Mallory O’Meara

Mallory is the best-selling author of The Lady From the Black Lagoon, and she is a screenwriter/film producer for Dark Dunes Productions. Whether it’s for the screen or the page, Mallory seeks creative projects filled with horror and monsters. She lives in Los Angeles. Mallory hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses alongside filmmaker and actress Brea Grant. The weekly show is hosted by Maximum Fun, focuses on book culture and reader life, and has already surpassed one million unique downloads.

Find Mallory on her website or follow her on Twitter @malloryomeara.


  • #8 LA Times Bestseller
    SCIBA - Best Biography

    The Lady from the Black Lagoon
    Mallory O’Meara



The Lady from the Black Lagoon
“O’Meara achieves her goal. Thanks to her persistent efforts, THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON pulls Milicent Patrick and her considerable accomplishments out of the murky swamp of overlooked history and back into the light.”

The New York Times

“An intermittently entertaining and exhausting work about rediscovering the stylish life and scary art of its heroine [...] Being the first woman to design an iconic movie monster might not seem the most exalted of feminist achievements. But O’Meara makes a good case that it matters, because women’s psyches matter.”

The New Yorker

“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very funny guide to the distaff side of geekdom and reproduces photos and examples of Patrick’s work, many previously unpublished.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.”

The Los Angeles Times

“Hollywood has long forgotten the legacy of Millicent Patrick one of the first female animators at Disney and a designer for the 1954 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

“[Milicent Patrick’s] brilliant career makes for an often-fascinating life well told by O’Meara, who views Patrick as something of a groundbreaking role model for the author’s own path as an artist and advocate for female empowerment in Hollywood.”

The Washington Post

“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.”

NPR's "Fresh Air"

“This is a book that O’Meara was born to write, and she seamlessly meshes her own life story with that of her heroine in a way similar to how Julie Powell paid tribute to Julia Child in “Julie and Julia” ...The Lady from the Black Lagoon is a riveting, sincere Hollywood saga that will quickly win your heart.”

BookPage, Starred Review

“Captivating and exhaustively researched...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.”

Booklist, Starred Review

Awards & Accolades


The Lady from the Black Lagoon