UPDATE: The next book will indeed be titled DOOMED. It's a sequel to Damned and it's scheduled to be released October 2013.
When Chuck was in Los Angeles recently for his small tour for the new Invisible Monsters Remix, I had the pleasure of taking him out to dinner. And while gnawing on some steak (...I was. Chuck had the salmon), we got to talking about his next book. And lo and behold... the next novel will be Chuck's first sequel!
Here is a quick synopsis of the book:
(*MILD SPOILERS HERE, if you haven't yet read Damned)
The next novel will follow Madison back to earth as a ghost, doomed to haunting her parents for a year. In flashback we see her earlier childhood, including the death of the kitten whose dead body subsequently clogged the plumbing of the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel. That death is not Madison's doing, but another death is. Whether it's murder or self-defense, as a ten-year-old Madison kills someone horrifically, and that's the most-likely reason why she was damned in the first place. We also begin to recognize a centuries-long conspiracy engineered to train and test Maddy for her role as the savior of all spiritual beings.
Nope, nothing subtle, here.
Then about five minutes after Chuck emailed me the above, I got another email with this:
Oh, I forgot to mention it but the world ends in this next book.
So yeah, nothing subtle indeed.
Chuck told me that even the title for the book is in flux right now. During our dinner conversation it was to be called Doomsday. Now it might be titled Doomed. Which one do you like better?
Believe it or not, this book might drop as early as this Fall! It's pretty much in its final editing stages. But these things have a way of changing last minute, so no promises.
Till then, let's hear your thoughts on this. For years, people have clamoured for the much rumored sequel to Rant, yet haven't gotten it yet. So when Chuck began telling fans that Damned too, would be part of its own trilogy, I think we were all a little skeptical. But alas, the Chuckster is delivering very quickly on this one. Are you pumped?
If you haven't read Damned yet, now would be a good time.
For 2013, we've discounted our CHOKE to only $12.
This shirt is nearly sold out, so many sizes (as well as all Women's) are already gone.
As part of the Playboy Interview's 50 year anniversary, they have released 13 compilation eBooks celebrating their best interviews over the years. For his 2009 interview, Chuck Palahniuk is featured in the 'Men of Letters' compilation.
Here's more on the eBook(s) from Amazon:
About the Series: In mid-1962, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was given a partial transcript of an interview with Miles Davis. It covered jazz, of course, but it also included Davis’s ruminations on race, politics and culture. Fascinated, Hef sent the writer—future Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alex Haley, an unknown at the time—back to glean even more opinion and insight from Davis. The resulting exchange, published in the September 1962 issue, became the first official Playboy Interview and kicked off a remarkable run of public inquisition that continues today—and that has featured just about every cultural titan of the past half century.
To celebrate the interview’s 50th anniversary, the editors of Playboy have assembled 13 compilations of the magazine’s most (in)famous interviews—from big mouths and wild men to sports gods and literary mavericks. Here is our collection of 12 interviews with the most riveting writers.
The book is available starting today in an Amazon Kindle edition for only $4.99.
The November 2nd slumber party event at the University of Oregon, with Chuck Palahniuk, Lidia Yuknavitch and Chelsea Cain, has wrapped up. The night was a success and a total sell out. So Chuck wanted to say a few things about how it all went down:
I'm just checking in to thank everyone who made the 'slumber party' event in Eugene a chaotic success. Chelsea Cain and Lidia Yuknavitch were amazing, as were the zombie babies. And the hundreds of glowing beachballs were a vision from the stage.In the melee I forgot to thank the University of Oregon Bookstore. They arranged for use of WOW Hall and sold tickets. Plus they warehoused my stuffed animals until the evening of Nov. 2nd. They were heroes, and I snubbed them. For that oversight I heartily apologize.
Chuck also wanted to mention that the University of Oregon Bookstore is still carrying some signed books from the event. So if you live local, go check it out!
Update: Pictures from the event!
Yep, you read that right. While NY Comic-Con tickets have already sold out, if you'll be one of the lucky ones in attendance, you'll have the opportunity to meet Chuck, have your booked signed, and then all see him do an on-stage reading.
Here are the details from Random House:
10:00am to 12:00 Noon – TICKETED Chuck Palahniuk signing at Random House booth #1121. This will be limited to 200 PEOPLE ONLY and Vintage will give away a copy of the DAMNED paperback to each ticket holder. Ticket holders may bring ONE OTHER BOOK for Chuck to sign. He will only sign 2 books per person and one of them will be the paperback of DAMNED. This signing will conclude at 12:00 Noon sharp. Ticket details tk.
3:00 to 4:00pm - Chuck Palahniuk Author Stage event open to all NY Comic Con attendees. Vintage will give away 150 copies of the DAMNED paperback at this event. THERE WILL NOT BE A SIGNING AT THE AUTHOR STAGE EVENT. Venue details tk.
*Note: General NY Comic-Con tickets have already sold out. But if you have one, you can qualify for the above simply by visiting the booth and getting a ticket for the 10am event. Then, your normal Comic-Con ticket will get you into the 3pm stage event.
For more details on Comic-Con, check out their site: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/
Update: For pics and video from the event, go here!
