Monster Club: Monsters Take Manhattan (Hardcover)

Monster Club: Monsters Take Manhattan By Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, Lance Rubin Cover Image

Monster Club: Monsters Take Manhattan (Hardcover)


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This is book number 2 in the Monster Club series.

It’s an all-new thrilling adventure about growing up and facing your fears in Monsters Take Manhattan, the second novel in the Monster Club series from the creative minds of Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, and Lance Rubin.

Ever since Eric “Doodles” King and his friends saved Coney Island from Crumple Monster and its minions, Eric’s life has been changing faster than he ever expected. His parents’ divorce has gone through, his mom has moved to a deluxe apartment in Manhattan, and now she’s making him start all over at a fancy new private school. Suddenly, Eric’s trapped between two worlds – his old Coney Island friends and the rich, cool kids at his new school who treat him like a celebrity. 

At least, Eric thinks, his days of epic monster battles are behind him. But what he doesn’t realize is that the magic mermaid ink that brought his drawings to life hasn’t been destroyed like he thought. Quite the opposite, King Neptune has found a way to take the last remaining drops to create a new class of creatures perfectly designed to put New York City right back where it belongs – underwater.

Now it’s up to Eric to rally Monster Club again and find a way to bring back Brickman, Bellybeast, Skelegurl, DecaSpyder, and RoboKillz so they can stop Neptune before it’s too late.

Monster Club: Monsters Take Manhattan is the second epic, heart-pounding adventure from award-winning screenwriter, director, and author Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, and Lance Rubin. 

Darren Aronofsky is a Coney Island–raised, Academy Award–nominated screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for his surreal, high-concept work in films like Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler, and mother!

Ari Handel is a scientist, writer, producer, and storyteller. He and Darren Aronofsky have worked together for more than twenty years on many projects, including The Fountain, Noah, and the National Geographic series One Strange Rock, Welcome to Earth, and Limitless.

Lance Rubin is the award-winning author of Crying Laughing, Denton Little's Deathdate, and Denton Little's Still Not Dead. He is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek. He has also worked as an actor, performing sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and is the cowriter, along with Joe Iconis and Jason SweetTooth Williams, of the musical Broadway Bounty Hunter. Lance lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons. You can visit him online at

Product Details ISBN: 9780063136694
ISBN-10: 0063136694
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 30th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Monster Club

“… [M]onsters coming to life and friends on the outs banding together to defeat a larger evil permeate this action-packed series opener.” — Publishers Weekly

“Darren and Ari show that their mastery of storytelling and world creation can extend equally brilliantly to the page. Monster Club is that rare and powerful mix of utter fantasy, humor, realism, and relevancy for these ever-changing times.” — Oliver Jeffers, creator of the NYT #1 bestseller Here We Are

“It’s like my kid-brain exploded on the page. This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved when I was growing up.” — Sadie Sink, star of Stranger Things

"Full of wonder, adventure, heart and humor, Monster Club took me to world a lot like this one but very different and original." — Logan Lerman, star of the Percy Jackson films

“Electrifying adventures and a clever twist will leave readers anticipating the next volume in this new, jam-packed adventure series” — School Library Journal

"The fight scenes with the monsters are joyous, and one especially dramatic, high-stakes action scene is perfectly paced. While Brickman, Eric’s monster creation, is heroic, Eric’s words are even more powerful." — Kirkus Reviews