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'Thanks to this hilarious book, I’m no longer scared of monsters. However, I am still terrified of books.' — Stephen Colbert / 'Delightful and definitive proof that the undead are just as unhappy as the rest of us.' — Seth Grahame-SmithAuthor of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
 
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With Sad Monsters ... the joke keeps getting reinvented in creative and wonderful ways. So yes, it's funny — but it's also smart and creative .... It begs for public readings.
Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game

 

Comedy Writer Takes Humorous Look at Not-so-terrifying Creatures
Lesser hauls out monsters from literature, television and even one hiding in a closet and submits them to thorough psychoanalysis. He catalogues Godzilla facing an existential crisis, a yeti longing to be an editorial assistant at Vogue and Hansel and Gretel’s witch bemoaning a new no-child diet.
The C0lumbus Dispatch

 

Comedic Writer Had a Monstrous Notion
I haven't laughed out loud at a recent book as much as I did while reading Sad Monsters .... This collection of clever essays is hilarious, a must-read for all fans of Colbert-esque humor.
New Bedford Standard-Times

 

Don't Buy These Books
Stephen calls on Colbert Nation not to buy The Colbert Report's writing staff's books, Sad Monsters and Bad for the Jews.
The Colbert Report

 

Excerpt: A Living Dead Will
If I am in a coma or have little or no conscious understanding with absolutely no hope of recovery, I request that the attending physicians terminate my vital functions at their discretion, providing I am immediately buried in an old pet cemetery that was once an Indian burial ground.
The Huffington Post

 

Sad Monsters Author Frank Lesser Imagines Human Problems for Non-human Counterparts

His book Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside catalogues the mood swings, shortcomings and neuroses of ghouls, goblins, unicorns and yeti, among others.
New York Daily News

 

Lesser crafts his portraits of misunderstood monsters with care .... The interspersed drawings by Willie Real are impressive .... These are short, sweet stories.
The Onion AV Club

 

Maxim Badass Book Club: Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser
Forget sparkly vampires and hot-bodied shirtless werewolves, Frank Lesser, Emmy Award-winning writer at The Colbert Report, has the fantastically funny 4-1-1 on creatures you really need to be up to speed on: horny half-woman, half-lion hybrids, masturbating minotaurs and so many more.
Maxim

 

Partying with Colbert Writer Frank Lesser’s Sad Monsters

For a guy who just wrote a book about gay Frankensteins and passive-aggressive bogeymen (accompanied by New Yorker-esque illustrations by Willie Real), one couldn’t help look at this gathering of friends and coworkers as the possible inspiration of Mr. Lesser’s material.

The New York Observer

 

Gawker Book Club
Frank fields Gawker readers' questions about the undead.
Gawker

 

Excerpt: The Joy of Unicorns
The little-known fact is, every abstinent teen gets her own unicorn as her BFF. An excerpt from Sad Monsters.
Slate

 

Whether you want a chuckle while reading in bed, or just wish to show solidarity with the creature living beneath it, Sad Monsters is an all-encompassing, diverse collection that lays bare the tortured soul (or lack thereof) of all non-humans. Highly recommended.
The Trades

 

Sad Monsters crackles with wit, irony, and sarcasm. No monster that terrified a film-going audience or kept a child up at night is safe from the comedic pen of Frank Lesser. ... Whether you get the literary and film references or not, you’ll still find a chuckle or five in Sad Monsters.
New York Journal of Books

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