What's Next For Chuck Palahniuk? New Novels In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Announced!
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Publishers Marketplace dropped the news earlier this month that Chuck Palahniuk sold the rights to his next two books, as well as signed a deal in the wake of the Haunted movie adaptation finally getting its greenlight. In other words, this is a very good time to be a fan of Chuck Palahniuk.
So I figured it was high time we do our own "State of the Union" here at The Cult with a summary of what's in the store for fans of Chuck.
Doomed (Oct 8, 2013): Chuck's next novel is a sequel to his 2012 novel Damned. Here's the description Chuck gave me:
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.
Oh, I forgot to mention it but the world ends in this next book.
October 8th may seem way off, but the good folks at Amazon already have the book listed for pre-order.
Beautiful You (October, 2014): Next year we get Beautiful You. The Publishers Marketplace articled listed it as a book "focusing on the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of feminine pleasure." Then in a recent email, Chuck gave me his own personal description of it:
It's a comic/erotic thriller, a mash-up of 'mommy porn' and chick lit such as Sex and the City, and fantasy lit like Clan of the Cave Bear. Imagine if Ira Levin had a baby with Jean Auel.
It's safe to say I am flipping out over this book. Chuck has promised to reveal more on this one soon, so stay tuned.
Make Something Up (October, 2015): Yep, Chuck's prolific style of writing has given us a telescope to see two years in advance. And so in October 2015, we get Make Something Up, a new collection of short stories, many of which have previously appeared in Playboy.
Stay tuned as we'll post more info (and maybe even a cover image for Doomed still) as we get them. For now, feel free to geek out in the comments or on our forums.