The now-classic 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 went old-school analog, with an award-winning, 192-page best-of compendium featuring:

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

• Dozens of exclusive new features, essays, and illustrations;

• A Foreword by the great RANDY BAUMANN of WDVE;

• An Introduction by iconic PBS filmmaker RICK SEBAK;

• Original cover art and sketches by TIMOTHY STEFKO;

• All the smarts and funnies you love from the CARBOLIC crew.

But it at Amazon.com, at Barnes&Noble.com, at your local Barnes & Noble, at finer independent bookstores, or right here, right now — secured through PayPal, signed by one of the authors, and shipped straight to your door.



• Read Randy Baumann’s hilarious Foreword.

• Listen to Jim Krenn & Randy Baumann rave about the book on the DVE Morning Show

• Check out Regis Behe’s feature on the book in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

• Read Chris Young’s article in the Pittsburgh City Paper.

• See some sample pages:  9 |  36 |  63 |  113

• Take a look at the back cover

Check back for more sneak peeks, features, press coverage, and tasty morsels from the first-ever CARBOLIC SMOKE BALL book, book tour, and accompanying media blitz.



GOLD MEDAL WINNER, Humor Category, 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards

One of “2008’s Best Books” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“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

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

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


About Carbolic
“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. Snopes.com

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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