A Monster Calls

“At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting…”


If you’re still itching for a clever monster story, even though Halloween ended yesterday, A Monster Calls is perfect for you. Even better, the novel by Patrick Ness, is as offbeat as it can get, which means it’s perfect for people of a publication. Not only is it about a terrifying yet amicable monster, but also the idea was created by a different author,Siobhan Dowd. Unfortunately, though, she died before she could write the story herself, so Ness finished it in her honor.

The book is beautifully, harrowingly illustrated by Jim Kay and is a very emotional and powerful story of a 13 year old boy forced to deal with his mother having cancer. It is extremely clever, describing the turmoil Conor, the main character, is dealing with through the monster. It has a perfect balance of realism and the supernatural, never falling over that line where things seem too fantastical for reality or the supernatural aspects never feel too out of place in this real world. The book is a relatable, heartfelt journey through Conor’s experience, and still no gigantic monster of terrifying visage ever was so likeable.


Well-crafted, meaningful, and with a twist of darkness, A Monster Calls is a great read for any lover of the offbeat. There is also a movie version that has come out, though we at The Offbeat have yet to see it. Perhaps you offbeat lovers can watch, and then give us a report back.

Happy reading, best luck in your writing, and stay weird.

(This post is accredited to our communications team member and blog manager, Stephanie Marceau)

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