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List of famous black comedy books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular black comedy books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best black comedy novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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101 Uses for a Dead Cat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
101 Uses for a Dead Cat, by Simon Bond, was a bestselling collection of macabre cartoons. The book was promoted with the tag line, "Since time immemorial mankind has been plagued by the ...more

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A Big Boy did it and Ran Away is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Brookmyre A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away is Christopher Brookmyre's sixth novel. It features the first appearance of policewoman Angelique de Xavia, who is one of the main characters in The Sacred Art of ...more

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A Tale Etched in Blood and Har... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Brookmyre A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil is the tenth novel by Christopher Brookmyre.

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All Fun and Games until Somebo... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Brookmyre All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye is the ninth novel by Scottish writer Christopher Brookmyre.

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An Ice-Cream War is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
William Boyd An Ice-Cream War is a darkly comic war novel by British author William Boyd, which was nominated for a Booker Prize in the year of its publication. The title is derived from a quote in a letter ...more

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As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
William Faulkner As I Lay Dying is a 1930 novel by American author William Faulkner. Faulkner said that he wrote the novel from midnight to 4:00 AM over the course of six weeks and that he did not change a word ...more

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Belfast Confidential is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Colin Bateman Belfast Confidential is the seventh novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 7 November 2005 through Headline Publishing Group.

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Black Cocktail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Jonathan Carroll Black Cocktail is a fantasy novella by American author Jonathan Carroll.

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Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Ben Elton Blind Faith is an English dystopian novel by writer and comedian Ben Elton, published in 2007.

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Joseph Heller Catch-22 is a satirical novel by the American author Joseph Heller. He began writing it in 1953; the novel was first published in 1961. It is frequently cited as one of the greatest literary ...more

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Choke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Chuck Palahniuk Choke is a 2001 novel by American author Chuck Palahniuk.

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Country of the Blind is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Brookmyre Published in 1997 Country of the Blind is Christopher Brookmyre's second novel. Following on from the adventures in Quite Ugly One Morning, the storyline fast forwards to find Parlabane living ...more

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Crumb Borne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Clive Barry Crumb Borne is a 1965 novel, written by Clive Barry. It won the Guardian Fiction Prize in the year of its inception.

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Dad's Nuke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Marc Laidlaw Dad's Nuke, first published in February, 1986 by Donald I. Fine, is a science fiction dark comedy novel written by Marc Laidlaw. It is a parody of middle class suburban life, and tells the tale ...more

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Deadkidsongs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Toby Litt deadkidsongs is a 2001 novel by Toby Litt. The story is a black comedy about friendship, loyalty, love, hate and revenge in the fictional English town of Amplewick, and centers on four main ...more

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Divorcing Jack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Colin Bateman Divorcing Jack is the debut novel and first of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 28 January 1995 through Harper Collins. The novel was recognised as one ...more

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Downtown Owl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Chuck Klosterman Downtown Owl: A Novel is a novel written by Chuck Klosterman, first published by Scribner in 2008. It is the author's first all-fictional publication.

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Driving Big Davie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Colin Bateman Driving Big Davie is the sixth novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 5 April 2004 through Headline Publishing Group. Bateman started the novel in ...more

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Election is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Tom Perrotta Election is a 1998 novel by Tom Perrotta. It is a black comedy about a high school history teacher who attempts to sabotage a manipulative, overly-ambitious girl's campaign to become school ...more

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Glamorama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Bret Easton Ellis Glamorama is a 1998 novel by American writer Bret Easton Ellis. Glamorama is set in and satirizes the 1990s, specifically celebrity culture and consumerism. Time describes the novel as "a ...more

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Going Bovine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Libba Bray Going Bovine is a 2009 surreal dark comedy novel by Libba Bray. It follows the experiences of high school junior Cameron Smith as he suffers from transmissible spongiform encephalopathy.

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Hangover Square is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Patrick Hamilton Hangover Square is a 1941 novel by English playwright and novelist Patrick Hamilton. Subtitled A tale of Darkest Earl's Court it is set in that area of London in 1939. A black comedy, it is ...more

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Haunted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Chuck Palahniuk Haunted is a 2005 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. The plot is a frame story for a series of 23 short stories, most preceded by a free verse poem. Each story is followed by a chapter of the main ...more

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London Fields is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Martin Amis London Fields is a black comic, murder mystery novel by British writer Martin Amis, published in 1989. Regarded by Amis's readership as possibly his strongest novel, the tone gradually shifts ...more

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Ludmila's Broken English is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
D. B. C. Pierre Ludmila's Broken English is the second novel by Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre. It was published in March 2006.

