Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside: The Definitive Guide to Human-Monster Relations!
For too long the daily problems of monsters have been ignored. Few people take the time to understand the secret lives of those monsters we know so well from popular culture. From Godzilla’s parental woes, the witch worried about the calories contained in Hansel and Gretel to Big Foot’s problems with Megan Fox, Frank Lesser reveals just how human monsters can be.
How do you heal a broken heart when you are undead?
How does a Yeti go about getting an editorial job at Vogue?
If you’re engaged to Frankenstein should the wedding ceremony be Methodist or Catholic?
Does that vampire stay in his crypt all day because sunlight will burn him to ashes, or because he has social anxiety disorder?
With illustrations from Google’s Willie Real, Sad Monsters explores the secret lives of all your favourite monsters from pop culture, literature, and right outside your bedroom window.
WARNING: Do not read this book if you have recently experienced monster-related heartbreak. Especially if that heartbreak involved a werewolf and could better be described as “heart gnaw”.
Frank Lesser is an Emmy Award-winning writer for The Colbert Report, the US’s satirical current affairs programme, and Willie Real is a senior doodler for Google.
“Crackles with wit, irony and sarcasm”
‘New York Journal of Books’
“How do you heal a broken heart when you’re undead? There’s plenty more poignant and thought-provoking questions like this in Sad Monsters… Hugely imaginative… it will definitely make you giggle.”
‘Sci Fi Now’
“We’ve all been there. You rock up and your date turns out to be a monster like Medusa. This book spares a thought for the other side.”
“A natural for the fortean Christmas stocking… A perfect loo book, with quite a few laugh-out-loud moments… The drawings are splendid…Humorous essays from the Colbert Report writer about 40 monsters and cyptids encountering everyday problems.”
“Banish the spooks with this funny take on classic monsters.”
“Clever, ingenious and full of good puns… Great fun, and ideal seasonal fare for those who scare easily.”
‘Annabel’s House of Books’
“A cute little stocking filler for anyone who ever feels a bit sorry for monsters.”
‘Curiosity Killed the Bookworm’
“Great fun… The whole gamut of monsters and supernatural creations, but never outstay their welcome… With the vivacity in telling and the strong work that must have gone into defining very monster’s problem, is very enjoyable.”
“A modern day reworking of all these horror stories… Frank Lesser has done a very good job of anthropomorphising the monsters into people with names and feelings… A brilliant idea… You will never look at a zombie or werewolf in the same way again.”