"All My Friends Are Dead"

At a store downtown, I flipped through the novelty book All My Friends Are Dead with Camels With Hammers’ webmaster Dave Smith and his hilarious fiancé Meagan, and the three of us just laughed our heads off. It’s a charmingly macabre book for morbid children of all ages. Here are a few images from it:

It goes on like this for 96 pages.

The book is by Avery Monsen and Jory John. It can be found here.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • cswella

    I do love the culture of morbid/obscene humor that allows authors to do this sort of thing.

    -Go the F**K to sleep
    -Cyanide and Happiness books
    -You Probably Shouldn’t Be Laughing At This
    -All the “Pets/rabbits who want to kill themselves”

  • reeddlh

    Well, we can’t ALWAYS look on the bright side.

  • Stacy

    The master of this sort of humor was Edward Gorey.


    Though Hilaire Belloc did a good job 56 years earlier, with his Cautionary Tales for Children.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      Thanks Stacy! This will make a fun subject for a Halloween post. I will go write it now and save it for then! :)

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/xblog/ Greg Laden

      For a few years I gave Gorey’s “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” book to all new parents. (That I knew. Not ALL of them.)

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      (That I knew. Not ALL of them.)

      That literally made me laugh out loud. Greg Laden a Santa Claus for new parents around the world delivering them morbid children’s books.

  • tynk

    One of my coworkers puts up awesomely bizarre “quotes” frequently. One I really enjoyed was “remember, not everything is going to be all right”.

    • John Morales

      Well, that’s neither awesome nor bizarre, it’s just plain silly — one can’t remember the future.

    • mikmik

      Sometimes, it will be left.

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  • EmbraceYourInnerCrone

    When I was little (4 or 5)my dad would read me poems from “Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes” by Harry Graham, before bed. Here is an example:

    “Little Willie, full of glee,
    Put radium in grandma’s tea.
    Now he thinks it quite a lark
    To see her shining in the dark”


    “Willie studied chemistry
    But Willie is no more
    For what he took for H20
    Was H2SO4″

    This probably explains my weird sense of humor…