I thought I would gather everything Chuck has said about his 2010 novel and put it into one thread. "Damned" is due in the fall of 2011 tentativly.
From Suicide Girls:
NP:So are you already working on your next novel?
CP:Yeah. I've got one for next year. It looks like it'll be for next fall, so it'll be a year from this fall. It's called Damned.
NP:Are you willing to reveal any of its themes, or details of the world it's set in?
CP:There is an existing form of story where an innocent party finds themselves placed in horrific circumstances and they're not quite sure how they got there. Examples include The Shawshank Redmption, where Tim Robbins' character finds himself in prison, and he's not entirely sure whether he deserves to be there but he has to make the best of it. And in Great Britain there was a very popular book called Cold Comfort Farm that was made into a movie. Again, the young woman's parents have died just before the movie begins and we're not sure of anything about them other than the fact that she's being sent off to live on this filthy farm. And in the U.S., another very popular version of that story is Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, where a little girl comes back from camp and she finds her parents have moved from New York City to Long Island, and she has to start a new life out in the suburbs.
So Damned is about an eleven-year old girl who wakes up basically and finds that she is in hell and that she's dead, and that she's going to be eleven-years old and dead in hell for the rest of eternity. So she has to, number one, make friends and figure out how hell works and make the best of it. But she's also got to figure out why she's in hell and how she died, and then ultimately whether or not she wants to petition to go to heaven, to try and uncover some mistake that might have been made. So it's about an eleven-year old, a very optimistic, cheerful, pushy little girl who finds herself in hell.
From New York Magazine:
he also wrote Damned (out next year), which was inspired by Judy Blume, about an 11-year-old girl named Madison who ends up in hell, where she’s quite popular. “It’s like The Breakfast Club, where she’s surrounded by these archetypes, like being in detention forever,” he says.
From Good Reads:
GR: What will you be working on next?
CP: I'm just polishing a hideous novel called Damned that's structurally based on Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. It's about an 11-year-old girl who's condemned to Hell and has to cope—again, using an innocent-seeming form, I'm able to tell a more corrupt story. Moving to Hell is way, way worse than Margaret finding herself relocated to Long Island
From Random House Q&A:
My next novel, the one for 2011 -- argh, my life is so mapped out -- is a novel called Damned about an eleven-year-old girl who finds herself in Hell and learns how to manipulate the corrupt system of demons and bodily fluids. Imagine if The Shawshank Redemption had a baby by The Lovely Bones and it was raised by Judy Blume, and you have my next new project. It's so frustrating when this girl, Madison, realizes that she'll never grow up and become an adult... and believe me, I know just how she feels. Each new day, I look at my chest in the bathroom mirror, sideways, and hope it's grown.
Maybe if they could invent a 3-D mirror...
So thats everything I've come across so far. I hope this is helpful..and yes I know this is in the wrong forum but I didnt know where else to post it.