I'm not sure what took me so long to post something about this. People have been discussing it on our message board, and it's popping up all over our Twitter page. In the new 3D horror movie The Final Destination, there is a scene where one of the characters gets his ass stuck to a pool drain. Obviously, this is very reminiscent of the infamous story Chuck Palahniuk wrote for his 2005 short story novel Haunted, entitled Guts.
Now, I have not yet seen The Final Destination, but I seriously want to. I have friends who have checked it out that say it's goofy yes, but thoroughly entertaining and delivers on all its 3D gags. Yet, even though I haven't seen it, you may be surprised to hear that I actually worked on it in some capacity -- if you count doing a 4 month internship for the production company that produced it, manning the desk and screwing up phone banking, then yes... I guess I worked on it. Lol.
During that time, I read the script through a few drafts and incarnations. So unless they changed something last minute... I know how this scene turns out... and it might surprise you. But I won't say anymore, as I don't want to give any SPOILERS. read more »
"The Novel of Bullshit is dead."Interview by Rob Hart
"The Novel of Bullshit is dead."
Those were the words of praise Thomas Pynchon heaped on Rudy Wurlitzer's debut novel, Nog, published in 1969.
As if that wasn't enough of an endorsement, a few weeks ago I got a copy in the mail. After scanning the back, I had to read the synopsis out loud to my girlfriend: Nog tells the tale of a man adrift in the American West, armed with nothing more than his own three pencil-thin memories and an octopus in a bathysphere.
I can't remember the last time I've read a synopsis that good, so beautiful in its simplicity.
The book didn't disappoint. Wurlitzer's prose meanders wildly but remains imminently readable. It’s a fascinating narrative that challenges your preconceived ideas on how a story can be built.
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That's such a funny sounding news update for our site. I felt like Crazy Eddie typing it. But well, it's true. We're moving some great items here and this sale will continue while supplies last.
Postcards From The Future: The Chuck Palahniuk Documentary (DVD) was originally $25.
.... it's now only $15.
All Tshirts in our Store are now marked at $12, with the exception of Snuff and Pygmy tour shirts which are now marked down to $10.
As we approach the midway point of nominating stories from our Writers Workshop for possible inclusion to the Anthology, momentum and excitement builds. But along with this comes more questions from students. To date, we have plowed through 5 months of story selections to go before Chuck, which he then reads, reviews and provides incredibly helpful feedback on. Currently, we are screening stories from June, which will go before Chuck soon.
The mission here is for Chuck to get through a full year's worth of the best Workshop submissions and then choose the best ones for inclusion into an Anthology he will be helping to publish, hopefully for 2010.
Today, Chuck took some time out of his very busy schedule to answer some of the more pressing questions you have all had for him. He also lends some words of encouragement, with regards to marketing this book, what will sell best, and what sort of impact we can make for the future and going forward with more Anthologies from this site each year. All in all, this is very exciting stuff. Check out Chuck's letter beyond the break! read more »
A small town tale of infidelity, blackmail, and skinning people alive. For fans of Twin Peaks and His Girl Friday.
I did it. I popped my Lansdale cherry. I know a people or three that love them some Lansdale, but I had never experienced the man for myself. Unless you count the film Bubba Ho-Tep, which was based on his short story, but that was more like letting Lansdale feel me up in the back of a car. There was also that stage production of By Bizarre Hands, which I saw in a small Long Island playhouse with the man himself in attendance, but I’d consider that third base at the most. Other than that, I swear, I’ve never done this before. This is my first time. read more »
Bram Stoker meets Ingmar Bergman in this coming of age tale about the (undead) girl next door.
Let the right one slip in
And when at last it does
I'd say you were within your rights to bite
The right one and say, "what kept you so long?"
I don’t know if Morrissey had vampires in mind when he wrote the lyrics to Let The Right One Slip In, but they certainly conjure up images of pale skin and blood stained teeth. Especially after reading the debut novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. For a legion of Morrissey fans, Let The Right One In will always be the book that took its title from the song, but for those who discovered the book first, their meanings will be forever intertwined. read more »
Quentino Tarantino, whose new film "Inglorious Basterds" hits theatres on August 21st, has just compiled a six minute video for Sky Films in which he lists his Favorite 20 Films of the past 17 years. Why 17 years? Because 1992 is when Tarantino began directing and these are the films he admires most since then.
I tend not to post about 'Fight Club' movie screenings much anymore. They happen so frequently, in every state, that it just doesn't seem that important to stay on top of. But this screening in particular, is pretty cool. 'Fight Club' will be shown at the Hollywood Outdoor Cinema on August 21st, at 7:30pm. Here are some of the events that will go with it:
- Come in your PJs for Pillow Fight Club!
- The First Rule of Fight Club is XBOX Giveaway!
- Craft Night for Tough Guys!
- Movie Lovers Support Groups!
- Mobile Restaurant Row!
- Fight Club Photo Booth
- DJ Mix by megamonomnke
So if you live anywhere in the Los Angeles area, or don't mind traveling, this sounds like it could be a pretty awesome night at the movies.
Here is the website with all the details: http://hollywoodoutdoorcinema.com/2009/06/legally-blonde/
(not sure about that URL, but it works) read more »
A history of the mother of all dirty words.
A short conversation between my girlfriend and I concerning The Compleat Motherfucker-
Me: I thought complete was spelled l-e-t-e.
GF: It is.
Me: So what’s this word?
Me: That’s not a real word.
GF: Sure it is.
Me: Then what the hell does it mean?
GF: (Checking iPhone) Kom-plee-ot. Having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire.
Me: That’s the definition of complete.
GF: (Smiling) I know.
Me: You motherfucker. read more »
Weathering The StormInterview by Dennis Widmyer
Author. Surfer. Skier. Survivor. Norman Ollestad has done quite a lot in his life already. On February 19, 1979, he was 11-years-old, traveling from Santa Monica airport into Big Bear to retrieve a skiing trophy he had won the day before. Along for the ride were his father, his father's girlfriend, Sandra, and the pilot of the small, chartered Cessna.
About fifteen minutes into the flight, they were caught up in a blizzard and the plane crashed into Ontario Peak mountain and Norman's father and the pilot were instantly killed. Norman and Sandra survived, but she had a broken arm and a severe head injury. Cut off from radar, and in the middle of a near white-out, little Norman had to lead them down to safety with Sandra, sometimes, literally on his back. The dangerous trek down the steep mountain lasted 9 hours, and when it was over, Sandra too, was dead. Frostbitten and barely able to walk, Norman was the only survivor of the tragedy. read more »