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Chuck Palahniuk


Author who have wrote the acclaimed books, Fight Membership and Choke, that have been later adapted into feature movies. His many literary honors are the Oregon Reserve Award as well as the Bram Stoker Award. He researched journalism on the College or university of Oregon and proved helpful as an intern for NPR. After failing woefully to find high-paying composing jobs, he proved helpful as a vehicle mechanic in Oregon. His book, Choke, was the to begin his works to seem on the brand new York Moments bestseller list. His dad, Fred Palahniuk, dated a female called Donna Fontaine and was tragically murdered by her ex-boyfriend. In his book, Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk grapples along with his feelings pursuing his father’s loss of life and the loss of life charges trial of his father’s murderer. His function, Choke, was modified right into a 2008 film starring Sam Rockwell.

Quick Facts

Full Name Chuck Palahniuk
Date Of Birth February 21, 1962
Place Of Birth Pasco, WA
Height 1.8 m
Profession Novelist
Education University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
Nationality American
Parents Fred Palahniuk, Carol Palahniuk
Nominations Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fiction
Movies Fight Club, Choke, Snuff, Romance
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1 Palahniuk's longtime literary agent is Edward Hibbert of the literary agency Donadio & Olson. In addition to negotiating Palahniuk's book contracts, Hibbert has also handled the film deals for his books, including Fight Club and Choke. Outside of the publishing world, though, Hibbert is better known for his other job as an actor in movies, TV shows, and plays; his most famous role was Gil Chesterton on Frasier, and he has appeared in such Broadway shows as "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Curtains," and "Mrs. Warren's Profession.".
2 Though he is notoriously closemouthed about his personal life, Palahniuk did reveal in a 2013 Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") that his longtime boyfriend's first name is Mike.
3 One of his favorite books is ''The Informers'' by Bret Easton Ellis.
4 Based many of the characters in ''Fight Club'', both major and minor, on people he knew from work and his years as a hospice worker.
5 Has said that he doesn't follow a strict schedule and only writes when inspired.
6 Once read an entire book on serial killers for a single page in his novel ''Lullaby''.
7 His first novel ''Invisible Monsters'' was rejected by publishers for being too disturbing. This led him to write ''Fight Club'' as he wanted to create a novel that would disturb publishers even more.
8 Gets back from a book tour on October the 12th, where 20th Century Fox has a contract waiting for him to sign. "Survivor" will be a movie. [October 2004]
9 Continues writing his novels in Portland, Oregon (where in his book "Fugitives & Refugees" he states that you can find him at many of his favorite restaurants) [August 2003]
10 Was offered to write the screenplay for 'Fight Club' but turned it down.
11 His favorite writer is Amy Hempel.
12 Wrote ''Fight Club'' after his first novel ''Invisible Monsters'' was rejected.
13 Wrote his 2011 novel 'Damned' as a way of coping with his mother's death.
14 Wrote much of 'Fight Club' while attending work meetings that he found dull.
15 Coined the term "Suicide Girl" to describe women in Portland, Oregon whose Gothic fashion sense clashed with their friendly personalities. This later became the name of a famous website and inspired a trend.
16 Many of Tyler Durden's lines of dialogue and actions are based on things his friends have said and done. For instance, he based Tyler's habit of inserting frames from pornography films into Children's films on a High school friend with whom he worked as a projectionist.
17 His brother Matt is a Chemical engineer for Chevron and gave him details for making explosives in ''Fight Club''.
18 Wrote his book ''Lullaby'' as a way of coping with his father's murder and thinking about whether or not his killer deserved the Death penalty.
19 Many of the details of support meetings in 'Fight Club' are based on his own experiences driving terminally ill people to meetings.
20 In 'Fight Club', named Tyler Durden after a character from a Walt Disney film, 'Toby Tyler (1960)' and a co-worker who left his job among sexual harassment accusations. Named the character Marla Singer after a girl in school named Marla who used to bully and beat up his sister Sean.
21 His influences include Friedrich Nietzsche, Bret Easton Ellis, Ken Kesey, Soren Kierkegaard, Albert Camus, Denis Johnson, and Tom Spanbauer, to whom he attributes his minimalist style.
22 Lives with his partner in Vancouver, Washington.
23 He started writing after attending a workshop so he could make new friends.
24 Has said he prefers the film version of ''Fight Club'' to his novel.
25 Based Project Mayhem in 'Fight Club' on the Cacophony Society, a prank group of which he was briefly a member.
26 After quitting his job as a Journalist, he volunteered at a homeless shelter and a hospice.
27 Did not start writing until he was in his mid-thirties.
28 Used to work as a mechanic for Freightliner and wrote manuals on fixing trucks.
29 Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Volume 171, pages 311-317. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2008.
30 He is very detailed and calls his writing style "Drowning in Detail".
31 Favorite film is Session 9 (2001).
32 A film version of his book Survivor was in the works at 20th Century Fox (with names like Trent Reznor, Nicole Kidman, and Marilyn Manson attached), but was taken off the development slate as a result of the 9/11 tragedy. The framing sequence of the novel involves an airplane hijacking and subsequent crash.
33 His father was murdered in the mountains outside Kendrick, Idaho. The body was found, shot, next to the body of a woman, in a burned-down garage. At the trial of the man who murdered him, it came out that his father had answered a personal ad placed by a woman whose ex-husband had threatened to kill her and any man that he ever found her with.



Snuff based on the novel by announced
Fight Club: Copy of a Copy 2015 Short based on characters from the novel by
Romance 2012/II Short based on the short story by
Pieces 2012/VIII Short novel
Punch Drunk 2008 Video short short story
Choke 2008 novel
Fight Club 2004 Video Game characters
Fight Club 1999 novel



Georgie's Big Break 2011 Short Chuck Palahniuk
Choke 2008 Passenger (uncredited)



Absence 2009 thanks
Choke 2008 the producers wish to thank
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations 2007 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode



Temple of Art 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Página 2 2010 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2010 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Himself
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
HARDtalk Extra 2006 TV Series Himself
50 Films to See Before You Die 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Himself
Postcards from the Future: The Chuck Palahniuk Documentary 2003 Documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2003 TV Series Himself

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1 Nihilistic view of humanity and western civilization
2 His protagonists often have bizarre and traumatic back stories.
3 His novels often examine social aspects of 21st century culture.
4 Minimalist writing style
5 His stories often start at the end and then go back to the beginning
6 Use of first person narration
7 Dark sense of humor
8 Often makes references to urban legends in his writing, both well-known and obscure, some made-up.
9 Novels and short stories tend to resemble poetry more than traditional prose.

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