Philip's dad, the former-publican of the Castle
pub in Newark-on-Trent, is dead and his Uncle Alan is making
moves on his mother. To make matters worse, his dead father, who
hangs out with other murdered dads in the parking lot behind the
pub, tells Philip that he was murdered by Uncle Alan, and Philip
must avenge his death before his father's birthday or the latter
will spend the rest of eternity in "The Terrors".
Shakespeare aficionados will have fun recognizing Haig's
modern-day counterparts to the Bard's creations, but Haig's work
lives and breaths in its own right with freely imagined
characters whose lives and destinies are controlled by their own
personalities and the setting. After all, it goes without saying
that a story revolving around an 11-year-old living in the North
of England in...
Beyond the Book
It's not at all necessary to be
familiar with Hamlet
appreciate The Dead Fathers Club
but for those who would like to freshen
their memories, here is a quick outline:
Hamlet's father, King Hamlet of Denmark,
is recently dead. Claudius, the dead
king's brother, becomes King and quickly
marries King Hamlet's widow, Gertrude.
Young Hamlet fears that Claudius killed
his father, a fear that is confirmed
when he meets his father's ghost who
tells him that Claudius did indeed
murder him by pouring poison in his ear.