The first-ever CARBOLIC SMOKE BALL book…

After three-and-a-half years online, a year in newspapers, and more than two years on the radio, CARBOLIC SMOKE BALL now comes to book form, with a brand-spanking-new, 192-page best-of compendium featuring:

• Over 250 classic stories, photos, and fake news items;

• Dozens of exclusive new features, essays, and never-before-seen illustrations;

• A Foreword by rock radio icon RANDY BAUMANN;

• An Introduction by legendary PBS filmmaker RICK SEBAK;

• Original cover art and sketches by TIMOTHY STEFKO;

• All the smarts and hilarity you love from the Carbolic crew.

Buy it at, from Renaissance News, at your local bookstore, or right here, right now — secured through PayPal, signed by one of the authors, and shipped straight to your door.

“So funny… such a great book… It is just major league… These guys are just brilliant… a tremendous book.” – Jim Krenn, WDVE 

“Last week, I got my copy of ‘Zombies Ate My Headlines’ by those funny guys at Carbolic Smoke Ball, the local fake news Web site that has gone national with its ambitions. Honestly, I haven’t stopped laughing since. This stuff is better than The Onion.” — Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It is as well done as anything out there. Can’t vouch enough for the funniness of this one.” — Randy Baumann, WDVE



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“One of America’s great web sites.” Brian O'Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The city’s equivalent of The Onion.” Ian Urbina, The New York Times

“Carbolic Smoke Ball's rise to greatness is a tale as old as time -- which, according to Sarah Palin, is only about 6,000 years.” Randy Baumann, WDVE-102.5, Pittsburgh

“This stuff is better than The Onion.” Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“They’re some of the world’s funniest men, and they deserve our attention.” Rick Sebak, PBS/WQED Multimedia

“One of Pittsburgh's most popular blogs, and it's gaining a growing national audience.”
Pittsburgh Magazine

“Nothing is sacred for the guys who run Carbolic Smoke Ball. Nothing.” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

How Carbolic started an urban legend.

The Carbolic Book Award

Zombies Ate My Headlines won a Gold Medal at the 2009 Independent Publisher Awards as the Best Humor Book of the Year. And we didn't even have to bribe the selection committee.
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