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'Damned' Gets A Release Date On!

Chuck Palahniuk, photographed by Chris Chapman

Chuck's next novel, Damned, will be released by Random House on September 6, 2011!  The release date just popped up on Amazon last week.  There is no pre-order or cover art yet, but you can keep an eye on things at this link.  For those of you who don't know anything yet about this upcoming novel, here's a quick summary from Chuck that he gave during a recent interview with Suicide Girls:

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.

Posted by Dennis

Toy Story Vs. Fight Club

This one is new for me.  Yet another trailer mash-up of movies.  This one between Toy Story and Fight Club.  Pretty good.

Props to Kasey Carpenter for letting us know about it.

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John Belushi Is Dead

"John Belushi is Dead" by Kathy Charles
Joshua Chaplinsky
Throw on some My Chemical Romance and grab those razor blades- it's time to get dark!

I think I just accidentally read a YA novel and I'm a little pissed about it.

Granted, there were no inter-Universal Monster romances, but I should have seen the signs- the atypical mass market meets trade product dimensions, the MTV Books imprint, the cover blurb from Stephanie Kuehnert (although to be fair, I had no idea who she was until I looked it up)- so I've got no one to blame but myself.

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Generate Two Ready-for-Publication Short Stories in Six Weeks - SOLD OUT!

'Art of the Story': A Six Week Workshop Intensive hosted by Mark Vanderpool

All-New Class Launch at

A recent survey of previous cult master class students revealed key areas of craft our students would like to tackle in an upcoming intensive class. In particular, conflict and dramatic arc drew a lot of votes. Next to that, survey respondents chose poetic elements in prose--the music of everyday language--as a preferred area of focus. A fair number also requested a class that would focus on finishing or resurrecting a previously unfinished story and shaping it into a final product, ready for print.

Art of the Short Story is a newly developed intensive six-week class that takes on all of these challenges and more. Students will be asked to register early and to submit an unfinished story prior to the start date. As many as six of these unfinished stories will be minutely critiqued prior to our first day, and those critiques will serve as cornerstone content for the class. Every student in the class will be challenged to shape his or her point-of-registration submission into a finished story during the class. Every student will be challenged to develop a second story, as well, from first seeds of inspiration to finished product.

Posted by Dennis

'Rant' TShirts Are Now Shipping!

'Rant' Tshirts, designed by Kevin Tong

Late last year we decided it was high time to begin thinking about our next Tshirt.  So rather than just arbitrarily picking a book of Chuck's that hadn't been featured yet, we decided to turn the mic over to you, the fans.  And so we set up a poll via Twitter and allowed people to vote on which book they'd like to see a Tshirt designed for next.  And lucky for me (because it's my favorite Palahniuk book!)


won!  So you asked for it, you got it!

Order Your Rant Shirt!

Order Your Rant Shirt!

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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?