The best books you’re going to hell for laughing at

The Books I Picked & Why

Real Ultimate Power

By Robert Hamburger

Real Ultimate Power

Why this book?

This is the sort of book I wish existed when I was a teenager. No hoity-toity “interpretation of what the author meant” required here, just childish, immature drivel. The first time I read this masterpiece I laughed so hard I nearly vomited. I had to keep closing the cover just so I could stop laughing long enough to catch my breath. Be warned, a warped sense of humor is a prerequisite for reading this gem.


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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

By Tim Burton

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

Why this book?

I was a fan of Tim Burton's movies long before I discovered this little treasure. I’m not normally a fan of poetry, but letting your inner voice read these tales in Christopher Lee's voice (Willy Wonka's father in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is pure magic. These short tales and corresponding drawings are as funny as they are dark (a little disturbing and definitely not for small children).


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Pooh! Is That You, Bertie?

By David Roberts

Pooh! Is That You, Bertie?

Why this book?

Because farts are funny (and always will be) the puerile humor in these covers is pure gold. I had to stop reading several times because I was laughing so hard (I lent it to my friend simply to watch him struggle to breathe as he read it). This book is my recommendation when reading-snobs ask me what I'd rather read than the pretentious tripe they insist I should be reading.


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Creepy Susie: And 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children

By Angus Oblong

Creepy Susie: And 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children

Why this book?

The stories are twisted and disturbing, and the artwork is just as awesome. This is the sort of book to give a kid (or even an adult) who says they don’t like reading. The books they beat you over the head with at school are boring enough to turn anyone into a non-reader; this little gem may just be the antidote to this situation.


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The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action

By Wendy Northcutt

The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action

Why this book?

Have you ever been camping, or to a party, and heard the immortal phrase, "Hold my beer and watch this"? If so, you know you are about to witness a tale you’ll be retelling for the rest of your life, or you will soon be assisting police with their inquiries. The stories in this book fall into the latter category. 


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