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Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread (Hardcover)

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A little something for the Palahniuk fans - twenty-one stories, including previously unpublished material, plus a novella. Will they all read like Guts??? We can only hope that what awaits in this book are stories so bizarre, go grotesque, so quintessentially Palahniuk, that we'll faint upon reading them. 

— From What to Read in 2015


Stories you'll never forget--just try--from literature's favorite transgressive author

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. In "Expedition," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor story to Fight Club. And in other stories, 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.

Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk.

About the Author

CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of fourteen novels--Beautiful You, Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club--which have sold more than five million copies altogether in the United States. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him on the web at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385538053
ISBN-10: 0385538057
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English