Singularly unique cut author Chuck Palahniuk’s official website gave fans a treat on Feb. 13 when it announced titles and release dates for the author’s next three books alongside some textual descriptions from the man himself.
The previously announced sequel to last year’s “Damned”, “Doomed” was given an official release date of Oct. 8. The description offered up to The Cult by Chuck follows:
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.
On the heels of “Doomed” we will have “Beautiful You” in October of 2014. According to The Cult, the publishers have described “Beautiful You” as a book “focusing on the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of feminine pleasure."
Mr. Palahniuk once again weighed in with his own description:
It's a comic/erotic thriller, a mash-up of 'mommy porn' and chick lit such as Sex and the City, and fantasy lit like Clan of the Cave Bear. Imagine if Ira Levin had a baby with Jean Auel.
The final announced book is not a new novel, but rather a collection of short stories. According to The Cult some of the stories in the collection, which is to be titled “Make Something Up”, were originally published in Playboy. "Make Something Up" will hit shelves in October of 2015.
Another of the author’s novels, “Haunted”, (which is really a novel that functions as a frame for a series of short stories) was recently optioned by New School Media. The most famous of Palahinuk’s previous novels is “Fight Club”, which was the basis for the cult classic film of the same name.
For the uninitiated, this author recommends jumping into Palahniuk’s world via “Lullaby” or “Diary”, but beware, it’s not a place for the faint of heart, nor the easily offended.