A Round-Up of Chuck Palahniuk's Upcoming Projects
It's safe to say Chuck Palahniuk is one of the most prolific artists working today. I say this a lot, but perhaps this post will prove it. This is a round-up of all the exciting projects Chuck has on the horizon.
"Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Stories"
This is a collection of short stories written by readers of this very site. But lest you think this is a book of fan fiction, here's a little history. About ten years ago, Chuck Palahniuk helped create a writers workshop. And as part of this workshop, he submitted monthly craft essays with homework assignments. Over the years, he selected the best of these stories and narrowed it down to the twenty best (out of thousands). These are the stories that floored Chuck and landed this book with Medallion Press.
But perhaps the best endorsement I can give you for this anthology, is to just read Chuck's introduction to it.
If you're already convinced, you can pre-order 'Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Stories' here. The book drops on August 12th.
And if you'd like to read the 36 original craft essays Chuck wrote, that inspired this project, they are housed at LitReactor.com, our sister site.
"Beautiful You," Chuck's 2014 novel
Beautiful You is one I've been waiting for for a long time. Chuck first told me about this book over a year ago, and I've been excited for it ever since. Apparently it's like nothing else he's even written, and to see the light in his eyes as he described how great it was writing this book, just got me all giddy.
Here's the elevator pitch:
From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more . . . Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?
Advanced reader's copies of Beautiful You are already floating around in the nether, but you can pre-order the actual novel already here.
"Fight Club 2"
Yep, you read that right. I'm not messing with you here. In fact, I'm surprised there are still so many fans who haven't heard this news yet. Chuck announced it over a year ago at Comic-Con. Here's the skinny: the sequel to Fight Club will be in graphic novel format. Here's the premise:
"The sequel will be told from the-- at first-- submerged perspective of Tyler Durden as he observes the day-to-day tedium of the narrator's life. Because 20th Century-Fox created the convention of calling the protagonist Jack, I'm calling him Cornelius. He's living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife. The typical midlife bullshit. Likewise, Marla is unsatisfied and dreams of accessing the wild man she'd once fallen in love with. She tampers with the small pharmacy of drugs that her husband needs to suppress Tyler, and-- go figure-- Tyler reemerges to terrorize their lives."
For more on Fight Club 2, check out our official page here. Also, there's a rumor swirling around that Chuck will again be at Comic-Con San Diego this year, with some more big announcements about this project. Stay tuned for more.
"Make Something Up," a new collection of Chuck Palahniuk stories
Fans of Haunted will be happy to hear that Chuck's 2015 book will actually be a collection of new short stories. If you've ever seen Chuck read on tour, you'd see that he never reads chapters from his books but rather, new short stories he's written,--which he loves to test on unsuspecting audiences. This is how 'Guts' first emerged, and then 'Romance' and 'Loser' soon after. And in case you haven't heard, Chuck's latest short story, 'The Toad Prince,' has been making the rounds at his latest appearances and... wow... it's on another level. People in the audience looked on the verge of puking from this one. Two words: Dick. Monster.
I know 2015 is a long ways off-- so Make Something Up is not even available for pre-order yet-- but some of the newer short stories Chuck's, written that he has confirmed will be in this collection, you can find online. But hurry! Chuck's editor has said that these will all eventually be pulled, as the publication of the book dawns closer. Here are the shorts available online:
'How The Jew Saved Christmas' - Read it here
'Cannibal' - Read it here
'Zombie' - Read it here
And if you're looking for something a little longer, and yet, a little shorter than a novel, check out Phoenix, Chuck's amazing Amazon Kindle Single.
Hopefully this is enough to all keep you sated. Enjoy!