Chuck Palahniuk’s new novel, ‘Doomed’ Officially Announced

Chuck Palahniuk does weird like no other author I read.  Some of his stuff makes Naked Lunch read like Goldilocks.  You’ve got to love the chances he takes with his characters and – to some degree – with his readers.

The sequel to the 2012 novel, Damned has been officially announced, and it’s Doomed.  The news broke over on The Cult, and pre-orders will soon  be accepted for the October 8, 2013 release by Random House.

Here’s the official pitch for Doomed:

doomed-usHaving somewhat reluctantly escaped from Hell, she now wanders the Purgatory that is Earth as a ghostly spirit, seeking her do-gooding celebrity parents, fighting the malign control of Satan, recounting the disgracefully funny (to us, anyway) encounter with her grandfather in a fetid highway rest stop in Upstate New York when she . . . oh, never mind, and climaxing in a rendezvous with destiny on the new, totally plastic continent in the Pacific called, not at all accidentally, Madlantis. Dante Alighieri, watch your back, Chuck Palahniuk is gaining on you.

I like Chuck’s description better:

The next novel will follow Madison back to earth as a ghost, doomed to haunting her parents for a year.  In flashback we see her earlier childhood, including the death of the kitten whose dead body subsequently clogged the plumbing of the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel.  That death is not Madison’s doing, but another death is.  Whether it’s murder or self-defense, as a ten-year-old Madison kills someone horrifically, and that’s the most-likely reason why she was damned in the first place.  We also begin to recognize a centuries-long conspiracy engineered to train and test Maddy for her role as the savior of all spiritual beings.

Nope, nothing subtle, here.

Oh, I forgot to mention it but the world ends in this next book.

 

Well, alrighty then.  Soooo… it’s a romance novel?

As always, when it’s Chuck, I’m in.  Therapy has finally helped me block out all memory of reading Snuffed, and I’m good to go.  Bring on more Madison.

Chuck Palahniuk Reads His Short Story, ‘Romance’

 

Clocking in at 28:43, this is Chuck reading the entire story, Romance, previously published in Playboy Magazine.  I wish I was brave enough to write with such abandon.

The Pitch: From Fight Club author, Chuck Palahniuk comes a love story for our time: After his girlfriend dies from cancer John finds himself overweight and thrust back into a hopeless world. When a girl who claims to be Britney Spears hits on him, he can’t believe his luck. She looks like a supermodel and parties like Hollywood. The only reason she doesn’t dump him for someone more attractive is he keeps the party rolling… or at least that’s the story he’s sticking with.

I dig it when an author reads his own work and this was like a rare scotch to me  – or like a zucchini canoe filled with Iroquois.   However you want to look at it.

 

Chuck Palahniuk reads his short story, Romance to a live audience (location\date unknown)

 

Puppet show!  Magic trick!

Note that Romance has been made into a short film by Andy Mingo.  Check it out, here.