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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432703013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432703011
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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E. Mitchell is an award-winning writer with recent recognition from The Robert Benchley Society, Thurber House, The National Society of Newspaper Columnists-Will Rogers Writers' Workshop and the Montana Festival of the Book. Yet literary accolades have not been a stumbling block in the noble ambition of getting a few cheap laughs. When not winning awards or penning the popular FILM HOUND blog for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the author contributes humor to bestselling books like Chicken Soup For The Soul and A Cup of Comfort, among others.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Waters on March 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I don't know what the genre is called when you combine screwball comedy with parody and homage in one frothing beaker, but I think E. Mitchell just invented it. Any fan of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" or, for that matter, any campy monster movie from the 1950's, will find this book hilarious, as will my other favorite demographic: lovers of clever wordplay.

Some examples: "The double entendre rounded the plate to third." And "When we threw our heads back and laughed, mine went through the window. It was retrieved by a bellboy. In situations like that, you never know what to tip."

Science experiments go terribly wrong, giant spiders scamper from laboratories, creatures lurch from lagoons, disembodied heads crack wise, and scientists are shrunk to the size of jelly beans: "In time, his demands became outrageous--they simply didn't make spats in his size, I tried to explain, to no avail."

As the title of the book itself suggests, it is as if E. Mitchell puts the best parts of the great monster movies into a blender, and then throws the blender off a cliff. If lines like this make you laugh: "Hey, this coffee tastes like mud." "That's funny. It was just ground this morning," this is the book for you.

-George Waters, humor columnist and winner of the Will Rogers Humor Writing Contest
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Creed on February 25, 2009
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You will find yourself minding your own business, doing your daily stuff, chores, work, kids, pets- mundane tasks that in themselves do not conjure up anything particularly funny when all of a sudden, memories of this book will suddenly flood your senses and you'll start to giggle. The giggling will reach a crescendo of unparalled proportion ever heard in a grocery store, drug store, funeral parlor- wherever you are that the flicker of humor tickles your senses and you become unbelievably steeped in laughter. People will undoubtedly question your mental state and that's when you just hand them a copy of E. Mitchell's book. No need to say more. From page one, they will quickly understand why you are throwing your head back laughing. The double entendres and plain ol' slapstick coupled with visual descriptions that at times, make one question how (why) this author came up with this stuff! Absolutely hysterical! I'm still laughing....!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LaughterMD on March 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I actually finished reading "...Creature from the Public Domain" in one sitting while my dinner got cold.
E. Mitchell has crafted a slick, tongue-in-cheek narrative infused with rapid-fire wordplay and hilarious visual imagery. Picture watching the movie "Airplane" while on the tram at Universal Studios. One-liners and monstrous mutants come at you from all sides. In between laughs, I got nostalgic for all the low-budget "fright" movies that kept me glued to a 9-inch black and white TV on rainy Saturdays. It's all here: the wild-eyed scientists, crazy creatures, dispensable townspeople, and a hilarious narrator to provide affectionate mockery you'll wish you'd thought of. Worth reading and re-reading to catch everything you miss the first time!
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I found a recommendation for this book on Facebook from the Cygnet Theatre in San Diego in their ad for The Little Shop of Horrors. It is delightfully campy and funny. I giggled through the whole book. It is short, easy to read and perfect for the night when you have nothing else to do. Highly recommended!
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