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Video: Chuck Palahniuk On Ira Levin

As most of you diehards out there should know by now, Chuck is a big fan of Ira Levin. Haven't heard of him?  Well shame on you.  The man wrote some of the classic horror novels of the 1970's. Rosemary's Baby, The Boys From Brazil and The Stepford Wives, to name a few.  And don't forget that Diary was directly influenced by Levin, to the point that he even provided a blurb for the book.

"Just for the record, Diary is as hypnotic as a poised cobra. Chuck Palahniuk demonstrates that the most chilling special effects come not from Industrial Light and Magic but from the words of a gifted writer." - Ira Levin

And in Stranger Than Fiction, Chuck called Levin's writing "a smart, updated version of the kind of folksy legends that cultures have always used."  So yeah, the two men seem to have admired each other.  In the above video, both Chuck and fellow Portland writer Chelsea Cain (Heartsick) wax nostalgia and influence from Levin's legacy.

'Rosemary's Baby' by Ira Levin 'The Stepford Wives' by Ira Levin 'The Boys From Brazil' by Ira Levin 'A Kiss Before Dying' by Ira Levin

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Unfortunately, Levin died from a heart attack in 2007 at the age of 78, but his work will live on forever.  And now new editions of some of some of his classic titles have been re-issused with introductions from both Chuck and Chelsea Cain.  The four titles that have been re-issued are Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives, The Boys From Brazil and A Kiss Before Dying. Chuck wrote the intros for the first two, with fellow Portland writer Chelsea Cain handling Brazil and Dying.  

Please note that these issues are unfortauntely only available in the UK.  So by clicking the links above, you'll be brought to their Book page on our site and you'll see links to buy them from Amazon in the US, Canada and Great Britain.  The Amazon UK link is the only one though that will have these editions.  The books are only available as pre-orders now but will become available on June 23rd.