Dead Guy is only the first of many monsters who come around to Rip's bedroom window in the dead of night. Once word gets around the demimonde that Rip can help monsters with their problems -- whether it's reattaching Dead Guy's dropped-off body-parts or offering self-esteem therapy to a shy werewolf -- a steady stream of friendly, messed-up otherworldly pals come by to play.
Rip is in heaven -- he's finally got his life's wish (though he could use more sleep!). But, of course, his happiness and his very life are soon endangered by a pair of mysterious kids who once lived in Rip's house. These little monsters (you should forgive the expression) are bent on driving Rip and his family out of "their" place, no matter what it takes. Lucky for Rip, his monster pals (including the ghost of the cat the bad kids cruelly murdered) rise to his defense, making for a fantastic, madcap monster chase through school, freeway, museum and the afterlife.
Drawn and inked in pitch-perfect EC Comics monster style, Rip M.D. pushes every one of my monster-loving buttons. The writing is witty, the plot sprightly, and the monsters are the heroes I always knew them to be. What's not to like?
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I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.