Friday, October 21, 2011

Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside

“Thanks to this hilarious book, I’m no longer scared of monsters. 
However, I am still terrified of books.” —Stephen Colbert


Growling on the Outside,
Crying on the Inside

By Emmy Award-winning writer for The Colbert Report
Frank Lesser

With illustrations by
Willie Real

It’s a cruel world, and no one feels that pain more than monsters, even when they’re the ones inflicting it.  In addition to being misunderstood, they suffer from very real problems—body image issues, discrimination, existential crises.  Lacking proper psychiatric care, a monster’s desperate cries for help often go unheard, or worse, are drowned out by the cries of their victims.  Now, Frank Lesser—a contributor to I Am America (And So Can You!)—and illustrator Willie Real document the trials and tribulations of everyone’s favorite creatures of the night in Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside (Plume Books; Original; October 2011.)

A collection of hilarious essays with quirky illustrations, Sad Monsters offers a never-before-seen look into the turbulent lives of monsters struggling with very human problems:
  • Godzilla questions his desire to destroy cities, and wonders why Son of Godzilla never calls
  • The Abominable Snowman, tired of the Himalayan job market, seeks an editorial position at Vogue
  • A Demon in Williamsburg regrets how an exorcism ended and posts on Craigslist’s Missed Connections
  • The Fifty Foot Woman has difficulties with online dating
  • A Mummy with weight issues wishes she’d been wrapped vertically, so the bandages would be more slimming
  • The Gingerbread House Witch needs to lower her cholesterol, so she puts Hansel on a diet
  • Dorian Gray’s roommate offers him tips on interior decorating—specifically, removing that hideous portrait from the living room.

Certain to entertain more than just monster fans, Sad Monsters proves that aside from their frightening exteriors and manflesh-filled interiors, monsters really are just like us.

Frank Lesser is an Emmy Award-winning writer for The Colbert Report who lives in New York City.  He studied fiction and film at Brown University and edited the school’s humor magazine.  While growing up in Columbus, Ohio, he was tormented by the monster under his bed, a situation that only got worse in high school when the monster stole his girlfriend.

Frank Lesser
Illustrated by Willie Real
Plume Books; On-sale: September 27th; $13.00

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  1. Dana, I'm sorry: I failed reading "US only".
    Please delete my name - I'm from Europe.
    Again, so sorry. :(

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