Chuck Palahniuk

Author of Invisible Monsters and 40+ Books

Chuck Palahniuk


Written to a soundtrack by The Downward Spiral and Pablo Honey in stolen moments under truck chassis and on park benches, Fight Club came into being. Fight Club's adaptation was a flop at the box office, but on DVD it achieved cult status. The popularity of the films has driven the novel's sales. In 1999, Chuck released two novels, Survivor and Invisible Monsters. Choke, released in 2001, became the first bestseller in the New York Times. Persona... l experience has always infused Chuck's work, and his next novel, Lullaby, was no exception. Chuck credits Lullaby writing to help him cope with his father's tragic death. Diary and the Portland, Fugitives and Refugees non-fiction guide were released in 2003. While on the road to support Diary, Chuck started reading a short story called Guts, which eventually became part of the novel Haunted. In the years that followed, he continued writing, publishing the bestselling Rant, Snuff, Pygmy, Tell-All, a remix of Invisible Monsters, Damned, and most recently Doomed. Chuck also enjoys giving back to his fans, and that was an important part of teaching the art of storytelling. In 2004, Chuck began to submit essays on the writing craft to These were How To Pieces, directly from Chuck's personal trick bag, based on the minimalist tenants he learned from Tom Spanbauer. The lesson would be accompanied by a homework assignment each month, so members of the workshop could apply what they had learned. (All 36 of these essays are currently available on The Cults sister site, In 2009, Chuck increased his involvement by committing himself to reading and reviewing a selection of fan-written stories every month. The best stories are currently set to be published with an introduction written by Chuck himself in Burnt Tongues, a forthcoming anthology. He is due to release his next novel, Beautiful You, in October 2014.READ MORE

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Parents are like God because you wanna know they're out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.

As young people we want something to slow us down and keep us trapped in one place long enough to look below the surface of the world. That disaster is a car crash or a war. To make us sit still. It can be getting cancer or getting pregnant. The important part is how it seems to catch us by surprise. That disaster stops us from living the life we'd planned as children - a life of constant dashing around.

All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.

God   Humor   Life

All you can do is hope for a pattern to emerge, and sometimes it never does. Still, with a plan, you only get the best you can imagine. I'd always hoped for something better than that.

Skinny guys fight till they're burger.

Fight   Life   Men

Every last minute of my life has been preordained and I'm sick and tired of it.
How this feels is I'm just another task in God's daily planner: the Italian Renaissance penciled in for right after the Dark Ages.
The Information Age is scheduled immediately after the Industrial Revolution. Then the Postmodern Era, then the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Famine. Check. Pestilence. Check. War. Check. Death. Check. And between the big events, the earthquakes and the tidal waves, God's got me squeezed in for a cameo appearance. Then maybe in thirty years, or maybe next year, God's daily planner has me finished.

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