Sometimes even comedy is not for the weak-hearted. The sordid, morbid and horrid humor that, petrifies and tickles the world at the same time, is our beloved dark comedy also referred as black comedy/humor. Some great person once said, “The only way of defeating your fear is to laugh at it” but then surely that guy must be joking. We will take a look at some of these best dark comedy books below, and we will understand how it’s not a sin to laugh at a sinful comedy.
Yossarian is a skulking bombardier, vividly creative and innovative in his schemes to save himself from the inevitable war. At the same time the number of missions one must fly for completion of their service keeps increasing under Colonel Cathcart's descisions. Yossarian is bound by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade which puts him in a catch-22 situation. The very reason that he is asking for pardon proves that he is a sane man, forcing him to continue. Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is considered as one of the best dark comedy books of all time.
The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is the most reliable book of prophecies and it says the world will end next Saturday. The Divine Plan for the Judgement Day is active, everything seems to be going as planned,but one. An angel and a demon living between these mortals for a long time, seem to comprehend and like the lifestyle and aren't sanguine about the upcoming Second Coming. Amidst all this chaos someone has misplaced the Antichrist.
Kurt Vonnegut is one of those eloquent and expressive writers that write about the sufferance in war, not the glory. Slaughterhouse Five introduces Billy Pilgrim, a man abducted by aliens from Tralfamadore. Kurt Vonnegut expresses his emotions via Billy Pilgrim, as an American POW. This is not a conventional book about war that glorifies it, rather this speaks hysterically against the oppression and slaughter by the authority in the name of war.
Chuck Palanhiuk's classic, also depicted as a movie, introduces Tyler Durden, an enigmatic and berserk anarchist. He stands against all the pretentious wrongs of the society. In the basement of a bar, corporate men take off their ties and fight each other bare-handed "as long as they have to", and get a glimpse of control in their lives. Fight Club is satiric in many senses and funny in rest. "The first rule of the fight club is you don't talk about fight club"
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There is a drug called Soy Sauce that grants the power to look through dimensions, but people that have used it do not return unchanged. There is a choice between refusing to use it and saving the world from invasion. Also depicted as a motion picture, David Wong's creation is a cult-classic.
A medical-dropout, Victor Mancini plays an innovative swindle, he pretends to choke on food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then lets himself be saved by them, and feeling responsible, these restaurants send regular checks for his betterment. His reasons ? To pay for his aging mother's treatment. When he's not pretentiously dying, he runs his sexual-addiction recovery workshops, visits his mother and works in a theme park during daytime. Chuck Palahniuk, the creator of this satirical dark comedy, projects his vision impeccably.
Dr. Felix Hoenikker is the founding father of the atomic bomb, but that's not the lethal weapon he has created. He has left 'ice-nine' for the world to consume and freeze, as this chemical weapon is the bringer of ice age. Again, this is not the only thing he has left for the world, his three weird sons are the key to finding this weapon. Is the world going to join Doctor in the afterlife, or humanity plays its signature trick: surviving ? Another Kurt Vonnegut's classic is every bit ironic and funny.
There are parasitic spiders living inside your brain that control your nerve endings. They control what you see, and you won't see them while they breed. They instigate skepticism and spread hopelessly. They can get into your friends, family and loved ones. The fate of humanity lies in the hands of two heroes, in this funny and frantic book.
William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is an odyssey of the Bundren family, full with discord and despair as they set out across Mississippi to bury their family head Addie. The story is narrated by the family members, Addie her-self and others. The prime emotion in the story ranges from morbid humor to lively sympathy.
Charlie Asher is a normal guy, somewhat valetudinarian, leading a cautious normal life. He is married to a bright and beautiful lady, and are about to have a child. Things take a sharp wrong, as soon as their daughter Sophie is born. People start dying around Charlie, names appear on his notepad-of people dying, and ravens gather around him. He finds out that he is appointed for a rather peculiar and dirty job of Death. Cristopher Moore makes us see something inevitable - death, and in a hilarious way.