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Kate Christensen

The Astral: An Interview With Kate Christensen
Kasey Carpenter
Kate Christensen

THE ASTRAL. The title alone suggests several concepts. Those familiar with Greenpoint, Brooklyn may know the building of which the title pays homage to. The other definition deals with the protagonist of the novel, one Harry Quirk, a wilting poet who suddenly finds himself accused of cheating on his dogmatic wife Luz, an accusation he knows to be false, and tries with every breath, up to a point, to correct in Luz’ thinking.

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Millennium People

"Millennium People" by J G Ballard
Joshua Chaplinsky
A terrorist missive of middle-class angst.

Ballard Man. That's what she called me. Despite the fact I'd only read- no, purchased- a solitary book by the author.  

Let me set the scene. It was a time known as "the late 90's." The book in question was Crash, Ballard's controversial exploration of symphorophilia. "She" was a matronly assistant manager at Borders Books, where I was grinding it out as a bookseller. You see where this is going?

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Dennis's picture Posted by Dennis

Donald Ray Pollock

Gothic Hillbilly Noir?
Brien Piech
Donald Ray Pollock

On the morning of Chuck’s Snuff tour stop in Minneapolis I had awoken short the sight in one eye. Never one to miss a Chuck reading, with a prepaid ticket and voucher for a signed copy in hand, and being an old hand at injuries from my many years as an idiot, I went ahead and kicked-started the old Triumph Bonneville, like an idiot, and rode to the reading James Joyce style.

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Posted by Dennis

Fan Artwork: Fight Club, Snuff & Pygmy Dust Jackets

Over the years we've received some great Chuck Palahniuk inspired artwork from fans. Banners, portraits, and of course book covers.  But it's the fans that go the extra mile and actually design the entire dust jacket of their favorite Palahniuk book, that light me up.  Here are three by Ben Perry, as well as an explanation from the designer below.

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Grace Krilanovich

Giving Birth To Creeps
Joshua Chaplinsky
Grace Krilanovich

The process of bringing The Orange Eats Creeps into this world was not an easy one for first-time author Grace Krilanovich. Conceived as part of a dare, the novel slowly took shape during a protracted gestation period of writing and revision. But that was only the beginning. Once fully formed, there was the matter of coaxing the reluctant manuscript from the publishing womb. It was only after a particularly difficult labor that the experimental bundle of joy finally arrived in September of 2010.

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Posted by Dennis

St. Helen's Book Shop Promotion - Signed & Inscribed Copies of 'The Chronology of Water'

Lately, you might have noticed that The Cult has 'Lidia Yuknavitch fever.'  This started as a warm recommendation from Chuck for her stirring and brutal memoir The Chronology of Water.

I've read Ms. Yuknavitch's book The Chronology of Water, cover to cover, a dozen times. I am still reading it. And I will, most likely, return to it for inspiration and ideas, and out of sheer admiration, for the rest of my life. The book is extraordinary. -- Chuck Palahniuk.

We then decided it was time we interview Lidia and we're even pursuing her to possibly host a Workshop for us.

Now St. Helen's Book Shop is doing another one of their wonderful signing promotions.  Lidia will be in there store on June 21st to personally insrcibe and sign all custom orders that St. Helen's receives.  But you have to get your order and inscription in by June 17th.   So hurry and check out this link for details:

Order 'The Chronology of Water,' Signed & Inscribed

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Polish Book Cover: Pygmy

Poland continues to shine with some of the most original and interesting covers for Chuck's books.  This time, we actually had the nice people who publish these editions contact us. Apparently they saw my previous post, highlighting their designs, and wanted to inform us of this latest release for Pygmy.

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