Possibly Millicent Patrick(?) in the Usborne World of the Unknown: MONSTERS book!

I won’t go into the story of Millicent Patrick here, but it needs to be told. This blog tells it much better than I can.

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That being said, I thought I would tell you about an interesting little illustration I noticed in an old monster book of mine:

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Not the original cover. The old cover was ten thousand times better. I found this copy on ebay.

I checked out this book dozens and dozens of times as a child from our library; I just couldn’t get enough of the fantastic illustrations, the far-reaching stories or the fact that it had a monster glossary in the back.

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My Weird Life: The Dumbbell Monster

My dreams are often quite vivid and I remember almost all of them. On top of that, I dream in both color and black and white, and in cartoons. My dreams often have some killer special effects, too. They are often hilarious, but some are definitely terrifying. Either of these scenarios can mean a dream populated with monsters.

Many years ago—I think I was still a teen— I had a dream that I was pregnant, and in the middle of  a miscarriage. I don’t know how old the baby was or who the father was or anything. All I can remember is delivering a baby that I knew was dead, and there was this awful beast at my bedside, screaming, “YOUR TIME IS UP! YOUR TIME IS UP!”

What did this beast look like? Well,I have drawn it pretty much crystal-clear from memory:
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Because of its shape I have always called it “The Dumbbell Monster”. In Continue reading