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The Lady from the Black Lagoon (Paperback)

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"From Maximum Fun's Reading Glasses comes The Lady from the Black Lagoon, Mallory O'Meara's debut into the book world; a real-time mystery discovering the history of Milicent Patrick, the real artist behind the Creature in The Creature from the Black Lagoon. O'Meara has been the recipient of SCIBA's 2019 Biography Book award, a Rondo for Book of the Year, and nominee for a Hugo for Best Related Work. The Lady from the Black Lagoon follows every twist and turn imaginable as O'Meara goes on the hunt to prove that the Universal Studios hit was not exactly what we thought it to be. From William Randolph Hearst to Walt Disney, Milicent Patrick's life unfolds on the pages before you, exposing a rich history of hard work and connection, buried by sexism and jealousy. A budding career for an artist with unending potential shattered by the men who dominated the very industries she excelled in; Mallory finds comfort and camaraderie with Milicent through her own experiences dealing with men in the film industry. Not only is this biography an exciting, exposing read -- it is also a thoughtful discussion of just how many fantastic creators we might never know about because of the institutions of sexism, racism, and homophobia. A must-read for any true horror buff." 

— From Rebecca's Picks


2019 SCIBA Book Award Winner for Biography

A Hugo and Locus Award Finalist

Winner of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A Thrillist Best Book of the Year

A Book Riot Best Book of 2019

One of
Booklist's 10 Best Art Books of the Year

The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick--one of Disney's first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood's classic movie monsters

As a teenager, Mallory O'Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O'Meara soon discovered, Patrick's contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O'Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick's contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney's first female animators. And at last, O'Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature's success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O'Meara's The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

Don't miss Mallory O'Meara's upcoming novel, Girly Drinks
Product Details
ISBN: 9781335010131
ISBN-10: 1335010130
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 336
Language: English