s a book about family, love, loss, obsession . . . and monsters. Unique and wonderful. You won’t read anything like it this year.” (C. J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place)

“Exquisitely written, A Cosmology of Monsters is both beautiful and haunting. Shaun Hamill has crafted the best sort of horror story: one full of love and dread that will have you rethinking your definition of what a monster is.” (Jennifer McMahon, New York Times best-selling author of The Winter People and The Invited)

"A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill is beautiful, heartbreaking, offbeat horror. A terrific debut." (Ellen Datlow, editor of The Best Horror of the Year)

"Told with tenderness and brimming with darkness, Hamill’s debut is sure to please readers who have a special literary craving for monsters." (Bradley Sides, The Millions)

"[A] very scary coming-of-age tale that lives in the same space as Stranger Things, Stand by Me, and Stephen King’s It.... The way Hamill weaves his way between the phantasmagorical elements and Noah’s everyday dramas is nimble in a way reminiscent of King.... An accomplished, macabre horror saga and a promising debut from an imaginative new author." (Kirkus Reviews)