'A Cosmology Of Monsters' Blends Freaky Frights And Family Feels

Shaun Hamill's new novel uses the lens of horror to examine the ways we interact and fail to interact with each other, and the way a family can be held together by the very things that tear it apart.
Source: Pantheon

"How long until the world hollows me out?" Eunice Turner asks her younger brother Noah in one of her many letters to him — most of them suicide notes. That question lies at the heart of , Shaun Hamill's debut novel. It's a horror tale unafraid to tackle big issues of familial fealty, the architecture of fear, and the metaphysics of love, all while, only for horror instead of fantasy, the book examines the way we interact and fail to interact with each other, all bound together with genre delights that are mildly subverted even as they're adoringly celebrated.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min readWorld
Sale Of Sanctioned Oligarch's Chelsea Football Club Approved By U.K. Government
The government had to be sure that Roman Abramovich, sanctioned over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, did not profit from the enforced sale of one of football's most successful clubs.
NPR4 min read
Last Call: New York City Bids An Official Farewell To Its Last Public Pay Phone
Officials gathered in Times Square for the removal of what they called New York City's last public pay phone, which is headed to a local museum. But a number of other pay phones are still standing.
NPR3 min read
Southern Baptist Leaders Plan To Release A Secret List Of Accused Sex Abusers
Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention said they will release a secret list of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of sexual abuse.