I've been reading comic books on and off since I was 15. Out of all of the books I've read, Irish writer Garth Ennis' Preacher has always been at the top. It's violent and offensive and completely subversive. On top of all that, it's a classic in modern storytelling.
But Garth Ennis is much more than Preacher. He's been an active and prolific creator for over 20 years, staying away from the mainstream with his decidedly adult works until his recent work on Marvel Comics' The Punisher, upon which both recent movies were based.
History repeats the old conceits, whether you are a twenty-one year old college student publishing his first novel, or the disaffected rich kids he writes about. Twenty-five years after the publication of Less Than Zero, after the controversy of American Psycho and the inevitable backlash, after the genre experimentation of Lunar Park, Brett Easton Ellis comes full circle, revisiting the lives of the characters that made him famous in the first place.
UPDATE: Promo is now over. Doubleday is not receiving any more emails. Winners will be notified soon.
I recently caught Chris Cleave in Dallas as he wrapped up a 35 day tour across the US promoting his second novel, Little Bee, now being released in paperback. Little Bee is a New York Times Bestseller, shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Novel Award, nominated for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, long-listed for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
We scheduled an hour, and wound up chatting for about four. We talked about Little Bee, the fear of screen adaptations (of his first book, Incendiary and the upcoming adaptation of Little Bee), rewriting Star Wars, what literature needs to learn from the music industry, and why being asked if you want the keys to the minibar at check-in is such a loaded question. These are the highlights, culled from the audio:
Brad Watson writes the type of stories I should have appreciated more in high school. Tales of the darkness percolating beneath the seemingly innocuous surface of domestic life. Back then I dismissed these type of stories as too similar to everyday existence, but that is exactly the reason they resonate so deeply with me today. They perfectly convey the feeling of being out of phase, or as one of Watson's characters describes it, "...the inexplicable everyday, the oddness of being, the senseless belonging to this and not that."
Some new and exciting details about Chuck's May 6th New York City event for The Strand at the Cooper Union 's Great Hall have just emerged!
Broadway and television actress Julie Halston (Hairspray, Gypsy, The Man Who Came to Dinner; Sex & the City) will perform selections from TELL-ALL as Hazie Coogan and Katherine Kenton.
Each ticket holder will also receive a limited edition, custom-designed TELL-ALL “movie” poster.
Thursday, May 6 2010
6:00PM - 7:30PM
This is Chuck Palahniuk's first & only NYC appearance for his latest novel, Tell-All.
Tickets are $30. Ticket includes a signed copy of Tell-All. The event is located at The Great Hall at Cooper Union at 7 East 7th Street on Third Avenue.
Hurry! Only the first 100 fans who purchase a ticket are invited to meet the author & get their books inscribed. Those 100 VIPs will receive an email from the Strand, confirming their VIP status.
For more information and to purchase a ticket, visit:
Can’t make the event but still want a signed book? Click here to pre-order a signed copy of Tell-All and other titles by Chuck Palahniuk.
Well, you requested it and we listened. Our popular Fight Club Tshirts, designed by Kevin Tong, are now available in PINK. In our original run we had the Mens available in Cornflower Blue and Tan, but the Women's were just available in the Cornflower Blue. And we got so many emails requesting a pink shirt, that we finally just put in an order for them.
*The shirts are only available in Pink for the ladies. Sorry, guys. :)
To help us model this new shirt, badass glamour and fetish model Masuimi Max returns to The Cult with a stunning new gallery. You may remember that Masuimi also modeled the shirt in blue for us. Well, this time she went and did an entire photoshoot with the shirt, with her husband and photographer, Morat, behind the lens.
You can also see some pics of our own models (photographed by me... thank you very much!) below as well.
If you have any questions about the shirts, please contact us at tshirts @ chuckpalahniuk.net.
It's less than a month before Chuck's new novel Tell-All hits stores and he embarks on his North American tour. But with as busy as he is leading up to all this, he still found time in his schedule to read and review the September 2009 finalists. As you know, this amazing experience in our Writer's Workshop began in February 2009 and closed at the end of January 2010. During that time, writers had the opportunity to have their work seen by Chuck, as well as receive invaluable feedback and review. It is Chuck's goal at the end of this process to pick the best stories from that time and have them published in a first ever Anthology. (Details here) Chuck's name will go on the anthology as editor, he'll write the forward, and he's even spending his own personal time researching publishers for it right now.
This is an unprecedented opportunity for writers, ladies and gentleman. The likes I've never seen matched by another author of Chuck's caliber and success. And it's just the first! That's right, you can expect more of these anthologies in the future, once we finish the first cycle of stories for Anthology 1.
For today, let us celebrate the below 6 stories. I had the opportunity to read them and let me just say that I think this was one of the strongest batch of finalists we've had yet. So get ready to not just read Chuck's feedback and insights, but also some great writing.
If you have a story you'd like peer feedback on, or a novel you're working on that needs some fresh eyes, or you're just an amateur writer looking for a road that may lead to publication, look no further.