A quote with twisted humor is, “Despite my ghoulish reputation, I have the heart of a small boy. It's in a jar on my desk,” by Robert Bloch. “First the doctor told me good news: I was going to have a disease named after me,” is one by Steve Martin.
Black humor has been described as a characterization of works that highlight the funny side of traditionally depressing subject matter, such as humor about a funeral. Jonathan Swift is considered the father of black humor in Western literature, according to Andre Breton, editor of the 1935 "Anthology of Black Humor." Swift's essay "A Modest Proposal" satirically suggested that eating babies would be a solution to famine in Ireland.