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101 Uses for a Dead Cat  

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Author Simon Bond
Country United States
Genre(s) Black comedy, Cartoons
Publication date 1981

101 Uses for a Dead Cat, by Simon Bond, was a bestselling collection of macabre cartoons. First published in 1981 (ISBN 0-517-54516-0), it was eventually republished in 20 countries and sold over 2 million copies. By December 7, 1981, it had spent 27 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. Its success was considered part of a larger "cat craze" in popular culture, which included the Jim Davis comic strip, Garfield, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.

The book was promoted with the tag line, "Since time immemorial mankind has been plagued by the question, 'What do you do with a dead cat?'" It consisted of cartoons depicting the bodies of dead cats being used for various purposes, including anchoring boats, sharpening pencils and holding bottles of wine. It spawned two sequels, 101 More Uses of a Dead Cat and Uses of a Dead Cat in History, as well as calendars featuring the cartoons. In 2006, a 25th anniversary edition of A Hundred and One Uses of a Dead Cat was published with a new foreword.

Time called the author and illustrator, Simon Bond, "the Charles Addams of ailurophobia." Bond said that the book was inspired by the idea of a dead cat as a plant stand. He received hate mail accusing him of obscenity and sadism. He went on to found the cartoon magazine, SQUIB.




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