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Chris Cleave

The Architect of the Trojan Horse that is Little Bee
Kasey Carpenter
Chris Cleave

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:

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Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

"Aliens in the Prime of their Lives" by Brad Watson
Joshua Chaplinsky
A capricious little monkey, capable of slinging feces at a moment's notice

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."

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New & Exciting Details On Chuck's NYC "Tell-All" Event!

"Tell-All" by Chuck PalahniukSome 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.

The details of the event are:

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: app/www/p/booklist/?listid= strand event

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.

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'Fight Club' Shirts Now Available In Pink!

'Fight Club shirts, now available in Pink!

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.  :)

Order Your 'Fight Club' Shirt In Pink

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.

Masuimi Max models our pink 'Fight Club' shirt Masuimi Max models our pink 'Fight Club' shirt Masuimi Max models our pink 'Fight Club' shirt

Check out Masuimi Max's photoshoot here!

Check more of Masuimi's pics at her official site  Her talented husband and photography, Morat, has his own site you should check out at

You can also see some pics of our own models (photographed by me... thank you very much!) below as well.

Our new pink 'Fight Club' shirt! Our new pink 'Fight Club' shirt! Our new pink 'Fight Club' shirt!

See More Pics Of The Shirts Here!

If you have any questions about the shirts, please contact us at tshirts @

Order Your 'Fight Club' Shirt In Pink

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Chuck Reviews The September Writer's Workshop Finalists

Chuck Palahniuk reviews the September 09 Writers Workshop finalists!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.

Join Our Writer's Workshop

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'Survivor' iPhone Audiobook App Winners

Today we select the first 5 winners in the Survivor iPhone Audiobook App giveaway.  We want to thank Blackstone Audio for sponsoring this promo.  They were nice enough to donate 10 redemption codes that let people download the app from iTunes for free. If you haven't yet checked them out, you should head over to their site and see just how well made this app is.

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Cameron MacLaren, Producer Behind 'Invisible Monsters' Adaptation

And the option goes to...
Dennis Widmyer
Cameron MacLaren

I believe it started in 2001, when a young filmmaker named Jesse Peyronel optioned what many of Chuck's die-hard fans would call his boldest and best book: Invisible Monsters.  Movie media quickly picked up on the option and it seemed like things were on the fast track for entering some sort of production phase. Turning over a scripted draft that both Chuck and his agent, Edward Hibbert, were very pleased with, Jesse very quickly got to work trying to find funding for the film via Miramax Films. Parker Posey was tentatively on board to play Shannon and things were moving along. Then the inevitable drop in news happened, signaling the echoing cry of what is so accurately called "movie purgatory".

In 2002, Jesse resurfaced on our radar again.  He had renewed his option on the script to give funding another go. But again, nothing seemed to come of it and the closest story we had to go off for any production future for Monsters was a UK based company that was interested in doing an animated featured of the film.

Then, word around the campfire was that the film was on the move again with Jessica Biel being touted for the female lead and such names as Val Kilmer and Bill Crudup being mentioned for male leading and supporting roles.

That was about four years ago. 

During that time actor turned filmmaker, Clark Gregg, managed to write and direct Choke.  And even with the cache of having names like Sam Rockwell and Angelica Huston on board, the film took Greg over four years to gain funding for.  In the end, it had a very meager budget of about 2.5 million and didn't succeed well at the box office.

Even though Fight Club had become a cult phenomena, news on many of Chuck's other adaptations was growing precarious.  And buzz on Invisible Monsters possibly gracing the big screen was scarce.  Until now.

Film Makers
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Nazi Literature in the Americas

'Nazi Literature in the Americas' by Roberto Bolano
Phil Jourdan
A strange look at the literary Far Right.

Roberto Bolano has been dead seven years. After his two "big novels", The Savage Detectives and 2666, were translated into English, Bolano quickly became a literary fascination in America and the UK. The curious thing is that now that Bolano is a star, the difficulty in separating facts about his life from his fiction is once again growing blurred. For a while it was accepted that his death was linked to his old heroin addiction; that rumor was, supposedly, dispelled. Then people focused on his early years spent "on the streets", his life as a vagabond.

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'Pygmy' in Paperback April 20! Huge Sale and lots of Free Stuff!

THIS PROMOTION IS OVER! We're all OUT of PYGMY shirts and prizes! 

2009 'Pygmy' Tour Tshirts by 2009 'Pygmy' Tour Tshirts by

Pygmy is being released in paperback on April 20th and to celebrate we are having a huge sale on our Pygmy Tour Thirts!  But wait, it gets better: We have tons of random gifts to add to any store order (Yes, Premium Memberships included).  Here's what we're offering:

Signed copies of Chuck Palahniuk's books, provided by St. Helen's
Book Shop!

  • Signed copies of Chuck's books in hardcover and paperback graciously donated by St Helen's Bookshop!
  • Loads of vintage Stranger Than Fiction 'Von Chuck' hats!

'von Chuck' hats from 'Stranger From Fiction' promotion.  Very rare!

  • Full sheets of Pygmy stickers (with EVERY order, while supplies last) - 16 stickers per sheet!
  • Vintage Choke Promotional Postcards!

'Choke' postcard

  • Plus, a free Pygmy Tour shirt with any other T-shirt order (The same size as ordered shirt unless otherwise requested in comments box..while supplies last!) *Note: We have just sold out of Men's Large and Medium in the Pygmy shirts.

And other random prizes, not listed here for a surprize factor! :)