Wynonna Earp’s Caitlin D. Fryers, set to adapt the series as Creator and Executive Producer
The one-hour drama series follows the Turners, a family surrounded by supernatural forces, who construct an elaborate haunted-house attraction
The series expands Saloon Media’s growing scripted development slate
(Toronto, Canada – November 22, 2022) Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Media production company, announced today it has acquired the rights to Shaun Hamill’s highly reviewed, debut novel, A Cosmology of Monsters. The scripted and factual producer will adapt the book into an ongoing one hour dramatic series (8×60), expanding the company’s growth into scripted development.
A Cosmology of Monsters follows the Turner family as they operate an immersive haunted house experience. While struggling to keep their business afloat, dealing with the challenges of adolescence, and fighting to keep their family united, the Turners begin to realize there is something more sinister at their door … real monsters.
Named one of the best books of 2019 by Esquire, The Nerd Daily and The New York Public Library, Shaun Hamill’s horror debut received critical acclaim with Stephen King’s endorsement: “If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it.”
“I can’t get enough of this world and these characters,” said Caitlin D. Fryers, Creator and Executive Producer. “Reading Shaun’s book I was riveted, terrified and inspired. All I could think when I finished was ‘I need more of this story.’ I’m thrilled to be developing it with Melissa and the Saloon Media team.”
“Caitlin has an incredible ability to build on established worlds while keeping characters grounded and relatable, we jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with her on this,” said Melissa Williamson, SVP, Scripted Content, Saloon Media. “We’ve been looking for an elevated family drama, the fact that this one has a horror twist was a major plus. This adaptation is a great representation of the type of noisy, bold dramatic series we’re looking for.”
“I know Cosmology is in excellent hands with Caitlin and the team at Saloon Media,” said author Shaun Hamill. I can’t wait to see their take on these characters and this world.”
Serving as Creator and Executive Producer on the series is Caitlin D. Fryers (Wynonna Earp, Endlings, Private Eyes). Fryers is best known for writing on all four seasons of SYFY’s fan favorite Wynonna Earp. She was the first Canadian to win the Sir Peter Ustinov Award for Scriptwriting from the International Emmys. Nominated for two Writers Guild of Canada Awards, Fryers has written for SYFY, Lifetime, Global, CBC, Hulu and Hallmark. Fryers is represented by Meridian Artists. Also serving as Executive Producer are Melissa Williamson, Michael Kot and Shaun Hamill.
Author Shaun Hamill received his BA in English from the University of Texas at Arlington and his MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut novel, A Cosmology of Monsters, was published in 2019 and his second novel, The Dissonance is forthcoming from Pantheon books. Hamill is represented by Echo Lake on behalf of Kent Wolf of Neon Literary.