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HE SEES MONSTERS: Alabama author Shaun Hamill knows what lurks in the dark

Shaun Hamill’s debut novel, “A Cosmology of Monsters,” is about a family that struggles with sickness, loss, finances, communication — all sorts of metaphorical monsters in the room. But this family is also haunted by real monsters.

As Stephen King put it in a blurb for the back of the book: “If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it.”

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