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Creepy Susie. Mary Had a Little Chainsaw. Milo's Disorder. Rosie's Crazy Mother. The Siamese Quadruplets. Emily Amputee. Your mother never told you these stories. She didn't want to scare you. But Angus Oblong is not your mother. If Edgar Allan Poe and David Lynch wrote a book, it might be as warped, wicked, and perversely funny as this treasury of twisted tales from childhoo Creepy Susie. Mary Had a Little Chainsaw. Milo's Disorder. Rosie's Crazy Mother. The Siamese Quadruplets. Emily Amputee. Your mother never told you these stories. She didn't want to scare you. But Angus Oblong is not your mother. If Edgar Allan Poe and David Lynch wrote a book, it might be as warped, wicked, and perversely funny as this treasury of twisted tales from childhood's Twilight Zone. So don't be alarmed if you find yourself screaming . . . with laughter . . . until the day you die. Which may be very soon . . . From the Hardcover edition.


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Creepy Susie. Mary Had a Little Chainsaw. Milo's Disorder. Rosie's Crazy Mother. The Siamese Quadruplets. Emily Amputee. Your mother never told you these stories. She didn't want to scare you. But Angus Oblong is not your mother. If Edgar Allan Poe and David Lynch wrote a book, it might be as warped, wicked, and perversely funny as this treasury of twisted tales from childhoo Creepy Susie. Mary Had a Little Chainsaw. Milo's Disorder. Rosie's Crazy Mother. The Siamese Quadruplets. Emily Amputee. Your mother never told you these stories. She didn't want to scare you. But Angus Oblong is not your mother. If Edgar Allan Poe and David Lynch wrote a book, it might be as warped, wicked, and perversely funny as this treasury of twisted tales from childhood's Twilight Zone. So don't be alarmed if you find yourself screaming . . . with laughter . . . until the day you die. Which may be very soon . . . From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This has been something I've wanted to read for years, I think if I read it when it came out I would have liked it more...I think I've grown a little. 2.5 stars the grown up The teenage me would have given it maybe a 3.5? This has been something I've wanted to read for years, I think if I read it when it came out I would have liked it more...I think I've grown a little. 2.5 stars the grown up The teenage me would have given it maybe a 3.5?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert Beveridge

    Angus Oblong, Creepy Susie and Thirteen Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children (Ballantine, 1999) First off, don't let the title of this little twisted gem fool you; Angus Oblong (who, according to the “About the Author” bit, does actually illustrate childrens' books as well) did not mean this book for kids. In any way, shape, or form. To give you an illustration of why, one of the funniest panels here is of a human hand offering a biscuit to a dog, who's thinking to himself, “fuck you.” (Note Angus Oblong, Creepy Susie and Thirteen Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children (Ballantine, 1999) First off, don't let the title of this little twisted gem fool you; Angus Oblong (who, according to the “About the Author” bit, does actually illustrate childrens' books as well) did not mean this book for kids. In any way, shape, or form. To give you an illustration of why, one of the funniest panels here is of a human hand offering a biscuit to a dog, who's thinking to himself, “fuck you.” (Note to self: asterisk that out for Amazon...) Perhaps it was meant as a jab to parents who buy books for their kids and don't flip through them first, but I'm guessing the lawsuit factor would eliminate that hypothesis. In any case, this is about as kid-friendly as is Tim Burton's The Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories. By the way, you'll be hearing that comparison more than once in this review; the two are of a piece in many ways (and so you don't have to read to the end, I'll tell you now—if you liked that one, you're going to like this one, too). Possibly, depending on your attitude towards such things, appropriate for adolescents, but probably not for the kiddie crowd. In any case, Creepy Susie... is fourteen very short tales, told in cartoon form, that display a mean-spirited, if very funny, brand of warped genius. All are structured in the same loose morality-play style of, say, Aesop's Fables, but with a (forgive me for using this phrase) postmodern sensibility and a viewpoint so downbeat that it borders on the nihilistic. For example, the moral of the first story: “the popular kids at school got you down? Disguise yourself, infiltrate, get invited to a slumber party, and dispatch them in their sleep.” Now, I'm one of those who believe that if you get ideas to go out and do very bad things from the books you read, you belonged in the asylum before you read those books, but I'm thinking you probably shouldn't be reading that one to your six-year-old at bedtime. For discerning adults (and teens, perhaps), however, it's all in good fun. You have to have the kind of sense of humor (or revenge fantasies) that's going to click with Oblong's tales, but if you do, this is pure comedy gold. As I said, look to Burton as a guide, but Oblong goes farther in every direction, especially that of tastelessness. Actually, the closest thing I can compare it to is the web animation Salad Fingers, but Oblong is even more tasteless (and violent) than that. Needless to say (for those who know me, anyway), I loved it. There were a few tales that I think could have gone on for another few pages. Actually, given that the main draw here is Oblong's sense of humor, these could have been a collection of full-length graphic novels, and they'd probably be just as good. But a few are really spare, and I wanted more. Otherwise, though, find yourself a copy of this now-obscure treasure and laugh along. *** ½

