October read for (grownup) kids

October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

So, it’s been awhile since I last posted. Mea culpa. I’m going to make it up to you today by offering a selection of awesome books to read for October throughout the month. This selection is for those who like kid-style stories but with a more grown-up taste. These selections are also for a mature young adult audience.

First up, is Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children by Angus Oblong.

If anyone saw the cartoon show The Oblongs then you’ll recognize Angus’ name. He’s the creator (and I doubt that’s his real name anymore than his clown costume he typically wears is what he normally puts on to go grocery shopping…but what do I know…) of The Oblongs, to which Will Ferrell at one time lent his voice to the head of the family–a man with no arms or legs who worked in a factory and was raising a family with his alcoholic (and bald) wife (children, by the way, who were in some ways affected by the very dystopian sewer-landscape in which they lived: a daughter with some pink pickle-like protrusion growing from her head; conjoined sons, and Milo, a hyperactive-ADD child with only one eye). Creepy Susie, Helga, and the Debbies are in the book (as well as the cartoon).

This is a dark collection of tales with typically tragic ends that are darkly humourous. There is sexual innuendo and some nudity, so beware. This is NOT meant for children.

If you like South Park, Edward Gorey, or re-read Edgar Alan Poe every October, then this is a collection for you. Designed to resemble a children’s book with its line drawings (no colour) and it’s simplistic writing, Creepy Susie has a demented charm with its title character being a young woman who has an ill-fated romance with handsome Eric Twinklebutt.

I met the author, Angus Oblong, at a comics convention in Houston last year and he is a mixture of disturbed and hilarious. He was very obliging and nice, but also made crude jokes and comments. He is a (grownup) kid. I enjoyed meeting him and the things he said will be forever etched into my memory. You can visit his website and learn more about him and what he’s done.

Go, read this book. You’ll need to borrow it from Interlibrary Loan. And if you can find the cartoons, watch them!

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