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Chuck Palahniuk Biography & Facts

Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk (; born February 21, 1962) is an American novelist who describes his work as transgressional fiction. He has published 19 novels, three nonfiction books, two graphic novels, and two adult coloring books, as well as several short stories. His first published novel was Fight Club, which was adapted into a film of the same title. Early life Palahniuk was born in Pasco, Washington, the son of Carol Adele (née Tallent) and Fred Palahniuk. He has French and Ukrainian ancestry. His paternal grandfather migrated from Ukraine to Canada and then to New York in 1907. Palahniuk grew up living in a mobile home in Burbank, Washington. His parents separated when he was 14 years old, and they subsequently divorced, often leaving him and his three siblings to live with their maternal grandparents at their cattle ranch in eastern Washington. Palahniuk acknowledged in a 2007 interview that he is a distant nephew of actor Jack Palance, and that his family had talked of distant relations with Palance. Palahniuk attended the University of Oregon in his 20s, graduating in journalism in 1986. He interned at the local public radio station, KLCC, as part of his coursework. Career Early career He wrote for the local newspaper for a short while but then began working for Freightliner Trucks as a diesel mechanic, continuing until his writing career took off. During that time, he wrote manuals on fixing trucks and had a stint as a journalist, a job to which he did not return until after he became a successful novelist. After casually attending a seminar by Landmark Education, Palahniuk quit his job as a journalist in 1988. He performed volunteer work for a homeless shelter and volunteered at a hospice as an escort, providing transportation for terminally ill people, taking them to support group meetings. He ceased volunteering upon the death of a patient to whom he had grown attached.Palahniuk began writing fiction in his mid-30s. By his account, he started writing while attending workshops for writers that were hosted by Tom Spanbauer, which he attended to meet new friends. Spanbauer largely inspired Palahniuk's minimalistic writing style. Fight Club After his first novel, Invisible Monsters, was rejected by all publishers he submitted it to, he began work on his first published novel, Fight Club. Palahniuk wrote this story in his spare time while working for Freightliner. After initially publishing it as a short story (which became chapter 6 of the novel) in the 1995 compilation Pursuit of Happiness, Palahniuk expanded it into a full novel, which, contrary to his expectations, a publisher accepted. While the original hardcover edition of the book received positive reviews and some awards, it had a short shelf life.Initially, Palahniuk struggled to find a literary agent and went without one until after the publication of Fight Club. After he began receiving attention from 20th Century Fox, Palahniuk was signed by actor and literary agent, Edward Hibbert. Hibbert eventually guided and brokered the deal that took Fight Club to the big screen. In 1999, the film adaptation by director David Fincher was released. The film was a box office disappointment (although it was No. 1 at the U.S. box office in its first weekend) and critical reaction was mixed, but a cult following soon emerged as the DVD of the film became popular upon release. Three editions of the novel have been published in paperback, in 1999, in 2004 (with a new introduction by the author about the success of the film adaptation), and in 2005 (with an afterword by Palahniuk). Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Choke A revised version of Invisible Monsters, as well as his fourth novel, Survivor, were published in 1999. A few years later Palahniuk managed to complete his first New York Times bestseller, the novel Choke, which later was made into a movie. Lullaby The year 1999 brought a series of great personal tragedies to Palahniuk's life. At that time, his father, Fred Palahniuk, had started dating a woman named Donna Fontaine, whom he had met through a personal ad under the title "Kismet". Her former boyfriend, Dale Shackelford, had previously been imprisoned for sexual abuse and had vowed to kill Fontaine as soon as he was released from prison. Palahniuk believes that, using a personal ad, Fontaine was looking for "the biggest man she could find" to protect her from Shackelford, and Palahniuk's father qualified. After his release, Shackelford followed Fontaine and the senior Palahniuk to Fontaine's home in Kendrick, Idaho, after they had gone out for a date. Shackelford then shot them both and dragged their bodies into Fontaine's cabin home, which he then set alight. In the spring of 2001, Shackelford was found guilty for two counts of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death. In the wake of these events, Palahniuk began working on the novel Lullaby. He has stated that he wrote the novel to help him cope with having participated in the decision to have Shackelford receive the death sentence. "Guts" and Haunted While on his 2003 tour to promote his novel, Diary, Palahniuk read to his audiences a short story entitled "Guts", a sensational tale of accidents involving masturbation, which appears in his book, Haunted. The story begins with the author telling his listeners to inhale deeply and that "this story should last about as long as you can hold your breath." It was reported that 40 people had fainted listening to the readings while holding their breath. Playboy magazine later published the story in their March 2004 issue and Palahniuk offered to let them publish another story along with it, but the publishers found the second work too disturbing to publish. On his tour to promote Stranger than Fiction: True Stories during the summer of 2004, he read "Guts" to audiences again, bringing the total number of fainters up to 53 (and later up to 60 while on tour to promote the softcover edition of Diary). In the fall of that year, he began promoting Haunted, and continued to read "Guts". In June 2005, Palahniuk noted that his number of fainters was up to 67. The last fainting occurred on May 28, 2007, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where five people fainted, one of whom fell and hit his head on the door while trying to leave the auditorium. Since then audio recordings of his readings of the story have been circulated on the Internet. In the afterword of the latest edition of Haunted, Palahniuk reported that Guts had been responsible for 73 fainting events. At a 2005 appearance in Miami, Florida, during the Haunted tour, Palahniuk commented that Haunted represented the last of a "horror trilogy" (including Lullaby and Diary). He also indicated that his then-forthcoming novel, Rant, would be the first of a "science fiction trilogy". In 2008, Palahniuk spent a week at the Clarion West Writers Workshop, instructing eighteen students about his writing methods and theory of fiction. Adaptatio.... Discover the Chuck Palahniuk popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Chuck Palahniuk books.

