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Ariel Gore

Time To Get Gorey
Will Tupper
Ariel Gore

Ariel Gore is an adventurer, the Indiana Jones of literature. Full-time author and part-time teacher, she’s a novelist, a memoirist, a journalist, a zinester, as well as the writer of the brand new How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights.

And how does one do it? Ariel asked Marc Acito, novelist and Palahniuk protégé, who got his big break because Chuck had read his newspaper column.

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Steve Erickson

Next Stop, Zeroville
Joshua Chaplinsky
Steve Erickson

I know many of you are already familiar with author Steve Erickson. In fact, it was on the forums here and at Cult sister-site, The Velvet, that I was first introduced to his work. I read The Sea Came in at Midnight and screamed for more like a hungry child. Erickson fills the void, writing the type of mind-bending, genre-less fiction that simultaneously challenges and excites.

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Stephen Graham Jones

The Dark Professor
Rob Hart
Stephen Graham Jones

Craig Clevenger and Will Christopher Baer have long since graced this section, adding to a valuable tool for writers - ramblings from the wordsmiths themselves, about what they do and why they do it.

Now, the third and final arm of The Velvet has gotten his chance to weigh in - Stephen Graham Jones.

The Texas resident is author of All The Beautiful Sinners, Bleed Into Me, The Bird is Gone, The Fast Red Road and the upcoming Demon Theory, as well as a slew of short stories.

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Neil Gaiman

The Sandman Of Neverwhere
Will Christopher Baer
Neil Gaiman

The writers and artists of comic books may live in the dead zone between novels and film, borrowing narrative technique from the one and the visual vocabulary from the other-but it's the dead zone as defined by King, who gave Johnny Smith the power to see the past and future, and to step into alternate realities. The pages and panels of a comic book allow for infinite variations of composition and dramatic sequence, giving comic writers and artists the power to routinely rewrite storytelling physics, to not only stop time, but to treat time as a liquid and spin ripples in it.

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Craig Clevenger

Part II: "The Return"
Dennis Widmyer
Craig Clevenger

Return? For many of you Craig Clevenger hasn't gone anywhere. He's been right here on the web, posting topics, answering questions and even revealing some new work. For others waiting for this new book has been like standing in line on opening day for a long-awaited summer release. Craig's debut novel The Contortionist Handbook was, in Chuck Palahniuk's words, one of the best books he had read in maybe ten years. Now, really let that sink in for a second. In my opinion, Chuck isn't far off.

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Bret Easton Ellis

The Man Who Sees Patrick Bateman
Dennis Widmyer
Bret Easton Ellis

Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Pscyho, The Informers and Glamorama... do these titles sound familiar? Of course they do. You're on a Chuck Palahniuk website, so you know who the hell Bret Easton Ellis is. His novel American Psycho made the term "transgression" a literary household item a full five years before Fight Club was even published.

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Joey Goebel

Long Live The Beastmaster
Dennis Widmyer
Joey Goebel

Joey Goebel is a moron, and I mean that in the best way. He's one of the goofiest, most care-free dudes I've had the pleasure of interviewing in a long time. But I shouldn't say mean things about the guy. Hell, he's 23 and has already written two novels and fronted a band that's toured the country and released two EPs and a full length album. You don't see me writing any novels, do you? And the only successful band I ever fronted played one show at the Portuguese Heritage Society.

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Alex Garland

Novelist To Screenwriter And Back To Novelist
Dennis Widmyer
Alex Garland

Up until I met Alex Garland I had nothing to go off about his personality. Aside from the picture to your right, most images I had thus far seen of Alex displayed him as the brooding, quiet, maybe even introverted writer. Yet, still a damn good writer at that. I remember reading The Beach so many years ago and being completely BLOWN away by it. Seriously. That book to me was an example of an author just getting it so right. Probably the way Trainspotting felt to a lot of its fans. Just the right book at the right time.

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Stephen Elliott

Clevenger On Elliot
Craig Clevenger
Stephen Elliot

Introduction by Dennis Widmyer

I have a confession to make. I haven't read Stephen Elliott yet. I first heard about Stephen through our ol' pal Craig Clevenger. And I wonder if Craig is getting sick and tired of being referred to as our "ol pal" - like he's some trusty ol' German Shepard who still chases the Frisbee after 11 years - rather than being recognized for the talented fucking writer that he is.

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Douglas Coupland

The Original Inspiration
Dennis Widmyer
Douglas Coupland

Hey everyone. Remember me? That Dennis guy who once interviewed author Max Barry and then Craig Clevenger soon after? You all thought I'd be a staple in this here section but I went and vanished on you. I let other people pitch in and carry the load of interviews for a while. Well, I'm back. And while I call it a "load to carry," I feel it's actually one of the most important features on our website. Interviewing authors such as we have is what makes this site tick. Hell, it's the reason why I started ChuckPalahniuk.net with my good friend Amy Dalton so long ago.

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