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Exclusive: Monster illustrations from Ken W. Hanley's The I in Evil

08.19.2015by: Eric Walkuski

Did you know monsters have feelings too? Creatures of the night like Frankenstein's monster, wolfmen, mummies and everything in between are just as in need of mental help as the rest of us, and Ken W. Hanley's upcoming book The I in Evil: Accepting and Embracing the Monster You Are endeavors to get these toothy headcases on the right path.

The self-help satire, which comes out in early October,†provides†the necessary methods to help Frankensteinís Monster get over his daddy issues, vampires to†be more conscientious to their neighbors, Gill-men make better first impressions and†more. Today we're bringing to you two exclusive illustrations from the book by artist Adam Wallenta.

In the first illustration, you'll see the Gill-Man cutting a rug with a lucky lady (lucky if she survives the night, that is). Hanley says: "In our chapter about the Gill-man (entitled Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Gill-Man) I focused on helping that monster out with making good first impressions with a human female counterpart, something the on-screen Gill-man has a bit of trouble with. So for Adam's particular illustration here, we show a Gill-man at his finest, dancing and romancing with a significant other as a result of my advice."

In the second image, a mad scientist handles a weird newborn baby. Hanley states: "The second picture represents our chapter on Mad Scientists and perhaps their failings as parents. Obviously, even though they can cross dimensions and raise the dead, they're terrible at being responsible caregivers, and so Adam decided to show a mad scientist and their common reaction to dealing with a monster baby."

Sweet and noble! Here's the book's official synopsis, in case you still haven't gotten the point:

†Fangoria Magazineís Ken Hanley has devoted his life of uplifting the spirits and changing the lives of monsters across this great nation of ours. Vampires, Mummies, Wolfmen, Gillmen and Monsters (Frankenstein's or Otherwise) will finally be able to step out of the shadows after reading The I in Evil and be the social, conscientious citizens without the psycho-and-sociological issues that plague mankind every day.

By reading Hanley's well-versed answers to the questions that has cursed these wicked creatures for eons, monsters* around the world will be able to accept and embrace their nature for good instead of evil. Whether you're tied down by the expectations of your mystic elders or taken prisoner by your never-ending bloodlust, Hanley is here to help you solve your problems the power of positivity and self-confidence. So the next time you're about to sink your teeth into someone's neck, pick up this book instead and remember that you can't spell "evil" without the "I".

*The I in Evil is not meant for humans. This book contains dark, horrifying truths and the author relinquishes any and all responsibility for any actions taken against monsters or themselves as a result of this book.

The I in Evil hits shelves October 6th from Skyhorse†Publishing. Pre-order it right HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Which monster problem are you eager to see solved?

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