Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Mallory O’Meara

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The Lady from the Black Lagoon (To be published on March 5th, 2019 from Hanover Square Press) Pre-order it here: Indiebound, Barnes&Noble, Amazon



The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters.

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon afte r had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history.



“This is a fascinating slice of Hollywood history with a feminist slant, correcting a sexist wrong from decades ago and restoring Patrick to her rightful place of esteem.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“There’s never a dull moment in this beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a pioneering special-effects designer and animator and passionate call for change in the industry that forgot her.”

Starred review!

“An idiosyncratic, much-needed biography of ‘a woman before her time’… this passionately written biography will do much to bring Patrick the recognition she deserves.”

Kirkus Reviews

“O’Meara has seen to it that [Milicent Patrick] won’t be forgotten again. Her book is a fierce and often very funny guide to the distaff side of geekdom and reproduces photos and examples of Patrick’s work, many previously unpublished. That alone would be worth the price of admission to the world of this complex, brilliant artist.”

LA Times

In this excerpt, O’Meara reveals how Hollywood gatekeepers attempted to keep Patrick in the shadows and, in turn, tarnished her legacy.

Entertainment Weekly Excerpt

“Hollywood has long forgotten the legacy of Millicent Patrick one of the first female animators at Disney and a designer for the 1054 monster movie Creature From the Black Lagoon. O’Meara, a screenwriter, producer and fan, sets out to learn what became or the artist. Along the way she connects Patrick’s story to the uneven power dynamics still in pace in the modern movie industry.”

— TIME Magazine

“This book is more than simply a tribute to a forgotten pioneer…engaging, forthright, and personal history of both the author and her muse.”

— Library Journal

“Even if you’re not a fan of horror films, The Lady from the Black Lagoon is a riveting, sincere Hollywood saga that will quickly win your heart.”

Starred Review!



“Casting fresh light on this seminal fright flick, author Mallory O’Meara has written a captivating new book that unveils the amazing story of Milicent Patrick.”


“Mallory O’Meara, a horror movie producer, delves into the previously untold history of Patrick with undisguised (and infectious) enthusiasm for her subject matter… The Lady From the Black Lagoon restores Patrick to the pantheon of Hollywood trailblazers, where she belonged all along.”


“Engaging, written in an inviting and welcoming style, packed with fascinating details, and frequently witty and funny. THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is a great read. Highly recommended for all fans of film, and horror in particular.”

Civilian Reader

“From Hearst Castle to Disney animation studio to the Universal backlot and beyond,THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is as extensive as it is engaging and entertaining.”

Punk-Ass Book Jockey

“O’Meara’s chatty, impassioned book, THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, lifts Milicent Patrick out of the mire of obscurity. There’s so much great material here — including Patrick’s childhood at Hearst Castle and her early career as one of Disney’s first female animators — that her own life story could be a film.”


“Throughout the writing of  THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS AND THE LOST LEGACY OF MILICENT PATRICK, author Mallory O’Meara was watched over by her subject…”

The Seattle Times


Lady From The Black Lagoon