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Ew. Not funny, not clever, not delightfully twisted--no wit, no gallows humor, no emotional connection to anything. This lacked both subtlety and style. No heart. Just ew.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    Are you taken with the twisted tales of Edward Gorey? Do you delight in the off-kilter visions of Tim Burton? Well my brothers & sisters, have I got a book for you. Run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children. Between these shiny pink covers lies a whole world of naughty happiness. Read them and perhaps you, too, will ponder these questions: Where have you been all my life, Angus Oblong? Why have I not experienced t Are you taken with the twisted tales of Edward Gorey? Do you delight in the off-kilter visions of Tim Burton? Well my brothers & sisters, have I got a book for you. Run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children. Between these shiny pink covers lies a whole world of naughty happiness. Read them and perhaps you, too, will ponder these questions: Where have you been all my life, Angus Oblong? Why have I not experienced the dark joy of your tragic tales long before now? How could I get this far in life without speaking the name "Eric Twinklebutt?" The book is designed to resemble a children's book (in style, at least, not in size), but these stories are clearly meant for adults. Twisted adults. Adults who enjoy The Simpsons and who cackle over the antics of the kids on South Park. I don't think it's exaggerating to say that there's something here to offend everyone, but it's also screamingly funny, with characters ranging from stick-figure Barbie-clones called The Debbies, to a very stupid vampire who bites all the wrong things, to the aforementioned Creepy Susie and her star-crossed romance with the dashing Eric Twinklebutt (I'm sure that it's bad and wrong and the outward sign of some deep-seated problem that I get so much joy out of saying that name. Sigh.). Creepy Susie is only 165 pages long, and most of the space on the page is taken up by illustrations. The longest story has 15 pages; the shortest has only 3 (if you count the title page). But each story is a dark comic gem, sparkling with demented charm. The illustrations only add to my enjoyment; it's as if someone gave Damien a crayon and told him to amuse himself. So who is this Angus Oblong fella? The Bio printed on the back cover of the book claims that he is legally insane and an avid collector of dead trees. It also claims that he writes and illustrates children's books actually meant for children. Be still my heart - this imagination let loose in kiddie-land? I'd pay good money to see that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    I’d like to say something positive about this book. But since I can’t think of a thing, I’ll just say, don’t under any circumstances read it. Ever.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I met Angus Oblong at Planet Comicon in Kansas City this past weekend, and I'm glad I stopped by his booth and picked up this book. I love the Oblongs and these stories are short but twisted enough to completely appeal to my sense of humor and entertainment. Don't let title fool you, these aren't for young children. Love this book! I met Angus Oblong at Planet Comicon in Kansas City this past weekend, and I'm glad I stopped by his booth and picked up this book. I love the Oblongs and these stories are short but twisted enough to completely appeal to my sense of humor and entertainment. Don't let title fool you, these aren't for young children. Love this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    CozyReaderKelly

    This is a collection of very short illustrated stories that are weird and macabre, and meant for adults with a dark sense of humor. I picked this collection up as purely a nostalgic read, since back in college my group of theater friends put on a show based on this book. Reading it 15 years later, I laughed more from my memories of that time than from the actual tales.

