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Video: Chuck Palahniuk On Ira Levin

As most of you diehards out there should know by now, Chuck is a big fan of Ira Levin. Haven't heard of him?  Well shame on you.  The man wrote some of the classic horror novels of the 1970's. Rosemary's Baby, The Boys From Brazil and The Stepford Wives, to name a few.  And don't forget that Diary was directly influenced by Levin, to the point that he even provided a blurb for the book.

"Just for the record, Diary is as hypnotic as a poised cobra. Chuck Palahniuk demonstrates that the most chilling special effects come not from Industrial Light and Magic but from the words of a gifted writer." - Ira Levin

And in Stranger Than Fiction, Chuck called Levin's writing "a smart, updated version of the kind of folksy legends that cultures have always used."  So yeah, the two men seem to have admired each other.  In the above video, both Chuck and fellow Portland writer Chelsea Cain (Heartsick) wax nostalgia and influence from Levin's legacy.

'Rosemary's Baby' by Ira Levin 'The Stepford Wives' by Ira Levin 'The Boys From Brazil' by Ira Levin 'A Kiss Before Dying' by Ira Levin

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FORECAST by Shya Scanlon
Richard Thomas
In the future, your misery powers the world in this love story, road trip gone noir.

It was as if I were both the fever-dreamer and the dream itself.

If you were paying attention in 2009 you may have seen the birthing of Forecast across the internet, from July to December, in forty-two installments. Billed as the Forecast 42 Project, this story is set in the year 2212, and is the bastard love-child of Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, weaving elements of noir and science fiction into a humorous, touching love story, a narrative on what it means to see and be seen, to exist and yet be nothing more than a cog. Following this story across such esteemed online journals as Juked, Flatmancrooked, Keyhole, Redivider, Opium, Electric Literature, PANK, Word Riot, 3:AM Magazine, and Puerto Del Sol, it was a serial story that ended up landing Shya Scanlon a book deal at Flatmancrooked Publishing, giving hopes to many authors that the ways we publish, and get discovered, aren’t static and predictable.

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Fan Artwork: 'Survivor' Book Cover

'Survivor' fan designed cover by Ryan Harris

Check out this cool book cover design for Survivor, one of Chuck's most beloved earlier titles.  It was designed by Ryan Harris.  

'Survivor' book cover by James Harris

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A Game of Thrones

"A Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin
Joshua Chaplinsky
Someone call the CDC, because Game of Thrones fever has spread to The Cult!

George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy novel was first published 15 years ago, but between the HBO series and A Dance With Dragons due in July, awareness is at an all-time high. Copies of the book have been flying off the shelves on leathery wings and magically appearing in eReaders everywhere. Cries of "For Winterfell!" have been heard reverberating across subway platforms and mall parking lots. Portly gentleman with chin-beards walk the streets with confidence. It is a glorious time to be a geek.

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Slut Lullabies

'Slut Lullabies' by Gina Frangello
Richard Thomas
Daring short fiction that finds beauty in the gaps between longing and abuse.

Gina Frangello is a dangerous writer. In Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press) she shares a collection of short stories that at first glance are light, humorous, and naughty. But upon deeper study she is the kind of storyteller that sidles up to you all white teeth and crimson lipstick, musky perfume and sparkling eyes, while she slips the blade of her knife between your ribs. This is a haunting compilation of work, gut wrenching, and yet funny, pulling you in with its laughter and sex appeal, and when you’re hunched over in the fetal position trying not to wet your pants as tears run down your face, the realization of what really happened washes over you, and it breaks your heart, shatters it, and stomps the pieces into dust. But with a title like Slut Lullabies could you expect anything less?

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Last Chance for Art of the Short Story Intensive Class

Last Chance for Art of the Short Story Intensive Class

Last Chance for Art of the Short Story Intensive Class at

Update:  This class is full.  Congratulations to everyone who acted early to secure a spot.  Prepare to grab your gear and strap in.

Art of the Short Story  - beginning April 18th - is a highly specialized intensive six-week class with six mind-blasting units designed to impart vital craft knowledge in record time.  These units work together synergistically to take any serious writer to a new level of story crafting proficiency.  The teaching material has been synthesized through years of study and through the accumulated wisdom of several amazing mentors.  But I've boiled down all of my best lessons into the core competency areas for compelling short ficiton.  Each piece is essential and interconnects. You get all of the high protein fuel and none of the filler.        

The magic doesn't happen automatically, of course.  You shouldn't jump in if you're not good about finishing things or you've got almost 9,000 responsibilities this spring and your regard for this opportunity will place class participation at 8,999 on your priority list, right after "catch up on favorite TV shows."  But if you understand that nothing good will come your way without hard work, then I invite you to join the remaining few who will get this chance.  Your dedication means more to your success than your track record or where you currently rank yourself as a writer.

I won't be teaching Art of the Short Story again in the summer.  I won't be teaching it in the fall.  And there's a very good chance it won't be offerred here again.  That's largely because of a new professional role that will be full-time for me starting mid-summer, a role that probably won't allow the dedicated time necessary.  So, if you want to get the best of what I've learned through twenty years as an adult student of story craft, the latest seven burning it up right here as Workshop Administrator and Master Class Facilitator for, then please keep reading and click that registration link today.  Also, pass this along to a friend.

-Mark Vanderpool        

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Chuck's Final Set of Reviews for Anthology Volume 1 Nominees

Chuck's Final Set of Reviews for Anthology Volume 1 Nominees

We've made it!  Chuck's last round of feedback on an entire year of top selections.  Below, you'll find the last set of semi-finalists for Anthology Volume 1.  Congratulations to all included!  In the weeks ahead, we'll find out which stories make the final cut for our print anthology.

For the protection of the work, the stories below are made available to Workshop Members only. If you're a member, you may click inside and read these at your leisure. You'll find loads of great lessons on the writer's craft within. So read on.

The last set of semi-finalists include:

Tiger, Tiger - B.H. Ebert

Carousels - Austin James

Engines, O-Rings, and Astronauts - Jason M. Fylan

Little Toy Soldiers - Dan Lobo

Phantom Pain - Tony Liebhard

Revenge - Davey Watts

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