Author Shaun Hamill definitely uses the works of Stephen King for his time-spanning novel A Cosmology of Monsters.
Much the same as King’s IT and many other stories, Hamill’s tale is about growing up, realising who and what you want out of life and how the tackle darkness when it comes calling.
We follow the life of Noah Turner and his family and see almost from birth his journey, after his father dies unexpectedly, leaving the rest of the family to finish his unfinished backyard scare park.
The family fight against real-life demons such as grief, poverty and sickness in the wake of the father’s passing without knowing that real monsters could be haunting their lives.
Hamill’s tale starts quite linear but has a knack of drawing the reader into this messed up family dynamic with sprinkles of cosmic horror spliced in until we get a full grasp of the larger narrative.
Surprisingly, the two mix quite well and this fast becomes an engrossing read which feels really epic but does not step over 350 pages.
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill is available now in paperback and e-book formats.