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  • The Boom Bands synopsis, comments

    The Boom Bands

    Jeff Somers

    Learn the Words. Get the blood. Rule the world. A standalone short story in the Ustari Cyclethe gritty supernatural series that includes We Are Not Good People from the "exhilarati...

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    Together We Will Go

    J. Michael Straczynski

    The Breakfast Club meets The Silver Linings Playbook in this powerful, provocative, and heartfelt novel about twelve endearing strangers who come together to make the most of their...

  • Tell-All synopsis, comments


    Chuck Palahniuk

    The hyperactive love child of Page Six and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? caught in a tawdry love triangle with The Fan. Even Kitty Kelly will blush. Soaked, nay, marinated in the...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    Victor Mancini, a medicalschool dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to c...

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    Beautiful You

    Chuck Palahniuk

    "A billion husbands are about to be replaced."From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalypti...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    Haunted is a novel made up of twentythree horrifying, hilarious, and stomachchurning stories. They’re told by people who have answered an ad for a writer’s retreat and unwittingl...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    A gang of adolescent terrorists, a spelling bee, and a terrible plan masquerading as a science project: This is Operation Havoc. Pygmy is one of a handful of young adults from...

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    The Echo Chamber

    John Boyne

    'The funniest book I've read in ages. Savage but compelling' Ian Rankin'A fearless romp with big laughs along the way' Graham Norton'Funny, rumbustious, unstinting and wonderfully ...

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    Make Something Up

    Chuck Palahniuk

    Twenty one stories and one novella from Chuck Palahniuk, literature's favorite transgressive author, Make Something Up is a compilation that disturbs and delights in equa...

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    Little Heaven

    Nick Cutter

    A “gripping and terrifying story…and one not to be missed” (Robert McCammon) from the acclaimed author of The Troop and The Deep!A trio of mismatched mercenariesMicah Shughrue, Min...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    Una sátira provocativa sobre el ansia de notoriedad y un homenaje a los clásicos del género de terror en la línea de Los cuentos de Canterbury o Frankenstein.Un grupo de escritore...

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    Keep Calm and Cuddle Up

    Ebury Publishing

    They say love is a manysplendored thing. So what could be more splendid than giving this pocketsized book of love quotes, sayings and appeasements to show how much you truly care? ...

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    Stranger Than Fiction

    Chuck Palahniuk

    Chuck Palahniuk’s world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. In his first collection of nonfiction, Chuck Palahniuk brings us into this world, and gives us a gli...

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    The Long Knives

    Irvine Welsh

    The gripping second instalment in the CRIME trilogy, now a hit TV SeriesJustice can be a blunt instrument"Men like him usually tell the story. In business. Politics. Media. But not...

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    Understanding Chuck Palahniuk

    Douglas Keesey

    An introduction to the fictions of the Fight Club author, who is both loved and loathedEver since his first novel, Fight Club, was made into a cult film by David Fincher, Chuck Pal...

  • Diary synopsis, comments


    Chuck Palahniuk

    Misty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she’s now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a c...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    In the crowded greenroom of a pornmovie production, hundreds of men mill around in their boxers, awaiting their turn with the legendary Cassie Wright. An aging adult film star, C...

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    The Follower

    Nicholas Bowling

    Twin Peaks meets Welcome to Night Vale in this surreal, supernatural thriller by a Costashortlisted author"Gripping, compelling and otherworldly"DAVID QUANTICK When her twin b...

