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Craig Clevenger Returns for the last Shotgun Workshop Intensive for 2009!

Attention writers!  Lock and load, because it's time to prowl the wasteland of procrastination and start collecting scalps.  Translation:  It's time to get serious about your writing.  Here at The Cult, we do not rest until we're sure that every writer with potential that is reading this has taken that fateful plunge into improving their craft.  We're relentless in this endeavor; to make you all better writers a

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James Ellroy

You're digging it, right?
Stephen Conley
James Ellroy

James Ellroy has written a new book. After eight long years and a short story collection or two, Mr. Ellroy has finished his Underworld USA Trilogy with Blood's a Rover, a wild and unpredictable ride through the end of the 1960's and the end of our country's innocence for good.

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Blood's A Rover

"Blood's A Rover" by James Ellroy
Joshua Chaplinsky
Here it is, in all its mellifluous and macho-maimed magnificence. Grok its groin-grabbing gravity.

The above quote comes directly from the back cover of the ARC. I figured I’d get the hyperbole out of the way, and who better to sell this gargantua than the Demon Dog himself? The man is his own best critic, and as a reader, I tend to agree with him.

Posted by Dennis

Writers' Workshop Anthology: June Nominations & Finalists Announced

Chuck Palahniuk reads and reviews the June Writers' Workshop finalists!Greetings, everyone!  As of yesterday, six more original short stories have been sent off to Chuck to be read, reviewed and feed-backed.  This is an unprecedented opportunity for up and coming amateur writers.  Not only do we offer a groundbreaking online Writers' Workshop for you to troubleshoot your material and get honest and helpful feedback from your peers... but we are currently selecting the best stories each month and sending them off to Chuck!

In 2009 our  Writers' Workshop received a massive make-over.  Chuck is now directly involved with his readers, helping them improve their writing craft.  Each month, after a thorough screening process, we send Chuck 6 fan-written stories which he then reads, reviews, and provides vital feedback on.  It is Chuck's goal to pick the best stories at the end of the year and include them in an Anthology, which he will not only include his name on and write the Introduction for, but also help attach a publisher to.  (in fact, Chuck has hinted that he may already have one lined up!)

So saddle up, folks.  It's time to get serious about your writing!

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The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder

"The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder"
Tina Estlin Page
In that place where self-analysis, stimulants, and murder meet: psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?

"It is often easier to confess to a capital crime, so long as its sentences sing and its features rhyme, than to admit you like to fondle-off into a bottle." William H. Gass

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"Stitches" by David Small
Joshua Chaplinsky
A graphic memoir about childhood horrors from the award winning children's author, David Small.

This was suggested by the publisher in a batch recommendation of books that might appeal to readers of The Cult. Since I’m not much of a comic book guy anymore (I collected back when I was a preteen) and I don’t read children’s books, I’d never heard of David Small. Apparently he is a prize-winning author and illustrator. My childhood seems to predate his popularity, so I’m considering myself excused. To be honest, I was lured by the promise of a quick, easy read, and the ever-expanding size of my to read list intimidated me into taking this one on.

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"Indignation" by Philip Roth
Phil Jourdan
An unexpected novel from a man obsessed with aging.

Philip Roth has been obsessed with the process of aging for years. In The Anatomy Lesson, his protagonist develops mysterious ailments of no known origin and of crippling intensity.

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Rudy Wurlitzer

"The Novel of Bullshit is dead."
Rob Hart
Rudy Wurlitzer interview on

"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. 

Posted by Dennis

Big Sale On All Our Store Items!

All Store Items - Now On Sale!

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.

Buy The DVD Here!

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.

Buy T-Shirts Here!

Items will begin shipping as early as tomorrow.  If you have any questions about shipping, sizing, etc, you can either post them here or contact us at