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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.

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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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1Palahniuk'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.".
2Though 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.
3One of his favorite books is ''The Informers'' by Bret Easton Ellis.
4Based many of the characters in ''Fight Club'', both major and minor, on people he knew from work and his years as a hospice worker.
5Has said that he doesn't follow a strict schedule and only writes when inspired.
6Once read an entire book on serial killers for a single page in his novel ''Lullaby''.
7His 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.
8Gets 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]
9Continues 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]
10Was offered to write the screenplay for 'Fight Club' but turned it down.
11His favorite writer is Amy Hempel.
12Wrote ''Fight Club'' after his first novel ''Invisible Monsters'' was rejected.
13Wrote his 2011 novel 'Damned' as a way of coping with his mother's death.
14Wrote much of 'Fight Club' while attending work meetings that he found dull.
15Coined 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.
16Many 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.
17His brother Matt is a Chemical engineer for Chevron and gave him details for making explosives in ''Fight Club''.
18Wrote 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.
19Many of the details of support meetings in 'Fight Club' are based on his own experiences driving terminally ill people to meetings.
20In '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.
21His 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.
22Lives with his partner in Vancouver, Washington.
23He started writing after attending a workshop so he could make new friends.
24Has said he prefers the film version of ''Fight Club'' to his novel.
25Based Project Mayhem in 'Fight Club' on the Cacophony Society, a prank group of which he was briefly a member.
26After quitting his job as a Journalist, he volunteered at a homeless shelter and a hospice.
27Did not start writing until he was in his mid-thirties.
28Used to work as a mechanic for Freightliner and wrote manuals on fixing trucks.
29Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Volume 171, pages 311-317. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2008.
30He is very detailed and calls his writing style "Drowning in Detail".
31Favorite film is Session 9 (2001).
32A 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.
33His 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.



Snuffbased on the novel by announced
Fight Club: Copy of a Copy2015Short based on characters from the novel by
Romance2012/IIShort based on the short story by
Pieces2012/VIIIShort novel
Punch Drunk2008Video short short story
Fight Club2004Video Game characters
Fight Club1999novel



Georgie's Big Break2011ShortChuck Palahniuk
Choke2008Passenger (uncredited)



Choke2008the producers wish to thank
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations2007TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode



Temple of Art2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Página 22010TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2010TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHimself
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2006TV Series documentaryHimself
HARDtalk Extra2006TV SeriesHimself
50 Films to See Before You Die2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHimself
Postcards from the Future: The Chuck Palahniuk Documentary2003DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2003TV SeriesHimself

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

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