A Cosmology of Monsters

A Cosmology of Monsters

A tender and terrifying literary horror novel - the author's debut - that tells the story of a family (creators of a haunted house attraction called the Wandering Dark) and the hereditary monsters - both metaphorical and all-too-real - that haunt them.

Monsters both figurative and very literal stalk the Turner family. The youngest child, Noah, narrates the family history: how in the late '60s, his bookish mother Margaret marries Lovecraft-lover Harry against her better judgment. The couple has two daughters - Sydney, born for the spotlight, and the brilliant but awkward Eunice, a natural writer and storyteller. But finances are tight, Margaret and Eunice are haunted by horrific dreams, and Harry starts acting strangely. He becomes obsessed with the construction of an elaborately crafted haunted house attraction, christened the Wandering Dark. The family tries to shield baby Noah from the house's faux horrors, but unbeknownst to them, he's being visited by a furry beast with glowing orange eyes - the same ghastly being glimpsed by both his mother and sister. However, unlike them, Noah decides to let the creature in...

As he approaches the conclusion of his family's tale, it becomes more and more apparent that there's only one way the story can end: with Noah making the ultimate sacrifice.

Title:A Cosmology of Monsters
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524747671
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  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Full disclosure: I had a bunch of nifty, gorgeous quotes to use on this review, but I seem to have lost them and already mailed my copy of the book to a friend. While you're reading this review, pleas...

  • karen

    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST HORROR 2019! what will happen?FRIEND HELP?this is an extraordinary debut novel that comes so damn close to my kind of perfect, and yet another book ...

  • BlackOxford

    Listen to Your Mother! Life is a horror story straight out of H.P Lovecraft. Only hopeful delusions prevent us from recognising the terrible reality of those things we have been taught to respect, ad...

  • Johann (jobis89)

    “I started collecting my sister Eunice’s suicide notes when I was seven years old.”Noah Turner sees monsters. His father saw them - and built a shrine to them with The Wandering Dark, an immersi...

  • Shaun Hutchinson

    You know what would be really great? If non-queer authors could stop writing queer characters who inevitably kill themselves because they're queer. That would be swell. This book is pretentious trash....

  • .?**???SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)?**???

    I had a feeling, when I started reading this book, that it would become a favourite, and in the end I was not disappointed. I actually had to go back a couple of times during some of the most interest...

  • Lori

    I was skeptical in the beginning. At first the thing scratching at the windows of members of the Turner family seemed more Muppet than monster. But that evolves quickly and once it does, the book take...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    3.5This is going to hurt, writing this. Trying to decide how to word my very intense, visceral reactions to this story. This is the kind of review where I loved half and hated half, so it's a 3 star p...

  • Char

    Noah and his family are special, but I'm not so sure that's a good thing! A COSMOLOGY OF MONSTERS is a unique story. With a great opening line like: "I started collecting my older sister Eunice’s s...

  • Nils | nilsreviewsit

    ‘’My monster suit always fit better than my regular skin. I was never a guardian, or a hero, but a creator and harvester of fear.’’It has been quite some time since I’ve read a horror book, ...