  8. 4 out of 5

    SE Panoply

    https://bookwayfarer.wordpress.com/20... First story starts with the Debbies and Helga thinking she fits into society and was a source of entertainment for the Debbies which made Helga want to get even with them whilst the Debbies wanted to quash any hope Helga had of believing she could coexist socially with others. Meanwhile Helga went incognito to learn more about the Debbies habits, interests and whatnot, they soon deciding to have a sleepover and Helga eating all their pizza crusts, that nig https://bookwayfarer.wordpress.com/20... First story starts with the Debbies and Helga thinking she fits into society and was a source of entertainment for the Debbies which made Helga want to get even with them whilst the Debbies wanted to quash any hope Helga had of believing she could coexist socially with others. Meanwhile Helga went incognito to learn more about the Debbies habits, interests and whatnot, they soon deciding to have a sleepover and Helga eating all their pizza crusts, that night snipping their heads off as they slept. We then move on to ‘Stupid Betsy’ who did ridiculously dumb things for no apparent reason her mother then needing to get her to the hospital to have the items stowed away in her body, removed. We then get a plot twist, being told as much and how it didn’t change how stupid Betsy was, the ending of which is final and her mother being indifferent to the outcome. We’re then introduced to a boy from Nantucket called Waldo and his sausage dog, Bean. When Waldo excitedly shows his mother what Bean had done, his Mother doesn’t appreciate it the same way he does, due to her drunkenness and it not being that impressive, disposing of the dog and making herself sick. Next on the docket is Little Scooter who had an irresistible head that left him with a “loose brain” which he couldn’t be cured of and getting the medical opinion with the finality one would not be able to come back from very easily and still had the same effect on people to harass the little guy. Little Sammy is then introduced as being happy to a default which he had to be cured of, leaving him normal. We then meet Milo who sees things in a different light which permeated his every thought and action, but was cured with the same treatment as Little Sammy with the same “happy” ending. The namesake of the collection is then shown, Creepy Susie who had odd collection habits and weird things making her smile; her family was “normal”, if not quirky. One day a boy starts crushing on her which she doesn’t know how to handle, even though she had feelings for him she didn’t understand and when she tried to do research, romance novel-style, she had an adverse reaction that didn’t help her. She decides to ask a three-times-great-grandmother for advice which also didn’t give much solace, so Susie comes up with her own way of dealing with her issue that made her smile leaving her with two things that could do the job. We next visit Emily Amputee who has a short and sweet explanation as to how she lost her limb. Narcoleptic Scottie was a shortie who had odd dreams and hated his lot in life as a dog, realizing it to be an inelegant life and preferred dreaming. He began sleeping so much though, that the same fate occurred to Sammie as in a story called The Handler by Ray Bradbury, unfortunately. Sibling Rivalry shows Tommy and Patty being very evil toward each other for not liking the other at all, their terrible pranks become so torturous and traumatizing that one of them commits murder. We then see Rosie who had a crazy mother who went around topless and shaved their cats and proceeded to gluing long-haired classic singers onto them. Her mother’s habits began to worry her early on in life and made her wonder if she’d have the same fate, which we are privy to the outcome. We are then shown Siamese quadruplets three of which are named Jenny, the other Babette and how they were such a spectacle, none of the “normal” or deformed children would play with them and their father was intimidated by them and their mother believed them to be an arachnid and so they went off in search of a conventional life. They got a job and vehicle, even getting illegally married and after some time passed, they went back to their old locale incognito and we see an unfortunate outcome for their parents. We see Dick and Muffy playing with each other nicely and have a farm-like life, we then getting images of them displaying funny, dirty jokes, until Dick disappears inexplicably, unless it had something to do with the exploding champagne bottle. Mary’s chainsaw is in a rhyme that matches Mary had a Little Lamb and left Mary as a butch adult. These were quite entertaining and I’d gladly read more by Angus Oblong, his author’s description reminds me of The Dark Backward, with Judd Nelson.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Stern

    Definitely not for children. It's offbeat and funny, but more in an offensive South Park way than a sophisticated Edward Gorey way. I got a kick out of it. It's mostly drawings with a sentence or two per pages, so it can be read in about an hour (or less). Definitely not for children. It's offbeat and funny, but more in an offensive South Park way than a sophisticated Edward Gorey way. I got a kick out of it. It's mostly drawings with a sentence or two per pages, so it can be read in about an hour (or less).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Holy shit this book is so funny!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Noura

    one of the greatest things that I have ever read. so messed up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    GrimmusCyclo

    Hilarious. Loved every page, though my favorite story was "Dick & Muffy." Hilarious. Loved every page, though my favorite story was "Dick & Muffy."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Oda

