Chuck Palahniuk (born in Pasco, Washington on February 21, 1961) is a novelist living in Portland, Oregon. He is best known for the novel Fight Club, which was later made into a movie.
The characters in Palahniuk's works are people who have been marginalised in one form or another by society, and who react with often self-destructive aggressiveness. The narrative of Palahniuk's books starts at the temporal end, with the protagonist recounting the events that led up to the point which forms the beginning of the book. There is often a major plot twist that is revealed near the end of the book that relates in some way to this temporal end. Palahniuk's writing style is one of short sentences, repetition and of cynical and ironic humour. The author likes to describe his style as transgressional fiction.
The film rights to Survivor have been sold, but no movie studio has committed itself to cinematizing the novel. This is due to the fact that the protagonist of Survivor kills himself by crashing a civil airplane into the Australian outback. After the attacks on The Pentagon and World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 the movie studios have apparently deemed the novel too controversial.
The March 2004 edition of Playboy published a short story by Palahniuk titled Guts (which is slated to appear in his upcoming book Haunted). While on his 2003 tour to promote his novel Diary, he read this story to audiences. Over 35 people fainted while listening to the readings.
In 2003, a documentary film on his life called Postcards from the Future: The Chuck Palahniuk Documentary was made by members of his official web site. The official fan site, "The Cult" as they call themselves, have initiated a Writer's Workshop where Chuck Palahniuk himself teaches the tricks of the trade. Every month Chuck puts up an essay on one of the tricks (all of these are to be compiled into a book on Minimalist writing, that Chuck is writing). He is quite dedicated to his fans, and this can be seen in his treatment of his official fan site.
Fight Club (1996) - which has been made into a film starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter
Invisible Monsters (1999)
Haunted (planned for 2005)
Fugitives and Refugees. A Walk in Portland, Oregon (2003)
Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories (2004)