Just got a scoop from Chuck on an upcoming event in Portland, OR:
On Sept. 13th I'll be helping to host a special event to launch Lidia's Yuknavitch's new book, "Dora." It will be at Broadway Books in Portland, a ticketed event limited to 100 people. Chelsea Cain is also hosting, and we'll be encouraging people to expect a storytelling evening, an adult version of the 'Harry Potter' late night launches. The first fifty people in sleepwear get prizes. There's booze. The stories will be very grown-up. This is a prototype event, an attempt to reconnect with the slumber party or campfire stories we loved as kids. Tickets are $20, but that inludes the book plus swag and wine. Games, prizes and stories. What can I say? It's a work-in-progress. If it works, next year's events will use the same model.
If you saw Chuck on tour recently, then you heard him read from one of his best short stories to date... 'Romance.' 'Romance' is a easily one of my favorite stories Chuck has ever written. I won't spoil the surprise of the story, but let's just say it's a true romantic comedy, in only the most twisted and fucked up way Chuck could tell it.
Last year, Andy Mingo, a filmmaker out of the Pacific Northwest who also happens to be Lidia Yuknavitch's husband, wrote and directed an adaptation of this wonderful story, and it's now set to have its world premiere in London at the 2012 Raindance Film Festival on October 2nd. If you plan on attending, not only will you see the film, but you'll get to see Chuck do a Q&A / reading and possibly qualify to be one of a dozen people who attend an intimate dinner with Chuck at a prestigious location in Leicester Square.
Read on for more!
Based on the story by Chuck Palahniuk that appeared in the 2011 issue of Playboy magazine, 'Romance' will do its world premiere at the 2012 Raindance Film Festival in London on October 2nd. This screening will be followed by a Q&A session and a reading of his choice by Chuck Palahniuk. The event will also be attended by the film’s director, Andy Mingo.
After the screening/reading join Chuck in an intimate dinner with a dozen other people at a prestigious location in Leicester Square.
Tickets to the dinner are available now on a silent auction basis through the IFT. The proceeds will be used to fund its work in bringing filmmaking skills to disadvantaged people.
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Tickets to the October 2nd World Premiere/reading will be available on that same page and go on sale September 4. For now, you can reserve your space for the screening and reading/Q&A.
For more on the film, check out the trailer:
And be sure to follow the film's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/
And it's Official Site: www.romancemovies.net.
If you've ever been to Portland, OR and not visited Powell's City of Books, you have done yourself a great disservice. Powell's is easily considered one of the greatest bookstores in North America and, like many authors, it just so happens to be one of Chuck Palahniuk's favorites. Therefore, Chuck has agreed to not only stop by for their upcoming 41st birthday event this Saturday, but will be bringing some goodies to give away and sign.
Here are the details, straight from Chuck's mouth:
A heads up... Next Saturday, August 25th, the Powell's bookstore is throwing itself a huge 40-something birthday party. They'll be blocking off streets around the building on West Burnside, in downtown Portland. There will be games, author appeaances, live music, etc. They've asked me to come speak, and I proposed bringing gifts for my readers. Several years ago I recorded a two-disk CD collection of the best stories I'd read on past book tours. Including "Guts" and the as-yet-unpublished story "Cold Calling." The studio produced them beautifully, but they've never been for sale. I've only ever given them to readers who wrote to me. I'd like to bring 200 sets to the Powell's birthday event and inscribe them for whoever comes to say hello. It's a chance to get something rare and not otherwise available.
And then here are a few more details:
I'll be at the street fair party, behind the downtown Powell's from 2:30 PM until 5:30 pm, Saturday, August 25th, signing books and giving away 300 sets of the "Tour Stories" CD's. The store plans to close two blocks of NW Couch Street for the party. I'll be in a tent designated for book signing. I'm excited about giving the stories to people, and happy to inscribe them.
Chuck will be in the tent designated for book signing from 230p until 530p on Saturday, the 25th. I assume this is first come first serve.
For more information about the big Powell's event, check out their site.
Tuesday's Chuck Palahniuk reading in Seattle is now sold out. This is the last reading event on Chuck's Invisible Monsters Remix tour.
Town Hall Seattle, 7pm
1119 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(presented by The University Bookstore)
*Reading. Books presigned.
Buy Tickets Here - SOLD OUT
If you got a ticket, congrats. Take some pics and tweet them our way!
Photo by ~C4Chaos
For any of you that weren't able to attend Chuck's reading at the Skirball Cultural Center last night... man, you totally missed out! Kidding. (but it was great) But fear not, Chuck will be at Dark Delicacies Bookstore today in Burbank. This event will not feature a reading or a Q&A, but Chuck will (just) be signing copies of the new Invisible Monsters Remix.
The event kicks off at 3pm. Here are the details:
Los Angeles, CA
Dark Delicacies Bookstore, 3pm
3512 West Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91505
*Signing. No reading.
I have been told that the event will go until the last person has their book signed. But out of respect, try and show up during start-time so Chuck isn't there too late.
You can find more information at Dark Delicacies' website here: http://www.darkdel.com/
Photo credit: John Everson