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Murphy's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Colin Bateman Murphy's Revenge is the second novel of the Martin Murphy series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, published on 4 April 2005 through Headline Publishing Group.

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Nine Inches is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Colin Bateman Nine Inches is the eighth novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 13 October 2011 through Headline Publishing Group. Fellow crime author, Ian Rankin, ...more

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Not the End of the World is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Brookmyre Not the End of the World is Christopher Brookmyre's third novel, and the first not to feature Jack Parlabane, Christopher Brookmyre's most used character. The novel is also the first book ...more

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Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Colin Bateman Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men is the second novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 25 April 1996 through Harper Collins. The name of the novel is a ...more

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One Fine Day in the Middle of ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Brookmyre One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night is the fourth novel by Scottish writer Christopher Brookmyre.

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Pandaemonium is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Brookmyre Pandaemonium is Christopher Brookmyre's thirteenth novel. It was published in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2009.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombie... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Steve Hockensmith Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a parody novel by Steve Hockensmith. It is a prequel to Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, focusing on ...more

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Quite Ugly One Morning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Brookmyre Quite Ugly One Morning is Christopher Brookmyre's first novel which introduces Jack Parlabane, the writer's most used character. It was published to popular and critical acclaim, winning the ...more

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Repossessed is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
A. M. Jenkins Repossessed is a book written by A. M. Jenkins.

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Roald Dahl: Collected Stories is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Roald Dahl Roald Dahl: Collected Stories is a hardcover edition of short-stories by Roald Dahl for adults. It was published in the US in October 2006 by Random House as part of the Everyman Library. The ...more

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Ben H. Winters Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is a parody novel by Ben H. Winters, with Jane Austen credited as co-author. It is a mashup story containing elements from Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense ...more

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Shooting Sean is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Colin Bateman Shooting Sean is the fourth novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 8 May 2001 through Harper Collins. The novel was named by Hugh Macdonald as one ...more

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a soldier named Billy ...more

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Sour Sweet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Timothy Mo Sour Sweet is a novel by Timothy Mo first published in 1982. Written as a 'sour sweet' comedy the story follows the tribulations of a Hong Kong Chinese immigrant and his initially reluctant wife ...more

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Spook Country is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
William Gibson Spook Country is a 2007 novel by speculative fiction author William Gibson. A political thriller set in contemporary North America, it followed on from the author's previous novel, Pattern ...more

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Chuck Palahniuk Survivor is a satirical novel by Chuck Palahniuk, first published in February 1999. The book tells the story of Tender Branson, a member of the Creedish Church, a death cult. The chapters and ...more

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The Bottle Factory Outing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Beryl Bainbridge The Bottle Factory Outing is a 1974 novel written by Beryl Bainbridge, it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize that year, won the Guardian Fiction Prize and is regarded as one of her best. It is ...more

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The Casual Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
J. K. Rowling The Casual Vacancy is a 2012 novel written by J. K. Rowling. The book was published worldwide by the Little, Brown Book Group on 27 September 2012. A paperback edition was released on 23 July ...more

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The Death of Bunny Munro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Nick Cave The Death of Bunny Munro is the second novel written by Nick Cave, best known as the lead singer of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. His first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, was published in

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The Futurological Congress is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Stanisław Lem The Futurological Congress is a 1971 black humour science fiction novel by Stanisław Lem detailing the exploits of the hero of a number of his books, Ijon Tichy, as he visits the Eighth World ...more

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The Good Soldier Švejk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Jaroslav Hašek The Good Soldier Švejk, also spelled Schweik or Schwejk is the abbreviated title of an unfinished satirical/dark comedy novel by Jaroslav Hašek. The original Czech title of the work is Osudy ...more

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The Horse with My Name is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Colin Bateman The Horse With My Name is the fifth novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 5 August 2002 through Headline Publishing Group. Bateman wrote the novel ...more

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The Rules of Attraction is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Bret Easton Ellis The Rules of Attraction is a dark comedy and satirical novel by Bret Easton Ellis published in 1987. The novel focuses on a handful of rowdy and often sexually promiscuous, spoiled bohemian ...more

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The Sacred Art of Stealing is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Brookmyre The Sacred Art of Stealing is a satirical crime novel by the Scottish writer Christopher Brookmyre. It is the author's seventh book and is a stand alone sequel to A Big Boy did it and Ran Away. ...more

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The Sirens of Titan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Black Comedy Books and Novels
Kurt Vonnegut The Sirens of Titan is a Hugo Award-nominated novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., first published in 1959. His second novel, it involves issues of free will, omniscience, and the overall purpose of ...more