The best books to read if you want to “die laughing”

Who am I?

I’ve always loved both horror and comedy. So imagine my delight discovering the two could be blended together into a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. Movies such as Ghostbusters, Army of Darkness, and Big Trouble in Little China are perfect examples. In each, you have a potentially terrifying situation, coupled with characters who are too full of themselves to play the victim – yet not quite competent enough to be the hero either. It’s inspired me to spend countless hours behind my computer crafting my own horrific worlds, coupled with characters who simply refuse to take it seriously. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I wrote...

Bill The Vampire (The Tome of Bill Book 1)

By Rick Gualtieri,

Book cover of Bill The Vampire (The Tome of Bill Book 1)

What is my book about?

Meet Bill Ryder. He drinks too much, curses, a lot, and spends way too much time playing D&D with his asshole friends. Now he’s about to get bitten by a vampire. Too bad for him, even the undead have standards.

It’s hard to live forever when everyone wants you dead.

The books I picked & why

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Year One: A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Collection (Quincy Harker Demon Hunter Book 1)

By John G. Hartness,

Book cover of Year One: A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Collection (Quincy Harker Demon Hunter Book 1)

Why this book?

If you like thrills, chills, magic, and badass one-liners then Quincy Harker Demon Hunter is the series for you. Set in rural NC, this series follows the immortal descendent of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray from the classic tale of Dracula. It’s a fresh, modern take on a tale as old as time itself...and it doesn’t hurt that it's fun as all hell to read. Set in a world of nightmare terrors, Quincy Harker is a hero who isn’t impressed with any of that crap. In the world of horror/comedy, it doesn’t get much better.

The Graveyard Shift: A Horror Comedy (24/7 Demon Mart Book 1)

By D.M. Guay,

Book cover of The Graveyard Shift: A Horror Comedy (24/7 Demon Mart Book 1)

Why this book?

There should be no doubt for anyone who follows me that I love any tale that involves an underdog loser forced to either save the world or die trying. Even better if it involves rampaging tentacle beasts and other Lovecraftian horrors. Throw in a talking cockroach with a serious attitude problem, and you have a perfect recipe for that succulent dish known as horror/comedy. Definitely, a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good laugh in between their screams.

Clowns Vs. Spiders

By Jeff Strand,

Book cover of Clowns Vs. Spiders

Why this book?

If you enjoy horror colored with off-color laughs, but you’re not in the mood for a long series, then you can truly do no better than Jeff Strand. He is without question the master of standalone horror/comedy stories, and this 100% shows in Clowns Vs. Spiders. It’s a novel designed to play upon many people’s worst fears, while somehow keeping their eyes glued to the story. You’ll hate yourself a little bit more with every page you read, but damn, Jeff makes self-loathing more fun than it has any right to be.

Critical Failures

By Robert Bevan,

Book cover of Critical Failures

Why this book?

If there is one thing in this world I love as much as a good scream, it’s playing D&D with my friends. Well, Critical Failures is like what it would be having those same jackasses alongside me as I got sucked into the game world – and subsequently discovered I sucked there as much as in real life. I like to think I’d be either Aragorn or Legolas if thrust into a fantasy world, when the reality is I’d probably end up more like their drunk cousins who their families never talk about or invite over for the holidays. Well, Caverns and Creatures is 100% the series for those who feel the same way. Strap on your sword, pull out your spellbook, and prepare to roll a natural 1 as you set out on the journey of a lifetime...or five minutes considering the ineptitude of this adventuring party.


By Stephen King,

Book cover of It

Why this book?

There’s no doubt that It leans far heavier on the horror scale than the comedy one, yet you can always count on Stephen King to deliver a few good laughs to lighten up the mood...right before dropping on axe onto the back of your head. I would call It perhaps the most frightening novel of all time, not to mention pretty damned disturbing as well. Yet, I find myself enjoying the hell out of myself every single time I reread it...and trust me when I say that isn’t a small number of times. There’s a reason Stephen King is and remains the master of horror. 

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