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Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,480 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
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
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 1999)
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Robert Beveridge
Sep 30, 2009 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2007 Peggy rated it it was amazing
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 experienc ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, disturbing, comics
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!
Brandon St Mark
May 12, 2015 Brandon St Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
I original picked up this book when I found out that it was the baised for the semi-adult cartoon "The Ooblongs" which I enjoy(ed?) immensely.

I think that "Happy Happy Happy Happy Sammy!!!" was my favorite story in this book. It not's really absurdist like a lot of the other series, but actually says a lot about our society (especially back when this book was original published). I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't tell you what it's about/what happens, but if you only read one story out
Nov 18, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
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).
Aug 05, 2011 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grown-up-books
Holy shit this book is so funny!
Aug 03, 2014 Noura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, e-books
one of the greatest things that I have ever read. so messed up.
2015 Reading Challenge #5. Un libro con un número en el título
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.
Oct 24, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Still the most irreverent and terribly hilarious book with pictures.
Oct 03, 2016 Kate rated it did not like it
Shelves: general-fiction
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.)

-Would you or others describe your sense of humor as "wrong"?
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-Did you/do you enjoy the comic strip "Red Meat"?
-Are you cool with a couple of dead a

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
Aug 12, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
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 bo
Aug 11, 2016 Whitney rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Keisha Keenleyside
Jan 01, 2015 Keisha Keenleyside rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2015 Aaron rated it liked it
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
I acquired my signed copy of this book when I met the author at Chicago ComicCon 2011. He was a great guy. He smiled, he was happy to meet fans. He'd sign anything you wanted him to for free, even if you brought in your own copy. It was so great to meet him in person as I am a huge fan of The Oblongs show.
That said, this is one messed up book. It's brilliant in its horrid treatment of its characters. There is a bit of disgusting, violent content here, but it's hilarious, so that's okay. If you l
Ashley Nelson
Dec 31, 2014 Ashley Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, humor
As I was reorganizing bookshelves, I came across this little treat of horrible, wonderful, horrible, obscene, crudely drawn, yet delightfully entertaining short tales. I've read this collection many times and never fail to snicker (and then hate myself a little for it) at the perverse humor that is Angus Oblong. Under the guise of children's tales (think short bedtime stories, all with "The End" at the close) but most definitely NOT for children, this is a love it or hate it type book. Enjoy whe ...more
Krista Ashe
Sep 08, 2010 Krista Ashe rated it really liked it
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Jan 23, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: humour
Dark, dark humour disguised as a childrens' picture book (though one would have to be very oblivious to actually confuse this with something you'd give a child to read). The bizarre and ironical stories illustrated with something alike child's drawings are guaranteed to make any gloomy person and dark humour lover laugh. Stay away if you're easily offended in just about any field of life though, it gets harsh.
Mar 19, 2012 L rated it it was ok
I thought I was going to love this. I adore Tim Burton and darkly funny usually just cracks me right up. But this was different. Somehow it just fell totally flat for me. It was more just weird and gross than creepy or funny for me. I will say that the Dick and Muffy story was pretty wonderful though! That's why I gave two stars, not one.
Oct 21, 2011 Anne rated it did not like it
Creepy? Gross and disgusting fit much better!

Lo siento Angus pero me has pillado de mal humor. Si fuese otro día quizás te hubiese dado un "Ok" (2) por la historia de la siniestra Susie y alguna otra, que extrañamente poseían algo de sentido, trama o bueno ya que estamos, humor. El resto, 85%, una basura absurda, sin sentido ni p. gracia.
Oct 03, 2008 Kimmie rated it liked it
This book was apparently perfect for me because I have recently been informed that I am "dark and twisty" inside. It is no way a children's book- but formatted like one. I did not like it as much as "I can be anything"- another book that is a chidlrens book, not for children.

The illustrations are hilarious and cover all taboo topics.
Mar 22, 2015 Emilie rated it really liked it
Super quick read. If ya got like 30 minutes to kill you can knock this out and have a nice chuckle or two. I rather liked looking at the stories and art from the author. Its nice if you are into twisted humor that's for sure and if you enjoyed this book watch the show its based off of, The Oblongs.
Jack Thornsberry
Jun 11, 2008 Jack Thornsberry rated it it was amazing
If you are really twisted, enjoy seemingly normal stories that end with people dying, and hated the in-crowd in high school then please please read this book. This is not a kids book so do not mistake it for that. Enjoy!!
Jennifer Dulac
Mar 05, 2015 Jennifer Dulac rated it did not like it
So confused. Sad I spent money on this. Not even close to what I thought it would be, even though I read what it was about and take full responsibility and understanding that I was going to read something weird and f%#!ed up.
Amelie Ackx
Jul 21, 2016 Amelie Ackx rated it really liked it
Soooo that was disturbing! This reminded me a little of Tim Burton. Even though this was far from as good as Tim Burton's stories, it was still very very strange and had a dark sense of humor! And since I am attracted to disturbing fucked up stories, I really enjoyed reading this :) !
Jun 07, 2007 Alex rated it it was amazing
while it's written like a child's one-sentence-per-page picture book, making it a VERY quick read (maybe 20 minutes), it's definitely not a children's book. perfect for anyone with a dark and twisted sense of humor.
Oct 21, 2011 Tammy rated it liked it
Warped & perversely funny does describe it. Some of the stories are funnier than others. Some more warped. Entertaining but I think I like the subtlety of Patrick Rothfuss' "not for kids" book far better.
Jan 16, 2008 Alice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people less negative than me
i read this book in the heart of my goth youth, and DID NOT like it. not a big fan of books that have to beat you over the head with how adorably disturbing they are. just blah.

when i want to read something cartoony and unfailingly funny and creepy, i always go to the master - edward gorey.
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