    The Book Creepy Susie and 13 other tragic tales for troubled children by Angus Oblong is a very funny book. One of my favorites is Creepy Susie, but it is also funny that in this book electroshock therapy cures all mental issues. There are a lot of main characters. There is: Helga from The Debbies, Betsy from Stupid Betsy, Waldo from Waldo and Bean, Scooter from Little Scooter, Sammy from Happy happy happy happy Sammy, Milo form Milo’s Disorder, Susie form Creepy Susie, Emily from Emily Ampatute, The Book Creepy Susie and 13 other tragic tales for troubled children by Angus Oblong is a very funny book. One of my favorites is Creepy Susie, but it is also funny that in this book electroshock therapy cures all mental issues. There are a lot of main characters. There is: Helga from The Debbies, Betsy from Stupid Betsy, Waldo from Waldo and Bean, Scooter from Little Scooter, Sammy from Happy happy happy happy Sammy, Milo form Milo’s Disorder, Susie form Creepy Susie, Emily from Emily Ampatute, Scottie from Narcoleptic Scottie, Tommy and Patty from Sibling rivalry, Rosie from Rosie's crazy mother, Jenny Jenny Jenny and Babette from Jenny Jenny Jenny and Babette the siamese quadruplets, Dick and Muffy from dick & muffy, Mary from Mary had a Little chainsaw. This book is very fun but a little bit brutal so I recommend for ages 10 and up and all genders but only for those who feel like the can handle a bit of gore and murder.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I bought this book when it first came out and I was working at Walden Books. The stodgy old bookstore management asked staff to select their favorite books for promotion at the end of the aisle. I picked this one. They hated me for it. I persisted. When someone asks me to identify a moment where I realized I had a sick, twisted sense of humor, I look back 20 something years and fondly think of me giggling over this book and and shamelessly hawking it at the mall.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Someone said that if you love Tim Burton's 'The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy' you'll love this, too. Someone was wrong. I Love Tim Burton, loved 'Oyster Boy', liked The Oblongs TV show back in the day but as a book of short stories it falls short. There is only one Tim Burton. Someone said that if you love Tim Burton's 'The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy' you'll love this, too. Someone was wrong. I Love Tim Burton, loved 'Oyster Boy', liked The Oblongs TV show back in the day but as a book of short stories it falls short. There is only one Tim Burton.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kadir Atasoy

    Very fascinating book. I'm surprised. Very fascinating book. I'm surprised.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joss

    Really enjoyed this one. Reminded me a bit.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mbhatia

    This very short book is good for a few laughs if you have a bizarre sense of humor. Definately not for children, even troubled ones.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Williamson

    Such a funny little quick read with whacky comics

  20. 4 out of 5

    B

    Cute and creepy. I can really see where the inspiration for the show came from.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Brooks

    I was expecting to read stories like the show the Oblongs. But instead I’m some were way darker and I knew it wasn’t gonna be a children’s book but this is way darker than even I would have thought.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liv (new bio!) Loves Books

    Dark. Delightful. I just loved it way too much!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Clever, dark, and full of charm. This is a must read for anyone that enjoys dark humour.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Octavia Rose Black ☾ ˚✧⁎

    okay considering she's on the oblongs i should've known what i was getting myself into. okay considering she's on the oblongs i should've known what i was getting myself into.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Andy

