Seth McFarlane, best known as the creator of the long-running animated series “Family Guy” and the hit 2012 film “Ted,” is about to add published novelist to his list of credentials.
The “comic western titled ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West,’ is being published next week by Ballantine Books, nearly three months before the premiere of a film of the same name,” reports The Wall Street Journal
. MacFarlane, 40, also co-wrote, directed, produced and stars in the movie, which co-stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman.
The novel “largely sticks to the contours of the film,” the Journal reports. “But Mr. MacFarlane and his publisher are aiming to give the book a life of its own and establish his credentials as a novelist by releasing it three months ahead of the movie.”
“Like most everything Mr. MacFarlane does, the novel is packed with raunchy, twisted jokes that push the boundary between spit-take humor and poor taste,” the Journal reports. “The prose is peppered with gags about infanticide, child brides, bestiality, incest and one of his comic staples, diarrhea.
“The story has all the hallmarks of a classic Western—gunfights, a stagecoach robbery, hostile Indians—but Mr. MacFarlane mocks those tropes at every turn.”
If he didn’t lose you with “bestiality, incest and diarrhea,” you can read an excerpt from McFarlane’s book here