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    The Case of the Pope

    Geoffrey Robertson QC

    THE CASE OF THE POPE delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that shields paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world.Is ...

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    Fugitives and Refugees

    Chuck Palahniuk

    Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk’s tonsils currently reside?Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets?Curious about Chuck’s debut in an MTV music video...

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    Tales of Hoffmann

    E.T.A. Hoffmann, R. J. Hollingdale, Stella Humphries, Vernon Humphries & Sally Hayward

    This selection of Hoffmann's finest short stories vividly demonstrates his intense imagination and preoccupation with the supernatural, placing him at the forefront of both surreal...

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    The Loop

    Jeremy Robert Johnson

    The year’s most brutal, cinematic thrill ride is also one of its most critically acclaimed novels. Dazed and Confused meets 28 Days Later in this “wickedly entertaining,” (Kirkus R...

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    Quicklet on Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

    Sabrina Alipate

    Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. Fight Club was written by Chuck Palahniuk, who was born in Pasco, WA on February 21, 1962. He grew up in a bluecollar home, and after his parents...

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    Volpone and Other Plays

    Ben Jonson & Michael Jamieson

    The three plays collected in this volume depict the faults, errors and foibles of ordinary people with exuberant humour, savage satire and acute observations. Volpone portrays a ri...

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    The Last Time I Died

    Joe Nelms

    “One of the most compelling novels in recent memory” (Booklist) by a bright light in irreverent and compelling fiction: Joe Nelms, author of Formerly Fingerman. Christian Franco is...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    Ever heard of a culling song? It’s a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The lyrics of a culling song kill, whether spoken or even just thought. Y...

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    Hello Kitty Must Die

    Angela S. Choi

    On the outside, twentyeightyearold Fiona Yu appears to be just another Hello Kittyan educated, wellmannered Asian American woman. Secretly, she feels torn between the traditional C...

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    God Hates Us All

    Hank Moody

    The original novel as seen in Showtime’s Californication, starring David Duchovny. The critically acclaimed show, Californication, is one of Showtime’s highest rated programs. Aver...

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    We Are Not Good People

    Jeff Somers

    Learn the Words. Get the blood. Rule the world. The Ustari Cycle starts here.From the "exhilarating, powerful, and entertaining" (Guardian) storyteller of the Avery Cates series co...

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    Night Train

    David Quantick

    "David Quantick is one of the best kept secrets in the world of writing. He's smart, funny and unique. You should let yourself in on the secret." Neil Gaiman From EmmyAward winni...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    “As gleefully, vividly, hilariously obscene as you'd expect. . . . Irreverent and hugely entertaining." NPR From the bestselling author of Fight Club comes a dark and brillia...

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    El club de la lucha

    Chuck Palahniuk

    El club de la lucha, una de las novelas contemporáneas más originales y provocadoras, que ya se ha convertido en un clásico underground.La primera regla del club de la lucha es no ...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    Buster “Rant” Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes t...

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    Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse that Helped


    'Three weeks later the world was advised of the coming of a new breakfast food, heralded under the resounding name of 'Filboid Studge''H.H. Munro, better known by his pen name, Sak...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    ¿Adolescentes en el infierno? Del escritor más polémico de su generación, una novela de iniciación... después de la muerte de su protagonista. La versión más retorcida del infiern...

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    The Figure In The Distance

    Otto De Kat

    Cambridge, Budapest, New York, Zurich, The Hague, Tel Aviv, the South Downs of England: the narrator has travelled everywhere. He has observed some of the major upheavals of the ce...

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    Jeff Somers

    Learn the Words. Get the blood. Rule the world. A standalone short story in the Ustari Cycle.The heroes of We Are Not Good People learn what “down and out” truly feels like when a ...

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    Last Best Day

    Jeff Somers

    The second in a trilogy of three shorts from the “exhilarating…powerful and entertaining” (The Guardian) contemporary fantasy writer Jeff Somers, featuring the blood magician duo f...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    Francisco Collado-Rodriguez

    Offering a world full of traumatized characters trapped in a consumerist society where men, women, sex and gender have become unstable commodities, Chuck Palahniuk has become one o...

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    Chuck Palahniuk

    Madison Spencer, the liveliest and snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the afterlife adventure begun in Chuck Palahniuk’s bestseller Damned. Just as that novel brought u...

  • Chuck Palahniuk, Parodist synopsis, comments

    Chuck Palahniuk, Parodist

    David McCracken

    Chuck Palahniuk, America's premier transgressive novelist, enjoys a tremendous readership. Yet he has not necessarily been embraced by critics or academics. His prose is considered...