EXCLUSIVE: Chuck Palahniuk's Short Story Collection 'Make Something Up' to Feature Brand New Tyler Durden Story

EXCLUSIVE: Chuck Palahniuk's Short Story Collection 'Make Something Up' to Featu

Editor's Note: the story "Excursion" has been retitled to "Expedition"

Good news, Chuckees and Chuckettes! Those of you waiting on more info about the transgressive master's latest release are about to have their patience rewarded. This is straight from Chuck's publicist at Doubleday, and contains quite a few tasty tidbits.

As you may have heard, the book is called Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread, and it represents Chuck's first true short story collection (Haunted technically being a novel made up of short stories connected by a through-line). The release date is May 26, and you can preorder on Amazon now (link below).

But what you may NOT have heard—and this is the really exciting bit, here—is that it will feature a brand new story starring the one and only Tyler Durden, set in the his pre-Fight Club days. Between this and the upcoming sequel comic from Dark Horse, Fight Club fans have a lot to look forward to. Check it out:

Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. The absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-color joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. And in "Excursion," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precursor story to Fight Club.

Joshua Chaplinsky

News by Joshua Chaplinsky

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He is the author of The Paradox Twins (CLASH Books), the story collection Whispers in the Ear of A Dreaming Ape, and the parody Kanye West—Reanimator. His short fiction has been published by Vice, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Thuglit, Severed Press, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Broken River Books, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @jaceycockrobin. More info at joshuachaplinsky.com and unravelingtheparadox.com.

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Bob Dobbs January 10, 2015 - 4:44am

this is incredibly exciting. i remember how excited i was when i read a couple of these stories from the glutinous pages of Playboy. so excited! yes, i read playboy. i do this to celebrate the written word. words actually printed on real paper should be cradled in your arms and read with your entire body (which, i assure you, they were.) do you know how hard it is? a magazine that is still published in hard copy and fills its pages with fiction and other beautiful works of art is nearly unobtainable.

if i was so roused rubbernecking over a single story of Chuckie P.'s that i was covered from noggin to tootsies in a thin sheen of perspiration, imagine how my body will react to an entire book full of such stories. IMAGINE IT!

i am looking forward to seeing a new piece of Mr. Durden's puzzle and placing it where i think it might go. taking a step back, looking at the lonley chunk to see if i can't discern what the whole picture looks like. but, to me, the idea of new, stand-alone short stories from Mr. Palahniuk is at least just as groovy, if not more so. The man knows how to tell a story and make it entertaining, make it heartfelt and funny, thoughtful and emotionally informative and all other sorts of fantastic shit.

i can't wait. i'll be looking forward to it.

And come May 26th, i hope you'll join me and slip inbetween those covers so we can find out what wonderfully nasty things we will all be delighting in together. until then, IMAGINE IT.