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Andrew Vachss

A Conversation with Andrew Vachss
Rob W. Hart
Andrew Vachss

Andrew Vachss is not a writer in the traditional sense.

He doesn't do it to win awards, even though he's gotten plenty. He doesn't do it for the thrill of seeing his name in print, even though you could fill a whole bookshelf with his work. He's not plumbing the depths of his soul to wrestle with personal demons.

The demons he's wrestling with are very real.

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Kevin Tong's 'Rant' Posters Now Available!

For all you patient kiddies, today is the day you can order your own 'Rant' poster, designed by Kevin Tong.  This is the image used on the shirt Kevin also designed us, and really, it's a work of art.  This is getting framed and going on my wall.   Check out the above video of Kevin designing the image for the Tshirt and poster. 

These posters are limited edition.  Only 200 have been printed.  Once they're gone... they're gone.  They cost $30 and you can order them here.

Poster specs: It’s a 18 X 24 inch, four color, screen printed poster on 80 lb. Wausau Astrobright Cover Paper in an edition of 200, signed and numbered

Kevin Tong previously created posters for two other Tshirts he designed us:  Fight Club and Invisible Monsters.  The guy is really a genius.  If you live anywhere in the California area, you have to visit one of his shows to see his other prints.

Here is where he'll be next:

Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles
December 11-12, 2010
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The first ever Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in Los Angeles. With over 250 of today’s finest indie-craft talents setting up shop for holiday shoppers. Admission is free.

Renegrade Craft Fair San Francisco
December 18-19, 2010
Concourse Exhibition Center- East Hall
620 7th St, San Francisco, CA
Check out over 200 of the nation’s finest indie-craft talents for your last minute holiday shopping needs. Don’t miss this incredible craft, art, design and DIY event! Admission is free.

The posters are $30. 

Order Here!

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St. Helen's Books Promotion - Chuck Palahniuk Foreign Language Books!

'Fight Club ' UK'Diary' Italy'Invisible Monsters' Italy

Our favorite affiliates and friends, St. Helens Book Shop are having a very awesome and unique promotion.  They have recently acquired a number of foreign language books, signed by Chuck, and they are now offering them up for sale!  They are new/unread books, but have been sitting in storage at his place for several years, so they are not in pristine condition.

The books have been graded them into 4 price categories of $5 (sold out), $10, $15, and $20, based on quality and condition, and they are grouped by language within the price category.They  have cover images for many of them, but not all, so if you have any questions about the details of a particular book, feel free to email their Orders Manager at order at sthelensbookshop dot com.

So what are you waiting for?  Get over to St. Helens today!  The cut-off for Holiday orders is 12/8!

Order here!

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'Freedom' by Jonathan Franzen
Stephen Graham Jones
Back in the High Life Again

 [P]eople ultimately only want to read about themselves. I’m taking this out of context from Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, but not injudiciously, I don’t think. I read it as his thesis statement, not just for this novel, but for his whole project with fiction. People want to read about themselves. If you accept that, and want to be read, then what you write about, in a way that makes them feel not just real, but hyper-real, are normal, everyday people. You just do that American Beauty thing with them, and ‘look closer.'

Freedom looks very, very close.

But first, as for why I’m reading Freedom slightly after it hit instead of right when it did, that’s just my own ridiculous prejudices. Give me a choice, and I’ll go horror, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, police procedural, western, noir, anything but the ‘literary’ shelves, please. If it’s got a superstructure, a prebuilt scaffolding, a set of conventions to adhere to or stray from, then I’m there. Or, to say it different: I resisted The Corrections for a good year, maybe more, just assumed it was another oversubtle White Teeth clone, but without White Teeth’s, I don’t know, rollickingness. But I did finally buy one at a garage sale in Little Rock for a dollar, with the idea that maybe a nuclear winter was going to hit sometime soon and I was going to regret not having bought up all the doorstop books I’d ever tripped over.

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Anne Rice

An Interview With The Former Atheist, Former Christian, and Former Queen Of The Damned
Joshua Chaplinsky
Anne Rice

Anne O'brien Rice has a bit of a history here at The Cult. Since lost in the great Drupal transfer of the aughts, the incident in question exists solely as hearsay and conjecture, bandied about the hallowed halls of the forum like some sort of literary urban legend. As the story goes, Ms. Rice didn't take too kindly to comments made about her work by some keyboard critic and decided to open up a can of whup ass. Since there is no record of the event, it begs the question- if a bestselling author raises a stink and nothing exists to prove it, did it ever actually happen?

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Brandon Tietz

Pete Goutis
Brandon Tietz

Brandon Tietz lives in downtown Kansas City, MO – the heart of the social scene.  He’s been writing for eight years, always knowing that he can make his dream into a reality. 

Last year, he joined the writer’s workshop at The Cult to help him with his goals.  He has three stories up for the running to make it into Chuck Palahniuk’s anthology project.  Through his hard work he got noticed.  When they needed a moderator to help, he was the first choice.

He knows he’s still got a ways to go:

How’s the interview coming?”

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New Chuck Palahniuk Short Story "Knock-Knock In The December Issue Of Playboy

Chuck Palahniuk's short story 'Knock-Knock' in the December 2010 issue of Playboy!Chuck Palahniuk's hilarious short story Knock-Knock, is featured in the December issue of Playboy.  So... yep, fellas. you now have an excuse for your woman to go buy Playboy.  If you didn't get a chance to see Chuck on his Tell-All tour, then you missed out on this story.  Chuck read it live at each event.  And you know how Guts has a few of those moments that just kill?  Well, Knock-Knock has one payoff in particular, that brought down the house.

I'll see about getting permission to post the actual short story here on the site, but that probably won't be until the magazine is long off newstands.  For now, you'll just have to be good little perverts and go pick it up in person. 

Or, just order it from their website here.

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Vince Gilligan

The Voice in Walter White's Head: An interview with Breaking Bad's creator Vince Gilligan
Kasey Carpenter
Vince Gilligan

The show that brought us the beat-down high school chemistry teacher who decides to try his hand at the meth game turns out to be a cautionary tale of the pitfalls of pride, vanity, and the old axiom that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Mix in some south-of-the-border cartel/mafia, a hilarious attorney delivered to us via Bob Odenkirk (MR.

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In The Mean Time

"In The Mean Time" by Paul Tremblay
Joshua Chaplinsky
A subtle collection of speculative fiction that treats the end of the world like an eerie version of the movie "Groundhog Day."

Further proof that less is sometimes more, Paul Tremblay returns with a collection of shorts that excite the imagination with their potential. Not potential as in underdeveloped ability, because Tremblay has already proven himself an accomplished craftsman, but potential as in the expressing of possibility. Unfettered by the constraints of the novel, Tremblay is free to explore the mystery of vague ideas without rendering the work unfulfilling. The spaces between the words, where these stories live and breathe, represent the author at his most interesting, ensuring that In The Mean Time will resonate long after the last page has been read.