    Chortle. And I don't say that lightly. Chortle. And I don't say that lightly.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Blog | Twitter | Instagram | This is a rewrite of a review I'd posted on my old book blog back in 2007/2008. When I was in high school, my art loving best friend brought me this book and insisted I'd give it a read. I remember looking at the time and skimming through it with an expression that could never be explained and was probably quite comical. Yes, my initial thought was "why is she giving me this"? and "this looks so weird, how am I ever going to read it?" -- but I read it anyways. Becaus Blog | Twitter | Instagram | This is a rewrite of a review I'd posted on my old book blog back in 2007/2008. When I was in high school, my art loving best friend brought me this book and insisted I'd give it a read. I remember looking at the time and skimming through it with an expression that could never be explained and was probably quite comical. Yes, my initial thought was "why is she giving me this"? and "this looks so weird, how am I ever going to read it?" -- but I read it anyways. Because, why not? I like to give books a chance, even if they seem to not be my cup of tea; plus the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this twisted sense of humor may mesh well with mine. And it did. Let me tell you what you already know: this book is not meant for kids. Not really. It also isn't meant for someone who could be easily offended, if memory serves. Creepy Susie is certainly targeted at an older crowd, perhaps above the age of sixteen and the comedy in in this is something that will definitely entertain you throughout your day. Angus Oblong's strange sense of humor and mind comes to life for us in the form of his stories and artwork. You'll find yourself laughing throughout the short book and become a fan, so long as bizarre sense of humor is your cup of tea. And if that's what you're looking for in a read, this collection of shorts such as "Creepy Susie" and "Emily Amputee" will sure be a real treat for you. Afterall, how can one go wrong with this: Your mother never told you these stories. She didn't want to scare you. But Angus Oblong is not your mother.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    Bought this book from Angus Oblong himself (in full clown make-up no less) at Planet Comic Con in Kansas City. As a fan of the animated adult show "The Oblongs" (which was based loosely on characters from this book) it was definitely a highlight of my super nerdy weekend! Especially when he called me stupid for dropping an expensive hardbound art book I had just purchased. Doh! As he was drawing Pickles Oblong on the title page, he wistfully looked up when he got to her martini glass and proclai Bought this book from Angus Oblong himself (in full clown make-up no less) at Planet Comic Con in Kansas City. As a fan of the animated adult show "The Oblongs" (which was based loosely on characters from this book) it was definitely a highlight of my super nerdy weekend! Especially when he called me stupid for dropping an expensive hardbound art book I had just purchased. Doh! As he was drawing Pickles Oblong on the title page, he wistfully looked up when he got to her martini glass and proclaimed to his booth assistant "I'm starting to sober up. It's time to get out of here!" Indeed. As for the book itself: this is very dark, non-PC humor, and scathingly satirical social commentary. Plus sex jokes and cartoon boobies. It is OBVIOUSLY intended for mature readers...unless, of course, your parenting method of choice is to crush your kids' innocence as early as possible. Then this would be genius bedtime material. The illustrations are delightfully cynical and off-beat and comical, as are the little "moralistic" stories of woe, worldliness, insanity, electro-shock therapy and murder. I was definitely left wanting more. This little gem is perfect for those times when I'm mad at the world and my dark side needs some cheering up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    It's not good, but it's not terrible. (By "it's not terrible," I mean I liked a couple of things, was bored by some things, and will try to repress having ever read some other things.) HOW TO DECIDE IF YOU WOULD ENJOY THIS BOOK: -Would you or others describe your sense of humor as "wrong"? -Do you think ALL of Adult Swim's original shows have something good about them, in terms of plot, storytelling, and dialogue? -Did you/do you enjoy the comic strip "Red Meat"? -Are you cool with a couple of dead a It's not good, but it's not terrible. (By "it's not terrible," I mean I liked a couple of things, was bored by some things, and will try to repress having ever read some other things.) HOW TO DECIDE IF YOU WOULD ENJOY THIS BOOK: -Would you or others describe your sense of humor as "wrong"? -Do you think ALL of Adult Swim's original shows have something good about them, in terms of plot, storytelling, and dialogue? -Did you/do you enjoy the comic strip "Red Meat"? -Are you cool with a couple of dead animal jokes? If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, then you will enjoy this book. I am going to send my copy to a friend who fits the bill, and I think he will ADORE this book. NOTA BENE: If you're a fan of the cartoon show "The Oblongs," you'll recognize some of these characters. Caveat Lector! This is NOT "The Oblongs"! These are NOT the same characters as those on the show, despite the similar/same name and appearance! NO NO NO NO NO! "The Oblongs" treats its weird characters with at least some measure of fondness. That is entirely absent here, as is almost all political commentary, and anything else you loved about the show. Do not pick up this book because you miss "The Oblongs." Only read it if you fit the above-listed criteria.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Enchanten Enchanten

    What to say about Creepy Susie.... Well its certainly a good book for cheering you up thats for sure. When this book arrived i was thinking it would be a book of short warped stories so i was rather surprised to find it like a comic in the way it was told with illustrations and little quirky sentences. Much like the Bunny Suicide books, the illustrations themselves were relatively simple and fit well with the short text that went with them. My favorite out of the bunch would be the sibling rivalr What to say about Creepy Susie.... Well its certainly a good book for cheering you up thats for sure. When this book arrived i was thinking it would be a book of short warped stories so i was rather surprised to find it like a comic in the way it was told with illustrations and little quirky sentences. Much like the Bunny Suicide books, the illustrations themselves were relatively simple and fit well with the short text that went with them. My favorite out of the bunch would be the sibling rivalry, it had me in stitches and I had to show it to a friend. This book took only twenty minutes to get through but it is well worth getting if you're interested in warped little books of humour that are meant for brightening your day. If I had a coffee table this would be left there for anyone to read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Edward Gorey for the Hot Topic generation? My girlfriend just handed me this and said "this is really weird." It's funny! The drawings are cute (but nothing next to Gorey, of course). Not something I'd usually read but better than I expected. Flip through it if you see it at a thrift store or used book shop. Edit: I thought about this last night and realized that a comparison to Edward Gorey is only valid when considering the gothic... Er... "Gothic" influence on the style. Basically, Gorey is to Edward Gorey for the Hot Topic generation? My girlfriend just handed me this and said "this is really weird." It's funny! The drawings are cute (but nothing next to Gorey, of course). Not something I'd usually read but better than I expected. Flip through it if you see it at a thrift store or used book shop. Edit: I thought about this last night and realized that a comparison to Edward Gorey is only valid when considering the gothic... Er... "Gothic" influence on the style. Basically, Gorey is too good to be compared. The similarities are in the subject matter and the macabre sense of humor. Gorey didn't mind writing about dead children and this book doesn't mind either. I also need to mention that it's very very short.

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