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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.